Minology – The Curious Secret of Central Head by Mark Murphy. Book review

Minology – The Curious Secret of Central Head by Mark Murphy, Netherworld Books, p/b 230 pp, £8.99

Reviewed by Steve Dean

The premise of this book is that, much like the Beano’s Numskulls and the recent Disney film, there are little people inside all of us that actually run the show. These people are called the Min, which explains the title. This story concerns an incident within the body, called The Will in this case. Now, Penelope Potts lives in the ear, and is wishing for something interesting to happen. This being a novel, she gets her wish. It seems Penelope has a power, to be able to read the thoughts of The Will, and is forced to fight for the future of all Minkind.

The first and most important thing that goes wrong with this vanity printed book is the world-building. The Min live in a world exactly the same as ours, with the same mores and morals and the same gender stereotyping, with houses and streets and everything. Even the names are similar, as you can tell by mention of Penelope Potts. The only real difference between our world and theirs is the few place names mentioned. If you’re going to build a world, there’s not much point just copying this one.

Of course, if the story was any good, this would be less of a problem. Unfortunately, the story is dull, paceless, unoriginal and far too long. The second major problem is the characters, or should I say character, as there seems to only be one, who nips behind the cardboard scenery, changes its name and re-emerges to carry on the plot.

I won’t mention the poor dialogue, which is basically a continuation of the prose, but without the speech marks. I understand this book is aimed at a younger audience, but that’s no excuse for poor quality. The opposite is true, if anything.

Now, there is another book, Minology II – The Disquisitive Saga of Filbert Monkton. It doesn’t really deserve a review of it’s own, but if I did one it would just say “ditto”.