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Unspent Time by [Parke, Graham]
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  • 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
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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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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 through digital media. I really enjoyed the bite sized narratives contained in this book and really did take me back. I felt the level of writing was somewhat inconsistent across the volume and that sometimes the author had a bit of trouble trying to communicate his vision. On the whole though, I liked it and want to read more of his work.
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I enjoyed all of the stories in this collection from Graham Parke.

The author's work is interesting and quirky. Some of the stories were less stories and more small scenes, less than even a page in length. But all were enjoyable in one way or another. Some of the stories even had comments from the author following them. I think these were great. They helped to give the reader a better insight into what the author was thinking while writing.
I'm going to review this one the same way I reviewed Apocrypha Sequence earlier this month. Just a few words about each story.

Sunday Brunch:

This was the first entry in the Unspent Time Omnibus. It was about a page. It was interesting and the ending was a twist.

Carbon Copies:

This one was a full story. I thought the story was really interesting. The way that the main character handled the 'carbon copies' in his life definitely kept me reading. I kinda figured out which copy was which, but seeing how the main character handled it was definitely drew me in.

Why I Drink Liquid Explosives:

Again this is another one that is less than a page, in fact it is only two paragraphs. It is more of a statement on modern airplane security issues than a story. It still however has a bite at the end. This one is more of a 'makes you think' type of thing, and I think it get's it's point across even in small amount of words.

Don't Look Over the Edge of the World:

This is another full length story. I was drawn into this one. I like the way the author at the beginning makes it seem to be something completely different than what it is. There are also quite a few parts that had me laughing. The only issue I have with this one is I wish there was more to it.
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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. I was excited to buy this book when I read the sample. I was delighted when I purchased it and discovered that the quality was consistent, and that each story fired up my imagination.
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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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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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