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Helloland Paperback – May 4, 2004

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The dialogue is crisp, strange and compelling. -- Sunday Herald 20030907 It will intrigue you. Dark and deadly comedy. -- The Daily Mirror 20030809 Another fast-paced, well-structured black comedy -- The List 20030907 HELLOLAND is the dish of the day. Snappy, imaginative, chock full of mega-hip references and post-post-modern irony -- Venue 20030912 As nifty as his debut BLACKBOX -- Guardian 20030913 One of the funniest things I've read for ages. Walker deserves to be huge -- Time Out 20030806

About the Author

Nick Walker is a writer and performer with Talking Birds, a mixed media production company creating films, videos, theatre works, web projects and radio. His work has been screened on television and in cinemas, and presented to audiences from Slovakia to Seattle. He lives in Coventry.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (May 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747265321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747265320
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,722,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book for $2 at the cheap store because I liked the cover; I was however put off reading it for over a month because each time I opened it it smelt like vinegar (which is what you get for purchasing a book at a dollar store, I guess). I had no idea what this book was going to be about because the blurb made absolutely no sense and gave no indication about the plot what-so-ever. The general gist? Chip is a one armed man obsessed with shuttle launches, working on the phones at a cheap motel and organising a party. Doesn't sound to appealing, does it? Oddly enough after getting through the first few chapters it became enticing and a story began to develop.

I'm not much for comedy (to compare: the authors I find most amusing are Ben Elton and Graham Greene) but it was well done and did elicit a few giggles at times. Mostly written in conversational form between Chip, the other guests and his womanising boss it had the added flash backs that told the story of how it came to be and was astonishingly well written and with a clever director could translate well to film (it is a very visual novel). It was entertaining enough that I will be going in search of Nick Walkers other books.
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