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5.0 su 5 stelle Warning: Graham Parke is a Contagious Entity 11 maggio 2012
Di Grady Harp - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile
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 collection. There is a wildly hilarious story FAVORITE WHTE BONES about a pitiful planet with its own transportation and travel security problems that pokes Parke into a tale of an absurdly fat and loony man with multiple bags loaded with explosives insisting he get on a plane, etc etc. A story called DISCONTINUED examines the workplace, but it is the added on bit at the end that again slides Parke into the light as a writer. `This story' he writes, `has a bit of an odd history to it. It wasn't written in the usual way; most of my stories start from small ideas that grow as I write them up. They gather speed as characters and details are added. At a certain point they reach a critical mass and the final word count becomes apparent; it's a short story, it's a novelette, it's a novel. [This story] started as a stack of interconnected ideas that turned into a rather lengthy novel, which I condensed back down by extracting a single storyline The characters were tweaked, the plot altered, a short story remains....this is probably the most roundabout way of creating a short story I've ever used.' And after Parke's sharing of the process, go back and re-read the story and vaVoom! There is magic there. He does the same sort of thing with the terrific title stories and others. Reading Graham Parke is not only entertaining to the max, but it is also a study in self-parody and a term paper on the art of writing that is so strong that it becomes contagious. Patience. Wait for the next set. Graham Parke is bound to come up with a new one momentarily. Meanwhile, latch on to this artist. He'll take you places you never imagined! Grady Harp, May 12
5.0 su 5 stelle A journey inside Parke's mind 17 maggio 2012
Di AmazonReader - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile
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 their brains) is capable of creating it.
Soon you find yourself "Googling" the writer, wanting to learn more about him, searching for more of his work: you simply must have another taste of his unique brand of "insanity", discovering along the way that the author himself, is as interesting as the stories his writes.
In "Unspent Times", Parke invites us on a journey through the inner workings of that creative tool of his, through a series of short stories. Filled with his addicting and bizarre sense of humor, the book also reveals Parke's unexpected "serious" side, surprising us with deeply sweet and touching tales ("Dear Damien", "Following the Khyserians", among others).
Above all, "Unspent Times" reinforces what we learned about the author from his first book: Parke needs to write. About anything and everything, all or nothing, but he needs to write. And we are damn glad he does it! Be it in short or long form, about otherworldly events or simple daily issues, Parke's take on whatever subject he decides to tackle definitely makes the reading worth while.
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5.0 su 5 stelle One of my favorite authors, a series of short stories you won't regret reading! 10 aprile 2012
Di Haley Mathiot - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile
Rating: 4.5

Warning: reading this novel may make you more attractive to the opposite sex and elevate your random luck by about 9.332%*
(*These statements have not been evaluated by anyone of consequence.)
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...

I fell in love with Graham Parke's writing when I read No Hope for Gomez (I've posted about Gomez plenty of times. I know I have.) so I jumped at the chance to read this collection of short stories. The summaries sounded just like Parke, and just like my kind of short story: surprising, well thought out, with a point that was both simple enough and poignant enough that it mattered to me, not so obvious that it feels like a sermon, but not so obscure that it takes months to figure out. The writing is witty and sarcastic at times, and serious at others, which makes for an altogether interesting and engaging read.

I wholeheartedly recommend Unspent Time to anyone who... well, likes to read and has a sense of humor. You will like these stories. I promise.

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5.0 su 5 stelle Wonderfully Written 11 aprile 2012
Di teed24 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile
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.