The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H. G. Parry
What a great ride. From a 4:00AM phone call to a dense wall of fog, I was HOOKED by H. G. Parry's words and world.
The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep is a truly unique entry into the world of Contemporary Fantasy. Set in Wellington, New Zealand, Parry views the city with an adoring gaze, filling in the gaps and alleys with her words in a manner not unlike a cornerstone presence of the novel. It is a novel for students of English Literature, by a student of English Literature without alienating lovers of any specific genre within that vast umbrella. You like Mr. Darcy? Get ready for five of them. Do the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes excite you? Or perhaps you are more of a 'plucky young heroine solving crimes' sort of reader. Well, buckle up, bucko. I hope you're not allergic to hounds, moors, crookedy streets and/or dastardly villains.
Beyond creative use of some of literature's greatest figures, The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep is, at its heart, novel about brothers, family ties, and the trials of growing up - successfully crafting a portrait of simultaneous rivalry and respect while exploring the definition of the word 'family' as it applies to people and relationships of all kinds. Utterly lovely.
For fans of: Austen, Brönte, Dickens, Conan Doyle and our contemporary friend, Jasper Fforde. His girl, Thursday Next, would like to have a word or two with Charley Sutherland.