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We've seen it all before, many times, but this time it's different. If only slightly. When Gomez Porter becomes a test subject in an experimental drug trial, he is asked to keep track of any strange experiences through a ...
We've seen it all before, many times, but this time it's different. If only slightly. When Gomez Porter becomes a test subject in an experimental drug trial, he is asked to keep track of any strange experiences through a blog. What Gomez isn't ready for, is so many of his experiences suddenly seeming strange; the antiques dealer trying to buy his old tax papers, his neighbor boiling salamanders on his balcony at midnight, the super sexy lab assistant who falls for him but is unable to express herself in terms outside the realm of science. But when one of the trial participants turns up dead and another goes missing, Gomez begins to fear for his life. No longer sure who he can trust and which of his experiences are real and which merely drug induced illusions, he decides it%u2019s time to go underground and work out a devious plan.
Now, years later, his blogs have been recovered from a defunct server. For the first time we can find out firsthand what happened to Gomez as he takes us on a wild ride of discovery.
Posted July 30, 2011
Gomez Porter is a very Straight forward guy , Romantic at heart and has this mighty sense of humour that made me laugh through the entire story . He met a Sexy young woman who is as sweet and kind as him . He's all out to win her heart and goes on to stalk her stalker which i thought is very Hot . A very interesting story with pleasant characters . Loved Gomez and Christine together while the end is completely unexpected which makes the Book ever more interesting. The story is actually told in a way that is going to take you by a dazzling surprise . It's funny on a whole new level and has an original writing style that i loved and enjoyed very much. It's an ideal read for today's World , its the Sweet (and Funny) Escape from it all , loved the Book . Highly recommended !Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 9, 2011
I was intrigued by this book from the first time I'd heard of it. It sounded as if it would be an interesting read to say the least. It was interesting, but it was also weird. I've read this twice now because I felt like I'd lost something along the way. And while the second reading did help me figure it out a little more I was still kind of confused with the whole thing.
Gomez was an odd character. His downstairs neighbor was odd, the employee that worked for him at the antiques store was odd, the guy that was shopping at the store was odd. His doctor/girlfriend was the most "normal" person in the book, and even she was a bit odd at times.
The things that happen in Gomez's life aren't really all that odd, but the way in which he deals with them is odd. Falling in love with the researcher, perfectly normal. Becoming her stalker stalker, odd... I can't really give anymore examples without giving some of the story away.
The writing was humorous, I laughed quite a few times throughout the book. And like I said the things that happened to Gomez weren't all that abnormal, but the way he deals with life was a bit strange. It was an entertaining read, and it didn't take me long to read it. I actually read it twice within a few days.
Posted March 31, 2011
Though I enjoy traditional storylines-thrillers, horror, mysteries-I often like to be surprised by a book that colors outside the lines-one that immediately makes me want to look for another one just like it. Graham Parke's No Hope for Gomez! is one such book, and I can't even begin to describe how cool it was. Gomez Porter is your average guy, slogging through life, hoping for a spark to make him feel alive. Though he knows very little about antiques, he runs an antique store, where he bumbles through enough sales to keep him from starving, and he tries to keep his one employee happy by letting him sweep floors to his heart's content. When he's not selling anything, he blogs-a lot. One day, he decides to become a test subject for an experimental drug trial. Now, when he blogs, he gets to keep track of any weird experiences. Gomez falls in love with the doctor who meets with the subjects once a week to hand out the pills. When she confesses that she thinks she's being stalked, he offers to stalk her stalker, hoping he'll get a chance to be a hero in her eyes. Soon, strange things begin to happen to Gomez, making him feel paranoid. But when he finds out that one of his fellow test subjects died under peculiar circumstances, he becomes afraid that his own life might be in danger-and that the pretty doctor may be behind it all. No Hope for Gomez! is a breezy breath of fresh fiction. It combines a mystery with wacky human nature-mostly Gomez's wacky nature-making it a weird and wonderful read. All of the characters are eccentric in some way, from Gomez's needy downstairs neighbor to his neurotic employee. Even the doctor has a strange turn about her, and you'll never really know whether she's good or bad. Gomez could be any one of us-anyone who's stuck in a rut and looking for something good (or at least something different) to happen-and that makes it so easy to relate to him. He faces life with humor, and the story's best moments happen when he just goes with the flow and ends up doing something crazy, like becoming a test subject or stalking a stalker. Though No Hope for Gomez! is written in blog format, it's neither dry nor boring. The story comes alive on the page, and I couldn't have put it down if someone had handed me a briefcase full of money to do so. I love to read bizarre and crazy stories about equally bizarre and crazy characters-and No Hope for Gomez! offers plenty of that. And, to make things even better, there are future Gomez stories on the horizon-and I simply can't wait to return to his world once more. This review first appeared at Night & Weekends ReviewsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 17, 2010
Gomez has become an experimental lab rat. He is required to blog about any sudden changes in the way he feels. Gomez had no idea just how crazy this drug would make him. He shares his predicament with on the world wide web for all to read.
He begins to wonder if taking part in this trial was a good idea. He gets his answer when one of the other people taking part winds up dead. Unable to decipher between reality and the feelings brought on by the drugs, Gomez is facing a huge turning point in his life. Will he have the strength and will to survive or will he give up?
This book is different than any other book I have read. The way the author speaks through his characters and builds up suspense is really intriguing. When you read this you will want to be able to read it all in one sitting because you won't be able to put it down.
Posted February 20, 2010
Graham Parke has managed to capture far more than the reader's attention to an interesting tale about contemporary relationships (or lack of lasting ones) by the manner in which he writes. He marries old-fashioned drama with the quirks of current communication techniques and in addition to completing a fast read of a novel, he has successfully explored how we relate to who we are in flesh and blood as opposed to who we create as 'us' by hiding in the interstices of the computer keys. But the inventions of this novel don't stop there.
Gomez Porter is the strange mainstay of this book and he communicates both with himself and with us the reader, through the now completely popular methodology of Blogging. Every page of the book is a series of blogs written by Gomez and it is in this occult manner of getting a story out that we discover just who this character is. Gomez is part of an experimental drug program overseen by a Dr. Hargrove and exactly what the drug is or is supposed to do is rather hidden in the text. The fascinating aspect of this premise is that the reader is never really sure whether the narrator is writing under the mind-altering influence of this drug experiment or not. The story has twists and turns that fascinate at times, make us laugh at times, fill space with some rather pedestrian ideas at times, but in the end this little novel feels like an experiment. There is a strong suggestion of what the story intent of the author is about by the cover image of a sculpted representation of Milton's poem 'Il Penseroso' (the pensive melancholy celebrated in Il Penseroso represents the ascetic life of study) facing a red Mexican hat (deal with the ambiguity!).
Graham Parke writes so well that it seems he has a lot more to say about contemporary psychology and it will be a pleasure waiting for his next challenging adventure. His is a clever mind.
Posted October 11, 2010
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