The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H.G. Parry

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 brother, Rob -- a young lawyer with a normal house, a normal fiancee, and an ut...

Details The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep

TitleThe Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep
Release DateJul 23rd, 2019
GenreFantasy, Writing, Books About Books, Science Fiction, Fiction, Adult

Reviews The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep

  • 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 accordin...
    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 langua...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 w...
  • 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...
  • Gina Dalfonzo
    Drop whatever you're reading right now, and pick up this book. It is magnificent.
  • Eugenie
    This is well-written fantasy that will appeal to book lovers. It deals with questions of reality, fate, family and love.
  • Virginia Ingham
    What a great read! I couldn’t stop reading very hard to put down!
  • Wendy
    Charley is a book summoner--a rare reader with the power to read characters out of their books, though it's much more difficult to put them back, as it turns out. Throughout history, even regular readers might form a magical connection with a certain character, bringing them to life our world, often without knowing it. Maui, Scheherezade, Heathcliffe, Matilda, the White Witch (who rides a motorcycle) all make appearances. Mr. Darcy is a reader fa...
  • Amy A
    4.5 Originally posted on Vampire Book ClubFor as long as he’s been alive Charley Sutherland has had the ability to bring forth literary characters from the books where they reside into the real world.For as long as Charley has been alive his older brother Robert has been picking up the pieces and cleaning up the messes that usually occur when bringing a literary character into the real world.On one such occasion, Rob is called to the university...
  • Tracey
    "Liminal space. The space between two worlds. Where the light was strongest, there were no buildings---at least, none of bricks and mortar. They shone through with words. The city at the edge is dissolved into block texts, and the ground under my feet was shifting with printed sentences. In places the buildings look like thinly painted watercolor over newsprint. And others there were holes torn through walls or across the sky itself, and words te...
  • Tawnie Mizer
    So there is one book lately I haven’t been able to stop talking about since I got the ARC from the publisher and read it in a whirlwind of a few days. And that book is the The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by HG Parry. This beautiful book lovers dream of a story took me aback with it’s atmospheric portrayal of Victorian England, the sheer number of classic literary characters represented, and its complex and at times complicated relationship ...
  • S.
    Though not farcical like the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde, this book is hilarious (if you're into classics, mostly from the 19th century, like I have been since childhood) and reminiscent of Thursday Next.One of the five Darcys:“...I can see him at a coffee shop, with an attractive young lady who has noted his resemblance to Mr. Colin Firth. He will doubtless be rude to her, and thus obtain her phone number."Five Mr. Darcys! One for me...
  • Raquel Evans
    This was like a grown up Inkheart meets the Thursday Next series with just a dash of Neverwhere. Plus, painfully accurate family and sibling dynamics... Just based on the story it probably could have been a five star book for me, but it didn't quite hit that status because of the writing style (not bad writing by any means, but also not quite great writing) and because I just didn't like the viewpoint character for most of the book (I think you'r...
  • James
    This book was on my radar for several months before its release. The concept alone was enough to make it an instant buy: A character who can "read" literary characters and objects into reality. But even that could have only been okay if it wasn't written right. And this was written very, very right! It's a love letter to stories and how we read them and what they mean to us. It's a story about families and identity and secrets and the nature of r...
  • Diane Hernandez
    Who wouldn’t want to help their favorite fictional characters escape from the books that entrap them? Even with the occasional blunder like the Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep, a villain from Dicken’s David Copperfield, being a summoner still sounds fun.However, when Charley realizes he is not the only summoner in the world, he and his quite normal brother must fight the other to protect the world from its most famous literary villains.While I ...
  • Jacquelyn
    David Copperfield, Mr Darcy (well actually 5 of them), Heathcliff, Sherlock Holmes, The White Witch (Narnia), Matilda, the Invisible Man, the Artful Dodger, Dorian Grey, Frankenstein, and Uriah Heep (obviously) as well as many others all in one book?! What more could a reader ask for?! The characters of popular stories come to life and are living outside of their books. It was so much fun seeing them interact with each other.This is very much a "...
  • Jeannette
    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a possible review. I am not even a huge fan of Dickens, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I really love Jasper Fforde's writing and this gave off a very Thursday Next kind of vibe. If you like the classics, especially Dickens, you may enjoy this book. Understanding where the literary references and analysis come from deepened my engagement with the story and made me think as...
  • Kristine
    The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H.G. Parry is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late July.Charley Sutherland is a researcher/librarian/literature theorist that ponders over literary characters and somehow loosens them to escape into the real world and his brother Rob, a successful lawyer, always rushes in to help and save him. They also banter and bicker constantly, which characterizes Rob immediately as the tutting straight man and Char...
  • Kim McGee
    While I really enjoyed the concept of this book it can be a bit confusing at times. Two brothers, one is the caretaker always looking out for his younger sibling and trying to understand while the younger brother is a creative genius who is able to pull out characters out of books. You can see how this would be a problem. It seems that Charley is not the only one who has this gift and it is a race to stop the rogue characters from upsetting the u...
  • Susan Graves
    For most book lovers, books come alive and are portals to a new world and new people from inside of these worlds. For Charlie Sutherland this is his reality. He can bring characters from books into our real world. The good, the bad, and the ugly. This could go one of two ways. For Charlie it has always gone very well until one day it doesn't. I can't say enough great things about this book. I can't love it anymore if I tried. It is full of magic ...
  • Lisa Marie Hagerman
    Well written, great concept, great opening. But once you enter Act 2, the plot slackens. Not enough at stake in act 2. Other than some sibling rivalry, not much conflict in the middle to keep the story interesting (for me anyway—maybe Victorian literature geeks would disagree). It’s not until closer to the end of the book when the story picked up again and I began worry about what was going to happen to the protagonist’s brother. Reads like...
  • Frank Key
    Although I tried really hard, I simply could not get into this one. I was constantly confused by different versions of the same characters and who was in which reality. Besides, I didn't like the original novels the first time through 5 or 6 decades ago. 480 pages was much too long for a 250 page story.
  • Danielle
    I love books about book characters coming alive. While this isn’t quite as zany as Thursday Next, it’s still a clever twist on the idea of being able to read characters in and out of books. 3 stars overall because I thought the mix of point of views didn’t really work and I wasn’t really sold on the actual conflict and “bad guy” but 4 stars for the concept and literary inside jokes.
  • Nicole
    Despite what felt like a brief and arbitrary ending, this book was quite enjoyable. If you're not a scholar of Victorian literature you may not get many of the references as the plot unfolds, but if you are it's quirky and entertaining. If you're not, it's a quality read anyway, delving into familial ties and fact versus fiction in an engaging way. All in all, an enjoyable and fun read.