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3.0 out of 5 stars For fans only..., 20 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Under the Microscope: My Life (Hardcover)
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"Everyone", so the saying goes "has a book inside them". Yet, as a rather sobering version of said observation concludes, "But that doesn't mean they have to write it". Which, sadly, is the case when it comes to Under The Microscope, Dave Spikey's stab at the now-obligatory comedian's memoirs.

Clearly a very funny man given his brilliant presence in Phoenix Nights, let alone his major writing contribution to the overlooked classic that was That Peter Kay Thing, Spikey's autobiography, however, is woefully flat. Which is a shame, because Spikey deserves kudos at least for actually writing his own memoirs, unlike the vast majority of cash-in celebrities. But there in lies the rub. Yes, he can write. And yes, again, he's also (a) a comedian (so, therefore, worth checking out if a laugh is in order) and, (b) well known enough to attract attention. Yet none of these things ever multiply together to create something greater, leaving Under The Microscope little more than a bland exercise in taking your eyes for a walk.

Neither engaging as a tale, nor engrossing as a read, I honestly launched into Spikey's tale with the every best intention, but within a handful of pages started losing momentum, and within several chapters caught myself speed-reading towards a hoped-for engagement that never really evolves. Tale after tale pass, with each rung to parchment for comedy golden nectar; yet very few (if any) honestly break beyond the average. And none, I would say, beyond the days of Peter Kay collaboration (which I honestly don't mean as an insult to the man in question), ever really suggest their transformation into a book was necessary. And when it comes, the reason for a third series of Phoenix Nights failing to arrive passes so succinctly, is so underplayed, that it hardly registers as what under the circumstances would have been spicy grist for the mill.

One for uber-fans only.
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