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on 16 September 2011
I've enjoyed Dave Gorman's previous books but for some reason this one was a bit of a disappointment.
Dave likes playing games - not computer games, but "proper" games, maybe involving a board, maybe something you throw, possibly cards or other things you place on a table. One day he posted a message on Twitter asking if anyone fancied playing a game and he received numerous responses inviting him to play the likes of Cluedo, Monopoly, and some less familiar examples such as Khet, Kubb, and IDVE. The book then sees Dave travel around the country to meet these people and play a game. Some of these meetings are planned, some are not - such as when he is invited to play a card game with some elderly American tourists in a Lakeland hotel - and some are eventful whilst others aren't.
Despite the occasional laughs the book feels a little aimless, as though Dave doesn't really know what to do with it. Some of his other books have eventually had some kind of moment of epiphany, where he's had something of a moment of clarity and discovered something about life etc. but this time he just wanders from meeting to meeting and the book doesn't even have an ending - a fact he admits himself on the final page. I confess that at the end I did feel a little "oh - is that it?" despite having enjoyed most of my time with the book.
I did like the numerous footnotes, many of which include web links to YouTube clips etc. explaining passages from the text, and the cover is very nicely designed. The book itself though is amiable but a bit aimless, and therefore a little disappointing.