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The Three Fates of Henrik Nordmark

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  39 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Longing to break out of his dreary existence, Henrik Nordmark--a bald, middle-aged security guard with few friends and no romantic possibilities--is determined to experience one moment of inimitable distinction, even if it kills him. His quest for authentic experience leads him to the throes of addiction, virtuous recovery, and disenchanted notoriety as a public menace. Wh ...more
ebook, 206 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by ECW Press
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Robin Spano
Feb 05, 2011 Robin Spano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
From start to finish, Three Fates kept a smile on my face and my mind wide awake. It's an absurd tale with a sad crew of characters, but the narration is genius and the plot felt tightly knit and logical.

Hidden amongst the absurdity are some sharply true observations about the human condition. I particularly enjoyed Henrik - a pathetically clueless guy who couldn't interact like a normal person to save his life. I found the author's portrayal of his social outcast protagonist to be both hilariou
Sep 06, 2010 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Take one oblivious and completely average security guard, three elderly assasins, one disgruntled Coupland-esque office worker, and conniving couple bent on killing each other, and stir vigourously, and you’ll come up with something like the fast-paced, often hilarious comedy of errors that is The Three Fates of Henrik Nordmark. This short, expertly plotted novel starts with the title character accidentally squirting plum juice in his own eye, setting off a fateful chain of events that will fore ...more
Feb 12, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I met Christopher Meades last summer while on a family holiday in Muskoka. Our daughters had a chance to play together and as we were leaving he mentioned that he was a writer and invited me to check out his books. I am always interested in new CanLit, so this was perfect. I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and at times downright much so that I found myself laughing out loud...i.e. Henrik at the employment centre! I loved the twists and turns and bumbling cast of char ...more
A fabulous book, written by a wonderful local author. I highly recommend it.
Scott Callaway
Dec 07, 2013 Scott Callaway rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been meaning to review this book for a while but every time I thought of it something else seemed to come up. So, here it is:

The Three Fates of Henrik Nordmark is the funniest book I've read. I discovered Christopher Meades through his short story, Naked Girls & the Grinch, that was published Atlantic Canada's literary journal "The Fiddlehead" and am I ever glad I did. He's a fantastic writer! One thing in particular that I thought was great was the storytelling itself. It's funny and a
Henrik Nordmark is a bald , middle-aged security guard who is the most ordinary person alive. He has no romantic possibilities and drives people away from him by saying or doing the wrong thing. Henrik drops a plum at the grocery store one day and when the plum rolls into the street Henrik's life is saved by a tuxedo clad stranger.

Henrik decides to change his life and become unique. Henrik is targeted for assassination in a case of a mistaken photo taken of him and not the tuxedo-ed stranger. Th
George Ilsley
Apr 30, 2012 George Ilsley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Wanted to like this book more. Parts of it were brilliantly written; other parts I wondered if the editor was asleep. Unfortunately, the clunky parts are the ones that stick in my brain, whereas the smooth-as-silk stretches glide by without catching. Such are the perils of uneven editing.

Sometimes the word choice was suspect. The noun "loafs" was used when it seemed it should have been "oafs".

Talking about removing an arrow from one's leg, he tried to "unfetter" the arrow?

Sometimes it was an awk
Debbi Mack
Nov 10, 2010 Debbi Mack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Henrik Nordmark may be the plainest, most uninteresting person ever. Henrik is so alienated (and alienating) that he manages at one point to drive people out of a chat room by trying too hard and saying the wrong things. This would make for a very dull story – except that things change quickly. One day at the corner grocery, Henrik chases an errant plum he's dropped outside to the street and bumps into a stranger (who prevents him from lunging into traffic) wearing a tuxedo (in broad daylight!). ...more
Jan 17, 2011 Corey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meades keeps his many balls in the air, juggling from each plotline and back again, piling on the coincidences, keeping momentum even when the story veers into terrifically unbelievable proportions and the entire structure resembles a particularly intense game of Jenga. That the story begins to resemble the anarchic narratives of the Marx Brothers (by way of the Three Stooges) is a compliment. The three assassins and their escapades are certainly worthy of plaudits, and Roland's desperately sill ...more
Cousin Nance
Jun 07, 2014 Cousin Nance rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny and Fabulous. More people should read this book!
May 05, 2012 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really a lot of fun. Meades does a really good job turning each of his characters into a total bumbling boob, yet at the same time keeping them believable as characters. The story is humorous and fun. The coincidence level seems a bit high in the connections between some of the characters, but I think it works as a function of the humor. It is good for some laughs and sometimes that is exactly what I'm looking for.
Jun 22, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another exquisitely written work from Meades - who manages to create action, murder and suspense through the life of Henrik - perhaps the world's most boring man.

The story unfolds through perfectly quippy writing.

The Three Fates of Henrik Nordmark has it all - it is entertaining, well-written and easy to follow.

Perhaps one of the most absurdly exciting endings to a work of fiction I have ever read.
Dec 21, 2013 Sus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised- I loved this book. I didn't know what to expect, I took a chance, and I'm glad I did. I found myself chuckling out loud at the crazy characters' shenanigans, to me the more ridonculous the better. If you enjoyed The Trailer Park Boys, Screwed or The Ringer you'll love this book.
Dec 18, 2013 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is fun with an enticing plot and some of the most colourful characters you'll see in any book. This book offers laughs and pure justice, as the dastardly get their comeuppance. A good read!
Curious Squid
Apr 25, 2011 Curious Squid rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The more I read...the more I liked it.
Actually would give 3 3/4 stars.
May 16, 2013 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
would make a good movie !!! ... filled with characters
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Christopher Meades is a Vancouver author whose novel The Last Hiccup won the 2013 Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction (CAA award).

His first novel The Three Fates of Henrik Nordmark was released by ECW Press in September 2010. His second novel, entitled The Last Hiccup, was released in April 2012.

His story The Walking Lady won the 2009 Toyon fiction prize and his submission was shortlis
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