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The Day Jesus Rode Into Croydon
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2013
I figured at 99p the only chance i was taking with this book was my time. However I found myself being pleasantly surprised. It's full of humour in a black comedy sense and there is a lot to like from the two main characters of Joe and Danny who are not exactly your traditional heroes. Add in some useless policemen, a b-list celebrity who regards himself as the messiah and Joe's girlfriend who is either a femme fatale or a deluded simpleton and it keeps you interested. The only problem I sometimes have with funny books is they can often dispense with the fundamentals of a plot and you are just looking for the next line. This book however has a storyline from the past which develops and although compelling and disturbing at the same time seems at first seems at odds with the more light-hearted present chapters and can be disconcerting to flick between the two. I even found myself asking whether the author was stuck between writing two differing kinds of books. But as the stories come together it all makes total sense and in a really quite clever fashion (it actually made me stop reading so I could think about it). So if you want an unconventional, funny, thought-provoking and unpredictable book then I would thoroughly recommend it. If amazon let me give half marks then it would be a 4.5, the loss of a half a result of the slower pace and contrast of story types at the beginning that might lose a few readers who are looking for an easier read. But that said, I would recommend it highly for anyone who is looking for something different.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2014
Firstly, this book came up as a reduced to 99p offer on an Amazon forum thread. I took a look at it and wasn't overly enthralled by the blurb but...Kirk St Moritz! - this book was mine! (Kirk St Moritz was a character in 80's sit-com Dear John). So I chose this book because of the author's name. I didn't have any expectations of it. Start to read. Am I going to be able to get on with this? Persevere a little and it gradually takes hold.
Well, what can I say. It's always nice to have an unfounded opinion so easily trashed. A gem of a debut novel. A bargain at £1.99 still.
I would like to think it was by design, but the different styles depending upon who the character is in the chapters really add a dimension so often lacking in some books. The story charges along at a nice pace and is told with great humour, frustration and insight into some of the baser parts of human nature.
It's difficult to write much in the way of a review without giving away plot and spoilers (I hate spoilers)
Ignore the blurb in the book description. This a far better book that that would have you believe. I give this a very, very solid 4 stars and have put Kirk St Moritz on my list of authors to watch and eagerly await the next novel -.assuming a few quid can be made from this one so when the resultant celebratory alcoholic haze dissipates the muse shall remain. There is a lot to live up to
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 29 October 2013
Extremely witty take on love, drugs and celebratory culture, culminating in hilarious journey over discovery for the lead as he delves from bored work, waster existence and failed love to obsessional pursuit of truth, revenge and celebratory! It read for me rather like a cross between Iain Banks and Nick Hornby, quite a cocktail that! But it works so well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2013
For such a low price you never know quite what to expect but I was hooked by Chapter two and completed it in a couple of sessions. The book is humorous, thought provoking and it really does keep you guessing to the end. I loved the pace, the emotive settings and the hidden references. Without a doubt a good read and one I would recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 October 2014
How does one begin with this book, I mean....seriously, just ignore the ironic title and immerse yourself into this, because right from the very first page, the author has you captivated into a world that is oh so familiar territory. Where like myself, you'll probably be reminded and relate to many of our main character's circumstances i.e. the hilarious dilemmas that we got ourselves into during our younger days.

Aided along with the plethora of laugh out moments that's both witty and intelligent in an amusing way, you'll certainly be grinning ear to ear like I did as you turn each page of which we follow Joe and all his weird and wonderful encounters and experiences.

In particular a house mate of whom initially seems at odds with his own perspective i.e. sorting out music CD's by genres instead of alphabetical order, to the other house mate of whom he has a serious crush and secretly admires.

The plot overall, especially for a first time novel, certainly shows a lot of promise, for its interesting combination of comedy and mystery, lends itself to an intriguing read that is both satisfying and engrossing. Henceforth it's difficult to hem this book into a specific genre, given its diverse spectrum.

I must add though that it is certainly not a light read that you would take with you on the beach or on holiday, but instead it's best enjoyed when you have a quiet moment to allow yourself to savour and ponder upon the delight of a story that's both thought provoking and portray the fallacies of human nature so attentively. For sure it's not without it's minor issues, but no book is ever perfect in this world, however this one's get's quite close and certainly, you'll be glad that you picked this up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2014
I don't wish to say too much as the book is full of twists and turns. It will give it away. It is at times, side-splittingly funny and written with real style. It wavers between being comic to edgy to the downright surrealist! Really recommend it to readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 2014
I was not sure what to expect from this book, especially with its unusual title and odd looking book cover. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how skilfully the story had been written and how engaging I found it. From the first page right through to the end, I was drawn deeply into the narrative. I found it quite funny and somehow familiar. Joe moves into a new house which he shares with Danny the drug dealer who is being watched by the police. At the same time he is in love with Katie and has been for a long time, but is still waiting for the `right time to tell her'. The author developed a good plot centred around these three main characters which is full of interesting and sometimes unusual twists and turns. With this and a lot more in the mix, the book is actually light hearted and sometimes very down to earth. I love the way it flowed from one scene to the next, I eagerly turned from page to page. A nice book well written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2014
I bought this (or got it free?) months ago, but never got around to reading it, because I thought it looked moderately interesting but not mind-blowing. Which just goes to show how wrong I can be.

It frequently had me laughing out loud, and unlike many of this kind of suburban-surrealism novels, the ending is actually satisfying (actually, I'm pretty much opposed to endings at all, just as a matter of principal, so the fact that I liked this one shows how exceptional it was).

I found myself highlighting quotes on practically every page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2014
This book is written in the style of a diary and you literally see into the mind of the main character. Joseph is not without his problems, and these become more apparent as time goes on. In following his life I found a lot of things that I could identify with and lots to laugh about but there is also a dark side to this story. I thought it was very well-written and found the book hard to put down; I wanted to know what would happen next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 May 2014
A cracking read and highly recommended! Always sceptical when books are labelled "hilarious" however....well thought out darker moments are balanced out with clever, subtle wit, intriguing characters and a great twist. It was genuinely funny and i didn't want to turn the final page- a sure sign I'll be keeping an eye out for future books. Good luck to this new author.
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