Review: Mr. Toppit by Charles Elton

Title: Mr. Toppit
Author: Charles Elton
Pub: Other Press
ISBN: 978-1590513903
Started: 12/11/2010
Finished: 12/24/2010
Source: Publisher ARC

This is quite an odd story about odd people.
Each character’s life was turned upside down by the run-away success of the Hayseed books but we are given evidence that all of them, with the possible exception of Luke, were involved in dysfunctional relationships prior to the success of the series.
The celebrity status and money just exacerbated the already present symptoms.

Charles Elton, the author, says the inspiration for this book was Christopher Robin Milne, son of A.A. Milne and inspiration for Christopher Robin of Winnie-the-Pooh fame.
Christopher Milne is said to have hated the fame his father’s books brought him and Elton sought to retell that idea in a modern context.
A similar story line is the basis of The Unwritten, a recent American comic book series by Mike Carey.

I also want to give a caution for young readers or those buying for young readers.
I am sure there is nothing in the story that they have not read or thought about, but the brief sexual content seemed so gratuitous and unnecessary that I wondered why the author added it.

So, if you want to read a study in dysfunctional relationships, this is your book.
I wondered at times why I was still reading it.
Maybe it is a sense of voyeurism, maybe it is just hoping the story was going somewhere.

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