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Much of the richness of this book lies in its jocular conversational bantering and some extremely witty and clever writing. --Book Pleasures, March 4, 2010

Extremely witty and clever writing that contains keen insights into human nature. --California Chronicle

The antics in this book will leave the reader laughing. Graham Parke is a genius. --Readers Favorite

A quick and unputdownable read that flies in the face of reason, and smashes against the wall of detective novels. It's a Coens Brothers' film formatted in book form. --Book Review

A very funny book; a veritable page turner of nonstop laughs. Buy a copy and find out for yourself! --Reader Views --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Read an article about a group of mathematicians who developed a financial model to accurately compare apples and oranges.
   I was stunned. Never thought I'd see the day.
   Preliminary indications are that the model allows any two kinds of fruit to be compared, although guava still causes minor rounding errors.

   Further testing is ongoing. 
-- Gomez Porter, blogspace entry

Chapter 1.
I haven't been sleeping well. There's this strange sound coming from the apartment below at approximately 4:22 a.m. It's a sound I've never heard before and I can only describe it in terms of other sounds that might combine to be mostly identical: it sounds like my neighbor is stir-frying hamsters in a large enameled wok. And let me tell you, that kind of sound messes with your ability to drift away peacefully.
   Wide awake, I decide to get up to do some writing.
   They asked me to keep a blog. They told me to be meticulous and exact in reporting my experiences. Leave nothing out, they said, no matter how mundane or unimportant it seems.

   You see, I'm in this drug trail and I have no idea what kind of drug I'm on. It could be a nervous system depressant, an anti-psychotic, or just a simple pain reliever. I really have no way of knowing what kind of experiences would constitute effects or side effects. So, to be safe on the safe side, I create a new blog entry whenever something strange happens, then I upload it through the clinic's online portal. Let them sift through the mess to decide what's relevant and what's not. What's out of the ordinary and what's to be expected.
Just write down everything, they said. So, here goes...
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: No Hope Media (January 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9491919008
  • ISBN-13: 978-9491919008
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,877,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By DAVID BRYSON VINE VOICE on March 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
GP stands for Gomez Porter, the hero (so to speak) of this very engaging short novel, and it also stands for guinea pig. It is not giving the plot away to say that Gomez, the feckless owner of a struggling little antiques business, volunteers for a programme of testing unspecified drugs just to help pay his bills. This turns out to be dangerous, but the danger is not what Gomez expected it to be, nor what I expected it to be either, and I would be rather surprised if many readers guess the outcome correctly. This is an attractive story in a number of ways, one of these being how neatly the plot is worked out. GP also stands, quite obviously, for Graham Parke, the book's author, and while this is obviously not coincidence I have no idea exactly what link we are supposed to read into the identical initials.

Participants in the drug trial are asked to keep a blog of their experiences with it, and that gives the author a convenient device for allowing his modest hero to open his heart to us. Gomez is a rather endearing creation, or so I found, and the background of his somnolent little business is described with both affection and witty irony. The situation that he stumbles into makes for some good detective-mystery material, but even when Gomez is briefly in imminent peril of his life the writing keeps its light touch and the reader is not harrowed or kept in any great degree of suspense.

I gather that this is a debut novel, and if so it is a very promising one. Whether Gomez Porter is going to come back to us in some subsequent series I don't know. I find it hard to imagine him cast in any such role, but Graham Parke's imagination is no doubt more creative than mine is, so I shall be interested to see what follows.
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Interesting. That's the first thing that pops to mind when I try to describe this book. Definitely a different kind of book than I've ever read. But definitely one that held my interest through out the story.

This story should be perfect for us bloggers! Each chapter is written in the style of blog entries. Too cute! But what held me the most was the humor and twist of mystery that Parke adds. Wow! Parke is a talented author who really knows how to create a quirky page turning story that will keep you laughing until the end.

Gomez's character was HILARIOUS! He really had me rolling with laughter throughout! I was intrigued from the interesting start all the way to the quirky ending. There was some language but nothing like alot of the books out there today. It's mild compared to them. There was also some undetailed (thank goodness!) mentions of sex, but again, nothing like some of the books out there. Overall, I enjoyed this crazy, funny, book about antique dealers, experimental drugs, mystery and love.

A 4 star praise to Mr. Graham Parke for a hilariously mysterious comedy!

*This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review*
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I love a book that makes me laugh. I love a book with funny quirky characters. I loved No Hope for Gomez. I don't think I can fully express how funny this book was.

Gomez was hilarious: his interior monologue was just as entertaining as his dialogue, his plans and his processes of carrying them out were funny to watch unfold, even his hopeless situations were funny, though in a slightly pathetic way. I kept thinking "This poor guy! hahaha..." He's so romantically awkward and totally inexperienced. I am pretty sure he was on the autism spectrum, which, in case you don't know, always makes a book more interesting. I was a little sorry for the poor doctor whom he was convinced he was in love with...

As far as the plot, it was intriguing. I couldn't stop reading it: one, because it was so peculiar, and two, because it was interesting. Near the end it became extremely exciting. The writing fit the character: quirky and full of personality. Because it was so perfect for the character, I can't really say it was good or bad, just right.

Content: some language, mention of sex but no scenes.

Recommendation: Ages 13+
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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.
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"It was like suddenly getting a glimpse of a giant invisible hand turning the world. You were not supposed to see those kind of things. You were not supposed to notice the machinery at work." - Gomez Porter

Cleverly presented as a series of blog entries, author Graham Parke's debut novel, No Hope For Gomez!, chronicles the experiences of Gomez Porter. Being rather unsuccessful at running the antiques store he inherited from his parents, primarily because he knows absolutely nothing about antiques, Gomez decides to earn some extra cash by participating in an experimental drug trial.

As part of the trial, Gomez is instructed to keep a detailed blog of his daily activities and experiences, especially anything strange he notices. One thing in particular that Gomez notices, though he doesn't find it at all strange, is how attracted he is to Dr. Hargrove, the scientist running the drug trial. In fact, he develops a mad crush on her and decides to devote all his time to winning her affection.

Dr. Hargrove, however, is already being stalked by someone so Gomez becomes her stalker's stalker in order to determine the stalker's identity and prove himself to Hargrove. Which he does, and an incredibly awkward romance ensues.

Things take a turn for the strange, if not downright disturbing, when one of Gomez's fellow drug trial participants turns up dead, and shortly thereafter the detective investigating the case goes missing. Dr. Hargrove assures Gomez that the drugs being used in the trial had nothing to do with the death, but when yet another participant dies Gomez believes he has no choice but to go off the grid and investigate for himself in order to get to the bottom of things.
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