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Greeting the 500 Paperback – 20 Jul 2007

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The Friday Project Limited (20 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905548591
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905548590
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,371,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you're a fan of Tony Hawks or Dave Gorman and their random activities, then you'll be a fan of Jules Segal's latest attempt to prove his old friend Michael wrong, this time regarding the arena of celebrities and their altruism (or lack thereof) to their fellow humankind. Disturbingly addictive, I read this in three sittings and often laughing out loud. A definite buy and great for the summer holidays.
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One man's mission to prove that celebrity doesn't necessarily mean ego with (amongst other things) the threat of facing your fears whilst carrying out numerous scary (and downright humiliating) forfeits.

A fools errand? Perhaps, but Jules' account of his attempt to win a drunken pub bet to shake the hands of 100 or more of 500 famous Brits makes for a fine read. Jules' writing style is very easy going and I read the book in under 2 days. There are numerous funny moments in the book which will make you chuckle as you race to the end and find out whether he wins the bet (or whether he has to face his fears and ride Britain's highest roller coaster).
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This book made me chuckle aloud on a number of occasions. How Jules managed to hold down his job at the same time as scurrying all over the country meeting random celebrities I'll never know, but as the tale moves along one finds oneself rooting for our young self-effacing hero in his quest to prove his know-it-all mate wrong. And the 'individuals of note in their profession' prove themselves to be nice and normal, with many of them cheerily getting into the spirit of the thing.

It is worth reading for Will Self's rejection letter alone.

Four stars from me (one star taken off for the shocking abundance of typos).
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It's very rare that I'll continue reading a book that I'm not enjoying. However, in this case I made an exception. A morbid curiosity developed within me. It was a little like watching a slow-motion train wreck.

I wondered to myself, "Just how bad can this become?" and I read it to the end to make my judgement objectively.

The answer? Awful.

A great premise, with the possibility of an entertaining plot. But it's completely ruined by Segal's irritating writing style. He seems to find it necessary to throw gags and puns in practically every sentence. A bit like the chap in the office that has a punchline for every occasion, this is a world away from genuine wit.

Segal can't take all the blame for this - his publisher must have had the quality control level set particularly low, perhaps with an eye for the Dave Gorman/Tony Hawks/Danny Wallace market. But the difference between these three and Jules Segal is that they can actually write humour that reaches its target.
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Hysterically funny book. I'd forgotten about this guy, but remembered being an avid reader of his website whilst he was involved in the bet.

Glad to see that he didnt let me down and actually made it all sound even funnier. An ideal buy for anyone who is fascinated by the present day Celebrity Culture. And wants to laugh at it!
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