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, Fiction, Science Fiction, Adult, Audiobook

Reviews The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep

  • Celeste
    I received a copy of this book from the publisher (Orbit US/Redhook) in exchange for an honest review.It’s.Not.Fair.I know that life isn’t.But stories are. Or if they’re not fair, they’re not fair with purpose.I wish I could tell better where stories end and life begins.Sometimes you just need to escape into a good book. But if you’re Charles Sutherland, sometimes you inadvertently facilitate the escape of fictional characters into the ...
  • Faith
    I don’t think that the publisher of this book did a very good job of publicizing it because I had never heard of it before I saw it among my library’s new acquisitions. Judging by the small number of reviews, not many people have heard of it and that is a shame because this book was imaginative, charming and witty. Charley was a precocious child, but his secret gift was the ability to bring fictional characters to life. He is a summoner who e...
  • 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 ...
  • Liz Barnsley
    The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep is hands down one of my favourite novels of the last few years – any fan of literature is going to adore this rip rollicking adventure, where the real and the fictional merge and you never know just who you might meet around the corner…Practical, realistic Rob is a lawyer whose younger brother Charlie is somewhat the bane of his existence, having as he does the power to read characters and sometimes real item...
  • 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...
  • Cheryl
    For a book lover like me this was a fantastic book. I have read a few other books with this similar concept of a book coming alive. Yet, this is probably one of the best books I have read. It truly was a story within a story. Imagine playing with the Cat in the Hat, or talking with Charles Dickens, or maybe visiting the Secret Garden. I know that I do every time that I read a book; I go places and meet people. However, to do so in real life would...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Katie Allison
    This is a pretty solid 3 star book. Considering this is Parry's first book, it had some style issues and story meandering that I wasn't fond of but overall I enjoyed the story. I really enjoyed the concept and the way it was executed. I also liked the reimagining of classical fictional characters in a real-world scenario where they are still fictional. Kudos to the narrator of the audiobook, and his awesome New Zealand (or at the very least, Down...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Charlotte
    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...
  • Sammie
    You can read the full review on my blog, The Writerly Way, hereMany thanks to NetGalley and Redhook for an eARC in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion. I've been a huge fan of the idea of being able to read characters out of books since I first read Inkheart, so I immediately knew I was going to have to read this.The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep is Inkheart for adults, replete with famous Victorian characters, a bookish protagonist, a disil...
  • Jordan
    Would someone like to explain to me why no one else seems to have read this incredible book? This is one of those books that left me feeling so utterly satisfied after I finished the last page.Find this review at Forever Lost in Literature!The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep was one of the biggest and best surprises of the year for me. I feel like this book has sort of flown under the radar and it really shouldn't. I first discovered it a few month...
  • 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...
  • Rick Stuckwisch
    This is a fascinating and well-written book. It's something of a fantasy fiction adventure mystery, as well as an exploration of literary craft, meaning, and significance. I found it utterly engaging and intriguing on all kinds of levels. The characters are complex, interesting, and well developed. The basic premise and underlying concept are deftly handled, thoroughly integrated into the warp and woof of the story without being contrived or over...
  • Lidia
    4,5 starsThe only thing I have found negative about this book is length, and only because I wanted know the end. Said this, I like book that speak of books especially those I have read . But also I have apprecciated how the author describes the power of words as tool of knowledge , of fight and evocation. I think it's true that we readers think/create/trasform characters of story also if little in our mind, I know I do! Also the relationship betw...
  • Kendall Culbertson
    This book has an excellent and exciting premise that just didn’t quite reach what it could have been. It’s about 100 pages too long; the whole middle of the story felt bogged down by repetitive explanations and needed to be edited to make the story move along faster. The characters weren’t as interesting as I thought they would be. But I did very much enjoy the conclusion with some nice twists mixed in. The writing is solid. This is the aut...
  • Martha
    This was a delight to read--not only was the main concept (characters being "read out" of their books) fascinating and fun, but the relationship between the two brothers was well-written and realistic. My favorite character may have been the Implied Reader... If you have read the novels mentioned in the book, or any literary criticism, it is even more fun, but even if you have not, there is much to enjoy here.
  • Ashley
    Damn.This was one fabulous story. It was like "Inkheart" for adults. Is there anything a book lover would love more than to be able to draw people out of books? To meet their favorite characters. Ask them so many questions. Basically, just read this. Go on, now. Do it.
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  • Jenny
    I loved it! Fantastic, especially if you're an avid reader and book lover.
  • Susan Bennett
    I generally avoid sci-fi and fantasy novels, but the title of this book pulled me in. It definitely was worth my time to read it...the plot is full of characters summoned forth from 19th century novels. When you first meet Uriah Heep, he is speaking in his 'umble manner and being as obsequious as ever. Hard to believe it, but there are more dangerous characters that emerge during an ongoing battle between two summoners....characters like Dracula,...
  • Virginia Ingham
    What a great read! I couldn’t stop reading very hard to put down!