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Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure Hardcover – 19 Sep 2004

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Press (19 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585676144
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585676149
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3.2 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,487,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A beautiful, picaresque tale overflowing with humor and heart."

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Another hi-octane, pointless adventure from the 'Bill Bryson of stand-up' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
In a hotel room in Austin, Texas, Dave Gorman drops his razor into the sink. Despite his despair about what he has become he cannot bring himself to shave his beard off. This is the beard that was grown to prove he was a mature thirty one year old who had abandoned his foolish youth, the beard that was also a key element in securing him a commission for his first novel. However, after Dave's good intentions to sit down in front of his PC and become a novelist go astray, he considers shaving to reveal the young fool that he still is. He leaves Texas with facial hair and gets back on course to find ten Googlewhacks in a row.

In this book Dave tells the story of how an e-mail informing that he was a 'Googlewhack' led him to embark on a journey, zigzagging across the world, meeting authors of websites which confirmed the 'whack criteria. A journey that sees him: take an uncomfortable fast spin with a Welsh Mini enthusiast; meet a man who collects random photos of women and their dogs; and take a trip, with a cowboy, over the Mexican border in the search for Coca-Cola made to the original sugary recipe.

Gorman's lust for the mundane oddity that occupies the various characters he meets, together with the hilarious account of his own obsession driven behaviour, will draw you in to a comfortably insane world. This book shows everyone's need for purpose and the immense dread that the threat of failure brings.

Maybe one of the funniest tales of international travel ever told, the Adventure is a must read for anyone who finds it hard to let go and accept defeat. So brew up or pour a shot of tequila and get Googlewhacking.
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By Samuel TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Dec. 2003
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The best thing I can say is that I toyed with giving this to my wife for Christmas - and then kept it for myself. Anybody who has already seen the stageshow will know that the book is about another seemingly impossible Dave Gorman quest - this time to make a chain of 10 Googlewhacks.
The funniest thing by far is that Dave really, really did not want to take this bet on. However, thanks to a bizarre series of co-incidences (not to mention a large amount of tequila), he found himself yet again travelling the world, foresaking both the novel he should have been writing and his vow to be sensible.
If you don't spend half of this book laughing out loud, there must be something wrong with you; and if you then don't find yourself thinking of strange bets you yourself could make with Dave, then you're a better man than me.
It's a shame this book isn't out for Christmas; I have been lucky to somehow get a copy delivered early. If you make only one New Year's resolution for 2004, it should be to buy this book before everybody else does. And, whilst you're at it, buy 'Are You Dave Gorman?' as well. And then, when Dave is as famous as God in six months time, sit round looking smug and making sure everyone knows that you were one of the first to buy it.
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As quite a big fan of Google and of Dave Gorman, this book was a must have and it didn't disappoint. The humorous feel good quest genre that has grown out of the likes of Tony Hawks' "Round Ireland with a fridge" and Dave Gorman's earlier book "Are you Dave Gorman?" is becoming big business. To know that some people are prepared to drop everything and follow a whim to its illogical conclusion somehow makes life seem a great deal more worth living.
As you probably know, Dave Gorman fell under the spell of Googlewhacking and traversed the world several times searching for people who owned websites that included Googlewhacks; two words that together produce just one search result from Google.
While most of us would feel satisfied if we found a single googlewhack in itself, Dave Gorman takes the game to a much higher level. He attempts to find a chain of ten Googlewhacks, encouraging the owner of each whack included website to furnish him with two more whacks to further the quest.
The result is a roller coaster ride through the world wide web and across the world. It's no surprise that he spent much time in the US, given that so much of the internet is based there. However, due to the nature of the journey Gorman found himself inhabiting airspace far more often than most people would deem possible. The exercise in statistics and cumulative jet lag would be enough to floor many, but the energy that can only be produced by the ultimate displacement activity sees this adventure to its nail biting conclusion.
If your life seems dull and mundane, leaf through Dave Gorman's latest offerring. It'll show you that the alternative to the quiet life, while entertaining, is not for the faint hearted.
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Dave Gorman lives the kind of life we would all like to if we had the time, the money and frankly the bottle to do so. This book documents the latest adventure from the man, who in the past, has dedicated portions of his life to travelling the world meeting his namesakes and religiously following his horoscopes. With good intentions at the start of the book of forgetting his wayward past and becoming a novelist (he even grew a beard to prove it!) it doesn't take long for our hero to fall back into old ways.
Unable to start his novel, Dave is soon busy 'googlewhacking', an internet activity better explained by the man himself at Suffice to say, it involves a lot of travelling and meeting strangers in foreign lands!
It starts (as perhaps all good adventures should) after a night on the tiles and quickly evolves into a monster, fuelled by the enthusisam and generosity of those that Dave meets along the way. I don't want to give away any details away here but I will say that the incident in Austin, Texas is worth the cover price alone!
All told in Dave's own humorous way, I was laughing by the first chapter, roaring by the second and crying by the time he reached Washington. Highly recommended to anyone with a sense of adventure and anyone with a funny-bone for that matter!
Fantastic entertainment from the man that does it best, let's hope that the beard comes off soon, the idea of a novelist is permanantly shelved and there are plenty more of these adventures to come!
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