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Gagged: (a thriller with jokes) Don Silver, the Vice President of Comedy at Mercury Studios, is in very deep trouble indeed He s been behind so many disastrous pilots that he s earned the nickname Buddy Holly If he doesn t find a hit sitcom and fast it ll be goodbye to the bourbon, broads and BMWs of his Beverly Hills lifestyle and he ll be out on his freshly irrigated arseAward winning comedy writer, Melvin Medford, has a plan to help Don out So he s nerdier than Bill Gates in a Red Dwarf T shirt at a Terry Pratchett signing so he hasn t pitched an idea in ages so his plan borders on the psychotic, no matter, at least he has a planWhich is where Ben Busby comes in A young British comic, simply gagging to break into television, he s just met two Americans who seem very keen on hiring him Ben s beside himself with excitementHowever, Melvin s beside him with a gunIn the million dollar world of the American sitcom, you could die laughing No joke [Download] ➾ The End (The 30-Day Collective Book 1) By Ellen A. Easton – Kleankitchen.co.uk the Vice President of Comedy at Mercury Studios ✅ The Light Over London PDF / Epub ⚣ Author Julia Kelly – Kleankitchen.co.uk is in very deep trouble indeed He s been behind so many disastrous pilots that he s earned the nickname Buddy Holly If he doesn t find a hit sitcom and fast it ll be goodbye to the bourbon ➞ Cell free download ➣ Author Robin Cook – Kleankitchen.co.uk broads and BMWs of his Beverly Hills lifestyle and he ll be out on his freshly irrigated arseAward winning comedy writer [PDF / Epub] ☁ Braving the Wilderness By Brené Brown – Kleankitchen.co.uk Melvin Medford ➨ [Ebook] ➣ Lightning / Midnight / The Bad Place By Dean Koontz ➳ – Kleankitchen.co.uk has a plan to help Don out So he s nerdier than Bill Gates in a Red Dwarf T shirt at a Terry Pratchett signing so he hasn t pitched an idea in ages so his plan borders on the psychotic ➸ [Read] ➳ A Cidade Das Trevas (Dean Koontzs Frankenstein, By Dean Koontz ➽ – Kleankitchen.co.uk no matter ➭ Iron Council (New Crobuzon, Read ➵ Author China Miéville – Kleankitchen.co.uk at least he has a planWhich is where Ben Busby comes in A young British comic [Reading] ➬ Big Magic ➳ Elizabeth Gilbert – Kleankitchen.co.uk simply gagging to break into television ➹ [Read] ➵ Bloody Acquisitions (Fred, the Vampire Accountant, By Drew Hayes ➼ – Kleankitchen.co.uk he s just met two Americans who seem very keen on hiring him Ben s beside himself with excitementHowever ❮BOOKS❯ ✯ Dangerous ⚡ Author Amanda Quick – Kleankitchen.co.uk Melvin s beside him with a gunIn the million dollar world of the American sitcom [PDF / Epub] ★ Succeed and Grow Rich through Persuasion By Napoleon Hill – Kleankitchen.co.uk you could die laughing No joke


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  1. stevekeiretsu stevekeiretsu says:

    I am delighted that I picked up this book from a charity shop Not because it meant I got to read this book, but because at least that way it only cost me 2 quid and Oxfam can hopefully use that money to improve levels of human happiness somewhere in the world, and in so doing offset the misery and suffering I endured thanks to my inexplicable decision to plough through this novel to the end.Let s start with a relative strength of the book the plot This is out of the Blues Brothers mould, w I am delighted that I picked up this book from a charity shop Not because it meant I got to read this book, but because at least that way it only cost me 2 quid and Oxfam can hopefully use that money to improve levels of human happiness somewhere in the world, and in so doing offset the misery and suffering I endured thanks to my inexplicable decision to plough through this novel to the end.Let s start with a relative strength of the book the plot This is out of the Blues Brothers mould, whereby a diverse range of people and groups ranging from actors, reporters, mafia wiseguys, comedians are all caught up in the same farcical criminal tangle, initially unaware of each others interests, and all coming together at the climax The twists and reveals, such as there were, were generally easy to see coming from 100 pages out, but at least there was enough complexity of plotting to achieve a moderate page turning quality.Now for the bad Characterisation was toe curlingly shallow If there is a cliche or stereotype in the world, these characters embodied it perfectly Hollywood execs take coke and screw naive actresses in casting sessions young Californian men look like surfers and say man and dude in every sentence while their valley girl counterparts go shopping and say like too often cops are lazy and eat donuts Mafia guys talk about New Joisey, capische Mexican guys talk like theeees, my fren people from the US South dress like cowboys and listen to Tammy Wynette reporters are upset if people die only because they didn t catch it on camera I could go on and on.It s so lazy I can t even find the energy to find it offensive Presumably the author thinks he is parodying or satirising these stereotypes, but with no aspect of subversion, exaggeration or surrealism injected into these two dimensional cliches, I fail to see how he is doing anything with the stereotypes except trotting them out.The main protagonist, meanwhile, is a bland, limp beta male too dismal to generate any empathy From the outset you basically want him to shut up, grow up and sort his life out It s therefore very difficult to remotely care for his safety or root for his success as he gets drawn into the danger and conspiracy.If there s anything worse than the characters it s the jokes Here s the thing The basic conceit of the book is our main protagonist is an aspiring stand up comic sitcom writer, who is awful, and the secondary protagonist is a Hollywood exec who commissions awful TV comedy We are therefore treated to excerpts of deliberately bad comedy, which we are supposed to laugh at in a haha, that joke is so lame kind of way However, the book in itself is still supposed to be actually funny Unfortunately, the gags in the narration are every bit as weak, flat and try hard as the in universe naff jokes.Compare Bakery insurance fraud What was it Did you knead the dough deliberately, satirically painful Someone takes their mind off splitting up with their boyfriend by playing miniature golf So Al sat, forty eight years old, unemployed, gay and alone Playing with his balls just plain old painful.The writing is, for the most part, merely mediocre, but occasionally crosses into jarringly dire Try this line on for size The costume was exactly three sizes too small and about five hundred rediculitres units too ridiculous OK, inventing a surreal unit to quantify ridiculousness, not a bad concept for a joke But wouldn t such a unit derived from the word ridiculous be ridiculitres , not rediculitres And wouldn t it be ridiculitres , not the leaden, unnecessary ridiculitre units , let alone the outright ungrammatical ridiculitres units This isn t the only example of editing as poor as the writing words are used to mean things they don t mean, punctuation is misused, one character changes name from Rob to Bob and back to Rob within a few pages It s like the editor couldn t even be bothered and I can hardly blame them.I originally wrote this review for , having never reviewed anything on there before or since , but this book stood out as so especially dismal I felt it a necessary public service to warn unsuspecting readers Overall, this is definitely one of the worst books I have ever read I can t decide whether to give it straight back to the charity shop, so that they can get another two quid to help the poor and starving, or whether it would be a greater service to humanity to burn it and spare anybody else the misfortune of reading it

  2. Alice Alice says:

    This is without a doubt, by far, THE worst book I ve ever been unfortunate enough to pick up I was looking for a novel that featured intelligent, witty humour What I got was a pile of stale, lame, completely unfunny crap It s billed as wacky and hilarious I d like to wack it, alright It s actually painful to read, even from the beginning, but I wanted to give it a chance, see if it got any better so I plodded on.It doesn t get better None of the jokes were funny the only time you This is without a doubt, by far, THE worst book I ve ever been unfortunate enough to pick up I was looking for a novel that featured intelligent, witty humour What I got was a pile of stale, lame, completely unfunny crap It s billed as wacky and hilarious I d like to wack it, alright It s actually painful to read, even from the beginning, but I wanted to give it a chance, see if it got any better so I plodded on.It doesn t get better None of the jokes were funny the only time you ll laugh is at realizing the idiocy of what the author s trying to pull No well read booklover would even crack a smile The writing style is garbled, the characters are flat, and the plot is far too unintelligible and convoluted I kept being astonished that this set of words actually got approved by a publisher.Don t waste your time picking up this one, or God forbid, your money on buying it Unless you want to give it to someone you dislike

  3. pinknantucket pinknantucket says:

    This book is subtitled A thriller with jokes but I m afraid I didn t find it very thrilling, and the jokes must have gone over my head I read 82 pages too, so I did give it a reasonable innings maybe suffered from too many characters syndrome, Lord knows I can t handle very manyanyway, it s something about people pitching new hit television sitcoms to other people, and someone got murdered two people I think , and also there were some other people who were related to these people, and This book is subtitled A thriller with jokes but I m afraid I didn t find it very thrilling, and the jokes must have gone over my head I read 82 pages too, so I did give it a reasonable innings maybe suffered from too many characters syndrome, Lord knows I can t handle very manyanyway, it s something about people pitching new hit television sitcoms to other people, and someone got murdered two people I think , and also there were some other people who were related to these people, and still others whose purpose I hadn t entirely discerned

  4. Peter Peter says:

    Abandoned when I got my hands on the last Ian Rankin.I will come back to it as the TV refernces to 70 s and 80 s UK Tv struck a chord.

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