Welcome to the Multiverse (Sorry for the Inconvenience) – book review

Welcome to the Multiverse (Sorry for the Inconvenience) by Ira Nayman is a sidesplitting journey through the multi-universe.

The novel takes place in a world where travel between alternate realities is common. The reader follows the protagonist Noomi as she  joins The Transdimensional Authority, partners with ‘Crash’ Chumley and sets out to investigate a suspicious death on her very first case. This investigation leads to meeting a few quite different Noomis in a few very different worlds.

The first point to make about this book is that it is hilarious. Ira Nayman has a rare talent for writing humour and that should be applauded. The dialogue is witty, the situations funny and the narration hysterical. The author packs humour into every paragraph, making it slightly dizzying at times.

Part of the humour comes from lampooning science fiction tropes, and anyone who has read a lot of sci-fi should derive plenty of enjoyment from this. Nayman’s writing also has the quality of unpredictability necessary to keep comic work such as this fresh. Trust me, you will rarely, if ever, see the punchline coming.

It’s only fair to say that zany comedies like this won’t be for everyone and if this doesn’t sound like your cup of tea then don’t bother. If, however, you are looking for something to make you laugh then jump right in. This is especially true if you are fans of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett as, while he has a very different authoritarial voice, Ira Nayman has a similar sense of mischief and mayhem as these two writers.

Welcome to the Multiverse (Sorry for the Inconvenience) is the first part in the Transdimensional Authority series by Ira Nayman and was published by Elsewhen Press. You can buy Welcome to the Multiverse (Sorry for the Inconvenience) on Amazon.

You can find the author’s website here and follow him on Twitter here.

If this sounds like your type of book then you may also be interested in The Copper Promise by Jen Williams, which is a funny fantasy romp. You can read all of the book reviews on Stranger Views here or, if more serious science fiction is your thing then take a look at our classic science fiction section.

If you’re looking for more reading suggestions, why not try our list of must-read science fiction novels.

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