Reviews of Cosmogonic Marbles
taken from Amazon.com, Amazon.uk & Goodreads

"This book is clever, amusing, entertaining and treads the fine line between brilliance and insanity pretty much all the way through! The absurdity level is off the charts yet all this does is make it all the more brilliant and funny. I completely loved the sense of humour but I did find it hard to keep up with all the craziness that was going on - I would get really caught up in one part with certain characters and then it would move on quickly to something else, which was just as enjoyable I must say, but so much was going on that I found myself reading at a much slower pace than usual just to try and keep it all in! This was very interesting and unique read. I'll be looking forward to seeing what else this writer comes up with!"


Review on Amazon.com

"Mr Downes doesn't do mainstream and it is this that makes Cosmogonic Marbles worth reading. An instant classic? Well no, more like the snarling rage of Johnny Rotten wrapped up in quirky sense of humour."


Review on Amazon.com

"Downes has this wonderfully droll way of making the most absurd adventures seem completely possible. More than that, the wackiest parts are given the sheen of utter realism that strips the situation of its - for all intents and purposes - bizarro nature and forces the reader to accept it. That's what sells this story."

Review on Goodreads.com 


"Simply put, if you like your kicks on the surreal side, look no further. This title would sit comfortably with many in the Pratchett collection, and at times (usually after spilling my coffee over the sofa, sides split) was left wondering if It wasn't a hidden Adams'.
The characters fizzed with energy, thanks to some wonderfully anarchic prose.
By God, they do make 'em like they used to!
Bring on the sequels!"


Review on Amazon.uk


 "A good, fun read that clips along nicely and manages to use the reader's expectation of tropes effectively to the overall advantage and enjoyment of the story. Good job Mr. Downes," 


Review on Amazon.com

 


"Can you play with madness?

Apparently so. An extremely entertaining read full of genuine surprises. I was, until about a third of the way through, unsure if the author had discovered a way to distil madness and form it into prose. I'm now reasonably sure he meant it that way but I'll need to read the sequels to be certain. The characters have depth and the storyline weaves together quite nicely without ever allowing you the comfort of seeing it coming."


Review on Amazon.com

 


 "Funny, unpredictable and with some fantastic characters. Twin brothers Philip and James - destined for greater things than their ordinary lives seem to suggest. The brothers hold their own amongst the array of mad charters in the new worlds opening up around them; Dark Strangers... CIA operatives... Wizards... Womble's! For me, some of the seemingly unimportant characters were my favourites; the ill-fated St. Denis and the Postman who teeters on the brink of madness thanks to his dealings with Philip. Overall this was a really enjoyable read. I look forward to reading the 2 sequels promised!"

 

Review  on Amazon.com

 

"Wow! How does he do that? A real (and hilarious) roller-coaster ride of multiple characters and incidents and invention, leaping between worlds, time periods and storylines till you wonder how on earth(s) this author is going to pull it all together - and then, amazingly, it all clicks into place with one more rip-roaring invention. Milliganesque absurdities pile on just recognisable (and very clever) feasibilities. And he really puts his characters through the wringer, gruesome situations they just can't escape from but somehow do, and I really do want to know what happens next to ruthless dictator Vortigern, who goes soft when transported to our world, and his Earth girlfriend and wannabe CIA agent Elizabeth, who takes to barbarity and torture like a duck to water, and to any number of others. Can't wait for the sequel. Some very smart writing too."


Review on Amazon.uk