Reem Bawazeer Bawazeer itibaren Ramaipur, West Bengal 713104, Hindistan
I like the Ricky Gervais Gang well enough, but I'm not obssessed. I've heard a few podcasts, seen 2 episodes of the HBO cartoon, etc. so I get the humor. That was why I thought I'd love this book - it's Karl Pilkington! Everyone's favorite Eeyore! The book is ok. It's Karl's travel diary as he's going around to the Seven Wonders of the World and not enjoying himself. In addition to his usual hermit-like tendencies, Ricky and Stephen have created various other diversions, intended to humiliate and frustrate Karl. That alone sort of let the air out of the balloon for me. I think I would have liked it better had it been Karl's initiating because he would have naturally bumbled into funnier situations. Instead, the show's crew books him into shared hostels in the slums of Rio and into enormous festivals in India. Plus, this completely limits the appeal of the book to ONLY people who know these people. I sincerely doubt anyone would randomly pick this up and love it. The hardest part for me, though, was the voice. I know what Karl sounds like and the cadence at which he speaks which is MUCH slower than the way I read. So in my head, I'm hearing him narrate and he's lagging behind what I was seeing. That was odd. Also, the editing sucked. I read the Kindle version of the book, so maybe the printed copy is better, but I can't imagine that the book was re-typed just for the Kindle. The spelling errors are glaring and LOTS of incorrect words (thanks to auto-correct). That's a huge distraction for me when I'm reading and especially when I've paid full-price for something. Anyway, the long and short: it was ok. Some funny parts, more smiles than laughs but those were infrequent. If you're a huge Gervais & Gang fan, you'll love it. If not, it's really a take-it-or-leave-it book.