Thursday, 21 June 2018

Midsummer's Bottom by Darren Dash

Hello everyone. This week I am going to be reviewing a book which is a little bit more light-hearted and hilarious to the point that chaos ensues. It is based on the work of William Shakespeare, to the point that the original characters such as Puck, Oberon and Titania have roles, but there are new characters which act out the story, but in the way that the originals believe to be the best. However, these new characters do not know anything about this, which makes the twists and turns of chaos to become quite entertaining.

First of all, for those who know of Darren Dash's other pseudonym which deals with children's books should not read this book. The content is for the mature reader, it is clearly shown how it has been written.

I think that the best part about this book is that when starting to read it, having no previous knowledge about the certain Shakespeare's play of A Midsummer Night's Dream, I thought that I would be put off the concept. However, after a few of the chapters I was completely enthralled by both the original play but also the concept of the book itself. It was wonderful that there was a brief summary of what happened in the play, allowing for me to fully enjoy and immerse myself within the story with complete ease.

Dash's character's themselves were also very interesting, all battling with their own demons. It is hilarious to see how this then plays out when Del Chapman and the fairies are able to get their hands and change the whole narrative to how the play usually ends up every year for the company of actors. It surely is a fresh take on how different Dash's characters usually are, which actually helps to make it a great summer read.

Rating: ****