Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure Hardcover – 19 Sep 2004
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"A beautiful, picaresque tale overflowing with humor and heart."
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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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.
Unable to start his novel, Dave is soon busy 'googlewhacking', an internet activity better explained by the man himself at davegorman.com. 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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When a book opens with the author waking up on new years day in heathrow airport with a ticket to Washington dc with no memory of why he has or why he's there in the first place,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Winston O'Boogie
loved it. Witty, light reading. Great if travelling.Published 10 months ago by Mr Michael B Buzzing
A fun read! This review won't be a googlewhack because so many other people will say that this is a fun read!Published 12 months ago by Steve Stretton
Great book, I laughted out loud a number of times when reading it.Published 14 months ago by Stephenm
Despite his success in comedy, according to a British poll, Dave Gorman is one of the few men, after Mother Teresa, who could be eligible to write the ten commandmentsPublished 18 months ago by kp
A fantastic read. The only downside is the lack of Badger gloves puppets in the story.Published 20 months ago by James Brown
I bought this item for my Dads birthday. He absolutely loved it.Published 20 months ago by Fraser McRae
Dave takes us along on this great adventure, it dud find it a bit difficult to continue in the middle, but it's worth being as commuted as the man himself to get to the end.. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mr Tim Hewitt