“This started off as a quirky and witty little modern satire on office life, with some perceptive moments and characters I could identify with - having had their equivalents in my working life. As it went on, however, it failed to really spark into life - it became predictable and the last thirty or forty pages were an uninteresting and unimaginative denouement. The author was trying to be like David Foster Wallace or Douglas Coupland, but he failed. At least it was short.”Monkey Davies wrote this review Saturday, February 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Story about group of employees spending their days, not working, but guessing, who will be next to get boot. Most of the book was OK, semi-funny even, but the last chapter was too uncomfortable to read. Literally. Last chapter (+40 pages) was written as *one* sentence. Not funny, really.”japi wrote this review Tuesday, January 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very smart & exceedingly funny. ”Snoddgrass II wrote this review Sunday, January 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“terrific. wry. clever plot. ”Robert P wrote this review Sunday, August 7, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fun read. Th last 3rd is the best, starts slow. Final act is stream of consciousness -style. ”Brad C wrote this review Monday, July 19, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Nothing special, a pretty lame book. The story isnt great and nothing is worth attention.
“Like "And Then We Came To The End" but not as good. Or as funny.”Bethany R wrote this review Friday, February 26, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved it - iit's like "The Office" in book form.”jana wrote this review Monday, November 23, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a quip, where two ladies working in a depressing office building are watching their new coworker, named Grime:
"....Lizzie and Pru wondered for the first time if maybe he was gay, he stopped and did this brisk John Travolta dance-floor maneuver, one index finger pointing up, the other pointing down.
Lizzie's and Pru's irritating maybe-he's-gay thoughts were quickly replaced by So that's sort of weird, sort of something you don't see every day.
Grime pumped away in his disco stance for two second, flexing a little. A barely discernible melody played on his lips. Maybe this is what they do in England, Lizzie thought. Maybe this is how they walk.
Pru believed she was simply witnessing the age-old English tradition of fierce eccentricity.
They took a step back and observed him as he froze, smiled, and let out a deep baritone fart.
It was totally deliberate. IT wasn't an embarrassing slip.
“very current workplace comedy...very twitter-ish and in the moment, smart and witty but lacks character development...often the office workers are interchangeable and sometimes devoid of emotion. Probably this is the point. Still a worthwhile read especially in relation to office politics and downsizing.”Jason wrote this review Thursday, August 6, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No