Aug 122013
Review: No Hope for Gomez!No Hope for Gomez! by Graham Parke
Published by Outskirts Press on Jan 12, 2010
Genres: Adult, Humour
Format: Paperback from Author
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

It’s the age-old tale:
Boy meets girl.
Boy stalks girl.
Girl already has a stalker.
Boy becomes her stalker-stalker.

We’ve seen it all before, many times, but this time it’s different. If only slightly. When Gomez Porter becomes a test subject in an experimental drug trial, he is asked to keep track of any strange experiences through a blog. What Gomez isn’t ready for, is so many of his experiences suddenly seeming strange; the antiques dealer trying to buy his old tax papers, his neighbor boiling salamanders on his balcony at midnight, the super sexy lab assistant who falls for him but is unable to express herself in terms outside the realm of science. But when one of the trial participants turns up dead and another goes missing, Gomez begins to fear for his life. No longer sure who he can trust and which of his experiences are real and which merely drug induced illusions, he decides it’s time to go underground and work out a devious plan.

Now, years later, his blogs have been recovered from a defunct server. For the first time we can find out firsthand what happened to Gomez as he takes us on a wild ride of discovery.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This is a dry humour story told in a unique format. Presented as a series of blog posts and blog notes, the story is presented in little snippets with some small time lapses between entries. I liked this style as it was original, and yet, as a blogger, the format and thought process behind it is familiar.

Gomez is a bit of an odd duck. He is the owner of an antique shop, yet knows nothing about antiques. He seems to have no friends except for his mentally handicapped assistant and artistic neighbour. He is an experimental drug trial participant, and in his latest trial, falls in love with the doctor running the experiment. Some of his behaviour seems to be explainable by the drug trial, but much of it is just odd, and the doctor’s behaviour isn’t explainable at all, except to say she’s CRAZY.

The storyline does have some direction, and there is a bit of a mystery that does get solved, although in a very meandering way. For this type of story, I was impressed that the plotline was recognizable and complete.

Overall, this was a unique story that will likely appeal to dry humour lovers, and those readers who enjoy an odd story with even odder characters. It make for an enjoyable change from ordinary and expected stories.

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