I read Sean’s book “Beer Goggles” a few weeks ago here is my review;
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is a very funny look at a couple of British blokes who don’t mind laughing at themselves. They embark on an innocent day trip which gets more complicated as their day evolves. I loved the way the author gives you tiny pieces of information or characters which all get tied together nearer the end. Dave and Travis find themselves embroiled in a murder case when all they set out to do was pick up a set of golf clubs. The comedy of errors that follows is true British humour dosed with some strong language which may offend a few readers, but fits with the style of the book. This book was going to be a 4 star, but by the end I’d fallen in love with the characters and I’m going to give it 5 stars.
Let’s find out more about Sean;
Most of my friends have refused to read it – one read part of the first chapter and called it a poor Ben Elton rip-off and he hated Ben Elton, so he didn’t read further. I showed him the early reviews praising the one-liners and his response? “How can that be true? All your one-liners are shit!” So you can see what I was up against. If I got a laugh from my friends with a one-liner, I knew it had to be good, so I’d remember it and put it in the book. My father-in-law’s response: “It’s just like a real book!” – Cheers Ken.
(My favourite gag is when Travis says you shouldn’t keep anything in the freezer longer than six months) And the gag line is? (Sean has given me permission to quote the gag from his book), so here it is;
“How’d you mean?”
“For example. We have one guy here who killed his wife after an argument.”
“No?” said Dave.
“Honestly! Not recently, like. He did twelve years, but I think everybody deserves a second chance, so now he works for me.”
“You’re a very generous man,” replied Travis. “How did he kill her?”
“I don’t think you really want to know.”
“Oh, go on,” said Travis, showing a distinct lack of tact.
“OK, but don’t say you weren’t warned. He stabbed her with a carving knife, chopped up her body and kept it in the freezer for three years.”
“Oh that’s disgusting! I mean …you should never keep anything in the freezer longer than six months.” Te he!
It is about a scientist whose parents were murdered thirty years previously and he has dedicated his life to building a time machine to go back in order to prevent their murder. A government secret agent gets sucked into the machine and is sent back to just before the original murders, but a flaw in the machine means that several copies of the agent arrive in the past – each dominated by an aspect of his personality. As he’s a professional killer, has a paradox occurred whereby one of the copies is driven by the agent’s killer instinct and he has caused the murders in the first place?
It’s not a comedy, like beer goggles, but written like a b-movie; it has many aspects of b-movies: mad scientist, robots, alien monsters, time-travel. I took some sections out, as they weren’t received too well, but I’m not sure if they need to go back in, to revert to my original idea.
I recently sent it to the onlinebookclub in America and the guy reviewing it hated it, primarily because he felt mislead by the title. He was annoyed because the accepted definition of beer goggles is; “Finding a woman beautiful when drunk!” He couldn’t accept my more liberal definition. He was also annoyed because it had too many one-liners and thought the characters clichéd and one-dimensional. It just shows, you can’t please everybody. Through a friend of a friend I managed to get it seen by Tiger Aspect, the production company. However, they rejected it with the line “My fear is that the drama would get in the way of the comedy!” As you know, that is not the case, so they can’t have read it.
Personally, I think the first chapter alone would make one of the funniest half hour TV programs of recent years and the rest would make a great film or series.
I’ve also asked the owner of the Yorkshire Humour page on facebook if he’ll read it and if he likes it to post a link. He has said he will. Every little helps. (Now that is a site with some regional humour! I’ve just checked it out, I couldn’t help myself!)