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Intelligent Life by [Arksey, Neil]
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4.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Length: 282 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • 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
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #757,337 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I read Intelligent Life in a few days, and I really, really enjoyed it. The ending wasn't what I expected, but I loved how everything linked together in the end, and how the randomness developed throughout the book. It's also really funny, and I kept laughing out loud and got some really weird looks... Jonathan was a fantastic main character because even though crazy stuff happened to him, he wasn't super cool, or over intelligent so he never got on my nerves and I found myself relating to him a bit. It was an interesting plot, but it was really nice to read, and there are facts at the beginning of each chapter which were amazing. Some of them were funny, some creepy and some just outright weird. The short chapters made it easy to read, especially if you know you really ought to be doing something else. My nineteen year old sister read a bit and loved it as well. There wasn't a bit in the book I got bored at, or wanted to change. When it wasn't filled with action, it was filled with science and that worked really well for me. I loved it. I think anyone in pretty much every age group will enjoy it, and you don't need to know much at all about science to understand and enjoy it. A very different sci-fi book to any before, but it was definitely an amazing one. I can't wait to read the next one!
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Strolling around Covent Garden I've often noticed peculiarly-dressed people. Freaks and eccentrics abound in London and so I've given it no further thought. From now on I shall know to look twice. These may, just may, be alien detectives, visitors from another planet. For one of the many things I learned whilst reading Intelligent Life (along with the true height of Nelson's column, how many apple varieties there are and umpteen other factoids) is that detectives from beyond our solar system have yet to master our language, our social niceties and our dress sense.

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...
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There are so many reasons to read this book. The names of the characters are groan worthy, the plot is fast paced, and it has a battle to save the world, but for me the factoids starting every chapter would make it worthwhile purchase.

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.

Spoiler Alert

No vampires, werewolves, wizards, or teenage illness just cover to cover entertainment
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There is something wonderful about the humour that comes with Random. It's the art perfected for adults with the work of Douglas Adams, combining a sense of the cosmos with the smallness of man and coming up with the amazing tales that make us laugh because they are so bizarre and unbelievable that we want them to be true.

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.
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