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He thinks he’s a deadly ninja. He's not. He’s Barry Harris and he still lives with his mum. Barry's been patient, but after twenty-seven years of trimming hedges for people he hates, he's had enough. All he wants to do is to find his missing father and to discover his inner ninja. But life’s not done with throwing him curveballs. A fatal mistake catapults Barry into the a He thinks he’s a deadly ninja. He's not. He’s Barry Harris and he still lives with his mum. Barry's been patient, but after twenty-seven years of trimming hedges for people he hates, he's had enough. All he wants to do is to find his missing father and to discover his inner ninja. But life’s not done with throwing him curveballs. A fatal mistake catapults Barry into the adventure of a lifetime. With talking hedges, samurai ghosts, meddling psychotherapists, and an inexplicably non-linear time pattern conspiring against him, Barry must do battle to save his hide, unleash the ninja within, and rescue his father from an ancient army, a dark sorcerer and a raging inferno. What is the mysterious Prophecy Allocation Department? Where is The Before and After? Even more importantly, Will Barry’s underwear hold out until he has saved the day? Categories for Escape For Samsara: Comedy Fantasy Fantasy Adventure Time Travel Dark Comedy Humorous Fantasy Humour Urban Fantasy Humour Comic Fantasy


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He thinks he’s a deadly ninja. He's not. He’s Barry Harris and he still lives with his mum. Barry's been patient, but after twenty-seven years of trimming hedges for people he hates, he's had enough. All he wants to do is to find his missing father and to discover his inner ninja. But life’s not done with throwing him curveballs. A fatal mistake catapults Barry into the a He thinks he’s a deadly ninja. He's not. He’s Barry Harris and he still lives with his mum. Barry's been patient, but after twenty-seven years of trimming hedges for people he hates, he's had enough. All he wants to do is to find his missing father and to discover his inner ninja. But life’s not done with throwing him curveballs. A fatal mistake catapults Barry into the adventure of a lifetime. With talking hedges, samurai ghosts, meddling psychotherapists, and an inexplicably non-linear time pattern conspiring against him, Barry must do battle to save his hide, unleash the ninja within, and rescue his father from an ancient army, a dark sorcerer and a raging inferno. What is the mysterious Prophecy Allocation Department? Where is The Before and After? Even more importantly, Will Barry’s underwear hold out until he has saved the day? Categories for Escape For Samsara: Comedy Fantasy Fantasy Adventure Time Travel Dark Comedy Humorous Fantasy Humour Urban Fantasy Humour Comic Fantasy

30 review for Escape From Samsara: A Dark Comedy Fantasy Adventure

  1. 5 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    Strange dry British humor! Escape from Samsara is a very peculiar fantasy that has a odd humor, that I loved, and strange characters, crazy plot, and it's a totally unique read! Strange dry British humor! Escape from Samsara is a very peculiar fantasy that has a odd humor, that I loved, and strange characters, crazy plot, and it's a totally unique read!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Allyson Abbott

    Is definitely a comic fantasy story. I’m sure it should be a comic strip. I had to reread the first chapter to make sure I was on the same planet, then took a deep breath and dove in. I read it in two sittings and had a good few chuckles on the way. British, tongue in cheek toilet humour at its best, stupidly weird, but fun.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Josie

    This is hilarious! i haven't read this author before but really enjoyed the way he writes. It's a surreal adventure with outrageous characters. I was with the main character Barry Harris every step of the way. I'd say it has shades of Terry Pratchett mixed with everyday realism. Great fun! This is hilarious! i haven't read this author before but really enjoyed the way he writes. It's a surreal adventure with outrageous characters. I was with the main character Barry Harris every step of the way. I'd say it has shades of Terry Pratchett mixed with everyday realism. Great fun!

  4. 5 out of 5

    N.N. Light

    Move over, Monty Python’s Flying Circus! A new player in dark comedic fantasy has emerged and he’s bringing British humor to the masses. Barry is your typical bachelor, only he lives with his mum and one fateful day, a shrub starts talking to him. Barry thinks it’s utter bullocks but it gets him thinking about his dad who disappeared years ago. Maybe he’s a ninja after all and taking the advice of the talking shrub, finds himself in an adventure. He’ll have to use all his ninja skills to not onl Move over, Monty Python’s Flying Circus! A new player in dark comedic fantasy has emerged and he’s bringing British humor to the masses. Barry is your typical bachelor, only he lives with his mum and one fateful day, a shrub starts talking to him. Barry thinks it’s utter bullocks but it gets him thinking about his dad who disappeared years ago. Maybe he’s a ninja after all and taking the advice of the talking shrub, finds himself in an adventure. He’ll have to use all his ninja skills to not only save his own skin but his long-lost father as well. Will he succeed and reunite his parents or is this all an illusion of a crazy person? I haven’t laughed this hard since Monty Python was on the telly. I kept hearing Cleese, Gilliam, Idle acting out the scenes as I read. It’s so well done and will appeal to anyone looking for a momentary escape from the humdrum routine of life. Quirky characters, whip-smart comedic dialogue makes this a must-read! Highly recommend! My Rating: 5 stars Reviewed by: Mrs. N This review first appeared: https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/si...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Garrett

    A cosmic rollercoaster of a read! Barry the Natural Born Loser goes from zero to hero in a matter of pages. Action packed and full of plot twists and turns, it’s a crazy, hilarious journey through multiple universes that is guaranteed to make you laugh.

  6. 5 out of 5

    ThomasLarkin

    Love dark and funny and this is both. That fine line between dark and funny is wonderful territory and Nicky goes there with great effect, enjoyed this over christmas, time well spent!!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Fundin

    Escape From Samsara by Nicky Blue is all about Barry, a gardener that believes he is a ninja, and his wild adventure to find his missing father, with a talking bush to help him, all the while Nicky Blue’s twisted comedic personality shines through the written words.

  8. 4 out of 5

    E.M. Swift-Hook

    Barry - The Wilt Alternative? ‘I’m sick of being the only OAP metal head in Portslade. I want someone to go to gigs with. You never want to come!’ Barry has a lot of problems. He dislikes his job as a gardener, his mother is always trying to drag him out to Death Metal concerts, his IBS is making him incontinent and his missing father told him he was really a ninja. But life begins to get really weird right after the hedge he was trimming started talking to him… This is a book which is very much in Barry - The Wilt Alternative? ‘I’m sick of being the only OAP metal head in Portslade. I want someone to go to gigs with. You never want to come!’ Barry has a lot of problems. He dislikes his job as a gardener, his mother is always trying to drag him out to Death Metal concerts, his IBS is making him incontinent and his missing father told him he was really a ninja. But life begins to get really weird right after the hedge he was trimming started talking to him… This is a book which is very much in the school of Tom Sharpe. It is funny in much the same way and anyone who is a fan of Tom Sharpe might well enjoy it. It is full of odd details that reflect reality in a humorous distorting mirror. The story relies as much upon its own absurdism as upon its plot to carry it along. ‘You’re a gas baby, and by the smell of it that’s exactly what you’re producing!’ For me though, the humour was often either not funny at all or too strained to work, but then everyone’s sense of humour is different and what left me cold might have someone else curling up on the floor in helpless laughter. If you like the Tom Sharpe style of humour, give this a go, it might very well tickle your funnybone!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Unusual concept for a storyline, needs more work on it for the humour, the character and world building. Saying that it’s only 115pages on my kindle which is not a lot space to do it in. My interest as roused enough to look forward to reading more by this author.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hasanthi

    First I must thank the author, Nicky Blue for sending me a copy of the eBook, in exchange for an honest review. He thinks he’s a deadly ninja. He's not. He’s Barry Harris and he still lives with his mum. Yes, Barry thinks that he is indeed a deadly Ninja, where he still needs to figure things out. He has been a gardener and lives with his mother. But in is life he needs to achieve more. He needs to find his inner ninja and find his lost father. The story unfolds about Barry's life and how he face First I must thank the author, Nicky Blue for sending me a copy of the eBook, in exchange for an honest review. He thinks he’s a deadly ninja. He's not. He’s Barry Harris and he still lives with his mum. Yes, Barry thinks that he is indeed a deadly Ninja, where he still needs to figure things out. He has been a gardener and lives with his mother. But in is life he needs to achieve more. He needs to find his inner ninja and find his lost father. The story unfolds about Barry's life and how he faces it. Filled with humor and ends with and adventure, the story was fantastic. I pretty much enjoyed the characters, setting and the humor. Loved the adventurous ending. I was so glad that Barry was able to find his lost father again. It was heart touching to see, the family re-united. But, it made me a little confused and I have never read a story of this type. Even though the story line is unique, I felt that, in my case it was kind of negative point. That is the reason that ended up giving it, this rating. My Rating 3/5 stars Fair Enough This does not mean that, it is not worth reading it. You should definitely go, and check it out. Maybe you will like it better than me :) :) :)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Linda Lou

    Escape from Samsara: A Dark Comedy By Nicky Blue Audio Narration by David Morley Hale Disclaimer: I received an audio version from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and views are my own. I must state that I was unable to complete the audio version. I could listen to Mr. Hale all day long and way into the night but I would only understand about 3/4 of what he said. I was constantly 2-3 sentences behind. So I gave up and read the book. Barry is a fifty something gardener who wi Escape from Samsara: A Dark Comedy By Nicky Blue Audio Narration by David Morley Hale Disclaimer: I received an audio version from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and views are my own. I must state that I was unable to complete the audio version. I could listen to Mr. Hale all day long and way into the night but I would only understand about 3/4 of what he said. I was constantly 2-3 sentences behind. So I gave up and read the book. Barry is a fifty something gardener who wishes he was anywhere else besides Mrs. Sharrod’s yard when a pair of eyes peering out from a hedge catches his attention. Terry, it turns out, is an ethereal being of sorts, a problem solver and full of advice. I’m thinking this is good as Barry appears to need all the help he can get. There were a few chapters in the beginning that seemed disjointed and choppy to me. They did, however, provide some insight into the workings inside Barry’s head, his thoughts and demons. I quickly learned that Barry has a very significant bowel problem and is a Ninja warrior wanna be. So begins my travels into Barry’s world of absurdity and ridiculousness with a good dose of dark comedy and potty humor which, in some cases, only a Brit would get. All of the characters are a bit odd, colorful and slightly off kilter. All of this added to the flavor of the story. The author took them all and expertly stitched them together like a patchwork quilt from Oz. Nothing is as it seems. I was drawn into the story when Barry finally arrives in Samsara. It was hilarious that’s all I’m going to say except a few low giggles did escape my lips. Barry’s next adventure continues in Hot Love Inferno: A Comic Fantasy. I already have my paperback copy!

  12. 5 out of 5

    M

    Nicky Blue. You have one crazy creative piece of mind. I was amazed, amused, bewildered, surprised, entertained, and what not by this piece of yours. It is mysterious, hilarious, adventurous, a sci-fi, fantastic and super crazy work. I absolutely cannot express my impression of this book any other way. I only wonder if you truly are of this world or an alien who has seen all these and just written about it; because I connot wrap my mind around how it is possible by a human to write ONE book of s Nicky Blue. You have one crazy creative piece of mind. I was amazed, amused, bewildered, surprised, entertained, and what not by this piece of yours. It is mysterious, hilarious, adventurous, a sci-fi, fantastic and super crazy work. I absolutely cannot express my impression of this book any other way. I only wonder if you truly are of this world or an alien who has seen all these and just written about it; because I connot wrap my mind around how it is possible by a human to write ONE book of so many categories.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    I'm not sure how to feel It was an odd book. Not a bad book, and I would probably read more from the series, but an off book. I feel like i was in a constant state of just... "What?" It very much reminded me of hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, where all these strange things just kept stacking on top of one another. So if you're a fan of GGTTG, I definitely recommend this. I'm not sure how to feel It was an odd book. Not a bad book, and I would probably read more from the series, but an off book. I feel like i was in a constant state of just... "What?" It very much reminded me of hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, where all these strange things just kept stacking on top of one another. So if you're a fan of GGTTG, I definitely recommend this.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tom Walsh

    According to Merriam-Webster, samsara is defined as : the indefinitely repeated cycles of birth, misery, and death caused by karma. It’s the “karma” word that applies to Mr. Barry Harris, who works as a gardener, lives with his Mum, Molly, and is the innocent victim of hilarious karma. Comedy is merely a different perspective, my friend once told me. He was a stand up comic who went to L.A. to be a script writer. Well, perspective is what the author of this episodic novel uses brilliantly. So Ba According to Merriam-Webster, samsara is defined as : the indefinitely repeated cycles of birth, misery, and death caused by karma. It’s the “karma” word that applies to Mr. Barry Harris, who works as a gardener, lives with his Mum, Molly, and is the innocent victim of hilarious karma. Comedy is merely a different perspective, my friend once told me. He was a stand up comic who went to L.A. to be a script writer. Well, perspective is what the author of this episodic novel uses brilliantly. So Barry’s doctor wants to know about the sexual prowess of his patient, and prescribe a Barry incontinence underwear. The simple task of pruning a shrub? The shrub starts a repertoire with Barry. A funny scene is where Barry goes to garden at a home which displays a God quote. Mrs. Gann, who gives lectures on Christian Mindfulness, is there and seems very stressed to Barry. Once again the Karma commands: “The reason for her lack of support was that her husband Mr Charles Gann lived in the attic in a dress. Four years earlier, Charles had come home from his job as the CEO of a large corporation and declared over dinner that he wanted a sex change. Mrs Gann understandably almost spat her teeth out. Charles promptly changed his name to Melanie and disappeared up into the loft hatch. From that moment on, he was forced into leading the life of a transsexual vampire, sleeping on an old camping bed in the attic. Segregated from his family.” This is not just a series of jokes. This is a well thought, detailed picture of a man who tries to make it through life as a ninja, but is aghast at every turn. But it left this reader refreshed, smiling and wondering where the author got his hysterical situations. Note the detail in a scene where he waits in the doctor’s office: “As Barry’s heartbeat accelerated, he rubbed his muculent palms down his jeans and leant back against the wall, inhaling the stagnant air. The sole topic of conversation from the elderly woman beside him rabbiting on like a well-meaning machine gun was how painful it was having your varicose veins removed.” I’m not sure if “muculent” is a word, but it fits the scene perfectly. . I was reminded of two other Authors: Lewis Carroll for the absurdist wandering and Kurt Vonnegut, especially in “God Bless You Mr. Rosewater.” Eliot Rosewater and a Barry Harris, in my estimation, could shake hands. The author’s attention to realistic, almost documentary detail , sweeps the reader into very poignant, very clever, and most comic corners! And when the character sets out on a Joycean/ Oedipus Rex journey to find his father, the mythical anecdotes abound. Twisted wizards and insane warlords take over, to rollicking consequences. I’m jnot telling you anything else, except to read this gem. You will chuckle, you will feel empathy, you will enjoy the world of Nicky Blue and his creations: Barry Harris, Mindy, Molly and a cast of thousands. And pray for Barry’s samsara!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Simon Murnau

    Barry Harris (the zero-to-hero protagonist of Escape from Samsara) is a great comic creation. I felt his pain, laughed at him quite a bit, and then found myself rooting for him as the story went along. Barry is, in part, an everyman assailed by woes and frustrations that I certainly identify with. But he is also something else – a dreamer who feels out of place and out of sorts, and a man who lives with a mystery. His father (and his sister, as it happens) disappeared years ago, and Barry has no Barry Harris (the zero-to-hero protagonist of Escape from Samsara) is a great comic creation. I felt his pain, laughed at him quite a bit, and then found myself rooting for him as the story went along. Barry is, in part, an everyman assailed by woes and frustrations that I certainly identify with. But he is also something else – a dreamer who feels out of place and out of sorts, and a man who lives with a mystery. His father (and his sister, as it happens) disappeared years ago, and Barry has no idea why or how. He lives in a small flat with his mother Molly, and they both wonder about their loss. His father began training Barry as a ninja before he disappeared, and gave him the idea that he has a destiny that now lies unfulfilled. Escape from Samsara is the story of Barry discovering that destiny. Rude, ridiculous, and action-packed, Nicky Blue’s writing is witty, fast, and a whole heap of fun. When the action took a fantastic turn, with portals to other worlds, riddles, strange creatures and a journey of discovery that never felt laboured, but was instead full of invention and comic (cosmic!) details, I raced through to the end to find out what was going to happen, and to find the answer to mystery. Give me more Barry Harris! Nicky Blue writes farcical stuff, but there is also a deeper quality in there that made me feel that Barry’s journey was my journey too. Learning something about myself, and about how I might find a little more self-confidence amid the chaotic mess of everyday life, was an unexpected gift hidden inside this breezy fantasy tale that's full of life, and ninja action!

  16. 4 out of 5

    P.J. Reed

    ‘Escape From Samsara’ is a fast-moving, comedy/fantasy novella featuring Barry Harris, a dissatisfied gardener who may or may not be a ninja-in-waiting... The story is a fun read as we embark on a rollercoaster ride through Barry’s life and meet some very strange people on the way. This is a humorous book but there are inciteful descriptions of characters and situations which people will recognise from real-life. The descriptive narrative is keen and sharp, keeping the plotline moving with weird ‘Escape From Samsara’ is a fast-moving, comedy/fantasy novella featuring Barry Harris, a dissatisfied gardener who may or may not be a ninja-in-waiting... The story is a fun read as we embark on a rollercoaster ride through Barry’s life and meet some very strange people on the way. This is a humorous book but there are inciteful descriptions of characters and situations which people will recognise from real-life. The descriptive narrative is keen and sharp, keeping the plotline moving with weird and wonderful plot twists. The story oozes with a dark humour which, at times, dives into almost slapstick humour. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fun, upbeat reads!

  17. 5 out of 5

    S.E. Turner

    Red Dwarf meets Monty Python What a ride I've just been on, and thoroughly entertained in the process. Such an original concept and very funny as well. So many laugh out loud lines, but my favourite has to be: 'When you practice Christian Mindfulness your heart will open to the love of Christ and you find eternal salvation. When you practice Buddhist mindfulness you will be dammed to suffering in hell for all of eternity.' This is a well written book (hard to write comedy successfully) and an easy Red Dwarf meets Monty Python What a ride I've just been on, and thoroughly entertained in the process. Such an original concept and very funny as well. So many laugh out loud lines, but my favourite has to be: 'When you practice Christian Mindfulness your heart will open to the love of Christ and you find eternal salvation. When you practice Buddhist mindfulness you will be dammed to suffering in hell for all of eternity.' This is a well written book (hard to write comedy successfully) and an easy read, if not a little all over the place - hence the comparison to Red Dwarf and Monty Python. I warmed to the characters and find myself missing them now.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kristy Brown

    Okay, so I wasn't sure how to rate this book as I've never read anything quite like it! Barry is a humble gardener, who hates his job. His father has been missing for 25 years, and Barry is sent on a quest to find him. That's not even mentioning the ninjas, talking shrubs, toxic underpants and the OAP who rocks out to death metal music! This story was 'out there' to say the least. There were times I had to stop reading and think WHAT?? But, Barry also seemed to think that when I did. There's a lo Okay, so I wasn't sure how to rate this book as I've never read anything quite like it! Barry is a humble gardener, who hates his job. His father has been missing for 25 years, and Barry is sent on a quest to find him. That's not even mentioning the ninjas, talking shrubs, toxic underpants and the OAP who rocks out to death metal music! This story was 'out there' to say the least. There were times I had to stop reading and think WHAT?? But, Barry also seemed to think that when I did. There's a lot of British humour here and geekery, and the author seems to have a very vivid, if not blue imagination at times! Although this wouldn't be my usual read, it did spark my interest and the writing is strong. An enjoyable, if not surreal read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    D.J. Doyle

    I rate this 3.5 out of 5 but will round up to 4. Now, what can I say... it was probably one of the strangest books I've ever read. I didn't know whether I was laughing with it or at it, but at least I was laughing. It is an entertaining story that the author has written with a flare to keep you intrigued. A mature man with certain skills, or at least I think he has, or is it in his imagination. It's hard to tell with this character - is he delirious or is he perfectly sane? I'm not sure. It sounds I rate this 3.5 out of 5 but will round up to 4. Now, what can I say... it was probably one of the strangest books I've ever read. I didn't know whether I was laughing with it or at it, but at least I was laughing. It is an entertaining story that the author has written with a flare to keep you intrigued. A mature man with certain skills, or at least I think he has, or is it in his imagination. It's hard to tell with this character - is he delirious or is he perfectly sane? I'm not sure. It sounds like the sequel will be entertaining, too. If you enjoy a character-driven story with a bit of strange action, somewhat weird sex scenes, and a crazy plot, then this is for you.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dark Chocolate

    This book was send to me a while ago for an honest oppinion. I have to admit that in the beginning i was a liiittle bit sceptic mainly because i'm not used to reading this kind of sex humor. HOWEVER, as I continued reading this book it turned into the good kind of wtf-is-going-on :D I started looking forward what's the next crazy thing that's going to happen to Barry, Molly and the rest of that unique gang of characters! It is unlike anything i have read so far and that's why i enjoyed it! Btw t This book was send to me a while ago for an honest oppinion. I have to admit that in the beginning i was a liiittle bit sceptic mainly because i'm not used to reading this kind of sex humor. HOWEVER, as I continued reading this book it turned into the good kind of wtf-is-going-on :D I started looking forward what's the next crazy thing that's going to happen to Barry, Molly and the rest of that unique gang of characters! It is unlike anything i have read so far and that's why i enjoyed it! Btw the story can really be turned into a funny comic book with all these unbelievably ridiculous yet hilarious turns of events!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Donna Croft

    So much fun!!! Read a sample, got the book and read it all in one sitting! It's fast paced and hilarious. Now I'll be reading all this author's work. So much fun!!! Read a sample, got the book and read it all in one sitting! It's fast paced and hilarious. Now I'll be reading all this author's work.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    Unfortunately the second reading went only partially better. the start was far more hilarious and dark than I recall, and the characters more interesting. But once the main quest kicks in, I did not care for it. Not bad, just no longer as goofy. These characters were more interesting when they had no purpose in life, and odd thing to say about characters you like.

  23. 4 out of 5

    odedo1 Audio book worm.

    It’s beside me to understand how or where does an author finds the idea for this kind of a story? Even so that this is not even close to my favorite genre of books I have promised to the author Nicky Blue an honest review and to my surprise this audiobook is so great, so funny, reminding me of the movie “ the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy ‘ for some reason that I’ve actually listened to it about 5 times ( never counted ) with a difficultly of taking a break every one of those times. Perfectly It’s beside me to understand how or where does an author finds the idea for this kind of a story? Even so that this is not even close to my favorite genre of books I have promised to the author Nicky Blue an honest review and to my surprise this audiobook is so great, so funny, reminding me of the movie “ the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy ‘ for some reason that I’ve actually listened to it about 5 times ( never counted ) with a difficultly of taking a break every one of those times. Perfectly written and together with David Morley Hale narration a great masterpiece was created. Beside being short I truly can’t find anything to complain about and just noticing that this is part one, that there will be more all I can say is I CANT WAIT !!! Absolutely full heartedly recommend to all. This is a great audiobook to relax, unwind from life itself. In exchange for an honest review I’ve received this audiobook.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    There are so many wonderful and unpredictable gems in this book, and I found myself regularly giggling to myself at unexpected character descriptions, dialogue and the many situations Barry would find himself. This was just the book I needed to escape from the everyday intensity of life. I truly didn’t know what the hell was going to happen next and loved the cast of characters that are unlike any others I’ve encountered before. This is a fun, bizarre, and unique read that stretches the imaginat There are so many wonderful and unpredictable gems in this book, and I found myself regularly giggling to myself at unexpected character descriptions, dialogue and the many situations Barry would find himself. This was just the book I needed to escape from the everyday intensity of life. I truly didn’t know what the hell was going to happen next and loved the cast of characters that are unlike any others I’ve encountered before. This is a fun, bizarre, and unique read that stretches the imagination. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series!

  25. 4 out of 5

    J.B. Trepagnier

    This book was roaring fun. Barry must be the British equivalent of Ignatius J Reilly, but with Ninja skills and IBS. In fact, the entire book make me think this is what would happen if John Cleese decided to spoof A Confederacy of Dunces across the pond with ninjas. And it totally works. The book was enjoyable and flat out hilarious. Between the metal loving 80 year old, hairdressers with a granny fetish, wizards, ninjas, and a protagonist with rage issues, you've got the recipe for an intriguing This book was roaring fun. Barry must be the British equivalent of Ignatius J Reilly, but with Ninja skills and IBS. In fact, the entire book make me think this is what would happen if John Cleese decided to spoof A Confederacy of Dunces across the pond with ninjas. And it totally works. The book was enjoyable and flat out hilarious. Between the metal loving 80 year old, hairdressers with a granny fetish, wizards, ninjas, and a protagonist with rage issues, you've got the recipe for an intriguing story

  26. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Noe

    A rip roaring, grubby and downright hilarious satire of fantasy and ninja lore. Filled with toilet humour, risque scenarios and utterly mad set pieces it won't be for everyone, but then, what is?  It made me bust out laughing all the way through. British, rude and crazy. A rip roaring, grubby and downright hilarious satire of fantasy and ninja lore. Filled with toilet humour, risque scenarios and utterly mad set pieces it won't be for everyone, but then, what is?  It made me bust out laughing all the way through. British, rude and crazy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stella Ofarrell

    Good fun 5 out of 5 for this laugh out loud, kept me page turning,, book. I hope to catch up with Barry, the least likely ninja you'll ever meet. Reminds me a little of Terry Pratchett. Good fun 5 out of 5 for this laugh out loud, kept me page turning,, book. I hope to catch up with Barry, the least likely ninja you'll ever meet. Reminds me a little of Terry Pratchett.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Adriana Fox

    Unique touch to mystery ESCAPE FROM SAMSARA A COMIC FANTASY NOVELLA AUTHOR NICKY BLUE RATING : 3.5 OUT OF 5 STARS. While I found this book an interesting read as an American it was a bit confusing to me with the British English terminology. The main male character seems to be in an older age range which was a new twist I have yet to encounter. There is a mystery to solve and he is the character chosen to handle the task. Both his father and sister have gone missing. He still has his mother which in h Unique touch to mystery ESCAPE FROM SAMSARA A COMIC FANTASY NOVELLA AUTHOR NICKY BLUE RATING : 3.5 OUT OF 5 STARS. While I found this book an interesting read as an American it was a bit confusing to me with the British English terminology. The main male character seems to be in an older age range which was a new twist I have yet to encounter. There is a mystery to solve and he is the character chosen to handle the task. Both his father and sister have gone missing. He still has his mother which in her own right is quite a character as well. During his mission to find his missing family members he encounters even more odd occurrences then I truly expected the story itself had a lot of interesting twists to this, however I did find it a little more than confusing trying to figure out certain aspects of the story line not only due to being an American English reader but there was a number of grammatical errors. Reviewing the cover of the book it’s nicely done, however I would have choosen a bit of a different cover image. The free copy I received has no influence on my review itself. The reason I gave the book a 3.5 star review was due to the above formentioned issues that I personally took into consideration. I would still recommend this book to other reader’s cause I did find it comical even though I had my issues it is still a great read for those who like comedy and a bizarre fanatasy twist added to the mix! I feel in my personal opinion that the author could have more successful endeavors if he focused on making a series out of it where one aspect could have been the portion of what was supposed to be today's society. Then he could have made a second book out of the time traveling portal and branched that into many series of novellas due to the nature of the portals abilities itself. The reason why I suggest that as a change for the author to consider is I do see great potential there, however it was hard for me to enjoy the book itself fully due to what I am calling a ping pong effect. The bouncing between this era, and all the odd story twists makes you have to try to figure out what is even happening while you are in the middle of the story or paragraph even. I would also recommend some more editing being performed on the context of the pages since some of the errors I commonly found were simple misspellings. I hope that this review doesn't come across to harsh I just would like to read more from this author and as I stated if the book or books are reworked a little bit adjustment wise I think it would vastly improve the enjoyability factor for all reader's. This being said I did enjoy the book itself it had some odd comical aspects and the author for me truly put his own unique touch on how a mystery can be told.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Norma

    ( Format : Audiobook ) "Sitting duck for a twisted wizard." Ever thought of moving to the environs of Brighton, on the South coast of Englan? Or of becoming a professional gardener? Or believe you might one day be a Ninja master? Or thought there was something odd about your hairdresser? Then read this book now.Sent Barry Harris is a middle aged man who lives with his 82 years old head banger mother in Portslade, near Brighton, in the apartment over an hairdresser salon. His sister and father bot ( Format : Audiobook ) "Sitting duck for a twisted wizard." Ever thought of moving to the environs of Brighton, on the South coast of Englan? Or of becoming a professional gardener? Or believe you might one day be a Ninja master? Or thought there was something odd about your hairdresser? Then read this book now.Sent Barry Harris is a middle aged man who lives with his 82 years old head banger mother in Portslade, near Brighton, in the apartment over an hairdresser salon. His sister and father both went missing on the same day 26 years before and Barry, after a series of unfortunate events, decides that now is the time to go find him. With deliciously exaggerated stereotype satirical figures and others that are just plain crazy, this is an, at times, laugh out loud story, redolent with British lavatory humour as well as some Pythonesque experiences. For this reader, a little less I.B.S. references would have been prefered but then everyone's funny bone is different, and there are enough crazy characters to make this book great fun for almost everyone. Read with pizzazz by the Julian Clary-like voiced David Marley Hale, the whole cast of characters springs further into life, each with an individual voicing, and the action is fast paced in the telling. - a great performance. Not for those with a prurient attitude or those who like their stories to follow a straight forward time line (or even make sense), but for a fun fantasy with great characters and some really.funny incidents, Escape from Samsara is highly recommended.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Claire Davis

    I have received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have given Escape From Samsara by Nicky Blue three out of five stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️ I have to admit, with no exaggeration, this is probably one of the most unique books I have ever read! it was humorous, full of action and unbelievably hectic plot, compile all of those things together and it was a very interesting read! Nicky Blue is an extraordinary and incredibly talented writer, despite a few grammatical errors I thoroughly enjoyed his desc I have received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have given Escape From Samsara by Nicky Blue three out of five stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️ I have to admit, with no exaggeration, this is probably one of the most unique books I have ever read! it was humorous, full of action and unbelievably hectic plot, compile all of those things together and it was a very interesting read! Nicky Blue is an extraordinary and incredibly talented writer, despite a few grammatical errors I thoroughly enjoyed his descriptive use of writing throughout this story and absolutely loved the humour that was brought to light in this book, it really made me chuckle out loud. Blue’s descriptive use of writing really helped me to vividly imagine the characters and scenes that were playing out in the book, however there were quite a few times I felt that the story was being rushed or things were happening at a fast pace which made it difficult to keep up. I can’t say that I built a connection with the characters, but I did enjoy reading about Barry and the bizarre life that he leads. I could definitely imagine the characters and plot in a comic strip styled book. Overall I thought this book was well-written and very creative, with great slapstick humour qualities, but personally it wasn’t my type of genre I would particularly pick up again. I would recommend this book to readers of fantasy and tongue and cheek humour.

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