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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (20 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349117454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349117454
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.5 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Brookmyre was a journalist before becoming a full time novelist with the publication of QUITE UGLY ONE MORNING. Since writing A BIG BOY DID IT AND RAN AWAY he and his family decided to move away from Aberdeen and now live near Glasgow.

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All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses An Eye belongs to the half of Brookmyre's work less concerned with the state of the Scottish nation and more with what happens when iconically ordinary Scots are dumped into the middle of Hollywood plots. Here, we have, on the one hand, an international trouble-shooting organization most of whose agents are on the run from some sort of trouble themselves, and, on the other, a forty-something grandmother aware that life has passed her by and was not meant to. When someone tries to kidnap her grand-daughter, she responds with inventive viciousness; told to save her family by making a South of France rendezvous, she steals passports, cars and tickets as if she has always been doing it. Recruited merely as an expert on a missing boffin who happens to be her son, Jane demonstrates that the quiet desperation of ordinary life is the best training a super agent could have...This is Brookmyre at his most slyly subversive and viscerally exciting, a daydream which never quite becomes preposterous. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A sharp, memorable and occasionally surprisingly touching book. (Euan Ferguson, Observer)

Funny, electric and captivating. (Marcel Berlins, THE TIMES)

Memorably funny lines. (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

The usual rip-roaring narrative but with a vividly adult, sensitive edge. (GLASGOW HERALD)

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By N. D. Holt on 18 April 2006
Format: Paperback
I had read all of Christopher Brookmyre's other books before this was realeased, and was waiting for its publish date, then after publication I came and read some other reviews which slated it as an underwhelming read ... so I went on to read something else instead.

Well, I've just finished "All Fun and Games" and found it thoroughly enjoyable ... sure it isn't full of the gut wrenching, stomach churning humour of the other books ... but once I was started on it and the story got going ... I still couldn't put it down until I'd finished it.

If you've read, and enjoyed, his other books ... have a read of this one, and don't be put off by the more critical reviews.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Droogers on 8 Aug 2006
Format: Paperback
Other reviews on this page suggest that this isn't a good Brookmyre for the non-initiated. If that's the case, I'm really looking forward to reading his others! Having finished AFAG last night I've already purchased my second Brookmyre and can't wait to get started.

True, the beginning is slower paced than the rest of the book but one of the reasons that the end is so riveting is because you are completely taken by the characters by that point and actually care about what will happen to them. So the build up adds to the pace and enjoyment in the end.

I wonder whether he'll follow it up with more "Jane Bell" novels...?
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By Rob Kitchin TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Aug 2014
Format: Paperback
Brookmyre’s tales are always good fun, invariably a thriller tale wrapped up in dark humour and spun out as an edgy comic caper. So it is with All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses an Eye, which has a very nice hook about a dour Scottish housewife making a transformation into Lara Croft as a secret agent. The set-up is very nicely done, as is the unfolding of the plot and the denouement, with the action sequences particularly well conveyed. As usual, Brookmyre develops a colourful cast of characters, placing them a number of them slightly or fully out of place, and riffing on their interplay. The result is humour is ever present, though rarely spills over into belly laughs. The only downside is there is far too much explication and back story, with rambling long passages that added little but padding. Some judicious editing would have added a little pace and verve. Overall, an entertaining, well conceived, tongue-in-cheek thriller.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Si 2000 (London UK) on 7 Mar 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I just love comedy in crime novels and no one does it better than Brookmyre. I've read all of his books and this one is my favourite.

I agree with some of the reviewers that it does take a while for it to get going (the start being somewhat laboured), but if you can forgive the first few chapters and persevere, it soon turn into a very page-turning and wonderfully humorous (black comedy) story from there on in.

Great scenario that the mother, Jane, (a James Bond fanatic), is recruited in to find her missing son. But there are lots of well thought through characters and sub plots to keep you entertained throughout.

If you've never read a Brookmyre book, treat yourself to this one! And if like me, you are into the dark comedy crime genre, then The Dealer by Tony Royden is another gem that I would highly recommend you try.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Stokes on 18 July 2005
Format: Paperback
I am a huge fan of Christopher's novels though did find that the last one was a little predictable and formulaic.
I absolutely love "All fun and games". I think his writing of the female characters was sympathetic and accurate, something that I found rather a surprise. It was again a wonderful and fantastical romp that I found very hard to put down.
It is also a very good entry into the novelists work if you are new to him. Having totally new characters made for interesting back stories. Not as political or ranting as some of his other works which might make a more comfortable read for the unconverted.
I agree with other reviewers that it is very cinematic in style and would make a wonderful movie - let's just hope that ITV don't put their idiotic fingers on this or any other Brookmyer piece.
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Format: Hardcover
My son gave me this for my 62nd birthday and I loved every word of it. I didn't find it slow to get into I was enthralled right from the very start. I am a great Jasper Fforde fan and love to be incidentally introduced to an author's favourite authors; so I knew I was on to a winner when I discovered that Jane Fleming reads Robertson Davies. There is a reference to the Lyre of Orpheus which is one of his books. What fun to know that all that hoovering and drudgery is fitting us house wives for a Bond style adventure and how true that we would do absolutely anything for our children. I believed in this book totally and I am thrilled to have discovered Brookmyre, I have ordered his others already.
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Format: Hardcover
I have been reading Christopher Brookmyre for years and am never disappointed. I was converted by a colleague and I in turn have converted my husband. Having already bought the book I heard reviews saying it was not up to his usual standard, but then realised they were all written by men and that this had a female central character .... so make what you will of that!! This book is very different to his other books in that it does not have you laughing all the time but it does not fail to grip you. I think he has written this as a homily to women, don't underestimate us. As always, I can't wait to read the next one.
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