In Pluto’s in Uranus by Patrick Haylock, Dave’s luck is about to change when a rare conjunction between Pluto and Uranus occurs.
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Dave is obsessed with his daily horoscope, which he reads every morning. His horoscope predicts that a rare conjunction between Pluto and Uranus will give him good fortune and that some unexpected opportunities are about to come his way. After following its advice, he makes some new friends as well as a few enemies too.
I was drawn to Pluto’s in Uranus after reading the author bio and blurb, which made me chuckle straight away.
I really liked the main character, Dave. He was really relatable and I felt for him throughout the novel as he becomes embroiled in more and more surreal scenarios! His parents are great characters too — his visit to see them was a great addition to the story. I laughed at how he and his Mum have been replacing the garden produce with supermarket vegetables, and his Dad singing ‘Greenfinger’ to the tune of Goldfinger.
I enjoyed the jokes and banter between Dave, Foggy and Jo/Joe too. A lot of this was great fun and flowed really well, such as when Dave and Joe think Foggy’s real name is Lionel and start singing Lionel Ritchie classics to him. I could definitely imagine these as real conversations between friends!
The humour in the book is great, although crude at times. My favourite sections were Dave’s experience selling items at the Church bazaar, and his first meeting with Greg. There were a few occasions when I felt that it missed the mark, such as a Dutch musician asking to buy a ‘sex’ from the window and the assistant calling the police. But overall there were lots of genuinely funny moments that reminded me a little of Only Fools and Horses and other classic British comedy shows.
Pluto’s in Uranus is a fun, slightly surreal read that is sure to brighten up your day. It’s a fairly quick read at 204 pages and is packed with interesting characters and a good story. It felt like a sequel may be on the cards from the ending — and I think it is the only book I’ve read that ends with the word ‘pancake’!
The blurb for Pluto’s in Uranus
This Christmas Jupiter and Saturn will become closer to each other than they have been for almost 800 years. It is an event that has set the world astrological community abuzz with the possible consequences of such an alignment and its potential impact on global leaders and world events.
But what happens when an even rarer conjunction between Pluto and Uranus occurs and what affect does it hold in store for the lives of everyday ‘ordinary folk’?
Well, it’s something that Dave from the post room is about to find out. Pluto is in Uranus and for him this indicates that everything is about to come up smelling of roses or so he thinks!
Dave suffers from OCF, Obsessive Compulsive Fatalism, and his Achilles heel is his daily horoscope, which is about to become dramatically affected by the historic planetary alignment.
The lucky omens predicted will compel him to take uncharacteristic chances, cross paths with a hotchpotch of larger than life characters who get him embroiled in situations with hilarious outcomes that are way beyond his control and out of his comfort zone
Pluto’s In Uranus is written by globally unrecognised no award-winning Essex author Patrick Haylock.
Discounting his definitive guide to publishing invisible books Pluto’s in Uranus is Patrick’s debut novel, and it is now available in Bookstores on Amazon and other online outlets.
About the author, Patrick Haylock
Patrick Haylock is a globally unrecognised writer who if you discount a school sweet pea growing competition, has won no awards whatsoever!
He was born in Enfield at a very dark time in the world. It was 1:45 am, to be precise, and it wasn’t too long before it dawned on him.
To make something of himself he was going to need two things the ability to tell the difference between a green onion and a scallion, and a good education.
Wormley Primary and Baas Hill Comprehensive schools did their best to fulfil both requirements, and after giving them 12 years of his life, they gave him seven printed sheets of paper, and the knowledge that there was no difference between a green onion and a scallion.
He also learned that the difference between onions and bagpipes was that no one ever cries when you chop up bagpipes.
The certificated wisdom secured a national newspaper messenger’s job, which led to an editorial trainee position, followed by a production editor’s post, and progression into freelance journalism.
‘Knowing his onions’ helped him to successfully establish his own publishing company, design studio, online retro webstore and high street art gallery.
Patrick lives with his wife in a converted Old Essex Brewery, where he claims the 6% ABV air quality inspires him to craft his nutty tales.
Although a ‘new voice’, in the literary world, those ‘in the know’ will willingly testify that his gift for imaginative storytelling is engaging, and, amusingly unique!
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