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The Full Ridiculous by Mark Lamprell

The title says it all. And it can happen to anyone.

One regular day, for one regular guy, turns into a rollercoaster of ridiculousness. Michael O’Dell is hit by a car. He’s pleased that he’s survived, but this event creates skid marks that reverberate through the rest of his life.

  1. His book deal seems to be falling through 
  2. His finds drugs hidden in a pencil case in his son’s room 
  3. His daughter is in trouble for punching a vindictive schoolmate
  4. A forty-something year old constable seems to have a vendetta
“ A surge of panic dries your mouth…You look into the frosty blackness of the freshly glazed kitchen window, fully expecting a monster to lunge at you. Instead a terrible secret flashes its ugly truth once again: The good part of your life is over. The bad part has begun.
Mark Lamprell tells a story of an everyday man trapped in a web of entanglement. But despite this story of seeming doom and gloom, he manages to turn it into a fabulous dark humour story, one that is both serious and also has a lighter side to it.

If you’re a writer, you may appreciate this passage from The Full Ridiculous:
“Over the next few days you formulate the idea of a book. A whole anthology of books. They will be your redemption, a pathway out of cynicism. Bless me, Father, for I have sinned and for my penance I will write a beautiful anthology, a truly illuminating anthology, a celebration of the splendid cinematic blah blah blah blah.”
As Michael’s professional life also begins to disintegrate, Mark Lamprell takes us on a fast-paced witty ride, which is the perfect blend of laugh-out funny and heartfelt.

If you enjoyed Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project, you just may warm up to this hilarious comedy about love, family and the precarious business of being a man.


4 out of 5 Sukasa Stars

The Full Ridiculous is published by House of Anansi Press

Review by
@ShilpaRaikar for @SukasaReads (a division of @SukasaStyle)