Are You Dave Gorman?

Registered by lekemo of Eastbourne, East Sussex United Kingdom on 10/11/2005
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8 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by lekemo from Eastbourne, East Sussex United Kingdom on Tuesday, October 11, 2005
A great book - it really had me laughing ut loud - even in public.
I'll be looking up the other Dave gorman and Dany Wallace works straight away.

Journal Entry 2 by silverstarry from Berkeley, California USA on Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Just received this book today & can't wait to read it - thanks for trading with me!

Journal Entry 3 by silverstarry from Berkeley, California USA on Sunday, October 23, 2005
This book was so funny! Previous to this, I'd read Join Me about Danny Wallace, so I was interested in reading about his other "stupid boy projects" (as his girlfriend Hanne refers to them). In this adventure, Danny and his roommate Dave Gorman are on a quest to find 54 other people named Dave Gorman. Their search takes them all over Europe (Scotland, Ireland, Norway, France, Italy) as well as New York and Israel. The Dave Gormen (the proper plural for more than one Dave Gorman) range in age from five years old to seventy years old. As is often the case, the journey, not the destination, is the most entertaining part. Poor Hanne!

Journal Entry 4 by silverstarry from Berkeley, California USA on Wednesday, January 04, 2006
I am teaming up with macdonv! In order to help her bookring travel more quickly, I am sending my copy to Europe.

1. Xanthe-pup - Cardiff, Wales, UK. Can ship anywhere. rec'd 1/12/06 sent 1/20/06
2. molekilby - Brithdir, Wales, UK. Prefers UK shipping. rec'd 1/24/06 sent 2/11/06
3. Rillaith - Hampshire, UK. Prefers UK shipping. rec'd 2/15/06 sent 3/27/06
4. Navig8r - London, UK. Can ship anywhere. rec'd 3/29/06 sent 4/27/06
5. Yokospungeon - London, UK. Shipping preference not stated. rec'd 4/29/06 sent 5/21/06
6. ermintrude75 - Norwich, UK. Can ship anywhere. rec'd 5/29/06
7. bookwormnicky - Tyne and Wear, UK. Shipping preference not stated. rec'd 6/16/06 sent 6/22/06
8. lolly-the-tall - Surrey, UK. Can ship anywhere. rec'd 6/27/06 sent ??/??/??
9. turbobarge - Oxfordshire, UK. Can ship anywhere. rec'd 9/11/06 sent 12/15/06

macdonv's ring has stalled so this book will be sent to her US participants next!

10. ladyveg - Wisconsin, USA. Can ship anywhere (int'l = surface). rec'd 5/17/07 sent ???
11. frybaby - Georgia, USA. Shipping preference not stated. rec'd 6/28/07
12. glade1 - North Carolina, USA. Prefers US shipping.
13. LarkOnapost - Oregon, USA. Can ship anywhere.

Then back to me!

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Link to the bookray traveling through North America is here.

Journal Entry 5 by silverstarry from Berkeley, California USA on Friday, January 06, 2006
Mailed to Xanthe-pup via airmail today!

Journal Entry 6 by Xanthe-pup from Cardiff, Wales United Kingdom on Thursday, January 12, 2006
Recieved yesterday - have been wanting to read this for ages so will get to it the next day or so.


Journal Entry 7 by Xanthe-pup from Cardiff, Wales United Kingdom on Saturday, January 14, 2006
I have read a few 'bloke does stupid thing after making a drunken bet' books before - and without expection they are funny and entertaining, and just make you soooo glad you don't know them personally!

This is a tyically pointless quest, and Dave Gorman seem like a guy who really, really needs to get a bit of perspective. The book is written in turn by DG (original) and Danny Wallace, his apparently long-suffering room mate. But he doesn't take much persuading to fly to Israel to meet a few men who's only known feature is they are called Dave Gorman! Thankfully Danny Wallace is a very funny writer, and has a turn of phrase that made me laugh out loud whereever I was.

It will be going to molekilby next.

Journal Entry 8 by Xanthe-pup from Cardiff, Wales United Kingdom on Friday, January 20, 2006
Dropped off at molekilby's work this afternoon. Sorry it took me so long!

Journal Entry 9 by molekilby from Brithdir, Wales United Kingdom on Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Received this morning as I have been out of the office a couple of days. Thanks Xanthe-pup. Will read next and journal afterwards.

Journal Entry 10 by molekilby from Brithdir, Wales United Kingdom on Friday, February 10, 2006
The premise of this book was for one man to meet as many (afterwards quantified) of his namesakes as he could. At the halfway stage I was beginning to get bored, the stories all sounded the same, but then the pace picks up at around page 230 (a new chapter starts so you should be able to spot it), and I enjoyed reading the rest.

I also found some of the writing and the ironic sayings very funny and this can be put in the very rare category of "Books that have made me laugh out loud". I suppose I'm going to have to read Googlewhack Adventure just to be able to benchmark it!

Sending on to the next person tomorrow.

Journal Entry 11 by Rillaith from Wokingham, Berkshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 15, 2006
This arrived safe and sound, and thank you for the note with it, molekilby! :)_

Have 3 other ring books here at the moment so it might be a week or two until I get started on it, but shouldn't be much longer than that (the joys of commuting!)

Journal Entry 12 by Rillaith from Wokingham, Berkshire United Kingdom on Friday, March 24, 2006
This was really very funny, once I had fianlly finished wading through a particularly slow and chunky ring book before it. Defintiely a very pleasant piece of light relief in comparison, and to relax after moving house!

Some of this I remembered from the TV series, but I'd not seen them all, and I knew the book was a bit different. I really liked the way Danny and Dave both wrote the book, talking in seperate voices - it worked really well, and added humour where the text alone wouldn't have.

Thanks a lot both for your patience and for letting me read it! This is now sitting in a jiffy bag awaiting a reply to my PM to Navig8r asking for an address.

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Posted to Navig8r at lunchtime on Friday.

Journal Entry 14 by Navig8r from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, March 29, 2006
The book arrived yesterday - thanks very much for sending it! Even the cover made me laugh. I have one and a half bookrings in front of it but I will get to this one as soon as possible.

Journal Entry 15 by Navig8r from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 26, 2006
This was a great read: I found the escapades of Dave and Danny really funny, in a bloke-ish humour kind of way. I particularly liked how the same event was relayed from their two perspectives, although it did leave me wondering why Dave hasn't sought treatment for his delusions.

Dave and Danny remind me of several blokes I met at university: once they've made some silly macho testosterone dimwitted assertion, they will go to whatever lengths it takes to prove themselves right. Although I never knew anyone quite as obsessive as Dave. And the fact that although they pretend they can take or leave each others' friendship, they really do care about each other, was really touching.

I'm pretty sure that I've read or heard Dave referring more recently to a 'girlfriend'. Poor woman! Let's hope that at least she and Hanne can bond over whatever stupid prank is next in line!

Plus, Dave's delivery in person is really pretty good (I saw most of the series 'Are You Dave Gorman?'), and it helps to be able to 'hear' his voice while reading. And I'm ashamed to say, I'd never heard of Danny Wallace before reading this book... oh dear me.

I agree that the book dragged slightly in the middle, but fortunately it picked up again swiftly - and the Norwegian trip was just absolutely hilarious!

Thanks for sending this round =)

The book will be sent to Yoko tomorrow.

Journal Entry 16 by YokoSpungeon from Dunboyne, Co. Meath Ireland on Saturday, April 29, 2006
Thanks for sending it to me Nav. I am *so* looking forward to this. I have high expectations, because I read Danny Wallace's 'JOIN ME' on holiday in France and it had me in spasms. I can't believe these two were flatmates, what a blast.

:) Will report back once read!

Journal Entry 17 by YokoSpungeon from Dunboyne, Co. Meath Ireland on Sunday, May 21, 2006
I enjoyed reading this book, but it wasn't as much fun as Danny Wallace's book, 'Join Me'. I had rather high expectations, but when the narrative voice switched to Gorman, whose role seemed that of obssessive dictator, I found the tale less amusing.

Still a good accomplishment and I liked hearing about all the other Dave Gormen :)

Unfortunately, this book started to fall apart whilst I was reading it - I think it's many travels and readers page turning is starting to catch up with it. I have done my best to re-glue it, and will forward on to the next recipient in the next couple of days. It is certainly still readable, but will need some careful handling from now on.

Journal Entry 18 by ermintrude75 from Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom on Monday, May 29, 2006
Received from Yoko - thank you - and in much better shape than I anticipated, your repair skills are fabulous! Nonetheless, I had agreed with silverstarry that I would substitute another fully intact copy of this book that I just happen to have, and I think it will survive the remaining travels a little better, so please see this journal for the continuation of the ring (and my journal entry on the book!).

This copy lives on, but in peaceful retirement rather than on a hectic ring schedule :) It may yet travel further though, as it is too funny not to share.

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