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Publisher's Summary

Hooters, Hatters, and menacing evil.
Even in a mystical world where centuries ago animals were magically changed into humans, the land of Makasar is considered strange. Its two major religions are Hatters and Hooters. During the day, Hatters, wearing hats of course, wander about jabbing pointy sticks into bystanders. The night is ruled by the Hooters, who hoot and set fire to people and things. Hospitality is considered a capital crime. And Newlies, the humanized animals, are treated lower than scum. So when Finn, the Master Lizard Maker, finds himself stranded in Makasar - along with his lover, an attractive Newlies named Letitia, and the grandest, most magical creation of his illustrious career, a talking, thinking, rather cantankerous mechanical lizard named Julia Jessica Slagg - his first thought is a quick exit.
But the Nuccis - strongman son, mad father, and ever madder grandfather - have other plans for Finn and his loyal companions. There's an odd machine in their basement that needs fixing, and who better to do it than a Master Lizard Maker? There's more here than meets the eye, however, and Finn soon realizes that the future he faces could be very dark indeed.
©2000 Ruth Barrett (P)2016 David N. Wilson
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4 out of 5 stars
By korinka on 10-31-16

Full of great ideas

If you like lovely worldbuilding ideas, this book won't disappoint you. Neal Barret's world has humans, newlies (which are humanoids magically transformed from animals 300 years ago), and Julia Jessica Slag, who is a lizard made of copper - and by far the most sane creature in this story :D

Apropo, characters. Finn the inventor is self-absorbed and puffed-up, Letitia is well behaved but always hungry, Nucci senior is a looney, the good doctor is untrustworthy and the chair merchant tops it all off by being absurdly obnoxious :D In other words, I love them. They are all flawed on such a spectacular level, you can't help but like them :D

Superb narrator. Gave the mechanic lizard an accent. Pretty fun!

My heartfelt thanks to the author, narrator, or publisher for providing me this audiobook via Audiobook Boom at no cost in exchange for my unbiased review.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Koolaid53 on 10-24-16

Crazy and Zany Adventure!

Where do I start. Trying to figure out if this is Steampunk, Comedy, Insanity, Fantasy or just plain good. Neal Barrett Jr. has been around for a while and this is the first one of his for me. I quite enjoyed all the nonsense and goings on in the land of Makasar. Only certain people can drink at a bar. Only certain people can drink at a tavern. This drives Finn crazy for a while until he figures it all out.

All I can say about this book is you have to read it to get what is going on. In a lot of ways, it reminds me of the Xanth series with all the sayings and stuff.

Enjoyed it. 4 Stars.

"This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."

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