Book Review | Dinosaurs and Prime Numbers by Tom Moran

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Another suggestion by Goodreads and another home run. My profile over there is obviously tweaked to perfection because it’s been recommending a lot of winners recently, and Dinosaurs and Prime Numbers by Tom Moran was no exception.

If you were to merge Arthur Dent with Mister Bean and add them to a Sherlock Holmes mystery, you’d get something similar to this book. Walton Cumberfield is a character you can’t help but laugh at and with as he struggles on through his adventure.

The Blurb:

Enter the mind of Walton Cumberfield, an amateur gas and electricity meter-reader who is about to discover a cow that is independent of the space-time continuum. The debut novel by comedian and writer Tom Moran, Dinosaurs and Prime Numbers is like nothing else you’ll ever read – beautifully bonkers and bizarrely brilliant. It has to be read to be believed.

Walton Cumberfield is a lovable idiot, bumbling his way through an adventure brought on by the inevitability of causality. If you’re not a fan of puns (even very clever ones) then this book won’t be for you. Walton is one of those people everyone knows. Technologically inept (eg: Going to put that on “The Facebook”) and possibly not all there, Walton’s life is turned upside down when he accidentally kills an intruder with a copy of the Guinness Book of World Records (which is probably a record in itself).

This sets into motion a series of events that leads Walton and his lodger, Rodger, on a Sherlockian style mystery solving adventure through time. Perhaps not as sophisticated as a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s adventure, but Walton and Rodger like to think so.

Some parts I found predictable (possibly just good guesses, it’s hard to be sure) while other moments held surprises. As awkward as they are, the characters definitely grow on you. Certainly will be reading more from this author, and I’ve added book 2 – A Debt to the Universe – to my “To Read” list.

TL;DR Version

Loved it and want to read more by this author. Check out the sample on Amazon.

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