Love & Other Near Death Experiences
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Love & Other Near Death Experiences

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  814 ratings  ·  92 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 othe...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 9th 2006 by McArthur & Co / Orion Con Trad (first published 2006)
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oriana
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 sty...more
Michael
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...more
Nicky
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
Aaron
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...more
Kathleen
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.
Stephen
Reading this book, and other near-death experiences.
Cat Malin
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
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...more
Bitsy
"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...more
Beth
May 07, 2010 Beth rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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...more
Cheryl
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
Sarah Goodwin
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...more
Jamie L
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...more
Blair
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...more
Nathan
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...more
Victoria
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!
Dixie Diamond
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Thom Mckiernan
Jul 20, 2011 Thom Mckiernan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Jmswtsn
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.
Sean
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.
Suncan Stone
An easy read so it has to be a good book to read when stuck sick in bed... There is somebody going sort of crazy not being able to decide about the small things in life after a life changing (near death) moment, then it all turns towards a conspiracy theory and to a Bruce Willis action with a few chuckles (or giggles - as you like) and it ends up in the Hugh Grant style with happyness all round, but not quite as expected - well not all the time anyway)...
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.
Cheryl
Not very good compared to his other two books. This one was just silly and kinda stupid. Oh, well.

I did enjoy the stories of near-death experiences, but thought he'd do more with the plot. There were some laugh-out-loud moments; Millington is a funny guy. But the story was like a goofy 70s spy movie. I hated, hated, hated the character of crabby Elizabeth and could not understand why the main character fell so hard for her.
Precioso Perfecto
It's a shame that after starting building a good story and with it consequential expectations, the book starts losing its narrative strength somewhere after the middle and ends up with a simplistic, very predictable nonsense towards its final pages. The core subject is a very deep and complex one; probably just too powerful to handle with dignity on this particular case.
Nagesh
This was a real let down for me.

Once you have read "Things my Girlfriend & I..." and "A certain Chemistry", the title of this book itself was a real drawing factor towards yet another M Millington book.

But I was lost even from the very beginning at the intention of the author.

I didn't really fathom it even after reading the last page ...
Timothy DePew
Mil continues to live up to the level of hilarity that I expect from his writing. Much like in his other two books the plot is outlandish and is very far from what makes this book great. The real enjoyment from this book comes from the style of his writing. The over the top Enlish sarcasm and wit had me laughing out loud time and time again.
Hawkgrrrl
These male chick lit books are getting hard to distinguish (I just thought of a not-very-nice term to describe them when I wrote that). Easy and enjoyable reads, but essentially forgettable. A guilty pleasure like their female counterparts. This one had a Jane Eyre gender switch twist. Parts were really funny, though.
Stephen
I should say I never finished this because it just never captured me.
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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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