April 01, 2020

The Axe & Grindstone by Paul Phipps-Williams

Synopsis: Ladies and Gentlemen, last orders please.
Seriously, this could be your last ever order…

Have you ever fancied running a pub?
What about two pubs?
And what if they were in different dimensions?

Enter Mark Adams who is in serious need of a pint.

Now the fabled landlord of Peacebattle, he’s the only person who can stop the world from screaming for the rest of time.

But why chose a loser to save the world? What is the truth at the heart of the Binding Brothers’ dark religion and the monsters who thrive in its heart? And will Mark survive long enough to remember the most important advice of his entire career:

Don’t scream.
Whatever you do.
Don’t scream.


Rating: ★★
My Review: 
This one was a little to slow for my take. It felt like it drug on forever and after so long I ended up putting it down for good.  

Paul Phipps-Williams trained to be a film producer, wandering around student films shouting 'Time is Money' at people before stealing their cake. Having figured out that isn't the most successful way of getting hired, he went on to sell pencils and pints for a living because people always seemed to need one or the other. For the last eighteen years, Paul has told people he works for the Government in the hope they'll think him a super-spy. He isn't, but that's what you'd expect a super-spy to say. He's passed at least a couple of new laws, convinced one government minister to quote the Spice Girls in the House of Commons and spent London 2012 in an underground bunker. On at least one occasion he's had tens of thousands of people march through central London protesting against what he's doing with his life. Whether this was work related or not, we'll leave to your imagination. When he's not Making The World A Better Place / Contributing To The Fall of Society (delete according to your political affiliations) Paul is also a photographer and can be regularly found at Cult TV events telling people to smile as they stand nervously next to their childhood heroes. His motto is 'what happens in Paul's photo studio, stays in Paul's photo studio'. At least, that's what Paul's been told by his lawyers. His photographs have been published in an eclectic range of magazines, from The Amorist to Scottish Field and Doctor Who Magazine. The Axe & Grindstone is Paul's first novel, and he's had to convince his mother that its main character isn't really based on him. She's not entirely convinced. He lives on a roundabout in Lewisham with his husband, Gareth, and their two cats Billy and Hartnell. His favourite pizza is an abomination of hot and spicy things with BBQ sauce and his favourite colour is TARDIS Blue (1987-1989).

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