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Hot Love Inferno: A Dark Comedy Fantasy Adventure


Not for me 😔

Creative, well-written and made me smile a few times, but ultimately just that little bit too silly for me to truly enjoy

Hot Love Inferno is a book written from a very English perspective and with a sense of humour to match. You could almost hear the characters with their gorblimey accents and curious predilections (18 inch dildos, anyone?) and very English preoccupation with gardening and bondage. As a dog person, I liked the cosmic role of the Basset Hound - it reminded me of Douglas Adams and his dolphins.

Thus far, the book made me smile, but I did find it tough going, mainly because it was just too light. The characters were little more than cutouts, the plot completely ridiculous, and the narrators' asides (particularly before you realised who the narrator was) were frankly a bit irritating. In my e-book version you got the footnotes both as footnotes at the bottom of the page and at the end of each chapter - a minor annoyance. The gory deaths of about half the population of the town invaded by spectral samurai were treated with a jollity that I thought was just a tad callous (though I realise it was meant to be amusing).

The author writes well, though he's a bit patronising about the characteristics of the working classes (birds with boob jobs who get their lipstick on their teeth, overweight chaps who still live with their mum). I didn't warm to this book, but perhaps I just don't have quite the right sense of humour to appreciate it.

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About the author

Hello i’m Nicky, I am from Brighton in England. I grew up fascinated by books like Roald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected and t.v. shows like The Twilight Zone. I now have a passion for writing fantasy and dark comedy fiction. I love stories that play in the shadow worlds that we all have. view profile

Published on December 14, 2019

40000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Humor & Comedy

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