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  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jan. 12 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432752480
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432752484
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 12.5 x 20 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #432,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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This book is described as being "humourous" which is a genre I haven't specifically tried before. I was a bit nervous, because my sense of humour is a bit dark (e.g. I find Stephen King to be hilarious). The type of humour in this book is quirky - and luckily that is something I liked!

Gomez works at an antique store and becomes a participant in a drug trial for some extra cash. During the trial, someone dies and the book takes on a semi-mysterious edge. In addition, he falls in love with his doctor and starts the stalking of the doctor's stalker.

I thought Gomez' character was really quirky. Actually, all of the characters were a little bit quirky. Gomez makes some rational and irrational decisions, which makes him unpredictable but also difficult to connect with. Once I gave up trying to connect with Gomez, I got more enjoyment out of the story. The characters are the strongest aspects of the book because they are just so weird, but also realistic. His neighbour keeps trying to paw off manuscripts to Gomez to read and critique, but they are terrible. How do you step around a person like that, one that bombards you at the elevator and drills holes in your floor (his ceiling)? These characters are so wacky that you can't help but laugh.

The plot was a bit slow to start and then suddenly everything happened in the last 50 or so pages. So it took me awhile to get into because the beginning was just off the wall quirkiness without any sort of explanation or reason. The writing was Gomez' voice (the book is his blog entries), so normal descriptions of things had a tinge of strangeness to them.

I think this story would make for a funny skit on something like Saturday Night Live because the characters are so impressionable.
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Praise for Graham Parke's "No hope for Gomez!"

I'm an avid reader, the kind that spends a large slice of her monthly income solely on books.
I greatly enjoy reading in general, but there are two kinds of books that I have a special shelf for: books that won't allow me to set them down and books that make laugh. Not just smile, laugh out loud. Graham Parke's book made the shelf for both reasons. It is now part of the list of Top 5 best books I've ever read.

This book caught me by surprise. I was looking for funny books to buy, but facing the same problem as always: I'm not an easy laugh. People had tons of recommendations, from Terry Pratchett to David Lodge, but my question to them was always the same: "Did the book make you laugh or did it just make you smile?" If the answer was the latter, than the book was not for me.

Not knowing who else to ask, I googled "books that made me laugh out loud", which led me to GoodRead's list of "Funniest reads of 2010... so far". I scrolled through it and checked out some titles, but one in particular caught my attention. It had such a curious name!
I checked out a second list on the same website: "Best humorous books". And there it was again, the thinker and the sombrero, making me wonder what was the story behind that cover. I read the synopsis and skipped the reviews. I had already made up my mind: I was buying "No hope for Gomez!"

I often buy books I hope will be good, but this one surpassed any expectation I had: it was freaking hilarious! Graham Parke creates a plot and characters that are so incredibly absurd, you can't help but absolutely love them! His writing is intelligent, very, very funny and much more daring and unapologetic than most of the humor writers I've read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JB on June 13 2010
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I believe this is very close to what the concept of Literature would look like, if you turned it inside out, set fire to it, and had sex with it over a long weekend. I read the whole thing twice before picking up anything else, and it's been a long time since that's happened to me. There is definitely hope for Graham Parke!
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