“non-stop whimsical adventure” – review of The Multiverse is a Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn’t Want to Live There on Amazing Stories

Cover artwork: Hannah B. Farrell ARNS Cover on wall by permission of Travis Miles
Cover artwork: Hannah B. Farrell
ARNS Cover on wall by permission of Travis Miles

On the Amazing Stories website, Ricky L. Brown has posted a review of Ira Nayman’s latest novel in the Multiverse series (aka Transdimensional Authority series), The Multiverse is a Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn’t Want to Live There. Having not read any of the previous books in the series, Ricky was initially apprehensive at diving in to the series at book 5. However, he says that such apprehension was unnecessary and assures readers that they will be comfortable jumping into this series at any point. In fact he says “I did not have the pleasure of starting at the beginning, but I fully intend to do so in the near future”.

Ricky describes Ira’s series as “a collection of humorous examinations of the social interactions between a wide range of colorful characters who travel between alternate realities”, which is a pretty succinct outline. He says that this latest addition to the series is “compelling” because the events that are being investigated involve people having their consciousness exchanged with somebody else in a different reality. He finds the idea of a multiverse fascinating enough, he says, but add “Nayman’s penchant for literary wit to the mix” provides the reader with a “non-stop whimsical adventure that is both thought provoking and difficult to put down”.

Ricky draws the inevitable comparisons with Douglas Adams. Both Nayman and Admas, he says, “employ the same dry humor and ability to make the most irrational situation seem, well, commonplace”. His analysis of both is itself thoughtful and insightful and he concludes that “Adams’ work seemed limited to cultural and social issues dropped in a fantastic setting, but Nayman takes these concerns in a different direction by drawing on the fandom of science fiction and relying on the strength of his target audience’s knowledge of the genre to understand the humor”.

This is an interesting and well constructed review, not just of this book but of Ira’s approach to humour and storytelling. He concludes by saying that this book is “a fun read and a fine introduction to author Ira Nayman if you’re not already familiar.” He says he will now be adding the earlier books in the series to his “must read” list.

You can (and should) read Ricky’s full review on the Amazing Stories website here.


“full-throttle comedy” – review of You Can’t Kill the Multiverse* on Amazing Stories

You Can't Kill the Multiverse* cover image
artwork: Hannah B Farrell

On the Amazing Stories website (great to see that illustrious name back again), David Kilman has written an enthusiastic review of Ira Nayman’s second novel in the Transdimensional Authority series, You Can’t Kill the Multiverse*.

After amusingly bemoaning the paucity of humorous SF/F (an opinion with which we feel forced to agree, although at the same time pointing out that by publishing by Ira’s great books we are trying to do something about it) David launches into a tantalising canter through the different threads in Ira’s novel that all lead inexorably to the concluding chapter. Some of these, he suggests, stand on their own: “The second chapter, ‘The Rhododendron Who Cried Foul at Teatime’ is simply brilliant. Were it broken out as a novella, I would consider it the funniest new SF/F novella I’ve read in the last ten years. It’s that good.” He goes on to add “I give it the ‘worth the price of admission’ tag.”

David describes Ira’s humour as “something of a kitchen sink style”, in that he throws everything, including the kitchen sink, at the reader in quick-fire humour. David writes that he “thoroughly enjoyed the book”, although he does point out that “if you prefer subtle humor, this is not the novel you were looking for”. He concludes by saying that he highly recommends that you give it a try.

You should read the full review yourself here, to enjoy David’s own humorous style.


* But You Can Mess With its Head