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Love And Other Near Death Experiences

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  1,036 Ratings  ·  109 Reviews
Hello. My name is Robert, and I haven't been dead for sixty-three days now. If he hadn't bought those crummy towels, Rob would be six feet under. But his poor shopping sense accidentally set off a convoluted chain of events that meant he lived when all those others died in the pub explosion. Okay, maybe it wasn't the ugly towels that saved his life. Perhaps it was some oth ...more
Published October 4th 2006 by Phoenix (first published 2006)
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May 23, 2010 Oriana rated it it was ok
Man, I am striking out lately. This is like the third or fourth bad book in a row -- and not just bad, but really disappointing. A few months ago I read Mil's first book, Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About , and it was fucking fantastically hilarious. I loved his easy writing style, his terrific characters, his dry, British wit... But this one? Feh. Terribly lame. The characters were awful. The plot was woefully transparent. The humor was overdone and mostly uninspired. The writing st ...more
Jun 10, 2008 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a jolly good read. One part romance, another part action/suspense, almost all very funny comedy. And it has an ending which makes you happy because everything has really turned out all right, and I don't care whether it might offend some people's intellectual skepticism, everybody likes a happy ending.

The story is about Rob, a 31-year-old late night jazz presenter on a local radio station somewhere in what I take is the central region of the U.K. (don't really have my British geography d
May 23, 2010 Nicky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, novels, xy, first-person
I laughed out loud while reading this. I even cackled three times. That being said, this book is not good. Yes, it was consistently amusing, but I could never read more than two chapters at a time because I kept losing interest. The story lacks momentum and the writing can be frustratingly long-winded at times. There's a big difference between "careful pacing" and "deliberate stalling tactics." Right before something important happens, he likes to spend a paragraph or two babbling about somethin ...more
Oct 29, 2008 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lordy lordy lordy, I loved this book.

Rob Garland is a disc jockey with the less-than-desirable midnight to three am jazz slot. He's become bored and disaffected and finds himself unable to make the simplest of decisions. Take a shower or bath? Wash the knife first or the spoon?

There's a reason for this indecision. It's all about those towels. He bought some towels from a corner store. His fiancee Jo hates the towels, thinks their shit, and demands that he return them to the store from whence th
Nov 06, 2009 Kathleen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: benicia
I had no reason to trust this author, this being my first foray into his work, and I was ready to chuck the thing after just the first few pages of Rob and Jo's insipidly annoying communication circus centering on decisions for their pending wedding. Then Jo started sprinkling her speech with Babe this and Babe that, and I realized I was being set up (although I don't appreciate such ham-handed antics), so despite my instincts for avoiding this type of person, even in print, I stuck with it. It ...more
Reeka (BoundbyWords)
Absolute BRILLIANCE. I can attempt to write a proper review, but words elude me at this point in time-simply because I have YET to stop laughing. This book is BEYOND hilarious, and will have you laughing hysterically in that OH so public place you chose to read it in. Dare I say it?...funnier than Chris Moore.
Mar 05, 2015 Stacy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I've been trying to get through this book for over a year, and with the page and half inner monologue about whether to use black or blue ink on the hospital intake form.........I'm officially giving up. I'd rather read instruction manuals for toys with 800 small pieces.
Stephen Witt
Jan 06, 2008 Stephen Witt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: purged
Reading this book, and other near-death experiences.
Katy Cusack
Feb 12, 2015 Katy Cusack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bonkers by very funny and utterly enjoyable!
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Mar 16, 2010 Bitsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy
"Hello. My name is Robert, and I haven’t been dead for sixty-three days now.”

That’s the opening line of Love and Other Near-Death Experiences. The story of a guy named Rob and his attempts to get around a new found phobia about making decisions, since one made by chance happened to save his life. His fiance gives him an ultimatum to either get his life figured out or she wouldn’t marry him. So he put his job on the line one night as a late night Jazz DJ to talk about his problems on the air, pou
Apr 29, 2010 Beth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I don't know who to recommend it to, many people adore this book, though
Recommended to Beth by: Christopher Moore
This book was recommended by Christopher Moore on his website -- recommended as a very funny book. It gets really fantastic reviews other places online - a lot of people really love this book and rate it 4 or 5 stars. I was really drawn in at first, but then I just didn't enjoy reading this after the first few chapters. I did keep reading until the end, though.

The characters are big weirdos, which I normally really love. I'm a big fan of Christopher Moore, Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiaasen and other
Ian Mapp
Chosen as I had read his earlier works (things my girlfiend and a certain chemistry) a number of years ago.

Millington can certainly write sentances and set pieces that make you laugh out loud but believe it or not, there are that many in the book, every sentance has been poured over to maximise comic effect, that he becomes annoying. Rather like that character in the fast show who always tried to get a laugh at parties.

Rob is a late night radio dj who was delayed in a meeting at a pub just befor
Jun 24, 2013 Harvey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
- quite funny
- an F.M. Radio D.J. (late-night jazz show) has a near-death experience that, well . . .
- from the Publisher's Weekly Book Review: "Weird, in a good way, defines the spirited amalgam of madcap romanticism, mordant spirituality and oddball adventure that infuses British writer Millington's third novel (A Certain Chemistry ; Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About ). Rob Garland's life is decidedly unsettled. He's dithering about his upcoming nuptials. He's bored at the radio sta
Mathew Walls
Not as good as Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About or Instructions For Living Someone Else's Life but better than A Certain Chemistry. Very much in the same style as all those though.

The first two thirds of it were really good, but rather like his other books it tends to lose it a bit towards the end. There was a point where I thought it had completely come off the rails but it pulled itself back together. Several of the characters feel very familiar, particularly the protagonist, but I
Jade Heslin
This isn’t the kind of story that I can write an in-depth analysis of. It was a pleasant enough read but it wasn’t exactly insightful. It was funny though. I learnt lots of new swears reading this. I can’t wait to showcase the exclamation “Shitting gibbons!” or ask somebody what in “Satan’s arse” they are talking about.

The characters were all pretty annoying and the plot highly exaggerated. The main character cheats on his fiancée with a depressive woman 15 years his senior, and professes his lo
Jamie L
Sep 07, 2009 Jamie L rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While I found this book better than the other one I read (Chemistry something), it was still pretty blah. The "twist" was not very twisty and a bit predictable. I think I laughed (inside or outside) only once. This was NOT time well spent.

Dude misses certain death because his g/f told him to do a mundane chore. Now, everytime he has to make a choice, he spends hours determining whether this choice will kill him or save his life.

He meets up with some others who have had similar experiences and a
Sarah Goodwin
Dec 01, 2012 Sarah Goodwin rated it it was amazing
How does this have such a low rating?

I borrowed this book from a friend, and will now have to invest in my own copy, having borrowed it three times now.

The book is mental, the plot is loopy, and the main character is a bit of a knob. But he's a self-deprecating knob. So I still love him.

This book made me laugh out loud, and plague my family with quotes from it on a very long drive to Reading University. I loved it.

The humor in the book is a mix of sarcasm, word play and just plain bonkers occura
Mar 01, 2009 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not nearly as funny as his other book, but okay...I really understood the hero's dilemma, when he narrowly escapes death by a series of small inconsequential decisions which leads him to be unable to make any small decision, to be paralyzed by the smallest of them, such as which dish in the sink to was first, or which leg to step out of the shower with. He can make big decisions, but those tiny ones are creating "madness" as the Brits say... So he goes on a quest and meets others who have also e ...more
Jan 06, 2010 Blair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Slow start but ends with a bang. Once you get past the first quarter of the book, Elizabeth's sometimes overpowering verbosity, and the plot-point that death is somehow avoided based on choices; the book is a breezy and light-hearted take on people that take themselves too seriously.

This book is how a life-affirming novel should be written. The characters (even Elizabeth) were engaging despite their individual pathologies. The dialogue was pithy and believable. The story never got ahead of itsel
Mark Haberfield
Apr 19, 2016 Mark Haberfield rated it really liked it
Well, I bought this book brand new in the Barry 99p shop as I had run out of reading material and the cover said that it was funny. My expectations were low and I had no idea who the author was. Some of the language used in the book dialogue is a bit shocking but is used to express the characters' personalities so well that I really empathised. A great story, some seriously animated characters that the author has worked hard on to give them credibility and I must admit, I laughed out loud often ...more
Oct 23, 2012 Nathan rated it liked it
After a near death experience, a man contacts others with similar backgrounds and goes on a quest to re-centre himself. Chaos ensues.

An odd little book this one. Completely predictable at the broad level and at the same time rather hard to pin down on the details.

A quick read, with sturdy if not brilliant prose (except for occasional flashes). The narrator really is a bit of a fool, and a couple of the supporting cast could have been better fleshed out, but carried their parts well enough. Some
Thom Mckiernan
Jul 20, 2011 Thom Mckiernan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Men
Shelves: guy-lit
This story made me laugh a lot. The characters are all a bit crazy and easy to relate to. It is about a Radio presenter from Birmingham, UK, who narrowly avoids being killed when a building collapses. A cult then tries to complete "God's Plan" by hunting him down to murder him. A bit like the "Final Destination" movies in that aspect. It's British-ness and witty sense of humour really got me drawn in. It probably fits into the "Guy-Lit" category but turns into a bit of a crime thriller halfway t ...more
Dixie Diamond
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Jun 16, 2010 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit-fic, brit-lit
This romantic comedy certainly has some laugh-out-loud moments! It is a very funny book, though I think enjoyed Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About more. Still, Mil Millington is a very talented writer, who creates witty dialogue and fun and wild plots. The characters are interesting and likable and the plot is unique as a whole. It’s a fun and enjoyable read - light-hearted and definitely a mood-lifter!
Cat Malin
Feb 06, 2014 Cat Malin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've just discovered Mil Millington... and I am in love! Lord! but this book was funny. I read it and chuckled away to the point even my husband wondered what I was reading and he never asks. Elizabeth is just the kind of heroine you want: not strictly beautiful, totally depressive and yet... wonderfully human. Loved this book, loved Mr Millington's sinful black humour, even the excessive use of the "f" word was apt. Definitely a book to recommend; human warts and all. I'm moving on to his next ...more
Amanda Walter
I set this one aside for right now. It was an ok book, with some genuinely funny parts. However, the author was simply trying to hard to be funny. It got exhausting. It seemed like every line written was with the intention to make you laugh. Sometimes it did, sometimes it was just annoying. I may come back to it, but probably not. I'll give the author another chance in "things my girlfriend and I have argued about" maybe that one will be better.
Decent read, laugh out loud funny at parts, not quite as brilliant as "A Certain Chemistry" - some of the characters / plot points / character actions seem rather similar to his previous two novels. The "twists" were pretty easy to predict, but the humor made it worthwhile. Also, the "American" used some British-y phrases - hard to break out of your own vernacular, I understand, but speaking "American" is not quite as simple as making short and dumb sentences.
Jul 10, 2008 Sean rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This book took me a while to crack into, but once I was flowing along with the story I found it quite enjoyable. As an American, I found it quite heavy on the Britishisms and there was some humor that didn't quite translate, but towards the end, as I got more involved with the characters, I found it quite funny. Good read! Humorous, light, entertaining book. Not the greatest thing I've read recently, but not bad at all. I'd probably give this 3.5 stars if possible.
Emmie Togneri
Jan 29, 2016 Emmie Togneri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I can't speak highly enough of this book!! It had me in stitches from the first few pages and I really couldn't put it down. This was the first book I had read in a while and I was so glad I started again with this one! So, so good! The ending was a tad predictable (in the long run) but as almost it's only son, I feel that this is forgivable. Definitely recommended. Get this read as soon as you get chance :)
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Mil Millington is a British author of humorous books. He first came to public prominence as a writer when he created a web-site entitled "Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About. The site's main content was (and remains) anecdotes describing arguments and misunderstandings between Mil and his German girlfriend Margret, mother of his two sons. The site was hosted on Wolverhampton University's ...more
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