Oh no! What an ending. . . can’t believe I’ve been left hanging like this. So i don’t spoiler this to hell on the very first paragraph, I’ll shut up now.
Ok, so this was ‘Few are chosen’ by M.T. McGuire. An amazing little gem i might not have ever gotten round to reading without a slight push in the right direction. I did read the blurb, however, it sounded soooo strange? I wasn’t convinced it was something i would enjoy.
Blurb: “The Pan of Hamgee isn’t paranoid. There must be some people in K Barth who aren’t out to get him; it ‘s just that, right now, he’s not sure where they are. His family are dead, his existence is treason and he does the only thing he can to survive getaway driving. As if being on the run isn’t bad enough, when he finds a magic thimble and decides to keep it, he unwittingly sets himself on a collision course with Lord Vernon, K Barth’s despot ruler. Unwillingly, The Pan is forced to make choices and stand up for his beliefs, beliefs he never knew he had until they were challenged. But faced with a stark moral dilemma, will his new-found integrity stick? Can he stop running?”
Ok, the first thing that put me off was the whole gangster thing. I’m not a big gangster fan. I don’t like Scarface, the godfather, blah de blah, just isn’t my thing. But this is the most unconventional gangster story that has ever been written!!! (but this IS the first one i’ve ever read, so no basis of comparison really).
The Pan. The funniest hero ever with the strangest name. I’m still non the wiser as to why he’s called The Pan but you will be surprised at how fast you actually get used the strangeness of things. That’s one of the main things i really liked about this book, nothing was predictable, including any of the names of people, places & snurds. The Pan is a yellow bellied outcast of society, never up on his luck but always just gets on with it anyway. He lives on the run in K-Barth (yep, that’s what i said) and is a member of the gangster group, the Mervinettes. The Pan is a GBI – Government Blacklisted Individual and therefore completely socially unacceptable. His role within the Mervinettes is the get away driver; he’s completely disrespected and receives regular beatings as payment. Even the violence soon becomes hilarious as you read on…. And I realise that sounds quite sick ha-ha.
I think my favourite character has to be Big Merv, leader (obviously) of the said gangster group. I don’t know why, but no matter the situation he always comes out with a witty retort & he’s mostly always angry (Swamp thing after my own heart).
I love this world the author has created, so many similarities to our own, yet they are worlds apart. The book is full of wit, humour and lashings of sarcasm, a perfect recipe for a great read. Seriously though, you can’t really go wrong when you have a character called ‘Sir Robin Get’ HAH!!
Ok, before i sign off, there is one more then i have to mention… the snurds!! Oh my god, I WANT ONE!!!! Basically, snurds are the preferred mode of transport in K’Barth. The Pan’s for example is modelled on a Lotus Elan. These bad boys not only act as general road transport, but they fly and have submarine mode as well! Also they are packing some serious artillery, which could come in extremely handy when your in a mile long tailback. Anyway, I’ve attached the authors concept on a piccy below. I must mention as well this is some seriously good artwork, you can really appreciate it a whole lot more as well while your reading the book.
I recommend this book to anyone of any age, but it helps if you have a sense of humour and your not too stiff around the edges (aka a boring codger).Would you like to get your hands on a copy of this book?