Winston Riddlebury is a man who has a certain fondness for the routine of home life, which is why it’s so upsetting when his computer repair business takes him to a remote island off the coast of England. From the moment he steps foot inside the Montshire Home for the Terminally Aged, Winston is bombarded with the unfamiliar, and he must learn to deal with the island’s peculiar residents if he’s ever going to make it back to his normal life again.
Matt King is one of a group of writers I’m in regular contact with on Twitter (@kingmatte) but it was only when another writer promoted the fact he’d a story out that I became aware he’d published anything. The title more than anything piqued my interest so i thought I’d have a look.
Winston Riddlebury is a computer engineer and not a very successful, predominantly doing work for his mother’s knitting friends and being paid in mittens. One day he’s contacted to service some computers at the Montshire Home for the Terminally aged on Mercy Island and it doesn’t take long to realise that the home is a very strange place indeed.
This is a wonderfully quirky tale aimed at older children (there is some mild, very English, swearing). In Winston Riddlebury, King has created a character trying to maintain a sense of normality whilst thrown into the world of the fantastical, concentrating on the job at hand and ignoring the strangeness around him. A lovely dry and gentle humour flows throughout, very reminiscent of Roald Dahl at his less scathing, and King manages to capture a very English type of the eccentric very well.
The story is short – I read it in just an hour – but is perfectly contained and has a nice ending with a great message. If you’re looking for a gentle, quirky tale of monsters and modems, then this is the book for you. Recommended.
To buy The Odd Tale of Winston Riddlebury from Amazon.co.uk click here
To buy The Odd Tale of Winston Riddlebury from Amazon.com click here
Recommended reads are either independently published books – or those that are published via a small press – that I have bought and enjoyed. They are part of a commitment to ‘pay it forward’ to other independent authors by buying their work and promoting those that I have enjoyed, both here and on Amazon and Goodreads. I don’t accept submissions but instead focus on people who have helped or inspired me through their blogging or who actively support other writers, but I only recommend those books I have personally enjoyed. If you are an independent author I would encourage you to do the same and help pay it forward to the community. For more information please see my blog post here.