it's laugh-out-loud funny at times, and pleasant the rest of the time. ted wallace, the poet protagonist seems a modern version of bertie wooster, up until the end, when he has shows the perspicacity of jeeves. i suspect it isn't a coincidence fry, and his best friend hugh laurie, starred in the BBC adaptation of wodehouse' jeeves and wooster stories, which ran just prior to the publication of this book. living wodehouse for four years would no doubt have an influence on one's writing. i am curious now to see the series.