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  • Paperback: 371 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (29 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553384406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553384406
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,104,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Richard T. Foames on 7 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
"Don't you hate it when this happens?"

That's what is written on a card left in place of Johnny X's house, which someone has somehow managed to steal. This is how Tim Scott's book "outrageous fortune" opens; to all of us who use to watch Dare To Believe on late night ITV (back when it was on) Tim Scott is of course known to us as writing, directing and acting (Dutch cyclist, stoked surfer, cave man etc) in Dare To Believe, however recently he has produced a new and interesting book and has another on the way this year by the strange name of "love in the time of the fridges".

The main reason I bought outrageous fortune was because I'm a big fan of Dare to believe, and I knew Tim Scott would produce an exciting and funny book. I wasn't disappointed. As soon as you pick the book up you are transported into a world where everything is not quite right, but regardless of the fact that the world seems up side down no one seems to mind. This bizarre universe where elevators tell jokes, office photocopiers have nervous breakdowns and commit suicide, and a bar call "inconvenient" where it takes hours to get served, suburbs are named after music genres such as "jazz" "waa waa" and the very silly "Christmas singles" suburb.

It's a thoroughly enjoyable book and you are genuinely concerned about the main character (Johnny X) and whether he will survive in this strange world of his. The book is well written and extremely funny, especially the talking elevator bits.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fun Ride 14 Jun. 2011
By M. Nelson - Published on
Format: Paperback
Some reviewers are taking this book way too seriously. It's supposed to be silly and unrealistic and out there--that's what it's all about. The setting is immensely creative, and the characters are both ridiculous and relatable. The main character has his house stolen right off the lot within the first few chapters, and it just gets wackier from there. It was a truly fun, enjoyable read. If you're looking to be intellectually stimulated, then no, this probably won't be your cup of tea. But if you're looking to be amused by humorous creativity, you should love it.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Worth Finishing 17 Jan. 2009
By cutie4x8 - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is actually a really good book. It started off really quirky and exciting with tons of psychotic things happening to keep your attention. However, towards the middle of the book I began to wonder if all the craziness was going anywhere and seriously considered not completing the book. But I felt the ending was definitely worth it. Other reviews were disappointed in the ending but I thought it was great. Also, the part where he goes into his lecture about knowing who you are was the point of the whole book! It was essential! I loved it!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Outrageous Fun 3 Jun. 2007
By Russell Clothier - Published on
Format: Paperback
"Outrageous Fortune" is a work of absurdist science fiction comedy, in the hallowed tradition of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett. It's a hard genre to pull off. There is a fine line between successful bizarre comedy and painfully lame silliness, and it takes a deft hand to make it work. I'm happy to report that Scott succeeds, at least 90% of the time.

The story is set in the not too distant future. The narrator, Jonny X67, is having a Very Bad Day. His house has been stolen, he is being chased for unknown reasons by the self-styled Four Bikers of the Apocalypse, as well as being stalked by a very persistent Encyclopedia saleswoman. If it sounds confusing, well, it's supposed to be; that's where the funny comes from. A bewildered Jonny sets off on a mapcap race through a deranged urban landscape, trying to determine, between trips to the bar, what the heck is really going on.

I especially enjoyed Jonny's trip to the Zone Traffic Police headquarters. His struggles with the monolithic, inhuman, yet basically inept bureaucracy is like a scene from the movie "Brazil;" it is both absurd and frightening at the same time.

The book is flat-out funny; I giggled and snorted throughout. Scott is a clever writer with a light, wry touch. Though reminiscent of Douglas Adams, Scott has a style of his own. Sure, there are joke-telling elevators and a hangout called The Most Inconvenient Bar in the World. But Scott is less heavy-handed than Adams, and can at times be poignant and even moving. And the opening line is a classic.

The only real disappointment was the ending. Having bought into the ridiculousness of Scott's world for 300 pages, we suddenly find out it all has a neat, rational explanation. It was contrived, I thought, and something of a cop-out.

So, subtracting a star for the ending, we're still left with a 4-star read filled with originality and wit. Enjoy!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
not impressed to say the least 13 Oct. 2007
By S. D. Marinkas - Published on
Format: Paperback
any book where the f-word is the first word certainly has my attention. but it wasn't long before it got painfully boring, and it felt like a chore to read. i think this is the first book i ever started and didn't bother to finish. i stopped about half-way through. you could cut out a significant chunk of this book and you wouldn't change a thing. the book slows to a crawl as johnny x tries to recompose himself after his really bad day, and the reader is left wondering what happened to the four horsemen (who, though they seem to be some crazy combination between the three stooges and a swat team, have completely lost track of johnny and seem loathe to catch up with him).
i wish i had more to comment on, but there just isn't enough substance to this book. oh, and the author's constant use of similes (in almost every other sentence) is quite irritating. it might have done well as a short story, but as a novel it just doesn't cut it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A little too Outrageous 11 Oct. 2008
By J. Laydbak - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There is a fine line between Outrageous and Ridiculous. Unfortunately, the author crossed it too many times. From a literary standpoint, he completely missed what he was going for.

This doesn't stop it from being entertaining and a good read, if one ignores the fact that it is, at times, annoying and irritating. Who the hell drinks Long Island Ice Teas and goes surfing constantly? Is this how Brits see us Americans? The entire concept for Inconvenient the Bar just annoyed me. It was an amusing idea that the author did not realize that he took too far.

This book was alright. It was funny and amusing, yet irritating. The ending was fair to poor and left a lot of holes. I walked away thinking that it was completely implausible. Good scifi is interesting because it could possibly happen in the future. Bad scifi leaves you saying, "Yeah right."

I guess my answer to this book is - "yeah right."
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