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Charitable Getting

4.29  ·  Rating Details ·  70 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Charity in the twenty-first century is a game. The players are artists, salesmen, and idealists, all working together to get something for nothing. At the center of the game stands Bo Sparks, charismatic CEO of SparkVISION Consulting, which runs campaigns for the charities under its care. Surrounded by the wealthy and the desperate, Sparks just wants to do a little good in ...more
Paperback, 318 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Extribulum Press
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Lesley Hastings
Jan 15, 2011 Lesley Hastings rated it it was amazing
This is an utterly charming novel about the ins and outs of the not-for-profit sector in the 21st century. Ostensibly, the novel centres on SparkVISION, a company specialising in PR for not-for-profit agencies, and the way that it's employees become embroiled in the mystery surrounding the identity of "Non-Prophet", a peseudonymous blogger whose incisive insights into the not-for-prophet world antagonises the producers of traditional print media. Things come to a head when SparkVISION falls ...more
Jan 01, 2012 Priscilla rated it really liked it
My first book of 2012!

"Charitable Getting" is the first non-fanfic fiction I've read from Sam, and I really enjoyed it! Sam has a gift for writing complex, likeable characters.

I suspect anyone with passing familiarity with Sam's blog will have no difficulty sussing out the big reveal from the first mention of the mystery, but I nevertheless enjoyed the chase. I look forward to reading more from him.
Dec 27, 2013 Caitlin rated it it was amazing
Available for free online. (One such place is at

This story follows the workers at a charity consulting company called SparkVISION. They help charities rebrand themselves, do ad campaigns, run damage control, etc. Because they're working for charities, it's very important that they earn their money, and many of them are doing their work more for the love of it than their pay--they're a small group, often over-worked and hassled. And yet they're a tight-kn
A quick read for a lazy day, and a reasonably entertaining read at that, though there's little here which feels particularly memorable in the long-term - (view spoiler)

As is Starbuck's skill, the banter between the characters flows smoothly as always, and frankly Bo Sparks has enough charisma to
Feb 02, 2015 Anna rated it it was amazing
This book was a joy to read; having intended to read it for years, I finally picked it up to distract myself from my own life and found myself thoroughly and pleasantly swept away. Perfectly-paced, witty, warm, and thoughtful, full of delightful, ridiculous characters I wish I knew, I would recommend this to anyone: it's worth it.
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Dec 31, 2013 Anna Marie rated it really liked it
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A fun and entertaining read about some serious issues in the not-for-profit world of SparksVISION a PR company for charities. The characters are believable but quirky, for instance the new interns get to go through the Sarah "gauntlet" guaranteed to make some of them cry and run away in terror and the members of SparksVISION place bets on the outcome.
Sep 01, 2012 Oh_no_not_now rated it really liked it
Completely charming, but left me feeling as if I hadn't really read anything when I was done. I love Sam Starbuck, though, and his style is really a treat.
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Sam is a corporate samurai, blogger, and former theatre punk who lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.

Secretly, he is a Time Lord.

He writes literary fiction, magical realism in specific, as well as steampunk-oriented fantasy, the occasional satire (he can quit any time he likes) and sometimes even fanfic.
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