When I read The Missing Link I had not read any reviews at amazon.com. I like A Beer for the Shower so I bought their book and read it. When I thought about writing this blog about it, I looked up the reviews at amazon. Several of the reviews talked about an updated Alice in Wonderland. I don't know about all that. Here's my take.
I usually do not like fantasy mixed with reality - at all. I want a story to be all reality or all fantasy. You might argue The Missing Link is just fantasy in the way Superman or Batman is. Not for me.
I was dropped into a real world that was quickly descending into chaos. Civilization was cracking as quickly as a chef can crack a dozen eggs. The computer guy was going nuts because the internet was down and everyone else in the office wanted him to fix it - fast. Especially the pretty young thing who had a thing for pornography. Some of the descriptions here turned me off a bit but it did serve to reinforce the idea that this was reality. Outside the building other things were happening fast and furious and part of that came crashing into the building as the cool, bad ass, level headed security guard was on his watch.
Then the reason for all the havoc became apparent. The goblins showed up! Folks I have "fought" a lot of monsters in RP online games. Those people go to a lot of trouble creating ugly and scary things for people to hate and fight. They do an admirable job but they have nothing on these authors. The goblins come to life immediately and begin chomping with their sharp little teeth and gulping down anything internet related.
Reality to fantasy. The authors did a fine job with this. The transition is seamless. The computer guy is true to life. I can't say that is completely true of the security guard. I couldn't really buy into a bad ass guy named Mickey with a billie club named Gladys. But it is funny.
The action is non stop. It is not long before you are introduced to a group of homeless people who are extraordinary individuals and one them has an extraordinary dog. The most impressive of this group is a female McGyver gifted in the art of making whiskey and weapons.
Soon you are introduced to the computer guy's girlfriend who is a gamer. Unlike many of us who've played games and imagined we were in that world, Molly's dream comes true. There is an old saying, "be careful of what you wish for, you might just get it." I don't know if Molly ever wished to be in a fantasy world but she was sucked into this one. And it was awful!
She began being accosted by various creatures and once again the authors shine. For me the most memorable of the least memorable group were the bird guys. Bawk! "We'll just need your credit card number."
Twiddledum and Twiddledee show up and become Molly's "friends" but they're a lot like some of the "friends" you get on the internet. The difference is these guys are amusing. Sir McAffery showed up and did his thing. He will always be George Bush in my mind.
I can't really talk about the type of humor in the book. That has never interested me. If something is funny I don't care what type humor it is. Also profanity doesn't really bother me. For me the book was funny, it told a good story and it is very easy to read. Twiddledum loves this.