Preincarnate

Preincarnate

This is the extraordinary tale of an ordinary man in a race against and across time. Join Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H. G. Wells, Queen Victoria, Jack the Ripper, and Tom Cruise as they unravel a Masonic plot to restore James II to the throne?and in the process, perhaps destroy the universe itself. Soul transference, time travel, cloning, space ships, Hollywood, and the Loch This is the extraordinary tale of an ordinary man in a race against and across time. Join Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H. G. ...

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Title:Preincarnate
Author:Shaun Micallef
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Genres:Humor
ISBN:1740669819
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:222 pages pages

Preincarnate Reviews

  • Emma
    Oct 28, 2011

    I love Shaun Micallef like a sugar daddy and while I desperately wanted to like this I just became more and more confused as the book progressed. He is a talented writer without doubt but his cleverness, nonsensical wit and scattered cultural references ultimately make Preincarnate a c...

    Confusing, over-complicated, poorly executed and full of references to things I'm not familiar with. I had a hard time just working out what was going on and who the people involved were. I'm still not sure who the author character was or why he was involved at all, and the first-perso...

    Anarchic. Chaotic. Undisciplined. Yes, all those things and funny. It?s no real surprise as it?s pretty much a text based representation of what Shaun Micallef is like as a TV host? and he is this country?s best one by a long way. There are many things wrong with this book as y...

    I was drawn in by the amusing blurb: 'Shaun Micallef smashes his mighty fist onto the keyboard of his soul and produces a novel of such breathtaking brilliance that if Patrick White were alive today he'd hurl his own typewriter into the sea and start a lawn-mowing business'. But the a...

    It was very clear from the first page of this book that it was Micallef who wrote this and kudos for him for having such a clear style. However, I got horrendously lost and confused by the plot. This may have been my fault for reading this at the airport at 3am, but I felt like it didn...

    This is just a scream. The perfect little palate cleanser between weightier tomes. A hilarious debut from one of our finest comic geniuses. It's laugh out loud and very him. The plot makes not an iota of sense, but why should we expect it to? It wildly veers from the surreal to the ins...

    I really wanted to love this. I've adored Shaun Micallef for years. But it was a very disjointed book. I loved some bits of it. There were some bits that were laugh out loud funny, but it was a very confusing book in places. I did enjoy the previews for his next few books though. I'll...

    Quite a likeable easy rolling story with some smoothly, simply executed complex time travel mechanics, and some hillarious historical and pop culture references. My only gripe is that he broke the 4th wall a little much, many times to limited comedic effect. The removal of several of t...

    It was a very weird and confusing book. I enjoyed it because it shows Shaun Micallef's humour and you really have to be a fan to like this book. The switch between third and first person is what will confuse you the most but that what makes you want to read more. The ending will blow y...

    Clever postmodern novel with typical Micallef humour. Reminicent of Douglas Adams. An enjoyable ride! ...

    Completely baffling at times, but hilarious from the first pages all the way until the little previews of upcoming books at the end. ...

    This is seriously out there, but would you expect anything else from Shaun Micallef? He's just a bit out there himself, so I just went with the ride. Typically surreal and full of ridiculous twists and turns - it is wonderfully hilarious, at times, and at times unstructured. I can ima...

    When in Melbourne to see the Tutankhamen exhibit, I happened upon a bookstore in the throes of a closing-down sale. The carcass had been mostly picked clean by the time I got there, but I did manage to walk away with one bargain. The first thing I want to say about Preincarnate is t...

    This is Shaun Micallef?s (The Leading Australian Comedian of the Entire Cosmos) first novella, linking such matters as Jack the Ripper, Tom Cruise, time travel, Freemasons, space travel and Matthew Reilly all together in one reasonable size book. It is not for the faint hearted, nor ...

    Before I go any further, I should be clear that being clear about Preincarnate is tricky business. It?s tricky because it would appear Micallef has tried as hard as he can to deliver a novella that reflects the quirky, whimsically fractured personal brand I mentioned before. In fa...

    Oh my word. This man has unfathomable depth of finesse and talent in pulling the English language to his absurd command. I really love Micallef's absurdist humour as I have seen on television, but I couldn't withstand the onslaught of an entire novel. TV comedies based on skits a...

    I don't know how I could have ever entertained the possiblity that something by Shaun Micallef could make any logical sense. This book sure doesn't - to me at least. If there's a logical sense in there, it's hidden pretty good in amongst the time travel, Loch Ness monster, gibes at Mat...

  • Urbaer
    May 21, 2012

    I love Shaun Micallef like a sugar daddy and while I desperately wanted to like this I just became more and more confused as the book progressed. He is a talented writer without doubt but his cleverness, nonsensical wit and scattered cultural references ultimately make Preincarnate a c...

    Confusing, over-complicated, poorly executed and full of references to things I'm not familiar with. I had a hard time just working out what was going on and who the people involved were. I'm still not sure who the author character was or why he was involved at all, and the first-perso...

    Anarchic. Chaotic. Undisciplined. Yes, all those things and funny. It?s no real surprise as it?s pretty much a text based representation of what Shaun Micallef is like as a TV host? and he is this country?s best one by a long way. There are many things wrong with this book as y...

    I was drawn in by the amusing blurb: 'Shaun Micallef smashes his mighty fist onto the keyboard of his soul and produces a novel of such breathtaking brilliance that if Patrick White were alive today he'd hurl his own typewriter into the sea and start a lawn-mowing business'. But the a...

    It was very clear from the first page of this book that it was Micallef who wrote this and kudos for him for having such a clear style. However, I got horrendously lost and confused by the plot. This may have been my fault for reading this at the airport at 3am, but I felt like it didn...

    This is just a scream. The perfect little palate cleanser between weightier tomes. A hilarious debut from one of our finest comic geniuses. It's laugh out loud and very him. The plot makes not an iota of sense, but why should we expect it to? It wildly veers from the surreal to the ins...

    I really wanted to love this. I've adored Shaun Micallef for years. But it was a very disjointed book. I loved some bits of it. There were some bits that were laugh out loud funny, but it was a very confusing book in places. I did enjoy the previews for his next few books though. I'll...

    Quite a likeable easy rolling story with some smoothly, simply executed complex time travel mechanics, and some hillarious historical and pop culture references. My only gripe is that he broke the 4th wall a little much, many times to limited comedic effect. The removal of several of t...

    It was a very weird and confusing book. I enjoyed it because it shows Shaun Micallef's humour and you really have to be a fan to like this book. The switch between third and first person is what will confuse you the most but that what makes you want to read more. The ending will blow y...

    Clever postmodern novel with typical Micallef humour. Reminicent of Douglas Adams. An enjoyable ride! ...

    Completely baffling at times, but hilarious from the first pages all the way until the little previews of upcoming books at the end. ...

    This is seriously out there, but would you expect anything else from Shaun Micallef? He's just a bit out there himself, so I just went with the ride. Typically surreal and full of ridiculous twists and turns - it is wonderfully hilarious, at times, and at times unstructured. I can ima...

    When in Melbourne to see the Tutankhamen exhibit, I happened upon a bookstore in the throes of a closing-down sale. The carcass had been mostly picked clean by the time I got there, but I did manage to walk away with one bargain. The first thing I want to say about Preincarnate is t...

    This is Shaun Micallef?s (The Leading Australian Comedian of the Entire Cosmos) first novella, linking such matters as Jack the Ripper, Tom Cruise, time travel, Freemasons, space travel and Matthew Reilly all together in one reasonable size book. It is not for the faint hearted, nor ...

    Before I go any further, I should be clear that being clear about Preincarnate is tricky business. It?s tricky because it would appear Micallef has tried as hard as he can to deliver a novella that reflects the quirky, whimsically fractured personal brand I mentioned before. In fa...

    Oh my word. This man has unfathomable depth of finesse and talent in pulling the English language to his absurd command. I really love Micallef's absurdist humour as I have seen on television, but I couldn't withstand the onslaught of an entire novel. TV comedies based on skits a...

    I don't know how I could have ever entertained the possiblity that something by Shaun Micallef could make any logical sense. This book sure doesn't - to me at least. If there's a logical sense in there, it's hidden pretty good in amongst the time travel, Loch Ness monster, gibes at Mat...

    I adore Shaun Micallef and will gladly read or view any and everything he has to offer. I knew Preincarnate was not going to be my favourite book but I have faith in Shaun and was not disappointed. Preincarnate is boggling and I could not quite follow what was going on at all times, pa...

    Read this one in a chapter a night method and it was funny and entertaining. Micallef weaves a tale of time travel in a rather bizarre way. Often it feels like your reading a skit playing out and there's the occasional breaking of the fourth wall, some witty little footnotes and so on....

  • Penelly
    Mar 31, 2011

    I love Shaun Micallef like a sugar daddy and while I desperately wanted to like this I just became more and more confused as the book progressed. He is a talented writer without doubt but his cleverness, nonsensical wit and scattered cultural references ultimately make Preincarnate a c...

    Confusing, over-complicated, poorly executed and full of references to things I'm not familiar with. I had a hard time just working out what was going on and who the people involved were. I'm still not sure who the author character was or why he was involved at all, and the first-perso...

    Anarchic. Chaotic. Undisciplined. Yes, all those things and funny. It?s no real surprise as it?s pretty much a text based representation of what Shaun Micallef is like as a TV host? and he is this country?s best one by a long way. There are many things wrong with this book as y...

    I was drawn in by the amusing blurb: 'Shaun Micallef smashes his mighty fist onto the keyboard of his soul and produces a novel of such breathtaking brilliance that if Patrick White were alive today he'd hurl his own typewriter into the sea and start a lawn-mowing business'. But the a...

    It was very clear from the first page of this book that it was Micallef who wrote this and kudos for him for having such a clear style. However, I got horrendously lost and confused by the plot. This may have been my fault for reading this at the airport at 3am, but I felt like it didn...

    This is just a scream. The perfect little palate cleanser between weightier tomes. A hilarious debut from one of our finest comic geniuses. It's laugh out loud and very him. The plot makes not an iota of sense, but why should we expect it to? It wildly veers from the surreal to the ins...

    I really wanted to love this. I've adored Shaun Micallef for years. But it was a very disjointed book. I loved some bits of it. There were some bits that were laugh out loud funny, but it was a very confusing book in places. I did enjoy the previews for his next few books though. I'll...

    Quite a likeable easy rolling story with some smoothly, simply executed complex time travel mechanics, and some hillarious historical and pop culture references. My only gripe is that he broke the 4th wall a little much, many times to limited comedic effect. The removal of several of t...

    It was a very weird and confusing book. I enjoyed it because it shows Shaun Micallef's humour and you really have to be a fan to like this book. The switch between third and first person is what will confuse you the most but that what makes you want to read more. The ending will blow y...

    Clever postmodern novel with typical Micallef humour. Reminicent of Douglas Adams. An enjoyable ride! ...

    Completely baffling at times, but hilarious from the first pages all the way until the little previews of upcoming books at the end. ...

    This is seriously out there, but would you expect anything else from Shaun Micallef? He's just a bit out there himself, so I just went with the ride. Typically surreal and full of ridiculous twists and turns - it is wonderfully hilarious, at times, and at times unstructured. I can ima...

    When in Melbourne to see the Tutankhamen exhibit, I happened upon a bookstore in the throes of a closing-down sale. The carcass had been mostly picked clean by the time I got there, but I did manage to walk away with one bargain. The first thing I want to say about Preincarnate is t...

    This is Shaun Micallef?s (The Leading Australian Comedian of the Entire Cosmos) first novella, linking such matters as Jack the Ripper, Tom Cruise, time travel, Freemasons, space travel and Matthew Reilly all together in one reasonable size book. It is not for the faint hearted, nor ...

    Before I go any further, I should be clear that being clear about Preincarnate is tricky business. It?s tricky because it would appear Micallef has tried as hard as he can to deliver a novella that reflects the quirky, whimsically fractured personal brand I mentioned before. In fa...

    Oh my word. This man has unfathomable depth of finesse and talent in pulling the English language to his absurd command. I really love Micallef's absurdist humour as I have seen on television, but I couldn't withstand the onslaught of an entire novel. TV comedies based on skits a...

    I don't know how I could have ever entertained the possiblity that something by Shaun Micallef could make any logical sense. This book sure doesn't - to me at least. If there's a logical sense in there, it's hidden pretty good in amongst the time travel, Loch Ness monster, gibes at Mat...

    I adore Shaun Micallef and will gladly read or view any and everything he has to offer. I knew Preincarnate was not going to be my favourite book but I have faith in Shaun and was not disappointed. Preincarnate is boggling and I could not quite follow what was going on at all times, pa...

    Read this one in a chapter a night method and it was funny and entertaining. Micallef weaves a tale of time travel in a rather bizarre way. Often it feels like your reading a skit playing out and there's the occasional breaking of the fourth wall, some witty little footnotes and so on....

    It was fun, as you might expect from Mr Micallef. I experienced some trepidation prior to reading this handsome volume (lovely illustrations!) as I'm very fond of Micallef and if he'd written a bad book I didn't want to know. But this is an enjoyable amusement, reading quite how you'd ...

    This is a crazy story. If you love somewhat paradoxical time travel and Shaun Micallef's humour, this is the book for you. I only became certain of what was going on when I reached page 132. And even that was short-lived. Several times, when a new link between Micallef's nutters adv...

    I ? Shaun Micallef. I think he?s one of Australia?s best comics, and I watch everything he makes in TV. Where I think he falls down slightly, in TV and in print, is trying to craft a narrative. His penchant for the silly, the surreal and the slapstick is hard to fit into a nov...

    Author Shaun Micallef describes this book as com/lit (comic literature), a supercilious categorization not without a kernel of truth. I loved his skilled command of the language (his satirical employment of Victorian English no less) and enjoyed the altogether quirkiness of the unlikel...

    I was left feeling both amused and confused. Amused because I love the humor and Micallef's comical style in the book; confused because..well.. I don't think I understood what I just read :s Although I can understand that Micallef was playing with the idea of time traveling and soul tr...

    This won't be to everyone's taste. The story is a minimalist, confection about time travel, Oliver Cromwell, Jack the Ripper, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Masons, Tom Cruise, the Scientologists, the Rosicrucians, the CIA, Aliens and an intergalatic future circa 3050. If you like Shaun M...

    A fairly benign book, pleasant without being outstanding. It doesn't particularly excite, and the plot feels a bit random and complicated for the amount of meat in the book, though it was nonetheless a reasonably enjoyable and humourous read at times. I didn't feel there was enough in ...

    Possibly the greatest badger story ever told. At times I was concerned that I'd accidentally consumed some acid on my morning toast and was tripping for the entire book, but took a step back and realised, this is Shaun Micallef. Reads like a bizarre lovechild of Spike Milligan and Mont...

    I had quite high expectations for this because I'm a fan of Micallef's quick and surreal wit. It was an easy read and relatively enjoyable, and some of it was quite funny. However, overall, the story didn't really work for me. It was a strange time-travelling kind of tale, with charact...

  • Sam Still Reading
    Mar 06, 2011

    I love Shaun Micallef like a sugar daddy and while I desperately wanted to like this I just became more and more confused as the book progressed. He is a talented writer without doubt but his cleverness, nonsensical wit and scattered cultural references ultimately make Preincarnate a c...

    Confusing, over-complicated, poorly executed and full of references to things I'm not familiar with. I had a hard time just working out what was going on and who the people involved were. I'm still not sure who the author character was or why he was involved at all, and the first-perso...

    Anarchic. Chaotic. Undisciplined. Yes, all those things and funny. It?s no real surprise as it?s pretty much a text based representation of what Shaun Micallef is like as a TV host? and he is this country?s best one by a long way. There are many things wrong with this book as y...

    I was drawn in by the amusing blurb: 'Shaun Micallef smashes his mighty fist onto the keyboard of his soul and produces a novel of such breathtaking brilliance that if Patrick White were alive today he'd hurl his own typewriter into the sea and start a lawn-mowing business'. But the a...

    It was very clear from the first page of this book that it was Micallef who wrote this and kudos for him for having such a clear style. However, I got horrendously lost and confused by the plot. This may have been my fault for reading this at the airport at 3am, but I felt like it didn...

    This is just a scream. The perfect little palate cleanser between weightier tomes. A hilarious debut from one of our finest comic geniuses. It's laugh out loud and very him. The plot makes not an iota of sense, but why should we expect it to? It wildly veers from the surreal to the ins...

    I really wanted to love this. I've adored Shaun Micallef for years. But it was a very disjointed book. I loved some bits of it. There were some bits that were laugh out loud funny, but it was a very confusing book in places. I did enjoy the previews for his next few books though. I'll...

    Quite a likeable easy rolling story with some smoothly, simply executed complex time travel mechanics, and some hillarious historical and pop culture references. My only gripe is that he broke the 4th wall a little much, many times to limited comedic effect. The removal of several of t...

    It was a very weird and confusing book. I enjoyed it because it shows Shaun Micallef's humour and you really have to be a fan to like this book. The switch between third and first person is what will confuse you the most but that what makes you want to read more. The ending will blow y...

    Clever postmodern novel with typical Micallef humour. Reminicent of Douglas Adams. An enjoyable ride! ...

    Completely baffling at times, but hilarious from the first pages all the way until the little previews of upcoming books at the end. ...

    This is seriously out there, but would you expect anything else from Shaun Micallef? He's just a bit out there himself, so I just went with the ride. Typically surreal and full of ridiculous twists and turns - it is wonderfully hilarious, at times, and at times unstructured. I can ima...

    When in Melbourne to see the Tutankhamen exhibit, I happened upon a bookstore in the throes of a closing-down sale. The carcass had been mostly picked clean by the time I got there, but I did manage to walk away with one bargain. The first thing I want to say about Preincarnate is t...

    This is Shaun Micallef?s (The Leading Australian Comedian of the Entire Cosmos) first novella, linking such matters as Jack the Ripper, Tom Cruise, time travel, Freemasons, space travel and Matthew Reilly all together in one reasonable size book. It is not for the faint hearted, nor ...

  • Tamz
    Jan 18, 2011

    I love Shaun Micallef like a sugar daddy and while I desperately wanted to like this I just became more and more confused as the book progressed. He is a talented writer without doubt but his cleverness, nonsensical wit and scattered cultural references ultimately make Preincarnate a c...

    Confusing, over-complicated, poorly executed and full of references to things I'm not familiar with. I had a hard time just working out what was going on and who the people involved were. I'm still not sure who the author character was or why he was involved at all, and the first-perso...

    Anarchic. Chaotic. Undisciplined. Yes, all those things and funny. It?s no real surprise as it?s pretty much a text based representation of what Shaun Micallef is like as a TV host? and he is this country?s best one by a long way. There are many things wrong with this book as y...

    I was drawn in by the amusing blurb: 'Shaun Micallef smashes his mighty fist onto the keyboard of his soul and produces a novel of such breathtaking brilliance that if Patrick White were alive today he'd hurl his own typewriter into the sea and start a lawn-mowing business'. But the a...

    It was very clear from the first page of this book that it was Micallef who wrote this and kudos for him for having such a clear style. However, I got horrendously lost and confused by the plot. This may have been my fault for reading this at the airport at 3am, but I felt like it didn...

    This is just a scream. The perfect little palate cleanser between weightier tomes. A hilarious debut from one of our finest comic geniuses. It's laugh out loud and very him. The plot makes not an iota of sense, but why should we expect it to? It wildly veers from the surreal to the ins...

    I really wanted to love this. I've adored Shaun Micallef for years. But it was a very disjointed book. I loved some bits of it. There were some bits that were laugh out loud funny, but it was a very confusing book in places. I did enjoy the previews for his next few books though. I'll...

    Quite a likeable easy rolling story with some smoothly, simply executed complex time travel mechanics, and some hillarious historical and pop culture references. My only gripe is that he broke the 4th wall a little much, many times to limited comedic effect. The removal of several of t...

    It was a very weird and confusing book. I enjoyed it because it shows Shaun Micallef's humour and you really have to be a fan to like this book. The switch between third and first person is what will confuse you the most but that what makes you want to read more. The ending will blow y...

    Clever postmodern novel with typical Micallef humour. Reminicent of Douglas Adams. An enjoyable ride! ...

    Completely baffling at times, but hilarious from the first pages all the way until the little previews of upcoming books at the end. ...

    This is seriously out there, but would you expect anything else from Shaun Micallef? He's just a bit out there himself, so I just went with the ride. Typically surreal and full of ridiculous twists and turns - it is wonderfully hilarious, at times, and at times unstructured. I can ima...

    When in Melbourne to see the Tutankhamen exhibit, I happened upon a bookstore in the throes of a closing-down sale. The carcass had been mostly picked clean by the time I got there, but I did manage to walk away with one bargain. The first thing I want to say about Preincarnate is t...

    This is Shaun Micallef?s (The Leading Australian Comedian of the Entire Cosmos) first novella, linking such matters as Jack the Ripper, Tom Cruise, time travel, Freemasons, space travel and Matthew Reilly all together in one reasonable size book. It is not for the faint hearted, nor ...

    Before I go any further, I should be clear that being clear about Preincarnate is tricky business. It?s tricky because it would appear Micallef has tried as hard as he can to deliver a novella that reflects the quirky, whimsically fractured personal brand I mentioned before. In fa...

    Oh my word. This man has unfathomable depth of finesse and talent in pulling the English language to his absurd command. I really love Micallef's absurdist humour as I have seen on television, but I couldn't withstand the onslaught of an entire novel. TV comedies based on skits a...

    I don't know how I could have ever entertained the possiblity that something by Shaun Micallef could make any logical sense. This book sure doesn't - to me at least. If there's a logical sense in there, it's hidden pretty good in amongst the time travel, Loch Ness monster, gibes at Mat...

    I adore Shaun Micallef and will gladly read or view any and everything he has to offer. I knew Preincarnate was not going to be my favourite book but I have faith in Shaun and was not disappointed. Preincarnate is boggling and I could not quite follow what was going on at all times, pa...

    Read this one in a chapter a night method and it was funny and entertaining. Micallef weaves a tale of time travel in a rather bizarre way. Often it feels like your reading a skit playing out and there's the occasional breaking of the fourth wall, some witty little footnotes and so on....

    It was fun, as you might expect from Mr Micallef. I experienced some trepidation prior to reading this handsome volume (lovely illustrations!) as I'm very fond of Micallef and if he'd written a bad book I didn't want to know. But this is an enjoyable amusement, reading quite how you'd ...

    This is a crazy story. If you love somewhat paradoxical time travel and Shaun Micallef's humour, this is the book for you. I only became certain of what was going on when I reached page 132. And even that was short-lived. Several times, when a new link between Micallef's nutters adv...

    I ? Shaun Micallef. I think he?s one of Australia?s best comics, and I watch everything he makes in TV. Where I think he falls down slightly, in TV and in print, is trying to craft a narrative. His penchant for the silly, the surreal and the slapstick is hard to fit into a nov...

    Author Shaun Micallef describes this book as com/lit (comic literature), a supercilious categorization not without a kernel of truth. I loved his skilled command of the language (his satirical employment of Victorian English no less) and enjoyed the altogether quirkiness of the unlikel...

    I was left feeling both amused and confused. Amused because I love the humor and Micallef's comical style in the book; confused because..well.. I don't think I understood what I just read :s Although I can understand that Micallef was playing with the idea of time traveling and soul tr...

  • Nick
    Feb 10, 2011

    I love Shaun Micallef like a sugar daddy and while I desperately wanted to like this I just became more and more confused as the book progressed. He is a talented writer without doubt but his cleverness, nonsensical wit and scattered cultural references ultimately make Preincarnate a c...

    Confusing, over-complicated, poorly executed and full of references to things I'm not familiar with. I had a hard time just working out what was going on and who the people involved were. I'm still not sure who the author character was or why he was involved at all, and the first-perso...

    Anarchic. Chaotic. Undisciplined. Yes, all those things and funny. It?s no real surprise as it?s pretty much a text based representation of what Shaun Micallef is like as a TV host? and he is this country?s best one by a long way. There are many things wrong with this book as y...

  • Lauren
    Jan 13, 2012

    I love Shaun Micallef like a sugar daddy and while I desperately wanted to like this I just became more and more confused as the book progressed. He is a talented writer without doubt but his cleverness, nonsensical wit and scattered cultural references ultimately make Preincarnate a c...

    Confusing, over-complicated, poorly executed and full of references to things I'm not familiar with. I had a hard time just working out what was going on and who the people involved were. I'm still not sure who the author character was or why he was involved at all, and the first-perso...

    Anarchic. Chaotic. Undisciplined. Yes, all those things and funny. It?s no real surprise as it?s pretty much a text based representation of what Shaun Micallef is like as a TV host? and he is this country?s best one by a long way. There are many things wrong with this book as y...

    I was drawn in by the amusing blurb: 'Shaun Micallef smashes his mighty fist onto the keyboard of his soul and produces a novel of such breathtaking brilliance that if Patrick White were alive today he'd hurl his own typewriter into the sea and start a lawn-mowing business'. But the a...

    It was very clear from the first page of this book that it was Micallef who wrote this and kudos for him for having such a clear style. However, I got horrendously lost and confused by the plot. This may have been my fault for reading this at the airport at 3am, but I felt like it didn...

    This is just a scream. The perfect little palate cleanser between weightier tomes. A hilarious debut from one of our finest comic geniuses. It's laugh out loud and very him. The plot makes not an iota of sense, but why should we expect it to? It wildly veers from the surreal to the ins...

    I really wanted to love this. I've adored Shaun Micallef for years. But it was a very disjointed book. I loved some bits of it. There were some bits that were laugh out loud funny, but it was a very confusing book in places. I did enjoy the previews for his next few books though. I'll...

    Quite a likeable easy rolling story with some smoothly, simply executed complex time travel mechanics, and some hillarious historical and pop culture references. My only gripe is that he broke the 4th wall a little much, many times to limited comedic effect. The removal of several of t...

    It was a very weird and confusing book. I enjoyed it because it shows Shaun Micallef's humour and you really have to be a fan to like this book. The switch between third and first person is what will confuse you the most but that what makes you want to read more. The ending will blow y...

    Clever postmodern novel with typical Micallef humour. Reminicent of Douglas Adams. An enjoyable ride! ...

    Completely baffling at times, but hilarious from the first pages all the way until the little previews of upcoming books at the end. ...

    This is seriously out there, but would you expect anything else from Shaun Micallef? He's just a bit out there himself, so I just went with the ride. Typically surreal and full of ridiculous twists and turns - it is wonderfully hilarious, at times, and at times unstructured. I can ima...

    When in Melbourne to see the Tutankhamen exhibit, I happened upon a bookstore in the throes of a closing-down sale. The carcass had been mostly picked clean by the time I got there, but I did manage to walk away with one bargain. The first thing I want to say about Preincarnate is t...

    This is Shaun Micallef?s (The Leading Australian Comedian of the Entire Cosmos) first novella, linking such matters as Jack the Ripper, Tom Cruise, time travel, Freemasons, space travel and Matthew Reilly all together in one reasonable size book. It is not for the faint hearted, nor ...

    Before I go any further, I should be clear that being clear about Preincarnate is tricky business. It?s tricky because it would appear Micallef has tried as hard as he can to deliver a novella that reflects the quirky, whimsically fractured personal brand I mentioned before. In fa...

    Oh my word. This man has unfathomable depth of finesse and talent in pulling the English language to his absurd command. I really love Micallef's absurdist humour as I have seen on television, but I couldn't withstand the onslaught of an entire novel. TV comedies based on skits a...

    I don't know how I could have ever entertained the possiblity that something by Shaun Micallef could make any logical sense. This book sure doesn't - to me at least. If there's a logical sense in there, it's hidden pretty good in amongst the time travel, Loch Ness monster, gibes at Mat...

    I adore Shaun Micallef and will gladly read or view any and everything he has to offer. I knew Preincarnate was not going to be my favourite book but I have faith in Shaun and was not disappointed. Preincarnate is boggling and I could not quite follow what was going on at all times, pa...

    Read this one in a chapter a night method and it was funny and entertaining. Micallef weaves a tale of time travel in a rather bizarre way. Often it feels like your reading a skit playing out and there's the occasional breaking of the fourth wall, some witty little footnotes and so on....

    It was fun, as you might expect from Mr Micallef. I experienced some trepidation prior to reading this handsome volume (lovely illustrations!) as I'm very fond of Micallef and if he'd written a bad book I didn't want to know. But this is an enjoyable amusement, reading quite how you'd ...

    This is a crazy story. If you love somewhat paradoxical time travel and Shaun Micallef's humour, this is the book for you. I only became certain of what was going on when I reached page 132. And even that was short-lived. Several times, when a new link between Micallef's nutters adv...

  • pinknantucket
    Jan 19, 2011

    I love Shaun Micallef like a sugar daddy and while I desperately wanted to like this I just became more and more confused as the book progressed. He is a talented writer without doubt but his cleverness, nonsensical wit and scattered cultural references ultimately make Preincarnate a c...

    Confusing, over-complicated, poorly executed and full of references to things I'm not familiar with. I had a hard time just working out what was going on and who the people involved were. I'm still not sure who the author character was or why he was involved at all, and the first-perso...

    Anarchic. Chaotic. Undisciplined. Yes, all those things and funny. It?s no real surprise as it?s pretty much a text based representation of what Shaun Micallef is like as a TV host? and he is this country?s best one by a long way. There are many things wrong with this book as y...

    I was drawn in by the amusing blurb: 'Shaun Micallef smashes his mighty fist onto the keyboard of his soul and produces a novel of such breathtaking brilliance that if Patrick White were alive today he'd hurl his own typewriter into the sea and start a lawn-mowing business'. But the a...

    It was very clear from the first page of this book that it was Micallef who wrote this and kudos for him for having such a clear style. However, I got horrendously lost and confused by the plot. This may have been my fault for reading this at the airport at 3am, but I felt like it didn...

    This is just a scream. The perfect little palate cleanser between weightier tomes. A hilarious debut from one of our finest comic geniuses. It's laugh out loud and very him. The plot makes not an iota of sense, but why should we expect it to? It wildly veers from the surreal to the ins...

    I really wanted to love this. I've adored Shaun Micallef for years. But it was a very disjointed book. I loved some bits of it. There were some bits that were laugh out loud funny, but it was a very confusing book in places. I did enjoy the previews for his next few books though. I'll...

    Quite a likeable easy rolling story with some smoothly, simply executed complex time travel mechanics, and some hillarious historical and pop culture references. My only gripe is that he broke the 4th wall a little much, many times to limited comedic effect. The removal of several of t...

    It was a very weird and confusing book. I enjoyed it because it shows Shaun Micallef's humour and you really have to be a fan to like this book. The switch between third and first person is what will confuse you the most but that what makes you want to read more. The ending will blow y...

    Clever postmodern novel with typical Micallef humour. Reminicent of Douglas Adams. An enjoyable ride! ...

    Completely baffling at times, but hilarious from the first pages all the way until the little previews of upcoming books at the end. ...

    This is seriously out there, but would you expect anything else from Shaun Micallef? He's just a bit out there himself, so I just went with the ride. Typically surreal and full of ridiculous twists and turns - it is wonderfully hilarious, at times, and at times unstructured. I can ima...

    When in Melbourne to see the Tutankhamen exhibit, I happened upon a bookstore in the throes of a closing-down sale. The carcass had been mostly picked clean by the time I got there, but I did manage to walk away with one bargain. The first thing I want to say about Preincarnate is t...

    This is Shaun Micallef?s (The Leading Australian Comedian of the Entire Cosmos) first novella, linking such matters as Jack the Ripper, Tom Cruise, time travel, Freemasons, space travel and Matthew Reilly all together in one reasonable size book. It is not for the faint hearted, nor ...

    Before I go any further, I should be clear that being clear about Preincarnate is tricky business. It?s tricky because it would appear Micallef has tried as hard as he can to deliver a novella that reflects the quirky, whimsically fractured personal brand I mentioned before. In fa...

    Oh my word. This man has unfathomable depth of finesse and talent in pulling the English language to his absurd command. I really love Micallef's absurdist humour as I have seen on television, but I couldn't withstand the onslaught of an entire novel. TV comedies based on skits a...

    I don't know how I could have ever entertained the possiblity that something by Shaun Micallef could make any logical sense. This book sure doesn't - to me at least. If there's a logical sense in there, it's hidden pretty good in amongst the time travel, Loch Ness monster, gibes at Mat...

    I adore Shaun Micallef and will gladly read or view any and everything he has to offer. I knew Preincarnate was not going to be my favourite book but I have faith in Shaun and was not disappointed. Preincarnate is boggling and I could not quite follow what was going on at all times, pa...

    Read this one in a chapter a night method and it was funny and entertaining. Micallef weaves a tale of time travel in a rather bizarre way. Often it feels like your reading a skit playing out and there's the occasional breaking of the fourth wall, some witty little footnotes and so on....

    It was fun, as you might expect from Mr Micallef. I experienced some trepidation prior to reading this handsome volume (lovely illustrations!) as I'm very fond of Micallef and if he'd written a bad book I didn't want to know. But this is an enjoyable amusement, reading quite how you'd ...

  • Christabel Seneque
    May 28, 2011

    I love Shaun Micallef like a sugar daddy and while I desperately wanted to like this I just became more and more confused as the book progressed. He is a talented writer without doubt but his cleverness, nonsensical wit and scattered cultural references ultimately make Preincarnate a c...

    Confusing, over-complicated, poorly executed and full of references to things I'm not familiar with. I had a hard time just working out what was going on and who the people involved were. I'm still not sure who the author character was or why he was involved at all, and the first-perso...

    Anarchic. Chaotic. Undisciplined. Yes, all those things and funny. It?s no real surprise as it?s pretty much a text based representation of what Shaun Micallef is like as a TV host? and he is this country?s best one by a long way. There are many things wrong with this book as y...

    I was drawn in by the amusing blurb: 'Shaun Micallef smashes his mighty fist onto the keyboard of his soul and produces a novel of such breathtaking brilliance that if Patrick White were alive today he'd hurl his own typewriter into the sea and start a lawn-mowing business'. But the a...

    It was very clear from the first page of this book that it was Micallef who wrote this and kudos for him for having such a clear style. However, I got horrendously lost and confused by the plot. This may have been my fault for reading this at the airport at 3am, but I felt like it didn...

    This is just a scream. The perfect little palate cleanser between weightier tomes. A hilarious debut from one of our finest comic geniuses. It's laugh out loud and very him. The plot makes not an iota of sense, but why should we expect it to? It wildly veers from the surreal to the ins...

    I really wanted to love this. I've adored Shaun Micallef for years. But it was a very disjointed book. I loved some bits of it. There were some bits that were laugh out loud funny, but it was a very confusing book in places. I did enjoy the previews for his next few books though. I'll...

    Quite a likeable easy rolling story with some smoothly, simply executed complex time travel mechanics, and some hillarious historical and pop culture references. My only gripe is that he broke the 4th wall a little much, many times to limited comedic effect. The removal of several of t...

    It was a very weird and confusing book. I enjoyed it because it shows Shaun Micallef's humour and you really have to be a fan to like this book. The switch between third and first person is what will confuse you the most but that what makes you want to read more. The ending will blow y...

    Clever postmodern novel with typical Micallef humour. Reminicent of Douglas Adams. An enjoyable ride! ...

    Completely baffling at times, but hilarious from the first pages all the way until the little previews of upcoming books at the end. ...

    This is seriously out there, but would you expect anything else from Shaun Micallef? He's just a bit out there himself, so I just went with the ride. Typically surreal and full of ridiculous twists and turns - it is wonderfully hilarious, at times, and at times unstructured. I can ima...

    When in Melbourne to see the Tutankhamen exhibit, I happened upon a bookstore in the throes of a closing-down sale. The carcass had been mostly picked clean by the time I got there, but I did manage to walk away with one bargain. The first thing I want to say about Preincarnate is t...

    This is Shaun Micallef?s (The Leading Australian Comedian of the Entire Cosmos) first novella, linking such matters as Jack the Ripper, Tom Cruise, time travel, Freemasons, space travel and Matthew Reilly all together in one reasonable size book. It is not for the faint hearted, nor ...

    Before I go any further, I should be clear that being clear about Preincarnate is tricky business. It?s tricky because it would appear Micallef has tried as hard as he can to deliver a novella that reflects the quirky, whimsically fractured personal brand I mentioned before. In fa...

    Oh my word. This man has unfathomable depth of finesse and talent in pulling the English language to his absurd command. I really love Micallef's absurdist humour as I have seen on television, but I couldn't withstand the onslaught of an entire novel. TV comedies based on skits a...

    I don't know how I could have ever entertained the possiblity that something by Shaun Micallef could make any logical sense. This book sure doesn't - to me at least. If there's a logical sense in there, it's hidden pretty good in amongst the time travel, Loch Ness monster, gibes at Mat...

    I adore Shaun Micallef and will gladly read or view any and everything he has to offer. I knew Preincarnate was not going to be my favourite book but I have faith in Shaun and was not disappointed. Preincarnate is boggling and I could not quite follow what was going on at all times, pa...

    Read this one in a chapter a night method and it was funny and entertaining. Micallef weaves a tale of time travel in a rather bizarre way. Often it feels like your reading a skit playing out and there's the occasional breaking of the fourth wall, some witty little footnotes and so on....

    It was fun, as you might expect from Mr Micallef. I experienced some trepidation prior to reading this handsome volume (lovely illustrations!) as I'm very fond of Micallef and if he'd written a bad book I didn't want to know. But this is an enjoyable amusement, reading quite how you'd ...

    This is a crazy story. If you love somewhat paradoxical time travel and Shaun Micallef's humour, this is the book for you. I only became certain of what was going on when I reached page 132. And even that was short-lived. Several times, when a new link between Micallef's nutters adv...

    I ? Shaun Micallef. I think he?s one of Australia?s best comics, and I watch everything he makes in TV. Where I think he falls down slightly, in TV and in print, is trying to craft a narrative. His penchant for the silly, the surreal and the slapstick is hard to fit into a nov...

    Author Shaun Micallef describes this book as com/lit (comic literature), a supercilious categorization not without a kernel of truth. I loved his skilled command of the language (his satirical employment of Victorian English no less) and enjoyed the altogether quirkiness of the unlikel...

    I was left feeling both amused and confused. Amused because I love the humor and Micallef's comical style in the book; confused because..well.. I don't think I understood what I just read :s Although I can understand that Micallef was playing with the idea of time traveling and soul tr...

    This won't be to everyone's taste. The story is a minimalist, confection about time travel, Oliver Cromwell, Jack the Ripper, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Masons, Tom Cruise, the Scientologists, the Rosicrucians, the CIA, Aliens and an intergalatic future circa 3050. If you like Shaun M...

    A fairly benign book, pleasant without being outstanding. It doesn't particularly excite, and the plot feels a bit random and complicated for the amount of meat in the book, though it was nonetheless a reasonably enjoyable and humourous read at times. I didn't feel there was enough in ...

    Possibly the greatest badger story ever told. At times I was concerned that I'd accidentally consumed some acid on my morning toast and was tripping for the entire book, but took a step back and realised, this is Shaun Micallef. Reads like a bizarre lovechild of Spike Milligan and Mont...

    I had quite high expectations for this because I'm a fan of Micallef's quick and surreal wit. It was an easy read and relatively enjoyable, and some of it was quite funny. However, overall, the story didn't really work for me. It was a strange time-travelling kind of tale, with charact...

    Lots of fun! I am a huge fan of Micallef. The pockets of genius and brilliance in the book were what I was after. The sporadic storyline is not your typical one but creates the vessel with with to allow access to the brilliant mind of Micallef where he exercises wordplay and wide-rangi...

    Silly, jumbled mess of a read--lots of fun. I gave up trying to keep track of the timeline after the first few chapters, and just went along for the ride. Highlights for me were the footnotes, references to badgers, appearances of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and the recommended reading gui...

  • Viv
    Jun 11, 2011

    I love Shaun Micallef like a sugar daddy and while I desperately wanted to like this I just became more and more confused as the book progressed. He is a talented writer without doubt but his cleverness, nonsensical wit and scattered cultural references ultimately make Preincarnate a c...

    Confusing, over-complicated, poorly executed and full of references to things I'm not familiar with. I had a hard time just working out what was going on and who the people involved were. I'm still not sure who the author character was or why he was involved at all, and the first-perso...

    Anarchic. Chaotic. Undisciplined. Yes, all those things and funny. It?s no real surprise as it?s pretty much a text based representation of what Shaun Micallef is like as a TV host? and he is this country?s best one by a long way. There are many things wrong with this book as y...

    I was drawn in by the amusing blurb: 'Shaun Micallef smashes his mighty fist onto the keyboard of his soul and produces a novel of such breathtaking brilliance that if Patrick White were alive today he'd hurl his own typewriter into the sea and start a lawn-mowing business'. But the a...

    It was very clear from the first page of this book that it was Micallef who wrote this and kudos for him for having such a clear style. However, I got horrendously lost and confused by the plot. This may have been my fault for reading this at the airport at 3am, but I felt like it didn...

  • Hayley
    Oct 27, 2010

    I love Shaun Micallef like a sugar daddy and while I desperately wanted to like this I just became more and more confused as the book progressed. He is a talented writer without doubt but his cleverness, nonsensical wit and scattered cultural references ultimately make Preincarnate a c...

  • Justin
    Nov 09, 2010

    I love Shaun Micallef like a sugar daddy and while I desperately wanted to like this I just became more and more confused as the book progressed. He is a talented writer without doubt but his cleverness, nonsensical wit and scattered cultural references ultimately make Preincarnate a c...

    Confusing, over-complicated, poorly executed and full of references to things I'm not familiar with. I had a hard time just working out what was going on and who the people involved were. I'm still not sure who the author character was or why he was involved at all, and the first-perso...

    Anarchic. Chaotic. Undisciplined. Yes, all those things and funny. It?s no real surprise as it?s pretty much a text based representation of what Shaun Micallef is like as a TV host? and he is this country?s best one by a long way. There are many things wrong with this book as y...

    I was drawn in by the amusing blurb: 'Shaun Micallef smashes his mighty fist onto the keyboard of his soul and produces a novel of such breathtaking brilliance that if Patrick White were alive today he'd hurl his own typewriter into the sea and start a lawn-mowing business'. But the a...

    It was very clear from the first page of this book that it was Micallef who wrote this and kudos for him for having such a clear style. However, I got horrendously lost and confused by the plot. This may have been my fault for reading this at the airport at 3am, but I felt like it didn...

    This is just a scream. The perfect little palate cleanser between weightier tomes. A hilarious debut from one of our finest comic geniuses. It's laugh out loud and very him. The plot makes not an iota of sense, but why should we expect it to? It wildly veers from the surreal to the ins...

    I really wanted to love this. I've adored Shaun Micallef for years. But it was a very disjointed book. I loved some bits of it. There were some bits that were laugh out loud funny, but it was a very confusing book in places. I did enjoy the previews for his next few books though. I'll...

    Quite a likeable easy rolling story with some smoothly, simply executed complex time travel mechanics, and some hillarious historical and pop culture references. My only gripe is that he broke the 4th wall a little much, many times to limited comedic effect. The removal of several of t...

    It was a very weird and confusing book. I enjoyed it because it shows Shaun Micallef's humour and you really have to be a fan to like this book. The switch between third and first person is what will confuse you the most but that what makes you want to read more. The ending will blow y...

    Clever postmodern novel with typical Micallef humour. Reminicent of Douglas Adams. An enjoyable ride! ...

    Completely baffling at times, but hilarious from the first pages all the way until the little previews of upcoming books at the end. ...

  • Andrew Nicholson
    Jan 09, 2013

    I love Shaun Micallef like a sugar daddy and while I desperately wanted to like this I just became more and more confused as the book progressed. He is a talented writer without doubt but his cleverness, nonsensical wit and scattered cultural references ultimately make Preincarnate a c...

    Confusing, over-complicated, poorly executed and full of references to things I'm not familiar with. I had a hard time just working out what was going on and who the people involved were. I'm still not sure who the author character was or why he was involved at all, and the first-perso...

    Anarchic. Chaotic. Undisciplined. Yes, all those things and funny. It?s no real surprise as it?s pretty much a text based representation of what Shaun Micallef is like as a TV host? and he is this country?s best one by a long way. There are many things wrong with this book as y...

    I was drawn in by the amusing blurb: 'Shaun Micallef smashes his mighty fist onto the keyboard of his soul and produces a novel of such breathtaking brilliance that if Patrick White were alive today he'd hurl his own typewriter into the sea and start a lawn-mowing business'. But the a...

    It was very clear from the first page of this book that it was Micallef who wrote this and kudos for him for having such a clear style. However, I got horrendously lost and confused by the plot. This may have been my fault for reading this at the airport at 3am, but I felt like it didn...

    This is just a scream. The perfect little palate cleanser between weightier tomes. A hilarious debut from one of our finest comic geniuses. It's laugh out loud and very him. The plot makes not an iota of sense, but why should we expect it to? It wildly veers from the surreal to the ins...

    I really wanted to love this. I've adored Shaun Micallef for years. But it was a very disjointed book. I loved some bits of it. There were some bits that were laugh out loud funny, but it was a very confusing book in places. I did enjoy the previews for his next few books though. I'll...

    Quite a likeable easy rolling story with some smoothly, simply executed complex time travel mechanics, and some hillarious historical and pop culture references. My only gripe is that he broke the 4th wall a little much, many times to limited comedic effect. The removal of several of t...

    It was a very weird and confusing book. I enjoyed it because it shows Shaun Micallef's humour and you really have to be a fan to like this book. The switch between third and first person is what will confuse you the most but that what makes you want to read more. The ending will blow y...

    Clever postmodern novel with typical Micallef humour. Reminicent of Douglas Adams. An enjoyable ride! ...

    Completely baffling at times, but hilarious from the first pages all the way until the little previews of upcoming books at the end. ...

    This is seriously out there, but would you expect anything else from Shaun Micallef? He's just a bit out there himself, so I just went with the ride. Typically surreal and full of ridiculous twists and turns - it is wonderfully hilarious, at times, and at times unstructured. I can ima...

    When in Melbourne to see the Tutankhamen exhibit, I happened upon a bookstore in the throes of a closing-down sale. The carcass had been mostly picked clean by the time I got there, but I did manage to walk away with one bargain. The first thing I want to say about Preincarnate is t...

    This is Shaun Micallef?s (The Leading Australian Comedian of the Entire Cosmos) first novella, linking such matters as Jack the Ripper, Tom Cruise, time travel, Freemasons, space travel and Matthew Reilly all together in one reasonable size book. It is not for the faint hearted, nor ...

    Before I go any further, I should be clear that being clear about Preincarnate is tricky business. It?s tricky because it would appear Micallef has tried as hard as he can to deliver a novella that reflects the quirky, whimsically fractured personal brand I mentioned before. In fa...

    Oh my word. This man has unfathomable depth of finesse and talent in pulling the English language to his absurd command. I really love Micallef's absurdist humour as I have seen on television, but I couldn't withstand the onslaught of an entire novel. TV comedies based on skits a...

    I don't know how I could have ever entertained the possiblity that something by Shaun Micallef could make any logical sense. This book sure doesn't - to me at least. If there's a logical sense in there, it's hidden pretty good in amongst the time travel, Loch Ness monster, gibes at Mat...

    I adore Shaun Micallef and will gladly read or view any and everything he has to offer. I knew Preincarnate was not going to be my favourite book but I have faith in Shaun and was not disappointed. Preincarnate is boggling and I could not quite follow what was going on at all times, pa...

    Read this one in a chapter a night method and it was funny and entertaining. Micallef weaves a tale of time travel in a rather bizarre way. Often it feels like your reading a skit playing out and there's the occasional breaking of the fourth wall, some witty little footnotes and so on....

    It was fun, as you might expect from Mr Micallef. I experienced some trepidation prior to reading this handsome volume (lovely illustrations!) as I'm very fond of Micallef and if he'd written a bad book I didn't want to know. But this is an enjoyable amusement, reading quite how you'd ...

    This is a crazy story. If you love somewhat paradoxical time travel and Shaun Micallef's humour, this is the book for you. I only became certain of what was going on when I reached page 132. And even that was short-lived. Several times, when a new link between Micallef's nutters adv...

    I ? Shaun Micallef. I think he?s one of Australia?s best comics, and I watch everything he makes in TV. Where I think he falls down slightly, in TV and in print, is trying to craft a narrative. His penchant for the silly, the surreal and the slapstick is hard to fit into a nov...

  • Claire
    Jan 03, 2011

    I love Shaun Micallef like a sugar daddy and while I desperately wanted to like this I just became more and more confused as the book progressed. He is a talented writer without doubt but his cleverness, nonsensical wit and scattered cultural references ultimately make Preincarnate a c...

    Confusing, over-complicated, poorly executed and full of references to things I'm not familiar with. I had a hard time just working out what was going on and who the people involved were. I'm still not sure who the author character was or why he was involved at all, and the first-perso...

    Anarchic. Chaotic. Undisciplined. Yes, all those things and funny. It?s no real surprise as it?s pretty much a text based representation of what Shaun Micallef is like as a TV host? and he is this country?s best one by a long way. There are many things wrong with this book as y...

    I was drawn in by the amusing blurb: 'Shaun Micallef smashes his mighty fist onto the keyboard of his soul and produces a novel of such breathtaking brilliance that if Patrick White were alive today he'd hurl his own typewriter into the sea and start a lawn-mowing business'. But the a...

    It was very clear from the first page of this book that it was Micallef who wrote this and kudos for him for having such a clear style. However, I got horrendously lost and confused by the plot. This may have been my fault for reading this at the airport at 3am, but I felt like it didn...

    This is just a scream. The perfect little palate cleanser between weightier tomes. A hilarious debut from one of our finest comic geniuses. It's laugh out loud and very him. The plot makes not an iota of sense, but why should we expect it to? It wildly veers from the surreal to the ins...

    I really wanted to love this. I've adored Shaun Micallef for years. But it was a very disjointed book. I loved some bits of it. There were some bits that were laugh out loud funny, but it was a very confusing book in places. I did enjoy the previews for his next few books though. I'll...

    Quite a likeable easy rolling story with some smoothly, simply executed complex time travel mechanics, and some hillarious historical and pop culture references. My only gripe is that he broke the 4th wall a little much, many times to limited comedic effect. The removal of several of t...

    It was a very weird and confusing book. I enjoyed it because it shows Shaun Micallef's humour and you really have to be a fan to like this book. The switch between third and first person is what will confuse you the most but that what makes you want to read more. The ending will blow y...

  • Luke Devenish
    Mar 10, 2011

    I love Shaun Micallef like a sugar daddy and while I desperately wanted to like this I just became more and more confused as the book progressed. He is a talented writer without doubt but his cleverness, nonsensical wit and scattered cultural references ultimately make Preincarnate a c...

    Confusing, over-complicated, poorly executed and full of references to things I'm not familiar with. I had a hard time just working out what was going on and who the people involved were. I'm still not sure who the author character was or why he was involved at all, and the first-perso...

    Anarchic. Chaotic. Undisciplined. Yes, all those things and funny. It?s no real surprise as it?s pretty much a text based representation of what Shaun Micallef is like as a TV host? and he is this country?s best one by a long way. There are many things wrong with this book as y...

    I was drawn in by the amusing blurb: 'Shaun Micallef smashes his mighty fist onto the keyboard of his soul and produces a novel of such breathtaking brilliance that if Patrick White were alive today he'd hurl his own typewriter into the sea and start a lawn-mowing business'. But the a...

    It was very clear from the first page of this book that it was Micallef who wrote this and kudos for him for having such a clear style. However, I got horrendously lost and confused by the plot. This may have been my fault for reading this at the airport at 3am, but I felt like it didn...

    This is just a scream. The perfect little palate cleanser between weightier tomes. A hilarious debut from one of our finest comic geniuses. It's laugh out loud and very him. The plot makes not an iota of sense, but why should we expect it to? It wildly veers from the surreal to the ins...

  • Catherine
    Feb 02, 2011

    I love Shaun Micallef like a sugar daddy and while I desperately wanted to like this I just became more and more confused as the book progressed. He is a talented writer without doubt but his cleverness, nonsensical wit and scattered cultural references ultimately make Preincarnate a c...

    Confusing, over-complicated, poorly executed and full of references to things I'm not familiar with. I had a hard time just working out what was going on and who the people involved were. I'm still not sure who the author character was or why he was involved at all, and the first-perso...

    Anarchic. Chaotic. Undisciplined. Yes, all those things and funny. It?s no real surprise as it?s pretty much a text based representation of what Shaun Micallef is like as a TV host? and he is this country?s best one by a long way. There are many things wrong with this book as y...

    I was drawn in by the amusing blurb: 'Shaun Micallef smashes his mighty fist onto the keyboard of his soul and produces a novel of such breathtaking brilliance that if Patrick White were alive today he'd hurl his own typewriter into the sea and start a lawn-mowing business'. But the a...

  • Danielle
    Mar 05, 2011

    I love Shaun Micallef like a sugar daddy and while I desperately wanted to like this I just became more and more confused as the book progressed. He is a talented writer without doubt but his cleverness, nonsensical wit and scattered cultural references ultimately make Preincarnate a c...

    Confusing, over-complicated, poorly executed and full of references to things I'm not familiar with. I had a hard time just working out what was going on and who the people involved were. I'm still not sure who the author character was or why he was involved at all, and the first-perso...

    Anarchic. Chaotic. Undisciplined. Yes, all those things and funny. It?s no real surprise as it?s pretty much a text based representation of what Shaun Micallef is like as a TV host? and he is this country?s best one by a long way. There are many things wrong with this book as y...

    I was drawn in by the amusing blurb: 'Shaun Micallef smashes his mighty fist onto the keyboard of his soul and produces a novel of such breathtaking brilliance that if Patrick White were alive today he'd hurl his own typewriter into the sea and start a lawn-mowing business'. But the a...

    It was very clear from the first page of this book that it was Micallef who wrote this and kudos for him for having such a clear style. However, I got horrendously lost and confused by the plot. This may have been my fault for reading this at the airport at 3am, but I felt like it didn...

    This is just a scream. The perfect little palate cleanser between weightier tomes. A hilarious debut from one of our finest comic geniuses. It's laugh out loud and very him. The plot makes not an iota of sense, but why should we expect it to? It wildly veers from the surreal to the ins...

    I really wanted to love this. I've adored Shaun Micallef for years. But it was a very disjointed book. I loved some bits of it. There were some bits that were laugh out loud funny, but it was a very confusing book in places. I did enjoy the previews for his next few books though. I'll...

    Quite a likeable easy rolling story with some smoothly, simply executed complex time travel mechanics, and some hillarious historical and pop culture references. My only gripe is that he broke the 4th wall a little much, many times to limited comedic effect. The removal of several of t...

    It was a very weird and confusing book. I enjoyed it because it shows Shaun Micallef's humour and you really have to be a fan to like this book. The switch between third and first person is what will confuse you the most but that what makes you want to read more. The ending will blow y...

    Clever postmodern novel with typical Micallef humour. Reminicent of Douglas Adams. An enjoyable ride! ...

  • Becca
    Dec 02, 2011

    I love Shaun Micallef like a sugar daddy and while I desperately wanted to like this I just became more and more confused as the book progressed. He is a talented writer without doubt but his cleverness, nonsensical wit and scattered cultural references ultimately make Preincarnate a c...

    Confusing, over-complicated, poorly executed and full of references to things I'm not familiar with. I had a hard time just working out what was going on and who the people involved were. I'm still not sure who the author character was or why he was involved at all, and the first-perso...

    Anarchic. Chaotic. Undisciplined. Yes, all those things and funny. It?s no real surprise as it?s pretty much a text based representation of what Shaun Micallef is like as a TV host? and he is this country?s best one by a long way. There are many things wrong with this book as y...

    I was drawn in by the amusing blurb: 'Shaun Micallef smashes his mighty fist onto the keyboard of his soul and produces a novel of such breathtaking brilliance that if Patrick White were alive today he'd hurl his own typewriter into the sea and start a lawn-mowing business'. But the a...

    It was very clear from the first page of this book that it was Micallef who wrote this and kudos for him for having such a clear style. However, I got horrendously lost and confused by the plot. This may have been my fault for reading this at the airport at 3am, but I felt like it didn...

    This is just a scream. The perfect little palate cleanser between weightier tomes. A hilarious debut from one of our finest comic geniuses. It's laugh out loud and very him. The plot makes not an iota of sense, but why should we expect it to? It wildly veers from the surreal to the ins...

    I really wanted to love this. I've adored Shaun Micallef for years. But it was a very disjointed book. I loved some bits of it. There were some bits that were laugh out loud funny, but it was a very confusing book in places. I did enjoy the previews for his next few books though. I'll...

  • Exoticbrett
    Apr 30, 2012

    I love Shaun Micallef like a sugar daddy and while I desperately wanted to like this I just became more and more confused as the book progressed. He is a talented writer without doubt but his cleverness, nonsensical wit and scattered cultural references ultimately make Preincarnate a c...

    Confusing, over-complicated, poorly executed and full of references to things I'm not familiar with. I had a hard time just working out what was going on and who the people involved were. I'm still not sure who the author character was or why he was involved at all, and the first-perso...

    Anarchic. Chaotic. Undisciplined. Yes, all those things and funny. It?s no real surprise as it?s pretty much a text based representation of what Shaun Micallef is like as a TV host? and he is this country?s best one by a long way. There are many things wrong with this book as y...

    I was drawn in by the amusing blurb: 'Shaun Micallef smashes his mighty fist onto the keyboard of his soul and produces a novel of such breathtaking brilliance that if Patrick White were alive today he'd hurl his own typewriter into the sea and start a lawn-mowing business'. But the a...

    It was very clear from the first page of this book that it was Micallef who wrote this and kudos for him for having such a clear style. However, I got horrendously lost and confused by the plot. This may have been my fault for reading this at the airport at 3am, but I felt like it didn...

    This is just a scream. The perfect little palate cleanser between weightier tomes. A hilarious debut from one of our finest comic geniuses. It's laugh out loud and very him. The plot makes not an iota of sense, but why should we expect it to? It wildly veers from the surreal to the ins...

    I really wanted to love this. I've adored Shaun Micallef for years. But it was a very disjointed book. I loved some bits of it. There were some bits that were laugh out loud funny, but it was a very confusing book in places. I did enjoy the previews for his next few books though. I'll...

    Quite a likeable easy rolling story with some smoothly, simply executed complex time travel mechanics, and some hillarious historical and pop culture references. My only gripe is that he broke the 4th wall a little much, many times to limited comedic effect. The removal of several of t...

    It was a very weird and confusing book. I enjoyed it because it shows Shaun Micallef's humour and you really have to be a fan to like this book. The switch between third and first person is what will confuse you the most but that what makes you want to read more. The ending will blow y...

    Clever postmodern novel with typical Micallef humour. Reminicent of Douglas Adams. An enjoyable ride! ...

    Completely baffling at times, but hilarious from the first pages all the way until the little previews of upcoming books at the end. ...

    This is seriously out there, but would you expect anything else from Shaun Micallef? He's just a bit out there himself, so I just went with the ride. Typically surreal and full of ridiculous twists and turns - it is wonderfully hilarious, at times, and at times unstructured. I can ima...

    When in Melbourne to see the Tutankhamen exhibit, I happened upon a bookstore in the throes of a closing-down sale. The carcass had been mostly picked clean by the time I got there, but I did manage to walk away with one bargain. The first thing I want to say about Preincarnate is t...

    This is Shaun Micallef?s (The Leading Australian Comedian of the Entire Cosmos) first novella, linking such matters as Jack the Ripper, Tom Cruise, time travel, Freemasons, space travel and Matthew Reilly all together in one reasonable size book. It is not for the faint hearted, nor ...

    Before I go any further, I should be clear that being clear about Preincarnate is tricky business. It?s tricky because it would appear Micallef has tried as hard as he can to deliver a novella that reflects the quirky, whimsically fractured personal brand I mentioned before. In fa...

    Oh my word. This man has unfathomable depth of finesse and talent in pulling the English language to his absurd command. I really love Micallef's absurdist humour as I have seen on television, but I couldn't withstand the onslaught of an entire novel. TV comedies based on skits a...

    I don't know how I could have ever entertained the possiblity that something by Shaun Micallef could make any logical sense. This book sure doesn't - to me at least. If there's a logical sense in there, it's hidden pretty good in amongst the time travel, Loch Ness monster, gibes at Mat...

    I adore Shaun Micallef and will gladly read or view any and everything he has to offer. I knew Preincarnate was not going to be my favourite book but I have faith in Shaun and was not disappointed. Preincarnate is boggling and I could not quite follow what was going on at all times, pa...

    Read this one in a chapter a night method and it was funny and entertaining. Micallef weaves a tale of time travel in a rather bizarre way. Often it feels like your reading a skit playing out and there's the occasional breaking of the fourth wall, some witty little footnotes and so on....

    It was fun, as you might expect from Mr Micallef. I experienced some trepidation prior to reading this handsome volume (lovely illustrations!) as I'm very fond of Micallef and if he'd written a bad book I didn't want to know. But this is an enjoyable amusement, reading quite how you'd ...

    This is a crazy story. If you love somewhat paradoxical time travel and Shaun Micallef's humour, this is the book for you. I only became certain of what was going on when I reached page 132. And even that was short-lived. Several times, when a new link between Micallef's nutters adv...

    I ? Shaun Micallef. I think he?s one of Australia?s best comics, and I watch everything he makes in TV. Where I think he falls down slightly, in TV and in print, is trying to craft a narrative. His penchant for the silly, the surreal and the slapstick is hard to fit into a nov...

    Author Shaun Micallef describes this book as com/lit (comic literature), a supercilious categorization not without a kernel of truth. I loved his skilled command of the language (his satirical employment of Victorian English no less) and enjoyed the altogether quirkiness of the unlikel...

    I was left feeling both amused and confused. Amused because I love the humor and Micallef's comical style in the book; confused because..well.. I don't think I understood what I just read :s Although I can understand that Micallef was playing with the idea of time traveling and soul tr...

    This won't be to everyone's taste. The story is a minimalist, confection about time travel, Oliver Cromwell, Jack the Ripper, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Masons, Tom Cruise, the Scientologists, the Rosicrucians, the CIA, Aliens and an intergalatic future circa 3050. If you like Shaun M...

    A fairly benign book, pleasant without being outstanding. It doesn't particularly excite, and the plot feels a bit random and complicated for the amount of meat in the book, though it was nonetheless a reasonably enjoyable and humourous read at times. I didn't feel there was enough in ...

    Possibly the greatest badger story ever told. At times I was concerned that I'd accidentally consumed some acid on my morning toast and was tripping for the entire book, but took a step back and realised, this is Shaun Micallef. Reads like a bizarre lovechild of Spike Milligan and Mont...

  • Sally
    Jul 26, 2011

    I love Shaun Micallef like a sugar daddy and while I desperately wanted to like this I just became more and more confused as the book progressed. He is a talented writer without doubt but his cleverness, nonsensical wit and scattered cultural references ultimately make Preincarnate a c...

    Confusing, over-complicated, poorly executed and full of references to things I'm not familiar with. I had a hard time just working out what was going on and who the people involved were. I'm still not sure who the author character was or why he was involved at all, and the first-perso...

    Anarchic. Chaotic. Undisciplined. Yes, all those things and funny. It?s no real surprise as it?s pretty much a text based representation of what Shaun Micallef is like as a TV host? and he is this country?s best one by a long way. There are many things wrong with this book as y...

    I was drawn in by the amusing blurb: 'Shaun Micallef smashes his mighty fist onto the keyboard of his soul and produces a novel of such breathtaking brilliance that if Patrick White were alive today he'd hurl his own typewriter into the sea and start a lawn-mowing business'. But the a...

    It was very clear from the first page of this book that it was Micallef who wrote this and kudos for him for having such a clear style. However, I got horrendously lost and confused by the plot. This may have been my fault for reading this at the airport at 3am, but I felt like it didn...

    This is just a scream. The perfect little palate cleanser between weightier tomes. A hilarious debut from one of our finest comic geniuses. It's laugh out loud and very him. The plot makes not an iota of sense, but why should we expect it to? It wildly veers from the surreal to the ins...

    I really wanted to love this. I've adored Shaun Micallef for years. But it was a very disjointed book. I loved some bits of it. There were some bits that were laugh out loud funny, but it was a very confusing book in places. I did enjoy the previews for his next few books though. I'll...

    Quite a likeable easy rolling story with some smoothly, simply executed complex time travel mechanics, and some hillarious historical and pop culture references. My only gripe is that he broke the 4th wall a little much, many times to limited comedic effect. The removal of several of t...

    It was a very weird and confusing book. I enjoyed it because it shows Shaun Micallef's humour and you really have to be a fan to like this book. The switch between third and first person is what will confuse you the most but that what makes you want to read more. The ending will blow y...

    Clever postmodern novel with typical Micallef humour. Reminicent of Douglas Adams. An enjoyable ride! ...

    Completely baffling at times, but hilarious from the first pages all the way until the little previews of upcoming books at the end. ...

    This is seriously out there, but would you expect anything else from Shaun Micallef? He's just a bit out there himself, so I just went with the ride. Typically surreal and full of ridiculous twists and turns - it is wonderfully hilarious, at times, and at times unstructured. I can ima...

    When in Melbourne to see the Tutankhamen exhibit, I happened upon a bookstore in the throes of a closing-down sale. The carcass had been mostly picked clean by the time I got there, but I did manage to walk away with one bargain. The first thing I want to say about Preincarnate is t...

    This is Shaun Micallef?s (The Leading Australian Comedian of the Entire Cosmos) first novella, linking such matters as Jack the Ripper, Tom Cruise, time travel, Freemasons, space travel and Matthew Reilly all together in one reasonable size book. It is not for the faint hearted, nor ...

    Before I go any further, I should be clear that being clear about Preincarnate is tricky business. It?s tricky because it would appear Micallef has tried as hard as he can to deliver a novella that reflects the quirky, whimsically fractured personal brand I mentioned before. In fa...

    Oh my word. This man has unfathomable depth of finesse and talent in pulling the English language to his absurd command. I really love Micallef's absurdist humour as I have seen on television, but I couldn't withstand the onslaught of an entire novel. TV comedies based on skits a...

    I don't know how I could have ever entertained the possiblity that something by Shaun Micallef could make any logical sense. This book sure doesn't - to me at least. If there's a logical sense in there, it's hidden pretty good in amongst the time travel, Loch Ness monster, gibes at Mat...

    I adore Shaun Micallef and will gladly read or view any and everything he has to offer. I knew Preincarnate was not going to be my favourite book but I have faith in Shaun and was not disappointed. Preincarnate is boggling and I could not quite follow what was going on at all times, pa...

  • Cate
    May 30, 2013

    I love Shaun Micallef like a sugar daddy and while I desperately wanted to like this I just became more and more confused as the book progressed. He is a talented writer without doubt but his cleverness, nonsensical wit and scattered cultural references ultimately make Preincarnate a c...

    Confusing, over-complicated, poorly executed and full of references to things I'm not familiar with. I had a hard time just working out what was going on and who the people involved were. I'm still not sure who the author character was or why he was involved at all, and the first-perso...

    Anarchic. Chaotic. Undisciplined. Yes, all those things and funny. It?s no real surprise as it?s pretty much a text based representation of what Shaun Micallef is like as a TV host? and he is this country?s best one by a long way. There are many things wrong with this book as y...

    I was drawn in by the amusing blurb: 'Shaun Micallef smashes his mighty fist onto the keyboard of his soul and produces a novel of such breathtaking brilliance that if Patrick White were alive today he'd hurl his own typewriter into the sea and start a lawn-mowing business'. But the a...

    It was very clear from the first page of this book that it was Micallef who wrote this and kudos for him for having such a clear style. However, I got horrendously lost and confused by the plot. This may have been my fault for reading this at the airport at 3am, but I felt like it didn...

    This is just a scream. The perfect little palate cleanser between weightier tomes. A hilarious debut from one of our finest comic geniuses. It's laugh out loud and very him. The plot makes not an iota of sense, but why should we expect it to? It wildly veers from the surreal to the ins...

    I really wanted to love this. I've adored Shaun Micallef for years. But it was a very disjointed book. I loved some bits of it. There were some bits that were laugh out loud funny, but it was a very confusing book in places. I did enjoy the previews for his next few books though. I'll...

    Quite a likeable easy rolling story with some smoothly, simply executed complex time travel mechanics, and some hillarious historical and pop culture references. My only gripe is that he broke the 4th wall a little much, many times to limited comedic effect. The removal of several of t...

    It was a very weird and confusing book. I enjoyed it because it shows Shaun Micallef's humour and you really have to be a fan to like this book. The switch between third and first person is what will confuse you the most but that what makes you want to read more. The ending will blow y...

    Clever postmodern novel with typical Micallef humour. Reminicent of Douglas Adams. An enjoyable ride! ...

    Completely baffling at times, but hilarious from the first pages all the way until the little previews of upcoming books at the end. ...

    This is seriously out there, but would you expect anything else from Shaun Micallef? He's just a bit out there himself, so I just went with the ride. Typically surreal and full of ridiculous twists and turns - it is wonderfully hilarious, at times, and at times unstructured. I can ima...

    When in Melbourne to see the Tutankhamen exhibit, I happened upon a bookstore in the throes of a closing-down sale. The carcass had been mostly picked clean by the time I got there, but I did manage to walk away with one bargain. The first thing I want to say about Preincarnate is t...

    This is Shaun Micallef?s (The Leading Australian Comedian of the Entire Cosmos) first novella, linking such matters as Jack the Ripper, Tom Cruise, time travel, Freemasons, space travel and Matthew Reilly all together in one reasonable size book. It is not for the faint hearted, nor ...

    Before I go any further, I should be clear that being clear about Preincarnate is tricky business. It?s tricky because it would appear Micallef has tried as hard as he can to deliver a novella that reflects the quirky, whimsically fractured personal brand I mentioned before. In fa...

    Oh my word. This man has unfathomable depth of finesse and talent in pulling the English language to his absurd command. I really love Micallef's absurdist humour as I have seen on television, but I couldn't withstand the onslaught of an entire novel. TV comedies based on skits a...

    I don't know how I could have ever entertained the possiblity that something by Shaun Micallef could make any logical sense. This book sure doesn't - to me at least. If there's a logical sense in there, it's hidden pretty good in amongst the time travel, Loch Ness monster, gibes at Mat...

    I adore Shaun Micallef and will gladly read or view any and everything he has to offer. I knew Preincarnate was not going to be my favourite book but I have faith in Shaun and was not disappointed. Preincarnate is boggling and I could not quite follow what was going on at all times, pa...

    Read this one in a chapter a night method and it was funny and entertaining. Micallef weaves a tale of time travel in a rather bizarre way. Often it feels like your reading a skit playing out and there's the occasional breaking of the fourth wall, some witty little footnotes and so on....

    It was fun, as you might expect from Mr Micallef. I experienced some trepidation prior to reading this handsome volume (lovely illustrations!) as I'm very fond of Micallef and if he'd written a bad book I didn't want to know. But this is an enjoyable amusement, reading quite how you'd ...

    This is a crazy story. If you love somewhat paradoxical time travel and Shaun Micallef's humour, this is the book for you. I only became certain of what was going on when I reached page 132. And even that was short-lived. Several times, when a new link between Micallef's nutters adv...

    I ? Shaun Micallef. I think he?s one of Australia?s best comics, and I watch everything he makes in TV. Where I think he falls down slightly, in TV and in print, is trying to craft a narrative. His penchant for the silly, the surreal and the slapstick is hard to fit into a nov...

    Author Shaun Micallef describes this book as com/lit (comic literature), a supercilious categorization not without a kernel of truth. I loved his skilled command of the language (his satirical employment of Victorian English no less) and enjoyed the altogether quirkiness of the unlikel...

    I was left feeling both amused and confused. Amused because I love the humor and Micallef's comical style in the book; confused because..well.. I don't think I understood what I just read :s Although I can understand that Micallef was playing with the idea of time traveling and soul tr...

    This won't be to everyone's taste. The story is a minimalist, confection about time travel, Oliver Cromwell, Jack the Ripper, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Masons, Tom Cruise, the Scientologists, the Rosicrucians, the CIA, Aliens and an intergalatic future circa 3050. If you like Shaun M...

  • Jeremydc
    Nov 19, 2011

    I love Shaun Micallef like a sugar daddy and while I desperately wanted to like this I just became more and more confused as the book progressed. He is a talented writer without doubt but his cleverness, nonsensical wit and scattered cultural references ultimately make Preincarnate a c...

    Confusing, over-complicated, poorly executed and full of references to things I'm not familiar with. I had a hard time just working out what was going on and who the people involved were. I'm still not sure who the author character was or why he was involved at all, and the first-perso...

    Anarchic. Chaotic. Undisciplined. Yes, all those things and funny. It?s no real surprise as it?s pretty much a text based representation of what Shaun Micallef is like as a TV host? and he is this country?s best one by a long way. There are many things wrong with this book as y...

    I was drawn in by the amusing blurb: 'Shaun Micallef smashes his mighty fist onto the keyboard of his soul and produces a novel of such breathtaking brilliance that if Patrick White were alive today he'd hurl his own typewriter into the sea and start a lawn-mowing business'. But the a...

    It was very clear from the first page of this book that it was Micallef who wrote this and kudos for him for having such a clear style. However, I got horrendously lost and confused by the plot. This may have been my fault for reading this at the airport at 3am, but I felt like it didn...

    This is just a scream. The perfect little palate cleanser between weightier tomes. A hilarious debut from one of our finest comic geniuses. It's laugh out loud and very him. The plot makes not an iota of sense, but why should we expect it to? It wildly veers from the surreal to the ins...

    I really wanted to love this. I've adored Shaun Micallef for years. But it was a very disjointed book. I loved some bits of it. There were some bits that were laugh out loud funny, but it was a very confusing book in places. I did enjoy the previews for his next few books though. I'll...

    Quite a likeable easy rolling story with some smoothly, simply executed complex time travel mechanics, and some hillarious historical and pop culture references. My only gripe is that he broke the 4th wall a little much, many times to limited comedic effect. The removal of several of t...

    It was a very weird and confusing book. I enjoyed it because it shows Shaun Micallef's humour and you really have to be a fan to like this book. The switch between third and first person is what will confuse you the most but that what makes you want to read more. The ending will blow y...

    Clever postmodern novel with typical Micallef humour. Reminicent of Douglas Adams. An enjoyable ride! ...

    Completely baffling at times, but hilarious from the first pages all the way until the little previews of upcoming books at the end. ...

    This is seriously out there, but would you expect anything else from Shaun Micallef? He's just a bit out there himself, so I just went with the ride. Typically surreal and full of ridiculous twists and turns - it is wonderfully hilarious, at times, and at times unstructured. I can ima...

    When in Melbourne to see the Tutankhamen exhibit, I happened upon a bookstore in the throes of a closing-down sale. The carcass had been mostly picked clean by the time I got there, but I did manage to walk away with one bargain. The first thing I want to say about Preincarnate is t...

    This is Shaun Micallef?s (The Leading Australian Comedian of the Entire Cosmos) first novella, linking such matters as Jack the Ripper, Tom Cruise, time travel, Freemasons, space travel and Matthew Reilly all together in one reasonable size book. It is not for the faint hearted, nor ...

    Before I go any further, I should be clear that being clear about Preincarnate is tricky business. It?s tricky because it would appear Micallef has tried as hard as he can to deliver a novella that reflects the quirky, whimsically fractured personal brand I mentioned before. In fa...

    Oh my word. This man has unfathomable depth of finesse and talent in pulling the English language to his absurd command. I really love Micallef's absurdist humour as I have seen on television, but I couldn't withstand the onslaught of an entire novel. TV comedies based on skits a...

    I don't know how I could have ever entertained the possiblity that something by Shaun Micallef could make any logical sense. This book sure doesn't - to me at least. If there's a logical sense in there, it's hidden pretty good in amongst the time travel, Loch Ness monster, gibes at Mat...

    I adore Shaun Micallef and will gladly read or view any and everything he has to offer. I knew Preincarnate was not going to be my favourite book but I have faith in Shaun and was not disappointed. Preincarnate is boggling and I could not quite follow what was going on at all times, pa...

    Read this one in a chapter a night method and it was funny and entertaining. Micallef weaves a tale of time travel in a rather bizarre way. Often it feels like your reading a skit playing out and there's the occasional breaking of the fourth wall, some witty little footnotes and so on....

    It was fun, as you might expect from Mr Micallef. I experienced some trepidation prior to reading this handsome volume (lovely illustrations!) as I'm very fond of Micallef and if he'd written a bad book I didn't want to know. But this is an enjoyable amusement, reading quite how you'd ...

    This is a crazy story. If you love somewhat paradoxical time travel and Shaun Micallef's humour, this is the book for you. I only became certain of what was going on when I reached page 132. And even that was short-lived. Several times, when a new link between Micallef's nutters adv...

    I ? Shaun Micallef. I think he?s one of Australia?s best comics, and I watch everything he makes in TV. Where I think he falls down slightly, in TV and in print, is trying to craft a narrative. His penchant for the silly, the surreal and the slapstick is hard to fit into a nov...

    Author Shaun Micallef describes this book as com/lit (comic literature), a supercilious categorization not without a kernel of truth. I loved his skilled command of the language (his satirical employment of Victorian English no less) and enjoyed the altogether quirkiness of the unlikel...

    I was left feeling both amused and confused. Amused because I love the humor and Micallef's comical style in the book; confused because..well.. I don't think I understood what I just read :s Although I can understand that Micallef was playing with the idea of time traveling and soul tr...

    This won't be to everyone's taste. The story is a minimalist, confection about time travel, Oliver Cromwell, Jack the Ripper, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Masons, Tom Cruise, the Scientologists, the Rosicrucians, the CIA, Aliens and an intergalatic future circa 3050. If you like Shaun M...

    A fairly benign book, pleasant without being outstanding. It doesn't particularly excite, and the plot feels a bit random and complicated for the amount of meat in the book, though it was nonetheless a reasonably enjoyable and humourous read at times. I didn't feel there was enough in ...

    Possibly the greatest badger story ever told. At times I was concerned that I'd accidentally consumed some acid on my morning toast and was tripping for the entire book, but took a step back and realised, this is Shaun Micallef. Reads like a bizarre lovechild of Spike Milligan and Mont...

    I had quite high expectations for this because I'm a fan of Micallef's quick and surreal wit. It was an easy read and relatively enjoyable, and some of it was quite funny. However, overall, the story didn't really work for me. It was a strange time-travelling kind of tale, with charact...

    Lots of fun! I am a huge fan of Micallef. The pockets of genius and brilliance in the book were what I was after. The sporadic storyline is not your typical one but creates the vessel with with to allow access to the brilliant mind of Micallef where he exercises wordplay and wide-rangi...

  • Ben Lever
    Apr 02, 2012

    I love Shaun Micallef like a sugar daddy and while I desperately wanted to like this I just became more and more confused as the book progressed. He is a talented writer without doubt but his cleverness, nonsensical wit and scattered cultural references ultimately make Preincarnate a c...

    Confusing, over-complicated, poorly executed and full of references to things I'm not familiar with. I had a hard time just working out what was going on and who the people involved were. I'm still not sure who the author character was or why he was involved at all, and the first-perso...

    Anarchic. Chaotic. Undisciplined. Yes, all those things and funny. It?s no real surprise as it?s pretty much a text based representation of what Shaun Micallef is like as a TV host? and he is this country?s best one by a long way. There are many things wrong with this book as y...

    I was drawn in by the amusing blurb: 'Shaun Micallef smashes his mighty fist onto the keyboard of his soul and produces a novel of such breathtaking brilliance that if Patrick White were alive today he'd hurl his own typewriter into the sea and start a lawn-mowing business'. But the a...

    It was very clear from the first page of this book that it was Micallef who wrote this and kudos for him for having such a clear style. However, I got horrendously lost and confused by the plot. This may have been my fault for reading this at the airport at 3am, but I felt like it didn...

    This is just a scream. The perfect little palate cleanser between weightier tomes. A hilarious debut from one of our finest comic geniuses. It's laugh out loud and very him. The plot makes not an iota of sense, but why should we expect it to? It wildly veers from the surreal to the ins...

    I really wanted to love this. I've adored Shaun Micallef for years. But it was a very disjointed book. I loved some bits of it. There were some bits that were laugh out loud funny, but it was a very confusing book in places. I did enjoy the previews for his next few books though. I'll...

    Quite a likeable easy rolling story with some smoothly, simply executed complex time travel mechanics, and some hillarious historical and pop culture references. My only gripe is that he broke the 4th wall a little much, many times to limited comedic effect. The removal of several of t...

    It was a very weird and confusing book. I enjoyed it because it shows Shaun Micallef's humour and you really have to be a fan to like this book. The switch between third and first person is what will confuse you the most but that what makes you want to read more. The ending will blow y...

    Clever postmodern novel with typical Micallef humour. Reminicent of Douglas Adams. An enjoyable ride! ...

    Completely baffling at times, but hilarious from the first pages all the way until the little previews of upcoming books at the end. ...

    This is seriously out there, but would you expect anything else from Shaun Micallef? He's just a bit out there himself, so I just went with the ride. Typically surreal and full of ridiculous twists and turns - it is wonderfully hilarious, at times, and at times unstructured. I can ima...

    When in Melbourne to see the Tutankhamen exhibit, I happened upon a bookstore in the throes of a closing-down sale. The carcass had been mostly picked clean by the time I got there, but I did manage to walk away with one bargain. The first thing I want to say about Preincarnate is t...

  • David
    May 24, 2012

    I love Shaun Micallef like a sugar daddy and while I desperately wanted to like this I just became more and more confused as the book progressed. He is a talented writer without doubt but his cleverness, nonsensical wit and scattered cultural references ultimately make Preincarnate a c...

    Confusing, over-complicated, poorly executed and full of references to things I'm not familiar with. I had a hard time just working out what was going on and who the people involved were. I'm still not sure who the author character was or why he was involved at all, and the first-perso...

    Anarchic. Chaotic. Undisciplined. Yes, all those things and funny. It?s no real surprise as it?s pretty much a text based representation of what Shaun Micallef is like as a TV host? and he is this country?s best one by a long way. There are many things wrong with this book as y...

    I was drawn in by the amusing blurb: 'Shaun Micallef smashes his mighty fist onto the keyboard of his soul and produces a novel of such breathtaking brilliance that if Patrick White were alive today he'd hurl his own typewriter into the sea and start a lawn-mowing business'. But the a...

    It was very clear from the first page of this book that it was Micallef who wrote this and kudos for him for having such a clear style. However, I got horrendously lost and confused by the plot. This may have been my fault for reading this at the airport at 3am, but I felt like it didn...

    This is just a scream. The perfect little palate cleanser between weightier tomes. A hilarious debut from one of our finest comic geniuses. It's laugh out loud and very him. The plot makes not an iota of sense, but why should we expect it to? It wildly veers from the surreal to the ins...

    I really wanted to love this. I've adored Shaun Micallef for years. But it was a very disjointed book. I loved some bits of it. There were some bits that were laugh out loud funny, but it was a very confusing book in places. I did enjoy the previews for his next few books though. I'll...

    Quite a likeable easy rolling story with some smoothly, simply executed complex time travel mechanics, and some hillarious historical and pop culture references. My only gripe is that he broke the 4th wall a little much, many times to limited comedic effect. The removal of several of t...

    It was a very weird and confusing book. I enjoyed it because it shows Shaun Micallef's humour and you really have to be a fan to like this book. The switch between third and first person is what will confuse you the most but that what makes you want to read more. The ending will blow y...

    Clever postmodern novel with typical Micallef humour. Reminicent of Douglas Adams. An enjoyable ride! ...

    Completely baffling at times, but hilarious from the first pages all the way until the little previews of upcoming books at the end. ...

    This is seriously out there, but would you expect anything else from Shaun Micallef? He's just a bit out there himself, so I just went with the ride. Typically surreal and full of ridiculous twists and turns - it is wonderfully hilarious, at times, and at times unstructured. I can ima...

    When in Melbourne to see the Tutankhamen exhibit, I happened upon a bookstore in the throes of a closing-down sale. The carcass had been mostly picked clean by the time I got there, but I did manage to walk away with one bargain. The first thing I want to say about Preincarnate is t...

    This is Shaun Micallef?s (The Leading Australian Comedian of the Entire Cosmos) first novella, linking such matters as Jack the Ripper, Tom Cruise, time travel, Freemasons, space travel and Matthew Reilly all together in one reasonable size book. It is not for the faint hearted, nor ...

    Before I go any further, I should be clear that being clear about Preincarnate is tricky business. It?s tricky because it would appear Micallef has tried as hard as he can to deliver a novella that reflects the quirky, whimsically fractured personal brand I mentioned before. In fa...

    Oh my word. This man has unfathomable depth of finesse and talent in pulling the English language to his absurd command. I really love Micallef's absurdist humour as I have seen on television, but I couldn't withstand the onslaught of an entire novel. TV comedies based on skits a...

    I don't know how I could have ever entertained the possiblity that something by Shaun Micallef could make any logical sense. This book sure doesn't - to me at least. If there's a logical sense in there, it's hidden pretty good in amongst the time travel, Loch Ness monster, gibes at Mat...

    I adore Shaun Micallef and will gladly read or view any and everything he has to offer. I knew Preincarnate was not going to be my favourite book but I have faith in Shaun and was not disappointed. Preincarnate is boggling and I could not quite follow what was going on at all times, pa...

    Read this one in a chapter a night method and it was funny and entertaining. Micallef weaves a tale of time travel in a rather bizarre way. Often it feels like your reading a skit playing out and there's the occasional breaking of the fourth wall, some witty little footnotes and so on....

    It was fun, as you might expect from Mr Micallef. I experienced some trepidation prior to reading this handsome volume (lovely illustrations!) as I'm very fond of Micallef and if he'd written a bad book I didn't want to know. But this is an enjoyable amusement, reading quite how you'd ...

    This is a crazy story. If you love somewhat paradoxical time travel and Shaun Micallef's humour, this is the book for you. I only became certain of what was going on when I reached page 132. And even that was short-lived. Several times, when a new link between Micallef's nutters adv...

    I ? Shaun Micallef. I think he?s one of Australia?s best comics, and I watch everything he makes in TV. Where I think he falls down slightly, in TV and in print, is trying to craft a narrative. His penchant for the silly, the surreal and the slapstick is hard to fit into a nov...

    Author Shaun Micallef describes this book as com/lit (comic literature), a supercilious categorization not without a kernel of truth. I loved his skilled command of the language (his satirical employment of Victorian English no less) and enjoyed the altogether quirkiness of the unlikel...

    I was left feeling both amused and confused. Amused because I love the humor and Micallef's comical style in the book; confused because..well.. I don't think I understood what I just read :s Although I can understand that Micallef was playing with the idea of time traveling and soul tr...

    This won't be to everyone's taste. The story is a minimalist, confection about time travel, Oliver Cromwell, Jack the Ripper, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Masons, Tom Cruise, the Scientologists, the Rosicrucians, the CIA, Aliens and an intergalatic future circa 3050. If you like Shaun M...

    A fairly benign book, pleasant without being outstanding. It doesn't particularly excite, and the plot feels a bit random and complicated for the amount of meat in the book, though it was nonetheless a reasonably enjoyable and humourous read at times. I didn't feel there was enough in ...

  • Flickalooya
    Sep 20, 2012

    I love Shaun Micallef like a sugar daddy and while I desperately wanted to like this I just became more and more confused as the book progressed. He is a talented writer without doubt but his cleverness, nonsensical wit and scattered cultural references ultimately make Preincarnate a c...

    Confusing, over-complicated, poorly executed and full of references to things I'm not familiar with. I had a hard time just working out what was going on and who the people involved were. I'm still not sure who the author character was or why he was involved at all, and the first-perso...

    Anarchic. Chaotic. Undisciplined. Yes, all those things and funny. It?s no real surprise as it?s pretty much a text based representation of what Shaun Micallef is like as a TV host? and he is this country?s best one by a long way. There are many things wrong with this book as y...

    I was drawn in by the amusing blurb: 'Shaun Micallef smashes his mighty fist onto the keyboard of his soul and produces a novel of such breathtaking brilliance that if Patrick White were alive today he'd hurl his own typewriter into the sea and start a lawn-mowing business'. But the a...

    It was very clear from the first page of this book that it was Micallef who wrote this and kudos for him for having such a clear style. However, I got horrendously lost and confused by the plot. This may have been my fault for reading this at the airport at 3am, but I felt like it didn...

    This is just a scream. The perfect little palate cleanser between weightier tomes. A hilarious debut from one of our finest comic geniuses. It's laugh out loud and very him. The plot makes not an iota of sense, but why should we expect it to? It wildly veers from the surreal to the ins...

    I really wanted to love this. I've adored Shaun Micallef for years. But it was a very disjointed book. I loved some bits of it. There were some bits that were laugh out loud funny, but it was a very confusing book in places. I did enjoy the previews for his next few books though. I'll...

    Quite a likeable easy rolling story with some smoothly, simply executed complex time travel mechanics, and some hillarious historical and pop culture references. My only gripe is that he broke the 4th wall a little much, many times to limited comedic effect. The removal of several of t...

    It was a very weird and confusing book. I enjoyed it because it shows Shaun Micallef's humour and you really have to be a fan to like this book. The switch between third and first person is what will confuse you the most but that what makes you want to read more. The ending will blow y...

    Clever postmodern novel with typical Micallef humour. Reminicent of Douglas Adams. An enjoyable ride! ...

    Completely baffling at times, but hilarious from the first pages all the way until the little previews of upcoming books at the end. ...

    This is seriously out there, but would you expect anything else from Shaun Micallef? He's just a bit out there himself, so I just went with the ride. Typically surreal and full of ridiculous twists and turns - it is wonderfully hilarious, at times, and at times unstructured. I can ima...

    When in Melbourne to see the Tutankhamen exhibit, I happened upon a bookstore in the throes of a closing-down sale. The carcass had been mostly picked clean by the time I got there, but I did manage to walk away with one bargain. The first thing I want to say about Preincarnate is t...

    This is Shaun Micallef?s (The Leading Australian Comedian of the Entire Cosmos) first novella, linking such matters as Jack the Ripper, Tom Cruise, time travel, Freemasons, space travel and Matthew Reilly all together in one reasonable size book. It is not for the faint hearted, nor ...

    Before I go any further, I should be clear that being clear about Preincarnate is tricky business. It?s tricky because it would appear Micallef has tried as hard as he can to deliver a novella that reflects the quirky, whimsically fractured personal brand I mentioned before. In fa...

    Oh my word. This man has unfathomable depth of finesse and talent in pulling the English language to his absurd command. I really love Micallef's absurdist humour as I have seen on television, but I couldn't withstand the onslaught of an entire novel. TV comedies based on skits a...

  • Mathew Walls
    Feb 11, 2017

    I love Shaun Micallef like a sugar daddy and while I desperately wanted to like this I just became more and more confused as the book progressed. He is a talented writer without doubt but his cleverness, nonsensical wit and scattered cultural references ultimately make Preincarnate a c...

    Confusing, over-complicated, poorly executed and full of references to things I'm not familiar with. I had a hard time just working out what was going on and who the people involved were. I'm still not sure who the author character was or why he was involved at all, and the first-perso...

  • Mark Russell
    Oct 12, 2013

    I love Shaun Micallef like a sugar daddy and while I desperately wanted to like this I just became more and more confused as the book progressed. He is a talented writer without doubt but his cleverness, nonsensical wit and scattered cultural references ultimately make Preincarnate a c...

    Confusing, over-complicated, poorly executed and full of references to things I'm not familiar with. I had a hard time just working out what was going on and who the people involved were. I'm still not sure who the author character was or why he was involved at all, and the first-perso...

    Anarchic. Chaotic. Undisciplined. Yes, all those things and funny. It?s no real surprise as it?s pretty much a text based representation of what Shaun Micallef is like as a TV host? and he is this country?s best one by a long way. There are many things wrong with this book as y...

    I was drawn in by the amusing blurb: 'Shaun Micallef smashes his mighty fist onto the keyboard of his soul and produces a novel of such breathtaking brilliance that if Patrick White were alive today he'd hurl his own typewriter into the sea and start a lawn-mowing business'. But the a...

    It was very clear from the first page of this book that it was Micallef who wrote this and kudos for him for having such a clear style. However, I got horrendously lost and confused by the plot. This may have been my fault for reading this at the airport at 3am, but I felt like it didn...

    This is just a scream. The perfect little palate cleanser between weightier tomes. A hilarious debut from one of our finest comic geniuses. It's laugh out loud and very him. The plot makes not an iota of sense, but why should we expect it to? It wildly veers from the surreal to the ins...

    I really wanted to love this. I've adored Shaun Micallef for years. But it was a very disjointed book. I loved some bits of it. There were some bits that were laugh out loud funny, but it was a very confusing book in places. I did enjoy the previews for his next few books though. I'll...

    Quite a likeable easy rolling story with some smoothly, simply executed complex time travel mechanics, and some hillarious historical and pop culture references. My only gripe is that he broke the 4th wall a little much, many times to limited comedic effect. The removal of several of t...

    It was a very weird and confusing book. I enjoyed it because it shows Shaun Micallef's humour and you really have to be a fan to like this book. The switch between third and first person is what will confuse you the most but that what makes you want to read more. The ending will blow y...

    Clever postmodern novel with typical Micallef humour. Reminicent of Douglas Adams. An enjoyable ride! ...

    Completely baffling at times, but hilarious from the first pages all the way until the little previews of upcoming books at the end. ...

    This is seriously out there, but would you expect anything else from Shaun Micallef? He's just a bit out there himself, so I just went with the ride. Typically surreal and full of ridiculous twists and turns - it is wonderfully hilarious, at times, and at times unstructured. I can ima...

    When in Melbourne to see the Tutankhamen exhibit, I happened upon a bookstore in the throes of a closing-down sale. The carcass had been mostly picked clean by the time I got there, but I did manage to walk away with one bargain. The first thing I want to say about Preincarnate is t...

    This is Shaun Micallef?s (The Leading Australian Comedian of the Entire Cosmos) first novella, linking such matters as Jack the Ripper, Tom Cruise, time travel, Freemasons, space travel and Matthew Reilly all together in one reasonable size book. It is not for the faint hearted, nor ...

    Before I go any further, I should be clear that being clear about Preincarnate is tricky business. It?s tricky because it would appear Micallef has tried as hard as he can to deliver a novella that reflects the quirky, whimsically fractured personal brand I mentioned before. In fa...

    Oh my word. This man has unfathomable depth of finesse and talent in pulling the English language to his absurd command. I really love Micallef's absurdist humour as I have seen on television, but I couldn't withstand the onslaught of an entire novel. TV comedies based on skits a...

    I don't know how I could have ever entertained the possiblity that something by Shaun Micallef could make any logical sense. This book sure doesn't - to me at least. If there's a logical sense in there, it's hidden pretty good in amongst the time travel, Loch Ness monster, gibes at Mat...

    I adore Shaun Micallef and will gladly read or view any and everything he has to offer. I knew Preincarnate was not going to be my favourite book but I have faith in Shaun and was not disappointed. Preincarnate is boggling and I could not quite follow what was going on at all times, pa...

    Read this one in a chapter a night method and it was funny and entertaining. Micallef weaves a tale of time travel in a rather bizarre way. Often it feels like your reading a skit playing out and there's the occasional breaking of the fourth wall, some witty little footnotes and so on....

    It was fun, as you might expect from Mr Micallef. I experienced some trepidation prior to reading this handsome volume (lovely illustrations!) as I'm very fond of Micallef and if he'd written a bad book I didn't want to know. But this is an enjoyable amusement, reading quite how you'd ...

    This is a crazy story. If you love somewhat paradoxical time travel and Shaun Micallef's humour, this is the book for you. I only became certain of what was going on when I reached page 132. And even that was short-lived. Several times, when a new link between Micallef's nutters adv...

    I ? Shaun Micallef. I think he?s one of Australia?s best comics, and I watch everything he makes in TV. Where I think he falls down slightly, in TV and in print, is trying to craft a narrative. His penchant for the silly, the surreal and the slapstick is hard to fit into a nov...

    Author Shaun Micallef describes this book as com/lit (comic literature), a supercilious categorization not without a kernel of truth. I loved his skilled command of the language (his satirical employment of Victorian English no less) and enjoyed the altogether quirkiness of the unlikel...

  • Mark
    Jun 07, 2014

    I love Shaun Micallef like a sugar daddy and while I desperately wanted to like this I just became more and more confused as the book progressed. He is a talented writer without doubt but his cleverness, nonsensical wit and scattered cultural references ultimately make Preincarnate a c...

    Confusing, over-complicated, poorly executed and full of references to things I'm not familiar with. I had a hard time just working out what was going on and who the people involved were. I'm still not sure who the author character was or why he was involved at all, and the first-perso...

    Anarchic. Chaotic. Undisciplined. Yes, all those things and funny. It?s no real surprise as it?s pretty much a text based representation of what Shaun Micallef is like as a TV host? and he is this country?s best one by a long way. There are many things wrong with this book as y...

    I was drawn in by the amusing blurb: 'Shaun Micallef smashes his mighty fist onto the keyboard of his soul and produces a novel of such breathtaking brilliance that if Patrick White were alive today he'd hurl his own typewriter into the sea and start a lawn-mowing business'. But the a...

    It was very clear from the first page of this book that it was Micallef who wrote this and kudos for him for having such a clear style. However, I got horrendously lost and confused by the plot. This may have been my fault for reading this at the airport at 3am, but I felt like it didn...

    This is just a scream. The perfect little palate cleanser between weightier tomes. A hilarious debut from one of our finest comic geniuses. It's laugh out loud and very him. The plot makes not an iota of sense, but why should we expect it to? It wildly veers from the surreal to the ins...

    I really wanted to love this. I've adored Shaun Micallef for years. But it was a very disjointed book. I loved some bits of it. There were some bits that were laugh out loud funny, but it was a very confusing book in places. I did enjoy the previews for his next few books though. I'll...

    Quite a likeable easy rolling story with some smoothly, simply executed complex time travel mechanics, and some hillarious historical and pop culture references. My only gripe is that he broke the 4th wall a little much, many times to limited comedic effect. The removal of several of t...

    It was a very weird and confusing book. I enjoyed it because it shows Shaun Micallef's humour and you really have to be a fan to like this book. The switch between third and first person is what will confuse you the most but that what makes you want to read more. The ending will blow y...

    Clever postmodern novel with typical Micallef humour. Reminicent of Douglas Adams. An enjoyable ride! ...

    Completely baffling at times, but hilarious from the first pages all the way until the little previews of upcoming books at the end. ...

    This is seriously out there, but would you expect anything else from Shaun Micallef? He's just a bit out there himself, so I just went with the ride. Typically surreal and full of ridiculous twists and turns - it is wonderfully hilarious, at times, and at times unstructured. I can ima...

    When in Melbourne to see the Tutankhamen exhibit, I happened upon a bookstore in the throes of a closing-down sale. The carcass had been mostly picked clean by the time I got there, but I did manage to walk away with one bargain. The first thing I want to say about Preincarnate is t...

    This is Shaun Micallef?s (The Leading Australian Comedian of the Entire Cosmos) first novella, linking such matters as Jack the Ripper, Tom Cruise, time travel, Freemasons, space travel and Matthew Reilly all together in one reasonable size book. It is not for the faint hearted, nor ...

    Before I go any further, I should be clear that being clear about Preincarnate is tricky business. It?s tricky because it would appear Micallef has tried as hard as he can to deliver a novella that reflects the quirky, whimsically fractured personal brand I mentioned before. In fa...

  • Ben Cannon
    Feb 08, 2015

    I love Shaun Micallef like a sugar daddy and while I desperately wanted to like this I just became more and more confused as the book progressed. He is a talented writer without doubt but his cleverness, nonsensical wit and scattered cultural references ultimately make Preincarnate a c...

    Confusing, over-complicated, poorly executed and full of references to things I'm not familiar with. I had a hard time just working out what was going on and who the people involved were. I'm still not sure who the author character was or why he was involved at all, and the first-perso...

    Anarchic. Chaotic. Undisciplined. Yes, all those things and funny. It?s no real surprise as it?s pretty much a text based representation of what Shaun Micallef is like as a TV host? and he is this country?s best one by a long way. There are many things wrong with this book as y...

    I was drawn in by the amusing blurb: 'Shaun Micallef smashes his mighty fist onto the keyboard of his soul and produces a novel of such breathtaking brilliance that if Patrick White were alive today he'd hurl his own typewriter into the sea and start a lawn-mowing business'. But the a...

    It was very clear from the first page of this book that it was Micallef who wrote this and kudos for him for having such a clear style. However, I got horrendously lost and confused by the plot. This may have been my fault for reading this at the airport at 3am, but I felt like it didn...

    This is just a scream. The perfect little palate cleanser between weightier tomes. A hilarious debut from one of our finest comic geniuses. It's laugh out loud and very him. The plot makes not an iota of sense, but why should we expect it to? It wildly veers from the surreal to the ins...

    I really wanted to love this. I've adored Shaun Micallef for years. But it was a very disjointed book. I loved some bits of it. There were some bits that were laugh out loud funny, but it was a very confusing book in places. I did enjoy the previews for his next few books though. I'll...

    Quite a likeable easy rolling story with some smoothly, simply executed complex time travel mechanics, and some hillarious historical and pop culture references. My only gripe is that he broke the 4th wall a little much, many times to limited comedic effect. The removal of several of t...

  • Tim Armstrong
    Jun 14, 2017

    I love Shaun Micallef like a sugar daddy and while I desperately wanted to like this I just became more and more confused as the book progressed. He is a talented writer without doubt but his cleverness, nonsensical wit and scattered cultural references ultimately make Preincarnate a c...

    Confusing, over-complicated, poorly executed and full of references to things I'm not familiar with. I had a hard time just working out what was going on and who the people involved were. I'm still not sure who the author character was or why he was involved at all, and the first-perso...

    Anarchic. Chaotic. Undisciplined. Yes, all those things and funny. It?s no real surprise as it?s pretty much a text based representation of what Shaun Micallef is like as a TV host? and he is this country?s best one by a long way. There are many things wrong with this book as y...

    I was drawn in by the amusing blurb: 'Shaun Micallef smashes his mighty fist onto the keyboard of his soul and produces a novel of such breathtaking brilliance that if Patrick White were alive today he'd hurl his own typewriter into the sea and start a lawn-mowing business'. But the a...

    It was very clear from the first page of this book that it was Micallef who wrote this and kudos for him for having such a clear style. However, I got horrendously lost and confused by the plot. This may have been my fault for reading this at the airport at 3am, but I felt like it didn...

    This is just a scream. The perfect little palate cleanser between weightier tomes. A hilarious debut from one of our finest comic geniuses. It's laugh out loud and very him. The plot makes not an iota of sense, but why should we expect it to? It wildly veers from the surreal to the ins...

    I really wanted to love this. I've adored Shaun Micallef for years. But it was a very disjointed book. I loved some bits of it. There were some bits that were laugh out loud funny, but it was a very confusing book in places. I did enjoy the previews for his next few books though. I'll...

    Quite a likeable easy rolling story with some smoothly, simply executed complex time travel mechanics, and some hillarious historical and pop culture references. My only gripe is that he broke the 4th wall a little much, many times to limited comedic effect. The removal of several of t...

    It was a very weird and confusing book. I enjoyed it because it shows Shaun Micallef's humour and you really have to be a fan to like this book. The switch between third and first person is what will confuse you the most but that what makes you want to read more. The ending will blow y...

    Clever postmodern novel with typical Micallef humour. Reminicent of Douglas Adams. An enjoyable ride! ...

    Completely baffling at times, but hilarious from the first pages all the way until the little previews of upcoming books at the end. ...

    This is seriously out there, but would you expect anything else from Shaun Micallef? He's just a bit out there himself, so I just went with the ride. Typically surreal and full of ridiculous twists and turns - it is wonderfully hilarious, at times, and at times unstructured. I can ima...