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The Pan of Hamgee is not a natural knight in shining armour. Yet he has escaped from police custody in K’Barth, switched realities and foiled Lord Vernon’s attempt to kidnap Ruth, the Chosen One from the Festival Hall. Pretty good, he thinks.However, Ruth thinks otherwise. Being pursued by Lord Vernon is bad enough. Now, thanks to The Pan, she’s on the run. They are both aThe Pan of Hamgee is not a natural knight in shining armour. Yet he has escaped from police custody in K’Barth, switched realities and foiled Lord Vernon’s attempt to kidnap Ruth, the Chosen One from the Festival Hall. Pretty good, he thinks.However, Ruth thinks otherwise. Being pursued by Lord Vernon is bad enough. Now, thanks to The Pan, she’s on the run. They are both alive, of course, but with Lord Vernon on their tail neither of them can be sure how long for.To save her life The Pan must introduce Ruth, the woman of his dreams, to the person prophesied to be the man of hers. And he knows he must do it fast. Before Lord Vernon finds her. But the gentleman in question is in hiding and no-one knows where. Can The Pan find him? And if he does, can he bring himself to unite them?This book is written in British English.Suggested cinema rating: PG=> This book is the second book in a series which is best enjoyed when read in sequence....

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The Wrong Stuff Reviews

  • Katy
    2018-11-24 05:37

    Book Info: Genre: Science Fantasy Epic ThrillerReading Level: AdultRecommended for: Fans of British comedy AND epic fantasy AND science-fiction/fantasy thrillers AND good stories! Well... most people, I think.Trigger Warnings: violence, repression, torture and murder (implied/offscreen as well as actual/onscreen)My Thoughts: Based on the page count on my Nook, this second book in the K'Barthan trilogy is about twice as long as the first.I managed to go through the whole first book without really noticing it, but then Corporal Puneschment showed up, and I suddenly realized that General Moteurs was a pun. As well as Sir Robin Get, and DI Phillip Softone. I think DC May Gurney might be, too, but I'm not sure. As should be well obvious by now, I'm sort of dim about things like that. Don't always catch really subtle things. And of course we don't learn General Moteurs' first name until this book (it's Ford)... Anyway, there were times during the book when I wanted to shake The Pan for his obstinate inability to see the obvious... and then I would remember General Moteurs, and realize The Pan and I are really two of a kind... Alas, The Pan is for Ruth, and what an adorable couple they make!Anyway, I loved this second book in the series. The Pan really comes into his own, and while we don't have quite as much of the delightful Ava and Gladys and Their Trev, Lucy was a great addition, and we had more Big Merv. Not to mention we learn a lot more about him, and about the Grongles and Grongolia in general. I can really see the growth of the writer here, and can not WAIT for book 3! This is like if a heroic epic fantasy were mixed with a science-fiction thriller, and I just love the dry British humor intertwined. Really, very highly recommended.I have a number of McGuire's short stories I would like to read, but because I'll be in and out all day, and it will be difficult to do the reviews properly, I'll have to put those off for another day. However, watch for my reviews of those soon.Series Information: The K'Barthan TrilogyPrequel: Unlucky Dip, review linked here where formatting allowed.Book 1: Few are Chosen, review linked here where formatting allowed.Book 2: The Wrong StuffBook 3: One Man, No Plan tentatively scheduled for Christmas 2013Disclosure: I received a copy of this e-book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.Synopsis: The Pan of Hamgee is not a natural knight in shining armour. Yet he has escaped from police custody in K’Barth, switched realities and foiled Lord Vernon’s attempt to kidnap Ruth, the Chosen One from the Festival Hall. Pretty good, he thinks.However, Ruth thinks otherwise. Being pursued by Lord Vernon is bad enough. Now, thanks to The Pan, she’s on the run. They are both alive, of course, but with Lord Vernon on their tail neither of them can be sure how long for. To save her life The Pan must introduce Ruth, the woman of his dreams, to the person prophesied to be the man of hers. And he knows he must do it fast. Before Lord Vernon finds her. But the gentleman in question is in hiding and no-one knows where. Can The Pan find him? And if he does, can he bring himself to unite them?

  • Will Jones
    2018-11-28 07:16

    One of the most difficult things for any author is to develop, and then maintain, a strong individual voice. MTM McGuire has managed that - in spades. Smoothly written and probably unique, this second book in the trilogy builds solidly on , with not just the story line but the characters developing nicely.fantasy literature has been heading down a dark alleyway recently, all unlikely heroes wielding impossible swords on their way to victory in a sea of blood: this is a refreshing change. A flawed hero, a nicely evil villain and a wide variety of beautifully drawn sidekicks and minor characters enliven a story rich in humour and warmth. Well, except for the villain, obviously. Being a bit of a petrolhead myself, I was hooked the first time a car took to the air here. So if you fancy something lighthearted to replace all those wanna be kings in pigsties, you could do a lot worse than start on this series.Warning - they are not stand alone books and you need to start with book 1, Few are Chosen. But you won't regret that, either.Disclaimer - I do 'know' the author on line from GR and Amazon.

  • TC
    2018-11-27 12:13

    Having already read the first book in the trilogy, Few are Chosen, I was interested to see what the Pan of Hamgee would be up to next. In this book he kicks off by rescuing the Chosen One, Ruth and whisking her away to safety. She's not particularly impressed though, especially when he then leaves her on top of a high rise building and within the grasp of Lord Vernon. This book really progresses the story of the mysterious Candidate and their Chosen One, who will potentially save K'Barth from the governance of Lord Vernon. While looking for a safe refuge from Lord Vernon, and the Police who are keen to question them, they find help from the resistance but still have a lot of frustratingly unanswered questions. By the end the future of K'Barth hangs in the balance and the Pan still has more to go through before he has any chance of a happy ending.While there is a lot of action and drama throughout the book, with car chases, plotting and murder, there is plenty of development of the characters. We aren't flooded with a large number of new characters, instead the author allows us to become better acquainted with those who were introduced in the first book. The Pan is as appealing as ever, so self-deprecating but well meaning. There is a definite Will they Won't they scenario with him and Ruth, with circumstances constantly getting in their way. Swamp Thing Big Merv was the revelation for me, going from the sort of gangland boss who dispatches victims to the bottom of deep rivers with concrete boots to secret softie. I'm not a big fantasy or sci-fi reader, partly because I find some authors' creations very off-putting, but the different species we are introduced to in the series are all very familiar but with a twist. It makes it easy to visualise the weird and wonderful characters we're introduced to. Swamp Thing Big Merv once disguised with a hat sounds not dissimilar to a member of the cast of TOWIE (ie he looks like he has a bad fake tan) and other than his flamboyant dress sense the Pan isn't immediately out of place on the streets of London. Another reason I've really enjoyed this series is because it is a bit tongue in cheek with plenty of puns thrown in. This is in the same vein as the likes of Grant Naylor's Red Dwarf series, and as that is one of my favourites it's probably no surprise this hits the mark with me. I found it interesting when I re-read my review of the first book that I mentioned I thought it was good for a YA audience but had enjoyed it myself, as this book didn't feel YA at all. Not because of any amount of bad language, sex or graphic violence, it just felt like a fantasy book with a comic bent. I'll be looking out for Book 3.

  • Tahlia Newland
    2018-11-18 05:11

    This is the second book in the Pan of Hamgee series. I loved the first one and this is even better. The author has created a bunch of truly loveable - and in one case, truly scary - characters that I just love to hang out with. They come from an alternative reality, the same earth but populated with a variety of different sized and coloured creatures, some more human looking than others. The Pan - basically human - enters our reality with the help of a portal in a thimble to rescue the one chosen by the Candidate for the role of spiritual and temporal leader of his country, but the arch bad guy follows him. A destructive chase through London in flying cars starts off the action and it just keeps moving.The Pan of Hamgee is one of my favourite characters of all time, the best getaway ever because he's a coward - or so he says; it makes him good at running away. But the Pan is much more than just the getaway man he thinks he is; he's funny, smart, noble, humble and, best of all, is just a really a good bloke. He always does what's right even when he'd rather be running in the opposite direction. However in this, the second of the Pan of Hamgee series, his negative opinion of himself is holding him back from realising his true potential. Ruth is another wonderful character, one we didn't have the chance to get to know in the first book, but in this one, she plays a major role, and her feisty interactions with the Pan are just delightful. Their relationship grows as the story progresses. First, he rescues her from a couple of Grongles who want to take her to the very nasty Lord Vernon. She has never met the Pan before and is, quite rightly, suspicious, but they end up spending a lot of time together because they're on the run, and he's not only the best getaway man in the business, he's also prEtty adorable.Big Merv, the bright orange Swamp Thing also deserves a mention, as another delightful character, and Lord Vernon deserves an award for one of the creepiest bad guys ever.The story is tight and unpredictable and the pacing excellent. The characterisation is superb and the humour delightful. I don’t like the use of the word alright instead if the more correct, all right, but since this is becoming an acceptable usage in dialogue, I’ll have to pass it. The copy editing could be better; it’s not bad, just the occasional lack of punctuation where it would have been helpful, certainly not enough of a problem to stop you enjoying this delightful story.

  • Heather Boustead
    2018-11-19 04:07

    The Wrong Stuff K’Barthan Trilogy Book TwoBy M T McGuireThe Pan of Hamgee is back and as cowardly as ever but this time we travel from K’Barth to modern day London as The Pan is trying to rescue Ruth from the Grongles. We also follow along with the continuing story of trying to find the true Architrave as Deirdre sets herself up for the Resistance to try to deceive the populace that she comes from humble beginnings by working in the castle’s laundry, As Lord Vernon searches for The Chosen One to become his bride so he too can pretend to be the rightful Architrave, all the while the true chosen one has yet to realize who he actually is. As Ruth and The Pan become close and begin to fall in love the story becomes interwoven and immensely beautiful. M T McGuire once again brings to life a fun a hilarious novel. This novel picks up right where the first book left off and I laughed so hard since The Pan was only able to say “I’m a little teapot” to Ruth when he first meets her! I have no idea how M T McGuire comes up with these things but combining his wickedly funny imagination and a fantastic writing style the book comes to life. Not only is this book funny it also has a lot of action and adventure and even romance I am sure this book will please anyone who wants to read it. So far this series has definitely been highly entertaining I can’t wait for the third book to come out.As always if you have any requests or recommendations email me at:[email protected] sure to visit my blogs at:http://reflectionsofabookworm.wordpre... can even follow me on [email protected]

  • Billy Buttons
    2018-11-24 06:17

    This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Awards. Our teenage readers (just over 50 of them) thought the following:COVER - All of the children (mostly teenagers) liked the cover. They thought it was 'fun', particularly the back of the book and the flying cars.LAYOUT - No problem with layout. Seven of the Readers did suggest the font was a little too small and that the book was too long. Another Reader thought chapter headings would add to the book.STYLE - All of the students thought the book started strong, although a few found the first chapter confusing. Many commented on how 'thrilling' the book was (particularly the boys) and also how funny e.g. p172 driving without insurance. The teenagers also liked the chemistry between Ruth and The Pan; lots of the girl Readers enjoyed page 214 (no idea why:) - Ed). Over half of the Readers commented on the snappy dialogue and how realistic it was but three of them did say the talking went on for too long. Seven Readers felt the book was too long-winded and needed editing down (it is a very long book even for teenagers - Ed) e.g. Tea making on page 81. The students also felt the character descriptions were too 'pot-boiler'; basically, too much 'tell' and no 'show' e.g. page 159 the description at the top of the page is very long and not particularly imaginative. Seven of the readers did not finish the book. Most of the readers felt the best character was Ruth: very funny and easy to like. Over half of the Readers expressed an interest in the sequel and six of the Readers thought the cliffhanger at the end was very well thought out.'A fast-moving, edge-of-your-seat adventure.' The Wishing Shelf Awards

  • Kath Middleton
    2018-11-24 11:34

    I can’t believe I have come so late to this trilogy that I only read Part One when Part Two was published. Here I am now, with this second, unbelievably good book under my belt and tapping my fingers waiting for the third! The characters we came to know, both good and bad, in Book One are here fleshed out even more and I really came to care about them. Big Merv’s softer side is gorgeous to read and of course, The Pan (we find out his real name!) and Ruth are absolute stars. Hard to believe, in the face of so much evidence, how thick the Pan is regarding his destiny – the daft lad!This story is really well plotted and I love the fast-action pace of it all. It’s an exciting and engaging tale and I was rather gutted to read that it’s going to be 18 months until I can read more. The ending was a bit of a cliff hanger. Will my finger-nails stand the test of time? I can thoroughly recommend this book which combines, a wry, sarcastic humour and some really deep insights into human nature (even though technically all the characters aren’t human!) If you love fantasy, this series is a must.

  • Kel Crist
    2018-11-18 07:35

    The Wrong Stuff by M.T.McGuire: The second book in the series is just as good, if not better than the first! I was super excited to continue reading about The Pan’s adventures and was not disappointed. I really don’t want to give anything away… no spoilers… Here goes… The Pan of Hamgee is a shifty little guy that specializes in getting out of any situation. Along with Big Merv, a very orange Swamp Thing, these two are now in London and chasing after Ruth, the Chosen One, trying to keep her out of harms way. Lord Vernon is back and with a vengeance and wants not only The Pan’s head a on a platter, but he also wants Ruth. While The Wrong Stuff answers some questions, it brings up just as many more. From the Snurd chases, to the witty banter between Sir Robin and The Pan, to the budding romance between The Pan and Ruth you will hold your breath with anticipation. You even get to find out what The Pan’s first name is!

  • John(walrus)
    2018-12-17 04:22

    I loved "Few are Chosen",the first in this series(even more so when i re-read it),and have been eagerly awaiting the release of this!didn't think it could Be so much more fun.If you enjoy reading Terry Pratchett,Jim Butcher, Tom Holt,and every other author who writes fantasy and/or science fiction with humour,grab yourself a copy of this book.Pantastic!!!!!

  • David Staniforth
    2018-11-30 08:30

    Great read. Looking forward to book 3.

  • Jess Mountifield
    2018-12-18 04:07

    Pretty good sequel. was loving every word until near the end. I found Mister Pan a little too stupid about his calling to be believable. Also has a cliff hanger ending.

  • Kate Policani
    2018-12-11 10:08

    The Pan, our fearless hero, has rescued the girl...well, almost, and now he has to finish the job. Like any good adventure, everything just grew more complicated. The Pan has saved Ruth, well...sort of. Now he has to keep Ruth the Chosen One saved and out of Lord Vernon's clutches until they find the one destined to be her true love and ask him to please choose someone else. Snurd chases with laser and missile fire ensue, and several very bad, sometimes stupid choices (Sheesh, Ruth!) result in disaster; glorious disaster. Can Pan somehow woo Ruth, the chosen one, to forgive the trashing of her beloved London or the destruction of her life and any possibility of regaining it? Can he keep her out of Lord Vernon's clutches long enough to find this mysterious new religious leader and get him to un-choose her? Will she let him? If he can, will she consider The Pan as an alternative?MT McGuire has triumphed with another delightful installment to the K'Barthan trilogy. The Wrong Stuff is anything but wrong. Every good part of the first book, which I adored, has continued without any loss of awesomeness. Seriously, I LOVE it. I love the uncomfortable bumbling and the beautiful chivalry of the tale. I love the reality mixed with outrageous and hilarious fantasy. Don't forget the awesome, goofy, delicious characters - I loved them all, even the bad guys (loved to hate). Even the side characters ooze the smooch-ability of the main characters.Occasionally an author struggles with a second story and either loses the focus or can't live up to that first glorious tale. MT didn’t fall victim to either problem. The story didn't end with this book, and I didn't want it to end, but I knew it was time and I just had to keep my cool until the next one comes out. (I get to read it before you do! Neener!) The story takes you out of words on a page and puts you there with this beautiful, outrageous tale.You have to read this story and if you haven't read the first one, I will have to pinch you, because it's free on Kindle. The K'Barthan trilogy is the kind of writing that gets me excited about reading and inspires me to write! I approve this title for Awesome Indies. http://awesomeindies.netI received this book from the author for the purposes of an unbiased review.

  • Jemima Pett
    2018-12-02 07:30

    McGuire has some truly wonderful inventions in her tale of parallel universes that collide, most of which we met in the first book Few Are Chosen. Except that the female protagonist, Ruth, didn’t, so she is discovering them wholly anew – and she is from our version of Earth reality, whereas The Pan of Hamgee is not, and neither is Lord Vernon, who is pursuing them mercilessly. He’s not big on mercy at the best of times, and especially not when he intends to marry Ruth, who is, whether she likes it or not, destined to be The Chosen One, in their mythology. And if Lord Vernon wants supreme power, he has to marry her and make out it was his destiny. And since the Pan fell in love with her the moment he saw her, he’s intent on thwarting Lord Vernon at every turn.There are lots of turns. There are lots of chases, escapes, chases, escapes, near-findings by Lord Vernon and impossible escapes. It is fast-paced and delightful, although I did get a bit fed up with Ruth and the Pan arguing/discussing/bickering/persuading her that she was, indeed the Chosen. And although we know what the Pan’s problem is from earlier than halfway, he still hasn’t worked it out by the end of the book, which, to my absolute horror, was a cliffhanger. And I hate series with cliffhanger endings, so I've docked it a star.But, since I already have the next two books of the Trilogy on my kindle (yes, I have counted that right), I can just get on and read it, and enjoy the utterly brilliant madness of it all.

  • Susan
    2018-11-18 07:15

    I am giving this book a 4 star rating. This is the second episode in a series and could be read as a standalone but you will be confused if you do. It begins right where Book One ended and also ends in a cliffhangerBook Two still revolves around a character called The Pan of Hamgee. He lives on K'Barth which is a parallel Earth but with a different version of reality. He travelled to a different reality where he has saved Ruth, The Chosen, from being kidnapped by Lord Vernon. This book switches between "this Earth" (as I've come to think of it since it contains familiar landmarks from London) and K'Barth.Join The Pan, Ruth, her roommate Lucy, Big Merv, and a host of other characters from Book 1 as they continue to try to stay ahead of Lord Vernon and his plan for world domination. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

  • R.J.
    2018-12-17 11:11

    Another stonking read as the plot thickens.As with the first book, M T McGuire’s style of writing strongly reminds me of Douglas Adams’ The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. As the story of The Pan continues the plot starts to thicken with twists and turns coming from every direction. Most of the action switches to our London and it’s nice to see some of the landmarks being treated with the contempt they deserve.The Baddies get worse and the Goodies get confused, and the lines between the two get blurred. Nicely paced and cleverly told I found all sorts of reasons to stop whatever I was doing and read a little more. These books are addictive!

  • ✿Claire✿ (Tiny Owl)
    2018-12-09 06:29

    This book picks up where the first left off and carries on, between a parallel universe and ours, with the Pan of Hamgee trying to rescue the girl, find the Candidate and introduce them. Once again, this is a funny book, well written with likeable (or perfectly evil) characters who continue to develop as the books go on. And you continue to root for the underdog and hope that he survives the day.

  • C.L.
    2018-11-30 10:31

    The Pan of Hamgee's adventure continues, saving the Chosen One multiple times from the clutches of the evil Lord Vernon. He finds love, but does not yet realize fully who he is or his importance to the Rebellion. The author continues a hilarious speculative romp between two realities. Looking forward to Book Three.

  • Marian
    2018-12-11 09:25

    I am really enjoying this series, and am really looking forward to getting the next book. I like the characters. The story rips right along. This is definitely the right stuff.