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Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway, reviewed by Patrick Ness

Like his debut The Gone-Away World, this is a joyful display of reckless, delightful invention, on a par with the rocket-powered novels of Neal Stephenson, if in rather more ironically diffident English form. Ideas come zinging in from all corners, and do so with linguistic verve and tremendous humour. Even the bad-tempered pug is funny and accurate in every detail. He gets up on a large settee and "despite being small, occupies it entirely". If Angelmaker perhaps starts a bit slowly, and you have to agree to be cheerfully confused by the plot for a good while before it starts making sense, then those are small concerns. Once it gets going, it's brilliantly entertaining, and the last hundred pages are pure, unhinged delight. What a splendid ride. PATRICK NESS

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