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The Book With No Name Paperback – 1 Jun 2007

3.8 out of 5 stars 142 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara; paperback / softback edition (1 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843172836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843172833
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This particular Anonymous has decided to take a fistful of drugs and gone
on a literary genre-bender... punchy and witty... reading this mad book
feels like riding one of those bikes with square wheels... a slightly
strange experience but a lot of fun" -- The Daily Sport, 2nd June 07

Make sure you keep the big light on. -- Manchester Evening News, July 07

"Possibly drug-induced lunacy of a book" - 4 stars
-- Zoo Magazine, July 07

"This caused quite a stir in its original self-published form
on the internet, but now you can hide behind the settee to read it. Make
sure you keep the big light on." -- Manchester Evening News, 14th July 07


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It starts off like a western...a down and dirty saloon filled with grisly characters hiding in the shadows. We have the cynical barman whose seen it all before and then we have the Clint Eastwood-esque brooding stranger. His name;The Bourbon Kid. The kid takes a drink...big mistake as he turns the saloon into the site of a massacre. This is just the beginning, add to the mix a couple of monks, an Elvis impersonator who happens to be an assassin, a bounty hunter,a biker with a metal fist and a grudge the size of mars, a fortune-teller, a gangster and his two cronies, two police detectives, a conning couple, oh and some vampires and all of them are hunting for the mysterious object that can control the moon.
Anyone of these characters alone would be interesting enough for their own novel but they are pretty much all stereotypes but mixing them all together in one small town makes for a hilarious, engrossing and utterly unpredictable read that is brimming with acerbic one-liners, lashings of stylistic violence that would fit happily into any summer blockbuster movie, not to mention a share of gore that would put Wes Craven to shame.
Overall, this book is good. If you like dark humor with off- kilter characters and plots that are both abstract and profound, you'll enjoy this, just beware the liquor. Thank you.
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For those of you who may be a little superstitious and have been disinclined to read this book due to the tag line "beware reader, .... this book will kill you". Dont worry! there are no chants or satanic verses that will will invoke the evil spirits and cause your death!!

Now to the story. "drug induced lunacy" as one critic described it!... Oh how true that is. In a good way of course. Lots of blood, guts, killings, shootings, dirty mexican (I think) bars, bounty hunters, monks, a hit man named ELVIS!, vampires, werewolves, mystery and intrigue. what more could you ask for in a book?!
Its most definately an easy read. Nothing that you need to rack you brains over. Nice short snappy chapters and the writing isnt exactly clever! But it describes what it needs to and gets staright to the point!
Its like a quentin tarantino film, on paper, for the 2000 generation!
Theres always a cliff hanger at the end of each chapter which is most definately what keeps the reader engaged in the book.
It is very graphic in a lot of its descriptions. And there is liberal use of the F word through out.
Its trashy and tacky, Brass and crass. But most definately an enjoyable read. Its one of those that you'll make time to read. Which is very rare for me

Overall: If your looking for an easy read with a non too serious story line, but a good plot, blood and guts, and cliff hangers at the end of each chapter. Then heres your man (book)!

Go on give it a try. You wont regret it !

(btw there is a lot of name dropping from many, many many popular films of recent times, which makes it even more funny!)
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Firstly, let me say why I read this book. I have become so disillusioned with recent best sellers, especially the po-faced pretentious dross that ends up on the Richard & Judy list of shame. I generally prefer books with lots of short chapters that end on a cliff-hanger and this is a great example. Now what you need to understand is, this book begs, borrows, steals, rents, flaunts and scavenges from literally dozens of other films and books - often very clumsily. And so on to the plot. Vampires, cowboys, monks, sluts, tough guys, gringos, dodgy bars, blood and gore. Any questions? A novel which contains large amounts of the above is not going to win prizes for subtlety or character development but for pure entertainment value it is pretty good. Trashy? Yes. Tacky? Definitely. Engrossing? You bet. I really enjoyed reading this book, it was like a breath of fresh air, or rather, cigarette smoke (as an ex-smoker, I still crave that...). I know why some reviewers would give this no stars but as a holiday read it works. The plot actually only touches on the idea of the book with no name, the central theme in the novel is just unfiltered violence. Give it a try.
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I can quite safely say that I've never read a book as dreadful as this one! It reads like a transcript to a computer game. The plot, such as it is, is thin and full of holes. The characters are grotesque two dimensional cartoons (not in a good way) and are also, often, full of holes owing to the incredible number of pointless gun fights and other ridiculous gratuitous acts of violence which are regularly and poorly described. The concept is derivative and badly executed (no pun intended) and the writing itself is astonishingly poor. I felt like going through it with a red biro. The howling grammatical errors should leave whoever proof-read it feeling thoroughly ashamed of themselves.

I understand that this book was self published initially and I can't say I'm surprised - no publisher worth their salt would touch it with a barge pole. Unfortunately it now seems to be developing a degree of cult appeal it certainly doesn't deserve. This book is not witty or ironic. It is not a parody of itself. It's just plain terrible.
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