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Review of ‘Keith Ramsbottom: The Return of the Pork Pie’

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Keith Ramsbottom and his hapless friends are back again, and they’re funnier than ever in Keith Ramsbottom: The Return of the Pork Pie by Scott Pixello.

Things are heating up in Roman-occupied Britain, especially in the village of Effluvium. Roman governor Paulinus disappears for days, causing great worry, and the rebel Boudicca burns Londinum, which causes even greater worry. But then, Paulinus resurfaces and decides to hold a poetry competition, and things get really, really zany.

This is not a book to read if you’ve just ingested a large quantity of liquids because it’ll tickle you and make you trickle. You’ll laugh until you spew your liquid all over the place. Pixello has a gift for using puns, plays on words, and just plain spot-on comic observations of human nature that will keep you entranced from start to finish.

Five stars and counting!

Review of ‘Keith Ramsbottom: The Emperor Strikes Back’

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In AD 60, Britain is occupied by the Romans. In the little village of Effluvium, Keith Ramsbottom, erstwhile leader of SORE, Scourge of the Roman Empire, along with his hapless friend, Horace, and the slave girl, Pulchitrude, is determined to eject the hated Romans.

In Keith Ramsbottom: The Emperor Strikes Back, by Scott Pixello, Keith and Horace must learn to be gladiators to save Pulchitrude from a forced marriage to Simon Cowellius, an envoy sent from Rome to check up on Paulinius, the governor of Effluvium. To make matters worse for everyone, the rebel princess Boudicca is still giving the Roman legions fits, and Paulinius’ wife has decided to pay a visit to Britain.

If all this sounds like a mouthful, trust me, it is. In this second book, or episode as the author calls it, in the Keith Ramsbottom series, he once again weaves modern cultural references (did you notice Simon Cowellius?) and language together with ancient history to create a story that is rib tickling funny. There were a few annoying typos throughout the book, but not so many that they detracted one iota from the funniness. I will, though, be forced to lower my rating until Keith expunges those dreaded typoliums from the arena.

Sorry, only four stars for this one.

Review of ‘Keith Ramsbottom: Rebel Leader’

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In AD 59, Keith Ramsbottom is a youngster living in the small British village of Effluvium that happens to be occupied by the Romans. Britain needs a savior, but, other than the warrior princess, Boudicca, all they have is Keith, a lad who hates the Latin homework he’s forced to endure, and who, with his friends Horace and the slave girl, Pulchitrude, is determined to lead a rebellion. Keith is also enamored of Boudicca, and wants to impress her. His problem is, he has no real idea how to achieve either of his aims, and his dimwitted friend, Horace, is only helpful if there’s food to be consumed. Pulchitrude is the brains of his rebellion, but, as a slave girl, no one really pays her any heed.

Keith Ramsbottom: Rebel Leader by Scott Pixello is a hilarious story that is as historically inaccurate as it is hilarious. The author skillfully blends offbeat modern cultural references with semi-accurate ancient history in a way that will have you laughing until you wet your pants—something Keith can relate to.

A solid five star offering!