- 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: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,218,776 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
This was the first entry in the Unspent Time Omnibus. It was about a page. It was interesting and the ending was a twist.
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.Read more ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 16 months ago by Leone
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
"Unspent Time Omnibus" is a wonderful collection of stories taken out of the creative mind of Graham Parke. Read morePublished on March 26, 2012 by Author Tamera Lawrence
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 morePublished on March 16, 2012 by Amazon Customer