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Jim Giraffe

3.08  ·  Rating Details ·  162 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Scott Spectrum is being haunted by a ghost giraffe called Jim. Scott thinks he is the man who has everything - a high speed internet connection, alien-shaped slippers, a beautiful wife called Continence. But Scott hasn't touched her in years and she's been left furiously polishing the sideboards, dreaming of black stallions. According to Jim, Scott's days are numbered, and ...more
Published May 5th 2005 by Vintage (first published 2004)
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Apr 15, 2011 Regine rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories, owned
You won't like this book if:

1) You don't like ghost giraffes
2) You don't like ghost giraffes acting as sex therapists
3) You don't like ghost giraffes with big boners
4) You don't like ghost giraffes perfoming cunnilingus
5) You don't like ghost giraffes impreganating your wife

I you happen to be partial to ghost giraffes, and you also happen to be a pervert, this will be your cup of tea. Three stars.
Craig Wallwork
Jul 17, 2010 Craig Wallwork rated it it was ok
You enter this novel believing it may be a re-working of Dickens’s Scrooge. Sexually repressed Scott Spectrum is visited by the ghost of a giraffe called Jim, a horny foul-mouthed apparition determined to point out Scott’s short-comings in the bedroom by showing his past and future via the means of video. While puerile banter and derision forms the surface level of the relationship between Jim and Scott, as the novel progresses both characters appear as insecure as the other. And it’s these ...more
Joe Cooper
Sep 08, 2010 Joe Cooper rated it really liked it
Hilarious and utterly mental. If you can cope with the absolute nonsense, it's a rewarding book.
Jul 01, 2011 AriBa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another odd-ball book about a giraffe. What is it about giraffes that they are fodder for weird stories? Is it their comically long neck? Their orangey-brown crackle pattern? Those weird stubby horn things on the top of their head?

The subject matter is just plain weird. In a nutshell an arrogant, foul-mouthed ghost giraffe called Jim gives sex advice to Scott, a geeky television writer and in the process ruins his life. Hmm.

The wordplay in here is repetitive, for example:

"I follow Nurse Matron d
Cindi (cheesygiraffe)
I think this wins the reward for the weirdest book I've ever read. You think it's about getting Scott to become less of a prude but no it's all about Jim. The ending was weird. Weird, weird, weird. Very quirky to use another word. lol
Sep 04, 2012 Charlotte rated it really liked it
Jan 25, 2015 Catherine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing
I was looking forward to reading this, having remembered enjoying Boxy an Star, but was aware from the start that there were things that would make it quite different and not to everyone's taste. The blurb does not hide that it is a story preoccupied with sex, the explicit language could not be as unrelenting as that in many playgrounds or pubs, and, given that the title character is a ghost giraffe, the surreal was only to be expected. I reckoned could cope with all of those and that it might e ...more
David Fox
May 04, 2016 David Fox rated it liked it
Like most of my reading material, I picked this up at a second-hand book sale. I find it difficult to say what I think about this unusual little book. The story is bizarre and surreal, as if taking place in a dream. For wit and originality I am giving it 3 stars, although I can imagine that many readers would not appreciate the offbeat humour or the occasional vulgarity.
Jul 11, 2008 Katie rated it liked it
Jim (the ghost) Giraffe haunts/becomes sexual therapist for 29-year-old Scott Spectrum, who has never fucked his wife. If stories of alcoholic ghost giraffes with massive, dripping boners don't phase you, you might find this book to be incredibly funny.
Feb 08, 2014 Lilly rated it it was amazing
Loved it loved it loved it. The most bizarre book I have read for some time, but I didn't think of work once. That's got to be good.
Jan 18, 2012 Alan rated it did not like it
some people find this funny, but i found it unfunny and a waste of (valuable)reading time. Apparently his first novel's better but can I be bothered?
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