Alfred Arnold's Great Adventure of No Direction Whatsoever Book Review

Title: Alfred Arnold's Great Adventure of No Direction Whatsoever
Author: Phoenix Williams
Series:The Alfred Arnold Saga #1
Publisher: Self-published
Publication Date: 21 October 2015
Source: From the author
Format: E-book
Pages: 296
Rating: 3 Stars
Reading Timeline: 9 December- 10 December 2016

Goodreads Synopsis:

Alfred Arnold, reader. Reader, Alfred Arnold. Although he is the hero of our story and has no knowledge of you, I would like you to get to know him. He is an eccentric man who finds himself in the fantastic and bizarre world of Seradame.
With no memory of his arrival, he undertakes the first ever expedition in the land with the help of the retired knight Sir Procrastination and the curious Lavandra.

Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

Please note that in no way has receiving this book from the author impacted my opinions of the book. All opinions are my own. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

I decided that besides reading the synopsis, which gives nothing away, I wanted to go into this blind. Only assuming that this is gonna be a funny book and something that I might enjoy.

Writing Thoughts:

I didn't really like the writing style of this book. One moment you are reading the story about Alfred Arnold and getting the grove of the story but the next moment you are distracted by sideline comments made by the author. By adding these sideline comments, the author took away from the story. However, other than that, the writing is really good. Once I got past the comments, I seemed to fly through the book. 

Plot Thoughts:

Whilst I enjoyed the comments about how good Alfred Arnold's different flavored waffles are, I thought they were unnecessary especially in the beginning for no one could live on just waffles alone.  The plot, however, did continue to develop from that point onwards.

It took a while for our Protagonist to find himself in Serdame but the fact that he isn't aware of where he is an interesting factor.I believe that the plot really picks up pace after we meet Sir Procrastination.
The story is a wonderful one made out of detailed outlines and clear consideration for everything.  As a reader, one will quite enjoy reading this.

I fear if I say anything else, I might give it all away. You should experience this story for your self.

Character Thoughts:

Alfred Arnold seems like an old man who never really got the adventure that he wanted back when he was younger. He seeks not only adventure but a better writing career as well. But by lacking those things, Alfred thinks up the world of Seradame. He is someone of intelligence and perhaps a well developed intuition which aids him in several instances.

Sir Procrastination is a gentle heart. He offers Alfred a meal and a bed to sleep in when he first finds him half sleep deprived and food deprived. He seems to know just what one needs without asking for something in return. Sir P is a compassionate person. However, at times it all feels a little too unrealistic. He doesn't push Alfred to reveal more of where he comes from, which I found a little weird.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, the story isn't a bad one. This book was a pleasant read and I was glad that I read it. It probably won't wound up on a big favorites list but it was something I liked reading. If you are looking for both humor and fantasy in one book, then this is definitely for you. But be aware, this may not be what you expect. Phoenix Williams has an incredible unique way of telling his stories, which might not be your cup of tea. So I advise to tread carefully, as you might too wound up in the world of Seradame.

Yours in Reading,



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