No Hope for Gomez! Paperback – 12 Jan 2010
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About the Author
Graham Parke is responsible for a number of technical publications and has recently patented a self-folding map. He has been described as both a humanitarian and a pathological liar. Convincing evidence to support either allegation has yet to be produced. No Hope for Gomez! is his fiction debut. Follow his blog at: www.grahamparke.blogspot.com and find his website at: www.grahamparke.com
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So, so crazy - a man is part of a clinical trial. But we (and he) don't know if he's on the drugs, the placebo or nothing - yet he seems totally off his rocker! Gomez has a crush on the doctor monitoring him in his drug trial, he's socially awkward anyway - but another participant turning up dead soon catches his attention.
What is real? Can he solve a murder while 'under the influence'? And can he 'get the girl'?
Bonkers, bonkers, bonkers. Gomez is one of those unique narrators you're not going to forget in a hurry, especially as you just don't know if you can believe his blog account of ANYTHING. His blog talks to us and to his doctor as he charts his progress and feelings for his drug trial, and they are mad.
"Blog entry: Monday night. Couldn't sleep. Sounded like my downstairs neighbour was drilling thousands of tiny holes in his ceiling. Blog entry: Tuesday night. Couldn't sleep. Sounded like my neighbour was dancing the meringue on an overturned bathtub in stiletto heels... Blog entry: Wednesday night. Slept like a baby. But, upon awakening, noticed there were thousand of tiny holes in my floor."
Very entertaining, if confusing at times. Loved the scenes in Gomez's workplace, an antiques shop and with his also-rather-unique co-worker.
A fun read, with some great ideas (a stalker stalker!) and a fresh-feeling narrator who is completely potty.
I would recommend this, though. It was very easy to read and it was nice to have a story that wasn't all doom and gloom. ;)
Praise for Graham Parke's "No hope for Gomez!"
I'm an avid reader, the kind that spends a large slice of her monthly income solely on books.
I greatly enjoy reading in general, but there are two kinds of books that I have a special shelf for: books that won't allow me to set them down and books that make laugh. Not just smile, laugh out loud. Graham Parke's book made the shelf for both reasons. It is now part of the list of Top 5 best books I've ever read.
This book caught me by surprise. I was looking for funny books to buy, but facing the same problem as always: I'm not an easy laugh. People had tons of recommendations, from Terry Pratchett to David Lodge, but my question to them was always the same: "Did the book make you laugh or did it just make you smile?" If the answer was the latter, than the book was not for me.
Not knowing who else to ask, I googled "books that made me laugh out loud", which led me to GoodRead's list of "Funniest reads of 2010... so far". I scrolled through it and checked out some titles, but one in particular caught my attention. It had such a curious name!
I checked out a second list on the same website: "Best humorous books". And there it was again, the thinker and the sombrero, making me wonder what was the story behind that cover. I read the synopsis and skipped the reviews. I had already made up my mind: I was buying "No hope for Gomez!"
I often buy books I hope will be good, but this one surpassed any expectation I had: it was freaking hilarious! Graham Parke creates a plot and characters that are so incredibly absurd, you can't help but absolutely love them! His writing is intelligent, very, very funny and much more daring and unapologetic than most of the humor writers I've read. He sprinkles his plot line with unexpected bursts off oddities, here and there, that made me burst out in laughter, or just blurt out the word "Brilliant!", while reading the book in a silent library. The effect his story and characters had on me were so amusingly insane, the smile on my face lingered long after I had closed the book for the day. "He is so funny!" I repeated, every time I closed the book, not actually wanting to stop reading, but because I was already late for my appointments, for having been reading "just one more chapter".
Graham may be a new author, who pretty much had to make everything happen himself, which may make you have to do a little research to find him. But in my opinion, he should be given his rightful place on the shelves of every major book store, sitting among names like Shalom Auslander and Christopher Moore, some of the greatest humorous writers I had ever had the pleasure of reading.
If you are looking for real humor, something fresh and original, with characters that are a brilliant exercise in absurdity (e.g. Warren, the small-animal-wok-frying downstairs neighbor), you got it.
No hope for Gomez, but great laughs for you.