- File Size: 413 KB
- Print Length: 174 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: February 27, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007EVPK30
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #867,151 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Convincing evidence to support either allegation has yet to be produced.
No Hope for Gomez! is his fiction debut.
Follow his blog at: www.grahamparke.blogspot.com
Top Customer Reviews
Unspent Time is a collection of short stories and I loved it for its humour, originality and general craziness. If you have a prejudice against short stories, drop it and read this. It's highly entertaining and the author's commentary links the stories into a unified and satisfying whole.
The blurb is a good indicator of the subject matter, so I've included it here.
From the award winning author of `No Hope for Gomez!' comes a collection of 20 impossible tales. Permeating the cracks between the past and the present is the realm of Unspent Time. Pockets of `should have been's and `might have happened's. Time that was allotted but never spent. In this realm we find the stories that could have been true. Such as the story of Kiala, whose aunt and caretaker disappears one day, leaving her as the sole Huntress to battle the giant octopi to feed her village. Or the revealing tale of Goki Feng Ho: the ancient Chinese art of decoding the meaning of car license plates. And the heartbreaking story of the man responsible for choosing the colors of the insides of your shoes. As he toils away in obscurity, his work impacts society in ways we'll never fully comprehend. And let's not forget the story behind Unspent Time itself, the metaphysical ramifications of which will leave the scientific community feeling mostly indifferent about it for decades to come...
Graham's vibrant characters shine from the first page of each story.Read more ›
Graham Parke has a gift for creating quirky characters and bringing them to life. He managed to make decoding license plates sound interesting. I never would have guessed what Goki Feng Ho meant and would have never taken the time to find out in this lifetime. This author has a unique way of looking at life's flaws and finding humorous ways to weave answers to the simplest questions. For instance in 'The Hunted' the question is asked, "Who is eating the liverwurst?" This ghostly tale is funny and makes perfect sense to my mind's eye. What is even more hilarious is who or what is doing the haunting.
I enjoyed reading "Unspent Time Omnibus". It was different, unique and a lot of fun. Graham Parke is a wonderful author who dares to take the plunge into the 'What if?'
The one thing I really loved though, is after some stories the author tells you idea behind the tale, and it personalizes it more for the reader.
I think short story fans will like this one a lot.
For example, in WHAT MAKES PEOPLE INTERESTING Parke begins his tale about a man (for whom he assigns several monikers) whose life occupation is designing the color of the inside of shoes (I'm not making this up...) by stating `It is not uncommon for writers to have a keenly developed interest in their fellow man. For them to spend hours looking at people, listening to them, discovering all the little synchronicities and ambiguities that make them unique. All of it is precious information to the writer-brain. From the way people carry themselves to their wardrobe of choice to their hobbies and the friends that they keep. But I don't have that. Not in the least. In fact, I can't stand people. And there's so freaking many of them. They're like huge, overblown ants, crawling all over the world and getting in my way.' Now, how is that for starters on telling a story? Well, absolutely hilarious - and brave.
But on to content of this collections.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
To my mind. The connected and disconnected rambling knits itself into a tale that leaves me waiting for more. I enjoyed this book.Published 9 months ago by Leone
I enjoyed all of the stories in this collection from Graham Parke.
The author's work is interesting and quirky. Read more
I cut my sci-fi teeth reading short-story anthologies - way back in the day. For some time the short-story has been declining as an art form but is now experiencing a resurgence... Read morePublished on March 14, 2013 by John Thomas
The stories, which vary from short micro-stories to full-length short stories, are captivating. They are the quality that I'd expect to find when reading The New Yorker Magazine. Read morePublished on August 21, 2012 by Alan H. Jordan
There's no question that author Graham Parke doesn't just march to the beat of his own drummer, dude's jitterbugging to a full orchestra playing a tune only he can hear. Read morePublished on May 17, 2012 by Elizabeth A. White
After the insane and hilarious ride Graham Parke takes you on, in "No Hope for Gomez!", one can't help but wonder what sort of bizarre contraption (found where regular folks store... Read morePublished on May 17, 2012 by AmazonReader
No Hope for Gomez! might have been just sheer chance, but after two books in a row I think I have officially become a Graham Parke's fan. Read morePublished on April 6, 2012 by andrula