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"I will go back to reading David Quantick's excellent Sparks now" - Neil Gaiman, Twitter, Sept 25th.
David Quantick is a British comedy writer and broadcaster. Sparks is his first novel.
To read more about David's broken life, please go here:
on Nov. 27, 2012 :
Don't get me wrong: Sparks is definitely fun to read.
The only thing which really annoyed me is that this Sparks is such an idiot. Sometimes it just hurts to read on.
Really, he is one of the most unlikeable characters ever and there have been many occasions when I thought he should perish - on all those worlds out there.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Oct. 09, 2012 :
Paul Sparks has an unsuccessful retro T-shirt business and has been dumped by his girlfriend Alison. He stumbles on a website called the Random Life Generator, which gives the locations of portals to alternative realities.
Without thinking it through (this is Sparks' trademark) he sets off to find an alternative Alison who won't leave him. What follows involves, among other things: tall dentists, unfamiliar police cars, thin men and bears as Sparks discovers that alternative realities can be strange and dangerous places - especially when thin men are trying to hurt you.
It's very funny in a Douglas Adamsy kind of way - more Dirk Gently than Hitchhiker's Guide - with some nice off-beat twists. There were rather more typos than I'd like, ever the bane of self-published books, but they don't detract too much from a plot that rattles along from one absurdity to the next.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)