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Love and Other Near Death Experiences (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Mil Millington
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From Publishers Weekly

Weird, in a good way, defines the spirited amalgam of madcap romanticism, mordant spirituality and oddball adventure that infuses British writer Millington's third novel (A Certain Chemistry; Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About). Rob Garland's life is decidedly unsettled. He's dithering about his upcoming nuptials. He's bored at the radio station where he hosts a late-night jazz show. And by all odds he ought to be dead, except that a quick errand, coupled with an infuriating traffic tie-up, makes him late for lunch with a musician—who is among those immolated when a tanker truck plows into the restaurant. After Garland forsakes his playlist one night to rant about his near-death experience, he finds himself at the center of a circle of like survivors, including a brawny American soldier who escaped death in war-torn Bosnia and an addled British schoolteacher who left her Bulgarian hotel in search of cigarettes and returned to find it in flames. There are times when this off-in-all-directions novel explodes into the edgily surreal, and its intense Britishness may confound some readers. But the audacious originality of Millington's witty plot and the energy of his crisp, comic dialogue are wholly engaging.
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From Booklist

Rob Garland, an engaged thirtysomething DJ for a late-night jazz show, is paralyzed by indecision. He can make the big life choices, but he can't decide which fork to wash first or whether to shower or bathe. Here's the problem--a couple months back, Rob would have died in a tragic oil tanker-related pub explosion, except he happened to hit a traffic jam. Overwhelmed by the potentially calamitous consequences of his every action, he soon breaks down and starts discussing his problem with his tiny radio audience. And that's when the fun starts. Through the show, Rob meets a burly young American veteran, and the two soon embark on a madcap quest for the meaning of life. Along the way, they meet a suicidal literature buff and an ubermystical psychic, who warns them that evangelical Christians are out to kill Rob to preserve predestination. Excellent dialogue, great pacing, and strong characterizations pull the novel through its periodic implausibility. This could have been just another Bridget Jones for boys, but it's as memorable as it is heartwarming and as deep as it is fun. John Green
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 837 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 352 Seiten
  • Verlag: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; Auflage: New Ed (6. Oktober 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B005QE4HJ0
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Schräge Vögel 15. August 2014
Von Abby Normal TOP 500 REZENSENT
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Nach Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About (English Edition) war ich so begeistert, dass ich gleich das nächste Buch von Mil Millington lesen musste.

Und ich wurde nicht enttäuscht. Naja, ganz so genial wie "Things my Girlfriend..." ist es zwar nicht, aber es bietet gute Unterhaltung, zynischen Humor und prickelnde Spannung.

Das Buch handelt von einem Moderator, der nachts in einem Jazz-Sender Platten auflegt. Durch einen Zufall verspätet er sich bei einem Date mit dem Tod. Reiner Zufall. Doch psychisch nimmt es ihn sehr mit. Er hat Probleme, kleine Entscheidungen zu fällen. So kann es passieren, dass er stundenlang in der Dusche steht, weil er sich nicht entscheiden kann, ob es mit dem rechten oder dem linken Fuß ungefährlicher ist, zuerst aus der Dusche zu steigen.

Um sein Leben wieder auf die Reihe zu kriegen und psychisch fit für seine Hochzeit zu werden, beschließt er, sich auf eine Reise zu begeben und lernt ein paar Menschen kennen, die ähnliches durchgemacht haben. Und auch sie haben ihre Macken.

Und diese Macken machen das Buch auch so lustig und lesenswert. Die Geschichte? Die geht völlig in Ordnung, auch wenn das Ende nicht ganz nach meinem Geschmack ist.

Insgesamt hat mir zwar "Things my Girlfriend..." noch besser gefallen (Charaktere mehr "aus dem Leben geschnitten", Geschichte eher Alltagsprobleme und mit den Beziehungsproblemen einfach mitten ins Schwarze getroffen), aber auch mit diesem Buch weiß Mil Millington voll und ganz zu überzeugen!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fantastic, simply. (No, really.) 20. Februar 2006
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I've (nearly) finished "Love and..." and while that may lead you to think I'm summarily unqualified to up and "review" the book, having not even completed it, I'd say that it's the journey that counts and not so much the destination and the journey insofar has been absolutely brilliant.

Keeping true to Mil Millington's own personal sense of utter irreverence, skittishness and vaguely esoteric mile-long jokes, Love expresses itself as wholly unique, smart and well executed.

The main character is a bit of a nutcase, but that's fantastic. He agonizes over every smallish decision, from which pen to use to (I'd assume) how many sheets of toilet paper to soil, worried that one course of action over the next might cause him to get hit by a bus. Nevermind the inherent problem with someone who thinks so cyclically as this, (what if he were to be "bussed" while agonizing over such a decision, et cetera) he proceeds on a "quest" to find himself, and straighten himself out since a near-death experience that should have had him killed spared him after a seemingly simple, mindless choice earlier in the day.

The mere fact that Mil isn't writing just another "Things My Girlfriend..." or even another "A Certain Chemistry" shows his versatility, and perhaps his openness to merely career-crushing, devastatingly short-sighted risk. It also allows his true talent to pour out.

Think: If this were another 300 pages of things he's argued about, perhaps set in a slightly different setting, with a slightly longer-haired Ursula redux, how tiresome that would be. That was a great strength of Chemistry, but it's just so refreshing that he completely reinvents his storylines so that they somehow manage to incorporate his brilliant sense of humor while simultaneously doing almost nothing to remind you of his earlier pieces.

I absolutely love this novel, and I'm glad Mil has decided to allow us the privilege of another look inside his bizarrely organized mind. Pick this up, for yourself or as a gift, to anyone who might enjoy a bit of "off-his-rocker" comedy that's smart (and sometimes a bit erudite) and perfect all around.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Exercise in Absurdity 30. Juni 2008
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I came across Mil Millington through the praise lauded on him by author Christopher Moore on his personal website. Like Moore, Millington does what few writers are able to do; put humor into literature. Though lesser known because he is from across the pond, Millington has the potential to find an audience in the States.

The story finds Rob Garland, an indecisive 31 year old man, living with the reality of a near death experience. Fronting the graveyard shift of a jazz radio show, Rob spills his emotions on the air one night. This unites a cast of crazies that have shared similar experiences to Rob's experience on a quest without direction. Battling seemingly irrational bodily desires, the dreaded "fundos", and reconciling a mundane relationship, while mocking a sizable portion of the landscape of English literature, Millington's wit has a sharp point that rarely misses the mark on the first stab. But seeming to know he may have some misses, many quirks are replayed overexposing the joke.

I feel the need to give a word of caution to non-British readers. Millington is decidedly English in his writing. Thus, many Americans may not know what he is talking about or calling certain people. I do not suspect this would keep American readers from enjoying the book, but the internet provides word translation sites at no cost.

Most readers will see the twists in the plot coming before they happen. Yet if you purchase this book, it is unlikely you are hoping to be dazzled by the plot. To be blunt, the book is funny. It does not measure up to the work of Christopher Moore, but that is a difficult standard to meet. But in a niche of the industry where there is room for diversity and new talent, Mil Millington has made a name for himself.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Hilarious, but Slightly Slight 30. Juni 2006
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I absolutely loved Millington's first two novels, and I have to say this is a bit of a step down in quality. The razzle-dazzle writing, featuring snappy one-liners and hilarious repartee is all there, however, the framework just isn't quite as good and is unfortunately coincidentally similar to Nick Hornby's last book, A Long Way Down. The protagonist is Rob Garland (a name also a little too close to High Fidelity's Rob Fleming), a 30ish late night jazz DJ who's having problems getting psyched up about his impending wedding (elements which also bring to mind High Fidelity's Rob). It seems that two months ago, he cheated death by being late to an appointment in a building where an accident killed all inside. Since then he falls into paralyzing bouts of indecision, based on the premise that one's life can turn on the most inconsequential of acts.

When his fiancee sits him down and tells him he must cure himself before they get married, he takes the plunge and goes on an quest to sort himself out (again, rather like High Fidelity's Rob). This rather aimless quest involves him teaming up with others who have cheated death. First he meets a young American soldier who wasn't blown up with some buddies in Bosnia, and now appoints himself Rob's facilitator. Next is an the world's most acerbic woman, a suicidaly depressed English teacher in her late 40s who stepped out to get smokes while her Bulgarian hotel burned down in the middle of the night. Finally, there is a beautiful Welsh Wiccan woman who warns Rob about an evangelical Christian sect who is targeting those who've undone God's will by cheating death. The dynamics of this quartet of exceedingly different people is unfortunately similar to A Long Way Down, although Millington writes in a much more laugh-out-loud-funny style.

The story rattles along at an increasingly frantic pace, which helps to disguise the relative thinness of it, and gags and humor are about all that holds it together. Millington does snappy dialogue and nasty humor better than just about anyone, and it's here in spades. Every character (aside from the American of course) oozes killer comebacks and hilarious one-liners. There are also some of the funniest -- though not explicit -- sex scenes I've read. As in Millington's previous two books, there's a kind of melancholy romantic spirit underlying the entire enterprise which makes it somewhat sweet and hard not to like.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not bad, good voice 14. September 2011
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A friend of mine recommended this book to me, as he knew I was a huge fan of Nick Hornby. While it doesn't quite have the same appeal or craft as Hornby, it is a funny book and easy enough to read. If you're expecting a twisting plot full of surprises and intrigue, then you really should buy another book, but the writing and injected humor kept the flow of the novel and made for a decent read.

As another reviewer noted, the book has a decidedly "English" voice. I am American and this didn't bother me, but I could see some of the humor alienating an American audience.

That said, Millington does provide a refreshing voice in a genre I enjoy. I will probably give one of his other books a shot.
4.0 von 5 Sternen You'll be laughing all the way through, even while on the edge of your seat wondering what happens next! 19. April 2010
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"Hello. My name is Robert, and I haven't been dead for sixty-three days now."

That's the opening line of Love and Other Near-Death Experiences. The story of a guy named Rob and his attempts to get around a new found phobia about making decisions, since one made by chance happened to save his life. His fiance gives him an ultimatum to either get his life figured out or she wouldn't marry him. So he put his job on the line one night as a late night Jazz DJ to talk about his problems on the air, pouring out his feelings about his near death experience and his issues now even being able to choose what clothes to wear in the morning or whether to walk left or right around obstacles in his path, as who knew what choice would result in life or what one death?

In the end his late night admission opened a can of worms with internet bloggers grabbing the audio recording of the show and running with it, the radio station forums overflowing with supporters and bashers alike, and with other near-death survivors coming out of the wood work. Soon he finds himself in the middle of a crazy plot with fellow near-death survivors and trying to find out answers and make correct choices before time runs out.

I personally find the book absolutely hilarious, as it's intended to be. Lots of dry English wit, some admittedly funny jabs at Americans, and plenty of irony and humor to make this near-death tale have plenty of levity to keep you laughing all the way through, even while you are on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. Also, you can't help but like the main character juxtaposed against the American character. I thought they made a great and humorous team and you couldn't help rooting for both of them throughout the book.

As I was reading it aloud to my husband, I had to watch where I read this book to him as it had a LOT of swearing, as one of the characters liked to use "all of the English language" to express herself and did so to great, and comedic, effect. Sometimes I thought it was a bit of overkill, but if you can get around that, and if you enjoy English humor, you will enjoy this book.
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