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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
Holy Hilarity Batman! If you are looking for a rowdy romp around England, look no further than The Patterer by Larry Brill. From the very first page you are scandalized, embarrassed, laughing out loud, and (dare I say) intrigued. If you don't enjoy this book, well...you must have the sense of humor of a teaspoon because this book was EPIC.
Not sure what a patterer is? Well, neither was I...luckily the matter gets explained early on and we follow our newly-beloved Brit, Leeds Merriweather on his journey as a seller of newspapers...by shouting out the titles and stories in poetry form to attract the stubborn masses. But Leeds doesn't want to patter forever; he wants to actually write the stories he sells. Once he's been sacked by his good-for-nothing boss, he is free to start struggling to make it and avoid getting his stories stolen from said good-for-nothing boss. I loved Leeds. I thought he was a great character, very funny in an unrepentant, heathen kind of way.
I just LOVE the way that Larry Brill writes. It was a complex mix of hilarity and angst, and the plot was really cool and made me breeze through the book. There were some cute pop-culture references as well, such as Gilligan's Island, which were fun when I caught them, but wouldn't distract readers even if they were unfamiliar with the cultural references. My one complaint is that the book was entirely too short. The Patterer could have been another 200 pages long and I wouldn't have noticed because I would have been too immersed in the bliss of hilarity on each page. Get yourself a copy and enjoy yourself. I know I did!