Jarmara - I absolutely agree that WA is totally brilliant satire from start to finish and it was just so great to have Nanny O given such free rein in there (with Greebo too
) as I think she's every bit as good a Granny probably as she's so - erm loose
. As you say it just gets stuck right into sending up the storybook stuff and the Vampire and Riverboat hustle sections are just genius.
But... but... but... SG does that too only with a subject that is really
hard to satirise without banging a bloody great big drum screaming hey everybody religion ain't always good for you so lets take the p*ss out of it! But he doesn't do that he just tells the story from new perspectives and holds a mirror of logic and, I suppose, amusement up to it so show just how stupid extremism of any sort is. That's a truly great book - and it's funny too.
So I think it's the right way around - and WA is a very honourable and hilarious runner-up - it that's how it turns out!