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Unspent Time [Kindle Edition]

Graham Parke
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Book Description

Warning: reading this novel may make you more attractive and elevate your random luck by about 9.332%*
(*These statements have not been evaluated by anyone of consequence.)

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…

Praise for ‘No Hope for Gomez!’:

“…challenges our perceptions about how we think and interact with the world around us.” – Kirkus Discoveries

“Extremely witty and clever writing that contains keen insights into human nature.” – California Chronicle


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  • File Size: 413 KB
  • Print Length: 174 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EVPK30
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!! March 19, 2012
By teed24
Format:Kindle Edition
I fell in love with Graham Parke when I read No Hope for Gomez, if you haven't read it I highly recommend you pick up a copy. I was giddy when another novel had come out. Unspent Time is a collection of cleverly witty short stories. I just absolutely love how genius his writing is, especially in this book because not only am I getting to know so many characters I also feel like I get to know the author as well. Graham Parke has a humorously dark side you just can't put the book down, and had me laughing out loud. Very enjoyable read and highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully mad May 13, 2012
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Warning: reading this novel may make you more attractive and elevate your random luck by about 9.332%* (*These statements have not been evaluated by anyone of consequence.) If this catch line for Unspent Time gives you a giggle, you're in for a treat.

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.

Blurb:
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Witty and Fun March 26, 2012
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"Unspent Time Omnibus" is a wonderful collection of stories taken out of the creative mind of Graham Parke. With his highly adept imagination, Graham has written a series of ordinary stories with delightful characters and visible clarity. Graham follows up on his tales with insight into how he came up with the story line and his characters. His ideas come from images rolling around in his fertile mind, planting seeds, which grow to be harvested. Graham's story of 'Carbon Copies' was one of my favorites with Maud1 and Maud2, two identical wives with a husband that needs to choose between them.

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?'
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Round of Fun March 15, 2012
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These are short stories, I am sure fictional, from the interesting and hilarious mind of Graham Parke. Most of them I really enjoyed, and they left me thinking about them afterwards, and only one I wasn't crazy about, Goki Feng Ho. I loved Sunday Brunch, Favorite White Bones, What I figured Out So Far and It's Her Birthday, After All! Each was different, in its premise and even theme, but they didn't clash reading one after the other.
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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Warning: Graham Parke is a Contagious Entity April 15, 2015
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Every now and then along comes a writer whose skills are so polished and whose imagination is so expansive that even within the course of a collection of stories the reader grows obsessed to have more. For those fortunate enough to have enjoyed the pleasures of Parke's novel NO HOPE FOR GOMEZ (for those who haven't, get your hands and eyes and brain on it!) this collection UNSPENT TIME will continue to startle with Parke's ingenuity. It is not JUST the themes of his stories that are fascinatingly and refreshingly unique; it is the manner of telling these at time absurd or outrageous tales that keeps you glued to the page. Parke has that strength of proficiency to address the reader right in the middle of making a story progress, a trait that makes you feel that he has turned aside form his crating matrix to wink and share a joke with you.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The creative aspects speaks
To my mind. The connected and disconnected rambling knits itself into a tale that leaves me waiting for more. I enjoyed this book.
Published 1 month ago by Leone
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Unspent Time
I enjoyed all of the stories in this collection from Graham Parke.

The author's work is interesting and quirky. Read more
Published on April 24, 2013 by AimeeKay
5.0 out of 5 stars Took me back to the good old days...
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 more
Published on March 14, 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating - Hard to put down
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 more
Published on August 21, 2012 by Alan H. Jordan
4.0 out of 5 stars You won't be wasting time with Unspent Time
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 more
Published on May 17, 2012 by Elizabeth A. White
5.0 out of 5 stars A journey inside Parke's mind
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 more
Published on May 17, 2012 by AmazonReader
3.0 out of 5 stars Very original and different
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 more
Published on April 6, 2012 by andrula
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlike anything I've read before
This is a very surprising story collection. I've never seen anything quite like it. I usually only buy collections by writers I am very familiar with, and even then I can't help... Read more
Published on March 16, 2012 by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Graham Parke is responsible for a number of technical publications and has recently patented a self-folding map. He has been described as both a humanitarian and a pathological liar.

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

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