“one of the best, funniest and most inventive humorous sci-fi books ever written” – Review of You Can’t Kill the Multiverse* on Risingshadow

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On the Risingshadow website, Seregil of Rhiminee has just posted a review of Ira Nayman’s second book in the Transdimensional Authority series, You Can’t Kill the Multiverse (But You Can Mess With its Head). The book follows on from Welcome to the Multiverse (Sorry for the Inconvenience) and Ira gives us another insight into the world of the Transdimensional Authority investigators. New recruit Noomi turns up in other universes once more. We meet some favourite characters again (both lifeforms and non-lifeforms) along with some new ones as we follow a series of investigations in various Alternate Realities.

Seregil liked Welcome to the Multiverse* when he reviewed it (as you can see here), so it is good to know that he enjoyed the second book in this series. In fact he says it’s “a better book than its amazing predecessor” going on to say that this is “quite an achievement, because the first book was a uniquely comic approach to travelling between dimensions and alternate realities. This book continues to amaze the readers with sarcastic, parodical and witty humour, but this time the author offers even more laughs than before.”

Just in case you hadn’t guessed yet how much he liked Ira’s book, a couple more quotes might convince you. Seregil writes, “It’s one of the best, funniest and most inventive humorous sci-fi books ever written. It’s a book in which intelligent humour meets absurdism in a uniquely entertaining way.” He goes on to say “It’s been a long time since I’ve read anything as good and funny as this book.”

Seregil enjoyed the story, as well as Ira’s writing style, and the characters that populate it. He says “Ira Nayman writes fluently and interestingly about the characters and their personalities. Each character is memorable in his/her/its own way”. Among the characters, are some that are unexpected for a science fiction book. “Reading about the evil wizard and his spells was wonderful. I also enjoyed reading about the gnomes and dragons,” says Seregil. But this works because Ira “has an ability to combine fantasy elements with science fiction elements in a fluent and intriguing way”.

Among the other aspects of the book that Seregil especially highlights are the interrogations scenes with investigator Bob Blunt. Seregil writes that the “interrogations of Malvoncellius and Jeroshi Cornifferous are hilarious, because Blunt has his own way of making the suspects talk. If you’ve ever thought that interrogations are boring, you must take a closer look at the interrogations in this book, because there’s nothing boring in them.”

He concludes his review by describing You Can’t Kill the Multiverse (But You Can Mess with Its Head) as “a unique science fiction book that should be read by everybody who enjoyes reading humorous books” and finishes by saying that this “is a fantastic book for readers who want to read quality humour and laugh out loud

You can read Seregil’s full review for yourself here.