The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep

The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep

The ultimate book-lover's fantasy, featuring a young scholar with the power to bring literary characters into the world, for fans of The Magicians, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, and The Invisible Library.For his entire life, Charley Sutherland has concealed a magical ability he can't quite control: he can bring characters from books into the real world. His older brot...

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Title:The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep
Author:H.G. Parry
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Edition Language:English

The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep Reviews

  • Eugenie

    This is well-written fantasy that will appeal to book lovers. It deals with questions of reality, fate, family and love.

  • WS_BOOKCLUB

    Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion. It will be available for purchase on July 23rd.

    If you enjoy The Book Jumper, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore, or even the TV show The Librarians, you’ll love this book. It celebrates the bond between a reader and a really good book. I fell in love with this book before the first chapter had even ended.

    Charlie Sutherland is a prodigy. Brilliant at languages, he teaches Dickensian literature at a university.

    Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion. It will be available for purchase on July 23rd.

    If you enjoy The Book Jumper, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore, or even the TV show The Librarians, you’ll love this book. It celebrates the bond between a reader and a really good book. I fell in love with this book before the first chapter had even ended.

    Charlie Sutherland is a prodigy. Brilliant at languages, he teaches Dickensian literature at a university. He also has the-sometimes unfortunate- tendency to read characters out of books. He can also put them back, but they don’t always want to go.

    The book opens with Charlie’s older brother Rob, receiving a phone call: Charlie’s accidentally read Uriah Heep out of David Copperfield and needs help catching him so that he can be read back into his book. When Rob and Charlie finally catch him, Uriah warns that a new world is coming, brought into being by another book summoner. From there, Charlie and his less-than-enthusiastic brother are drawn into a fight for both fiction and reality.

    I loved Charlie. He was a delightful combination of brilliance and naivete. He was a bit uncomfortable in his own skin unless he was discussing books. Then he had an enthusiasm and confidence that a was a ton of fun to read. He also looked up to Rob so much, and Rob couldn’t really see it.

    The book is told largely from Rob’s perspective as he’s drawn into a world where fiction and reality collide. He feels largely out of his element, and he’s a little resentful of Charlie for that. He was such a complicated character, often at odds with himself, and made for a great narrator.

    My other favorite character (the last one, I promise!) was Dorian Gray. He was selfish and intelligent, unsettling, and unapologetic about who he was or any choices he’d ever made. He was exactly the way he always seemed to me in Oscar Wilde’s book, and I loved every scene he was in.

    The twists weren’t very twisty; I saw them all coming. It didn’t dull my enjoyment of the book at all, however. It was highly entertaining, and surprisingly thought-provoking. I’ll definitely read this again in the future.

  • Joelene Weeks

    As literary invertebrates (aka bookworms) we love books, so books about books are like having our cake and eating it too, amiright?! Enter The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H.G. Parry, a story about a man who can bring characters out of books into the real world by reading, and the effects that has on him, his family, and the city in New Zealand where they live. The story opens with the accidental summoning and unlikely escape of the infamous Dickensian villain Uriah Heep and picks up steam f

    As literary invertebrates (aka bookworms) we love books, so books about books are like having our cake and eating it too, amiright?! Enter The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H.G. Parry, a story about a man who can bring characters out of books into the real world by reading, and the effects that has on him, his family, and the city in New Zealand where they live. The story opens with the accidental summoning and unlikely escape of the infamous Dickensian villain Uriah Heep and picks up steam from there.

    We see the events unfold through the first-person pov of Rob Sutherland, the older and non-magical brother of Charley, who is our summoner. Charley started reading characters out of books at the age of four, starting with The Cat in the Hat. (Can you even imagine?! How freaking awesome would that be as a kid?! Hell, even as a parent, I'll admit I'd be pretty stoked to meet the Cat! Lol) It wasn't easy, however, for Rob to be the older brother of a genius who graduated with a Ph.D from Oxford at the age of 19, who also just happens to be able to summon characters from books at inopportune times. It quickly becomes clear that Rob harbors quite a bit of resentment there but he still feels the need to try to protect Charley as much as possible while aslo complaining about it. So, (mostly) typical sibling stuff.

    When Rob and Charley are attacked by the Hound of the Baskervilles they realize that not only is there another summoner out there but they likely know Charley's secret and don't exactly want to be friends. What follows is a race to discover who the other summoner is, what they want with Charley, and how to stop them before innocent people (and characters) get killed. Along the way we meet a number of other easily recognizable (classic) literary characters, including Sherlock Holmes, Mr. Darcy, The White Witch, Dr. Frankenstein, and Dorian Gray, among others.

    This incredible story is a love letter to books, specifically Victorian era classics. It's a wonderfully well written fantasy, with a healthy dose of literary theory and analysis, interspersed with mystery, and laced with an examination of familial bonds and the love between brothers.

    A must-read for book lovers of all flavors.

    In a word: delightful!

    **Thanks to Redhook/Orbit and NetGalley for the ARC! All opinions are my own.**

  • Mary Nguyen (fox & wit)

    Oh this was a delight! As a literature major this book hit deeply close to my heart!

    This book brings favorite classics to life (quite literally.) There's five Dr. Darcys in this book lol.

    This is a love letter to literature and academics who study literature. Even if you've never been a literature major, this book is a blast to read.

    What's charming is this book is really about two brothers who try to figure out who they are and work through their relationship with each other. At the heart it's a

    Oh this was a delight! As a literature major this book hit deeply close to my heart!

    This book brings favorite classics to life (quite literally.) There's five Dr. Darcys in this book lol.

    This is a love letter to literature and academics who study literature. Even if you've never been a literature major, this book is a blast to read.

    What's charming is this book is really about two brothers who try to figure out who they are and work through their relationship with each other. At the heart it's a story of siblings and it's really well done. I love the complexity built in their relationship.

  • Shayne Wright

    Goodreads Giveaway. Charles had an unusual birth and unusual abilities. A prodigy, he is a "summoner", one who engrossed in a story can pull the characters from the pages. He learns to put them back or does he? One day he and his brother Rob fall through a brick wall into The Street..... An alternate reality populated with living story characters. They learn that there is another summoner in town, one who wants to create a "new world", destroying all they hold dear. Banding together the battle b

    Goodreads Giveaway. Charles had an unusual birth and unusual abilities. A prodigy, he is a "summoner", one who engrossed in a story can pull the characters from the pages. He learns to put them back or does he? One day he and his brother Rob fall through a brick wall into The Street..... An alternate reality populated with living story characters. They learn that there is another summoner in town, one who wants to create a "new world", destroying all they hold dear. Banding together the battle begins. The age old "good versus evil" plot dressed in fresh, new clothes. Sherlock Holmes, David Copperfield, Dorian Grey, the White Witch, et al together in the same story??!! How delightful. An engaging read... maybe it's time to revisit the classics?

  • BookwormishMe

    Did you ever want to be able to have tea with one of your favorite book characters? Or visit a street in Victorian London? In The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep, you can do those things. Dr. Charles Sutherland is an English literature professor with an unusual skill; he can “read” characters from books into existence. While this would be a fabulous skill to have, sometimes it can lead to unexpected consequences. What if the character is a fire-breathing dragon or a pre-teen girl detective who dec

    Did you ever want to be able to have tea with one of your favorite book characters? Or visit a street in Victorian London? In The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep, you can do those things. Dr. Charles Sutherland is an English literature professor with an unusual skill; he can “read” characters from books into existence. While this would be a fabulous skill to have, sometimes it can lead to unexpected consequences. What if the character is a fire-breathing dragon or a pre-teen girl detective who decides she’d rather not be in the story any longer? When Charles encounters these situations, it’s up to his brother Robert to try to intervene and help him catch the escaped character.

    Part fantasy, part mystery, this novel fills a lot of genres. The novel takes place in New Zealand, but really could be based anywhere. New Zealand is not a character in this story. Charles is a very unique character and concept. His ability to bring book characters to life is a fun escape for the reader. When characters suddenly appear to be doing wrong, that’s when this book takes a turn for the worse and the mystery and suspense begins. Charles and Robert find themselves in a battle for good and evil from the pages of a book.

    I loved this book. The concept was so unique and fun to imagine. Robert is the perfect older brother who is exasperated with his younger brother. Charles is an enigma. Parry brings forth both classic English fictional characters and characters of her own making. The world created is exactly what one would expect from the classic literature referenced. Sherlock Holmes, Dorian Gray and Heathcliff are all exactly what would be expected from their own authors. Clearly Parry is an expert in English lit herself.

    While this novel is long, it’s a fun and entertaining ride through a fantasy world many of us would love to visit. Parry has done a wonderful job.

    This review will be posted at BookwormishMe.com close to publication date.

  • Charlotte Kinzie

    Have you ever wondered what it might be like if your favorite literary characters came to life? You may want to rethink that wish because it might not turn out very well at all.

    Charley was born with a unique gift. He can magically summon literary characters to life. When they arrive they are imbued with the characteristics that the reader has imagined… so it can be a bit unpredictable! Rob’s older brother has struggled with his relationship with his little brother now that they are in the same c

    Have you ever wondered what it might be like if your favorite literary characters came to life? You may want to rethink that wish because it might not turn out very well at all.

    Charley was born with a unique gift. He can magically summon literary characters to life. When they arrive they are imbued with the characteristics that the reader has imagined… so it can be a bit unpredictable! Rob’s older brother has struggled with his relationship with his little brother now that they are in the same city. He’s torn between feeling as though he needs to take care of Charley and wanting his little brother to be independent enough to deal with his own problems.

    This book is part love-letter to literary characters and part magical mystery. There are other characters dwelling in secret in the city and it becomes clear that someone else must have the same powers as Charley. Thus begins the mystery of where the characters are coming from and what they’re up to!

    I loved the relationship between Charley and Rob. The characters are well developed and Parry has definitely managed a difficult genre expertly. It’s not easy to add well-loved characters to your novel and make them unique and still true to their original! Bravo!

    You don’t have to have read Dickens etc to enjoy this book, but it will probably make it a lot more of an adventure if you have!

  • Emily

    This book was on my to-read list, I guess I must have read about it somewhere as an "up and coming" fantasy book. Anyway, I added it to my to-read list and then later won it in a GoodReads giveaway.

    I wish I didn't have to give this such a low rating since the book isn't even out yet, but I just didn't care for it. There's just too much about the book that doesn't make sense to me. Like characters come out of books, but they don't behave according to their character in the book, they behave howe

    This book was on my to-read list, I guess I must have read about it somewhere as an "up and coming" fantasy book. Anyway, I added it to my to-read list and then later won it in a GoodReads giveaway.

    I wish I didn't have to give this such a low rating since the book isn't even out yet, but I just didn't care for it. There's just too much about the book that doesn't make sense to me. Like characters come out of books, but they don't behave according to their character in the book, they behave however the person that brought them out THINKS they could act. They come out of the book and are instantly at home in "our world" - they can even shapeshift and look totally different. It just doesn't make sense to me.

    I did not care for it.

  • J.A.

    Starred review from Kirkus; touted as for fans of

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  • karen

    NOW AVAILABLE!

    mine came with a neat little library checkout card, proving the book was previously read by the likes of dorian gray and anna karenina! and soon, ME!

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