The latest installment in The Banned Underground series, The SatNav of Doom definitely holds up to the standard set by the first four novels (you can read my reviews of them here, here, here, and here). Chock full of humor as always, I laughed my way through The SatNav of Doom at an admittedly slower pace than the previous books, but that was due to my overwhelming open house (and moving) preparation and is in no way a reflection on this fine novel. Indeed, settling down with Fungus and the gang for a rockin’ gig was a welcome relief from my moving stress. 🙂
The discerning reader will find many gems along the way to the Edern’s enchanted Fairy Hill hideout. From wonderful musical jokes to brilliant pop culture references, there’s plenty here to make you giggle, grin, and even guffaw. For example:
“If the Lady in the Lake ever finds out what you did with her enchanted sword, Blear, she’ll make your life a living hell,” warned Telem.
“Compared to dealing with you lot, that will be a step up, then!” retorted Blear.
“Extraneous insults are the sign of a poor argument,” said Lady Hankey, who was opposing Blear’s suggestion. Not because she disagreed with the idea, just that she had been opposing Blear’s suggestions to her for some time, and wasn’t going to stop now.
“Ever since a travelling enchanter sold her that spell to turn water into wine, She’s been too drunk to bother about the sword,” Lord Telstar remarked.
“True,” agreed Lord Tosca. “The only time she comes out of The Lake now is to wave a clarinet and play drunkenly at strangers on the shore.”
Being a fan of “Stranger on the Shore” (the song, not the show), I found that joke highly entertaining. 🙂
The satnav is one of my favorite characters, so I was quite excited at the prospect of a book full of GPS humor, and this one definitely delivered (I laughed long and loud when the satnav told Ned and the Watches to turn north and they went south instead). And with a little romance thrown in for good measure (courtesy of Gloria and Dai, who is NOT her boyfriend), what more could you possibly ask for in a book?
In short, I highly recommend The SatNav of Doom, as well as all the rest of The Banned Underground books. You just can’t beat ’em (so you might as well join ’em, eh?), and I can’t wait for April, when tax season ends and Have Frog, Will Travel hits shelves.
Stay tuned – I’ll be posting an interview with the author, Mr. Will Macmillan Jones as soon as I get my hands on his replies. In the meantime, if you’d like to find out what all the fuss is about, you can buy The SatNav of Doom at Amazon and Smashwords. For more links on where to buy, visit the book’s page at Safkhet Publishing. You can also connect with Will on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and his blog.
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