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Love and Other Dangerous Chemicals Paperback – 1 Oct 2012

3.4 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Corvus; Main edition (1 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857890255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857890252
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 390,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fabulously uplifting, romantic and original. Love and Other Dangerous Chemicals fizzes with humour and great dialogue from characters that are delightfully flawed. In case you can t tell, I loved it. --Jane Costello

About the Author

Anthony Capella was born in Uganda in 1962. He was educated at St Peter's College, Oxford, where he graduated with a First in English Literature. He is the bestselling author of The Food of Love (a Richard and Judy Summer Read), The Wedding Officer, and The Various Flavours of Coffee.


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Format: Kindle Edition
This is a clever piece of writing, full of wit and invention. A scientist ponders the efficacy of his treatment for female sexual dysfunction in a narrative style that comes complete with illustrative graphs and footnotes - the outcome is intelligent and very, very funny. The romantic side is credible-ish and equally well-written, with some poignant and lip-trembling lines.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I would give it five stars but the Kindle edition has an enormous number of typos, so that there were many pages were I had to pause and work out what on earth the author intended. That's a great pity.
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Like other reviewers, I loved the story, which was a very original approach to the typical romcom love story genre, but the Kindle edition clearly hasn't been proof read, and the very very many typos (mostly involving missing fs and hs) really annoyed me after a while, and spoiled my enjoyment of the book. I do like Anthony Capella though; he always takes a different approach to his story-telling, with some clever new narrative device to draw you in - in this case, the book supposedly being in the format of a scientific paper/conference presentation, counterpointed with sections from a blog. For me (as someone with a science background), this style doesn't quite ring true, and a lot of the scientific reasoning is a bit off or poorly explained, but the general story is good and for people who've never read a scientific paper (probably most people!), it's plausible enough. The main character did annoy me slightly, but also in all, a good read. Better if Kindle sort out the proof-reading.
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How I love Anthony Capella's books. I have read them all, some several times over. His description of foods are out of this world. For some reason the format of this book has been changed and to be honest I started skipping sections as I was getting quite bored. There is one food related section in the lab and I thought "ah, now we're back to normal" but it wasnt too be and we launched back into endless, tedious "new format". As for this one, quite frankly I couldnt have cared less how it turned out as I was so bored with it, I was however stuck for something to read and had to keep with it - yawn. If you want to see the real Anthony Capella read everything prior to this one.
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I am currently half-way through this book on my kindle, and I read the first half in one gripped sitting as I was thoroughly enjoying it! Unfortunately, then I started noticing some shocking typos. Not normally a purist for strict adherence to the Oxford English Dictionary, I though words like "Stufff" were maybe used to show how characters were speaking... But once I started seeing confusion with the words of and off, flat and fat, flufff and stufff I started to get worried! Do a spell check!
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Fun and frolics between a volunteer arts student and a geeky science professor researching a Viagra like drug for females.

This is far from the usual romantic romp however as an orgasmically challenged arts student and a research scientist end up in a messy affair in the pursuit of love and other dangerous chemicals. After a number of experiments that invariably go wrong, followed by a range of farcical mishaps and misadventures both finally come to a realisation about what it means to fall in love. Contained in this seemingly whimsical novel is a valuable lesson on love. Capella delights by allowing the reader direct access to the characters thoughts as they battle against each other and their incomprehensible emotions.

This is a light but incredibly funny novel, perfect when one is in need of some comic relief and romance in their life.
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I have loved all of Capella's previous books, having been hooked by The Wedding Officer, hence buying this one when I saw it, but I was left totally bemused. The format is just strange, the story disjointed and rather pointless, the ending completely flat. Having had to cope with all of that you are then faced with a plethora of spelling mistakes, some pages have almost one in every paragraph. Given I bought the Kindle version, and seeing all the other reviews, you think they would have run a spell check and reissued it... Poor, and I will now think twice before buying any new releases and wasting my money.
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I've liked every one of Anthony Capella's books and this one is no exception, but the editing is unbelievably bad and has made the reading of this book utterly frustrating. I don't know if it's just the kindle version that has this problem, but it is astonishing, and insulting, how many mistakes there are. I assume the proofreader's copy (if there even was a proofreader...) was given to an unpaid intern who was let loose with the "find and replace" function. Every single instance in the book of the word "off" has been changed to "of", "flat" has become "fat" and on almost every page there is at least one howler.

I found myself resenting having spent money on this. I wonder if it's the same in the printed version? Capella is far too good a writer to be subjected to this kind of amateur publishing practice. Corvus seriously needs to employ some new and experienced editors. I hope an experienced editor at the company will go through this book with care and intelligence and stop other readers having such a negative experience.
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