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A tale of action, suspense and romance, set in Winchester, England's ancient capital
Rob's "Year of Culture" gave him purpose last year: to perform and blog about a cultural activity each week. This year he's at a loss until a mix-up at his ex-girlfriend Marianne's laboratory leads to limited superpowers. He resolves to win the local tennis tournament, the Hampshire Cup.
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Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published May 28th 2017 by Guy Cook
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Guy Cook Ok, I admit it, I've asked a question about my own book! My main point here is to say thank you for the reviews received. My reading of the etiquette…moreOk, I admit it, I've asked a question about my own book! My main point here is to say thank you for the reviews received. My reading of the etiquette rules is that it's bad form to contact reviewers, even just to thank them - but for anyone who takes the trouble to leave a review, it's very much appreciated, so a big thank you.

Someone wondered whether there will be a book two. Well, maybe. The story is open for it and I have some thoughts as to how that might work. For now, I've recently started a new job and only manage a few hours writing a week, so I'm concentrating on a shorter work. It involves a computer that becomes sentient, but you'll recognise the style.(less)
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Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book is great fun and the characters are a riot! I totally enjoy the read, wished certain parts were true, and got lost in the sport talk. So why is this book not read by more people? Marketing. Just trying to find it on Goodreads is bad enough, but on Amazon it really gets ridiculous. Even if you hunt it down by author you have a hard time. What to do? Have it reentered by the cover title: CULTURE MAN AN ADVENTURE ! Then readers wouldn't be fooled into thinking that the only reason I loved ...more
Sally Bucknole
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having lived in the Winchester area all of my life, I really enjoyed the references to places, buildings and artefacts that were familiar to me. I am not generally a reader of science fiction but enjoyed the story due to the local connections. Hector the anteater was amusing and was definitely my favourite character!!
Kim
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I won a copy to read and review.
This book has a great location and was very well described, as well as the art and historical sites.
I just had a very hard time getting into the book. I just felt the author jumped around too much, and I couldn't follow the train of thought. As soon as I figured out one chapter, the next would start, and I'd be lost again for awhile. At first I thought it was because I had been so busy, I wasn't concentrating enough. But last weekend, I had free-time to just sit a
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Jackie Rogers
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a book about Rob and his friends. He spends a year delving into culture in Britain. This is not the usual British writing. Took me a while to get into it. He ends up with super powers when he accidently ingests a formula his girlfriend was experimenting with. He gets into hot water with his friends. Not typical British novel, but ok. Thanks to Goodreads.
Sue
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways, gifted
I got this brilliant book as a Giveaway and I loved it from the word go. The author has done a fabulous job of melding their love of tennis, culture, superheroes and Winchester into one gloriously fun romp. I adored the grumpy scientist, the star crossed not-quite lovers, the best mates, the mysterious villain with the intermittent powers, the touches of ordinary life thrown in for good measure and the evil genius lurking (initially) in the back ground. Oh, and of course, the giant ant eater - w ...more
Tracy
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Culture Man: An Adventure by Guy Cook is a fictional story about a man who develops superpowers. After Rob Griffin completes his Year of Culture, a New Year's resolution to do a cultural activity every week (from art galleries to plays to concerts and more) and write a blog post about each of his cultural adventures, he accidentally ingests one of his ex-girlfriend's experimental samples. He doesn't realize it, however, and thinks his increased speed and strength are an effect caused by a bite f ...more
Kaylee Petersen
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Without having read any summary of ‘Culture Man’, I dove right in without any expectations or even a clue of what to expect. In return, I wound up reading a fun, intriguing novel about a modern day superhuman who just wants to have a happy life. An average man with low expectations suddenly found himself able to run, to fly, to heal, all without cause.

The writer is British and that was really my only concern. I didn’t have a clear understanding on some different language uses and it tripped me u
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Kelp
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I began reading Culture Man I wasn't sure what to expect but was quickly whisked into Guy Cook's world of Winchester, England and its ensuing mystery. Rob is a likable main character, wooing the reader with his dry humor and overall easygoing nature. While he's exceptionally plain in every way, he's soon gifted with some extraordinary abilities due to an oddly hilarious mix up. Unlike the brash superheroes we're all used to seeing, Rob doesn't resolve to rid the world of evil or showboat ar ...more
Elaine
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Culture Man is an action-filled, suspenseful adventure set in the ancient capital of Winchester, England. This cathedral town in Southeast England adds depth to the adventure and clarity of the story. Rob’s “Year of Culture” gave him a purpose last year and he decided to perform and blog about a different cultural activity every week. This year, he had some difficulty getting started. Then a mix-up at Marianne’s lab, his ex-girlfriend, leads to him having limited superpowers. He then decides he ...more
Andy Newton
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Guy Cook’s Culture Man is a delightful novel full of excitement, humor, fantasy, and mystery. Set in Winchester England, Guy Cook’s story follows Rob, an exceedingly normal man, unsure of his career and rebounding from a prior relationship, who had somewhat recently discovered a love of local culture by keeping a year-long blog of his weekly expeditions around the area. When he awakens one morning endowed with superpowers, he is at first unsure of what to do with them; that is, until another sim ...more
Shalini Ayre
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
A New Year’s resolution of seeing something cultural each week ends and Rob Griffin finds that his bio-chemist girlfriend, Marianne, has a secret lab in her home. As he makes breakfast, he contemplates the end of their relationship, accidently eating some of her experiment.
Suffering from aches, Rob notices an improvement to his mobility and overall fitness. The speed at which he can run is phenomenal. He attributes this improvement to a lizard bite he got on a post break-up holiday.

While Rob co
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John Jenkins
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I just noticed something. I'm reviewing this book in September and the book itself is set in, you guessed it, September. I wonder what that portends for my future. Anyway, as the title suggests, this is a superhero novel. But what kind of superhero? The super-strength, super-speed, flying kind.

But before that, this book begins in the most unique way, with a blog post. I've never seen that done in a book before. Rob is the hero in this one. He starts off blogging about his experience of going to
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Paul
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rob is a resident of present-day England, specifically, the town of Winchester. He runs a blog where he commits to do one culture thing per week, like visiting a local museum or art gallery, and then writes about it. Marianne, his ex-girlfriend, is a biochemist for a major food company.

One day, Rob makes himself a peanut butter and jam sandwich. It's not jam, it's one of Marianne's biochem creations. Combined with a painful, but non-fatal, bite from a lizard during a previous trip to Greece, Rob
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Keely Pitts
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A unique superhero tale

Guy Cook's Culture Man is a unique superhero tale full of adventure and surprisingly, education. The protagonist Rob, a blogger with a lack of focus and passion in life, stumbles upon superhuman abilities after mistakenly eating a secret lab specimen and being bit by a lizard. A super villain, the Velvet Vandal, begins to steal important cultural artifacts based on Rob’s blog, and so begets a mission for Culture Man, Rob's superhero persona. A cast of characters help to d
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Jessie Hayes
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was not what I thought it would be like. It did not have the normal “superhero” vibe that most have these days and that was a big bonus. There were a few twists that I did not see coming. I really enjoyed the characters and the way they all connected during the book and at the end. Though I would still like to know how Hector turned out in the mess.
Culture Man is not your average person with super powers and the ending almost makes you feel bad for him for not getting everything done h
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Steve
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A surprising superhero

An unusual take on the superhero mythos, with a very ordinary and unfulfilled man eating some gunk and being bitten by bitten by a lizard and becoming Culture Man! Great fun.
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I was born and grew up in the county of Somerset, England. After a degree in mathematical physics, I've moved through a number of jobs including seismic exploration, software programming, project management and bid management. I live near Winchester and like sports, including tennis, cycling, and mountain climbing.

I wrote and published a short story, The Overarm Dog, a few years back. It's about t
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