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Another fine story by one of my fave Canadian authors, Terry Fallis. Just the right mix of narrative, satire and suspense to enjoy on a hot summer's day!
Terry Fallis is a writer that can take the seemingly mundane and rustic, and transform it into a light and lively and humorously appealing story!
My kind of author.
This was a light and very enjoyable read, as I had hoped from reading Fallis's "Best Laid Plans". There is a lovely Canadian feel permeating every observation and detail. Although the actual storyline is obviously fictional, the main characters are fun and its great rooting for them. I look forward to other Terry Fallis works.
This is one of the best humour books I have read. While the situation is a touch far-fetched, it is a great, well-written book. I recommend to all readers of humour.
This book starts off a little slow and plodding compared to his 'Best Laid Plans' but quickly makes up for it when they pick the Canadian winner of a contest. I won't say more than that and spoil it. But, after that point, I couldn't put it down and read late into the night. A funny and very satisfying read.
Canadians are such polite, resourceful, polite, self-confident, polite, generous, polite, handy, polite, well-wishing, polite people, and Fallis has captured all that in this latest novel. David is an endearing character who always is thinking outside the box to achieve his aims. He honestly cares about what he does, and seems to operate with a physician's 'do no harm' motto humming alongside 'do the right thing' in the back of his head. I loved the humanity and humanness throughout the story; the caring that David and the doctor show for each other and for those around them is wonderful. The idea of a citizen astronaut is intriguing, and with the Canadian twist of finding a definitely on-the-surface-totally-unqualified candidate adds the quirky to the mix. Oh, what will those Canadians do, think, and say next? The story has a good pace and just carries me along so well that I was disappointed when it is over. I hope Fallis has many more books in his writer's satchel just clamouring to get on paper - or is it, on a reading device of your choice.
I just love the books written by Terry Fallis. I was a bit dissapointed with the subject of his new one, that was a mistake I loved it, I'm sure that Chis Hadfield read this book before his great journey into space, can't wait for the next one.I check his website everyday hoping for news.
With interest so high in space travel due to Chris Hatfield, this fiction mimics real life. Humourous and engaging, it is a fun quick read.
The quintessential Canadian book with a comedic twist. Recommended for adults.
David is such a great guy! He scurries around the traps set by his high stress work place; he thinks outside the box in a quintisential Canadian way and the good guys win but only very politely. This is as great a read as Best Laid Plans and i can't wait for the next Fallis opus.
Just loved this book - couldn't put it down - laughed out load a few times. A real feel good story and hurrah it's never too late for a Senior to achieve their dream!! Recommending this book for next year's book club. I too have requested his 2 previous books.
Such a great book! Funny, informative, Canadian! I immediately requested Terry Fallis's two previous books.
A completely engaging, feel-good novel about never giving up on your dreams. Filled with lots of humour, heart, and captivating characters, I will definitely be reading another novel by this author.
I really wanted to like this book, but couldn't get past the first couple of chapters. The "PR industry procedural" stuff might be funny to some, but it just sounds petty and tedious to me (yes, this might have been the author's point, but he made it tediously, too). For example, the "over-animated PowerPoint presentation" gag is so predictable to anybody who'd ever been to a school or office in the last 10 years that it would merit a couple of sentences, not this book's long, detailed description.
I could not wait to get to the space satire (if there is any) but I ran out of patience (and into a library renewal limit). Now, bring on the replies saying the fault is not the author's but mine :-)
Seriously, should I give this book another try?
An excellent read! Combines both Puplic Relations and NASA, and a 71 yr old Doctor. Hard to put down.
Best Laid Plans hooked me and now with his third book "Up and Down", Terry Fallis has me waiting for book four! I love his sense of humour...
Its a great read!
No need for a dollar-per-day fine to push you through this book.
Once you start, the read pulls you through!
As other reviewers have mentioned, this is a funny, well-paced romp that only calls for an intermittent willful suspension of disbelief. The characters are endearing enough that I did not begrudge the author the occasional implausibility. Great Saturday afternoon reading: not too light, not too heavy, with a satisfyingly predictable denouement. If you enjoyed "Best Laid Plans," you won't regret spending a few happy hours with Fallis' third effort.
I really enjoyed this. It was cute and witty and the story was quite engaging. Anyone who works in PR or a related industry will get a real kick out of it.
I totally enjoyed this book and laughed out loud several times. It's a great read, as are all of this books.