[Reading] ➶ The Incredible Umbrella (The Incredible Umbrella, #1) Author Marvin Kaye – Bassgrotto.co.uk


The Incredible Umbrella (The Incredible Umbrella, #1) When J Adrian Fill Bought The Odd Looking Bumbershoot, He Had No Idea It Would Soon Whisk Him Away From His Prosaic Life As An English Literature Professor And Plant Him Smack In The Middle Of A Gilbert And Sullivan Cosmos Before Long He Lands In Jail, Saves Sherlock Holmes From Death, Battles Count Dracula, Befriends The Frankenstein Monster, And Fights, Of All Things, An Army Of Isosceles Triangles


10 thoughts on “The Incredible Umbrella (The Incredible Umbrella, #1)

  1. says:

    Meh.The concept was intriguing, the beginning was interesting, but he wondered in too many directions, and didn t come full circle to tie up loose ends The author uses lots of big, typically unused words, such as equinoctial, estivating, gallimaufry, melismatic.The author i a good enough writer that I enjoyed his writingbut the plot meh.


  2. says:

    I m delighted to see, on Goodreads, that this is volume one of four Anyway this is where it starts A lonely, nerdy teacher picks up a big beach type umbrella and discovers that it s actually an interdimensional transfer engine that can transport him to the worlds where his favorite novels really happened Taking off from that science fiction cliche, we leap with him into a sort of review, or revue, of comedy, horror, fantasy, mystery the whole world of English Literature, although this novel takes us to only a few lovingly reimagined fictive planets It s funny, it s suspenseful, it s logical, and it s tremendous fun to read In every public library I ve visited, without exception, it s been volume one of two And I ve known why I mentioned Doubleday s controversy sells thinking, around the time The Masters of Solitude came out It sold, and it killed this author s sales to public libraries People wanted another comic, inoffensive romp through literature and got an odd, depressing, anti Christian screed I knew I just wasn t getting some of the points, but didn t like MoS enough to want to solve its puzzles for educated readers I remain unsure that I d pick up another book by this author that didn t feature the Umbrella But ooohhh, Umbrella books I want them I want them I want them


  3. says:

    The Incredible Umbrella is a pretty enjoyable book, but only for people who have a working knowledge of Victorian literature and musical theatre Marvin Kaye s vocabulary is also a challenge for the lay reader, even the well experienced reader if the experience has not come from Victorian dictioned works Stylistically, the three sections of the work highlight the separate years during which the work was written one can tell from various elements throughout the sections Kaye took a hiatus and took some time to recapture the pattern of the conflict The first section is certainly the lightest hearted and most enjoyable, especially if one has a background in Gilbert and Sullivan Without it, the reader is totally lost and most likely irritated The second section is the darkest, with actual death and danger throughout, commingling with preternatural terror By the end, though, one gets a sense Kaye realizes how dark it has become and swings too far into sudden farce, spoiling the mood entirely The third section is an unfortunate hasty admixture of every other sort of story Kaye wanted to throw in, almost as if he feared a sequel would not be forthcoming, so he had to cram everything else in too quickly It makes little sense, has no real meaningful progression, and does not bring the adventures of the protagonist to a satisfactory overall conclusion The framing story a professor fed up with his status and function does not reappear, leaving the book as a whole with an unfinished feeling It is the sort of book that seems like it should be pretty enjoyable, since it s a book for people who like know books, but it gets lost in its own rambling and lack of direction It s worth reading, though, if you are a fan of all things Victorian.


  4. says:

    I picked this up because it came across my search to read all derivative works of Flatland This isn t really connected to Flatland the way the other books I ve been reading have been but it was fun nonetheless The Flatland references are actually pretty minor Though I didn t realize it until the very end, it was actually a pretty decent Holmes story, capturing the character well though I m really no expert and using some obscure references in a very creative way I also enjoyed the other references including Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Gilbert and Sullivan scenes The book is far from perfect but it is quite enjoyable Though I happened upon it in an odd way, I plan to check out the sequel, even if reviews suggest it s not as good.


  5. says:

    I picked this off the shelf at work and it looked interestinglittle did I know What a great little book This may appeal to adult readers who enjoy Harry Potter and the like The main character goes through time and space with his very special umbrella He encounters Gilbert Sullivan worlds, an alternative universe with a variation on Sherlock Holmes This book was just too much fun the author had fun with literature and the musical world That it ends with the main character meeting the Fairy Queen was icing on the cake for me.Look for this book in library collections, it was published in 1979.


  6. says:

    J Adrian Fill, a mediocre academician, finds an umbrella which can transport him into any world which he imagines being an English professor, it whisks him through various worlds Gilbert and Sullivan s operettas in rapid succession, Dracula, Frankenstein, an unfinished fragment of a Sherlock Holmes world in which the central characters are one Sherrinford and Ormsby, the Arabian nights and Flatland This is on the juvenile end of novels intended for adults the Arabian Nights sequence features a roc and troll concert but it s an amusing fast light read nevertheless.


  7. says:

    This is probably one of the top ten most fun to read books I ve stumbled across Its cleverness knows no bounds, and it will be a joy to read if you happen to have the same love of literary parodies I do I use the word parody loosely, though in no sense does Kaye disrespect the works he draws from It s just an amazing romp through Fictiland, and I can t recommend it whole heartedly enough.


  8. says:

    What a good romp It makes me want to go watch all the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas The puns were great The genie with the white brown hair It took a little bit to adjust to the style of writing, but I loved the vocabulary No one uses the language that way any James Patterson should be tied in a chair and made to read this book I only wonder if he would remember the meanings of these words.


  9. says:

    I generally like books where characters hop into other books, but this one left me a smidgeon chilly The writing style is a bit Victorian for my taste odd, since I generally love reading Victorian novels , but there it is Still, I liked it well enough to move on to the Amorous Umbrella At the very least, I ll get to exercise my vocabulary There are some great words in this series.


  10. says:

    If you re looking for a fun fantasy novel that contains the worlds of Gilbert and Sullivan, Sherlock Holmes, the Arabian Nights, The Beggar s Opera, with cameo appearances by Pickwick and Dracula, then this is it Especially when these worlds intersect.


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