Friends Like These is another book in the unique "British Guy Goes On A Silly Quest" genre, which is a genre composed completely of brillent books by Danny Wallace and Dave Gorman. Each telling a real-life quest they attempted to do. (not always on perpose either).
To give you a quick run-down of their works;
Are You Dave Gorman ? - A book about trying to track down 52 other people called "Dave Gorman". They also try to maintain an average 300-500mpdg(miles per dave gorman) when traveling.
Join Me? - A book about what happened when Danny Wallace accidently started a cult.
Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure - When Dave Gorman goes around the world meeting people who have websites which contains a Googlewhack. Each person he finds has to find another whack and he tries to make a chain of 10.
Yes Man - Danny Wallace decides only to say Yes to things.Ã Â
Random Acts of Kindness: 365 Ways to Make the World a Nicer - A short little book with ideas that pretty much amount to anti-terrrism. Inspiring joy in complete strangers.Ã Â
Danny Wallace and the Centre of the Universe - Danny Wallace visits the center of the universe. Or, at least, a town claiming to have it.
These are all pretty enjoyable books, the first co-written by both Danny and Dave, and the rest split between them. You might also have seen the funny tv adapations of some of these, as well as Danny's "How to start your own Country"...in which, if the title didnt make it clear, he tries to start his own country.
Frankly, I must confess, Danny and Dave are my personal Heroes. Real people doing wonderfull things *because they can*. The books frequently give a positive, yet very wide, view of the world, visiting all sorts of interesting places and cultures.
In this latest book, Danny finds a old address book, and he attempts to track down his old friends from it. Despite the fact most he hasnt seen in decades. What follows is quite a feel-good story about making the most of life, and seeing just how diverse life can be. After a slow start, its also very very funny, and (as the cover boasts), he runs into ninjas, german rapers and a guy claiming to have solved time travel.
Like Dave Gormans work, this book also makes you feel about how interconnected the world is. The 6-degrees of seperation rule seems, if anything, too large.
I completely recomend this book, but only after you have read some of the other random quests done by this guy.Ã Â
, Reviewed By Darkflame
Genre: Comedy Reallife
Friends Like These created by Danny Wallace