- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 625 KB
- Print Length: 282 pages
- Publisher: GDP (10 Dec. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006KTVQ9O
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #757,337 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
This fast-paced romp, set in contemporary London, is vivid and real. I was completely drawn into the multi-layered story which Arksey manages to make both laugh-out loud funny and poignant. The characters and their setting are easily visualized, and the author's love of luscious language is apparent throughout. From the hero, Jonathan Higgs Bosun (hoho) to the evil Balustrade and the ridiculous, bumbling Sidereal and Lagubrious, the names of the characters trip off the tongue and ask to be read aloud.
I loved the book and recommend it to all sorts of readers of all ages. Just be warned, you may never look at a cashew again the same way. Or a London bus. Or a bunny...
A drunk Dad, an overambitious Mum, a more talented twin, a smart self confident girl friend, what else can any boy ask for? Maybe fate throwing metaphorical banana skins at every turn? Perhaps a name like Jonathan Higgs Boson? This boy has the lot.
There are serious themes but this is a funny book, with science, with slapstick, and with a misfit hero who manages to be brave because it's the right thing to do.
No vampires, werewolves, wizards, or teenage illness just cover to cover entertainment
Intelligent Life does that for young people. Small random events the size of a peanut build up into a glorious comedy romp around London, with every kind of boy's adventure from spaceships and aliens to galactic detectives with dodgy disguises and James Bond style explosive finales.
The use of bizarre names which you immediately want to read out loud and check in the dictionary only add to the sense of the normal and the not so normal colliding. The whole use of language is special, I defy anyone to not enjoy a novel that can include the words `crenulated protuberances' in an ordinary sentence.
The significance of the small things and the liberal use of custard and bunnies make this novel as funny as it is unexpected. The boy Jonathan is just as surprised as we are and his reactions and living the story real time with him sweep you straight on through the whole adventure.
It's not all fun and games for the boy and despite his dad having some amusing moments in his vulnerability, the underlying story of his disappointment with the world and his drinking have a big impact on his son who is looking after him. This aspect of observation as Jonathan has to deal with the very different demands of his parents and living in the shadow of his brother really gives the novel is further layer of depth and its human heart.
Plus you learn stuff.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best of science fiction tells you something about the human condition and, if you're lucky, something about the universe. Read morePublished on 11 Mar. 2014 by Ade Annabel
Intelligent Life is the story of Jonathan Higgs Boson, a quiet teenager who wants nothing more than a quiet and uneventful life. Read morePublished on 23 Mar. 2012 by R Cotterill
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