Sunday 15 July 2007

Day Shift Werewolf by Jan Underwood

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Jan Underwood brings us a first novel that is just stunning. It's hard to believe, when reading this book, that it could have been written in just three days. It certainly won't take 3 days to read it. This fun little book has less than 100 pages and I raced through it in less than a day.

Day Shift Werewolf seems like a collection of short stories at first glance. Each of it's eight parts tells it's own tale but it soon becomes evident that this author has a gift for connecting each part to the other in a small, yet brilliant way.

Along the way we are introduced to a multitude of characters that are far from normal. Like Warren, the werewolf from the cover of the book who has problems making his quota at work. Perhaps that has something to do with the fact that he prefers to be a vegetarian. Then there is Andy, a zombie who is unlike the rest of his group. His mother - also a zombie - suspects he has ADHD. My personal favourite is Margot, a witch with seventeen cats and a brother who is unemployed and happy to sit on his backside all day. Margot has quite an adventure when her coven stage an intervention to deal with her cat 'problem'.

As you can tell, the book is definitely unique and I found it a joy to read. I am still in awe that the writer could create it in just three days and I plan on checking out more 3-day novels in the future.

A wickedly fun and entertaining book that will have you laughing out loud, and which you won't regret buying.

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