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  1. says:

    What an apt title this book was in fact enormous Possibly the longest one I've read digitally thus far Digitally is probably the best way to read a book this size unless you're strengthening your armswrists Because it was so long it was sort of a mixed reading experience It failed to impress me from the start meaning the concept was great but the execution was too Bret Easton Ellisy for me hedonistic constantly high oversexed and overexposed playing music and partying all day and night There was only so much of that one can take or be interested in And Milligan must have sensed it because as the novel progressed he introduced and nuances plot twists revelations and such which was easy because the bones of it were already there if you haven't read the summary it's about a man who travels to a different planet and becomes the lead of their most famous band because despite all the planet's similarities to Earth they haven't head any of our music It became very interesting it became difficult to put down It's just such a great concept and Milligan's done a terrific job here mixing genres so much that you can't really tell if it's scifi or drama or mystery or action there is so much going on and the writing is consistently good My favorite parts of the book had to do with Jack's assimilation I found the differences and similarities between the planets to be incredibly clever and fascinating In general I prefer shorter books but this was well worth the read Very entertaining very fun Highly recommended


  2. says:

    I loved the premise of Enormity and I'm happy to say it delivered on its promise It's a little funny a little dirty a little scary and a little weird — just the way I like my books Looking forward to from this author


  3. says:

    I'll begin by saying that I've never read anything like this book before nor have I heard of anything remotely similarJack is an interesting character to say the least A typical rock star hooked on sex drugs and rock n roll The image I had created in my head was a Michael Hutchinson loved to party was smooth with the ladies sexy as hell and a voice to match In the beginning we know very little about Jack's past so I wasn't particularly fond of him as a character but as the story evolved and there are flashbacks into Jack's past and how he came to be his vulnerability started to showAstronaut turned musician? Jack is making the best of A bad situation what could have been a fatal one at thatThat is a story in itself But Nick took it next level there was a sudden change from sci fi to something much darker and I never saw it comingThe one thing I would have liked is a little back story and personal history on Jack earlier on in the book His neighbor Mr Roeg is an ingenious character so well written As a fan of dark fiction I found this book intriguing from the very beginning but mind boggling by the end Highly recommended


  4. says:

    What would you do if you landed on an alien planet to discover a race of humans who have evolved in parallel to our world Back home he was a music fan and so when he sings some of the songs he grew up with Leonard Cohen Neil Young and he's revered as a musical genius He becomes a rock star along with all of the stereotypical negatives and positives that come along with it sex drugs and fame I enjoyed the book from the first page but I admit that the first few chapters were less than inspiring I wasn't a huge fan of Jack He spent a lot of the time high coming down from being high or working on getting high It was clear he didn't have a lot of respect for the women he screwed and there were a good number of women But don't let the shockingly bad behavior turn you away from this book Before too long you realize there's a lot to this story than sex drugs and rock and roll Elements of science fiction thriller and a decent amount of steamy sex mean there's something for a wide variety of readers here I enjoyed Jack's personality all aspects of it He starts out this shallow piece ofwellsomething not great but as the story progresses we learn a lot about him and some of the reasons for his decisions and his actions The book is very well edited with snappy dialog and good descriptions I found it easy to picture the action as it unfolded Be warned that this is a very long book over 500 pages But after about the first 30 pages it's very hard to put down Despite the length it's a relatively uick read because it draws you in and holds you I wish I could say about the story without giving the plot away but there's simply too much detail too many twists and too many surprises to enumerate Well worth the time I hope you enjoy it as much as I did


  5. says:

    All I can say is home run Mister Milligan home run ENORMITY is genuinely hilarious often scary bizarre consistently moving sexy as hell and packs one hell of a soundtrack A uniue combination of Bret Easton Ellis and Rolling Stones' most brutal exposés ENORMITY just goes from strength to strength in its disturbing reach for the stars And it's so aptly titled too Yes it's enormous in scope and yet somehow manages to capture the enormity of intimacy the intimacy of a kiss the intimacy of deceit And the conseuences of both For those who like fiction drawn outside the box this genre bending read is highly recommended


  6. says:

    Read this because the author has apparently started legal action due to plot similarities to the movie YesterdayI found the concept so interesting but the story felt like ridiculous wish fulfilment for the author a music journalist who it looks like has spent a lot of time fantasising about the rock star lifestyle Absolutely irresistible to women getting himself into all sorts of cringe inducing sex scenes and a steady diet of all kinds of drugsThe story takes some very silly turns and the ending gets even sillier and for some reason he can talk tocontrol giant spiders Yes reallyProbably best to skip this one if you're considering it


  7. says:

    I read all kinds of things am neither naive nor prudish but if there's no plot other than drugs random sex for most of the first chapter I'm giving up I can read People magazine for that


  8. says:

    This was an interesting read that kept me moderately entertained although it wasn’t the rollicking good time I was initially expectingThe book jumps right in to Jack as already a rock star on Heaven the alien planet and tells of his arrival and how he became famous through a series of flashbacks This nonlinear storytelling works well with the plot Starting with semi familiar rock star territory the book slowly reveals what is different about this planet as well as about JackIt is evident that this was originally a three part series as the plot consists of three distinct parts that while connected keep the book from having an overarching gradual build up of suspense Jack has three distinct episodes of action and that lends the book and up and down uality that feels a bit odd in one novel I actually think I might have enjoyed the book if it was kept as a trilogy with each part’s plot fleshed out a bit and the overarching conflict made evident An overarching conflict does exist but it is so subtle that the opportunity to build suspense is mostly missedPersonally Jack didn’t work for me as a main character While I don’t mind viewing the world through a bad guy’s eyes I usually enjoy that most when I get a lot of depth and insight into who that person is Jack holds everyone including the reader at arm’s length so I both saw the world through his objectifying eyes and couldn’t really get to know him at all That said I can definitely see some readers enjoying Jack and his viewpoint He lends the uniue ability to let people see the world both through a rock star’s eyes and through an astronaut’s A reader who is into both famous people’s biographiesautobiographies and scifi would probably really enjoy himSimilarly the humor in the book just didn’t strike my funny bone I could recognize when it’s supposed to be humorous but I wasn’t actually amused I know other people would find it funny though Readers expecting a Douglas Adams style humor would be disappointed Those who enjoy something like Knocked Up would most likely appreciate and enjoy the humorThere are certain passages that sometimes struck me as a sour note among the rest of the writing Perhaps these are passages that would be humorous to other readers but to me just felt odd and out of place in the rest of the writing Most of the writing at the sentence level worked for me It was just the right tone for the story it was telling But periodically there are passages that made me gnash my teeth Again perhaps this is humor that just didn’t work for me I’m not certain If you like the concept of the rest of the book there are only a few of these passages that are easy to pass over If you enjoy them and find them humorous then you will most likely enjoy the book as a whole as wellOverall this is a piece of scifi with the interesting idea of turning an Earth astronaut into a rock star on another parallel planet Potential readers should be aware that the book was originally told in three parts and that is evident in the book They should also be aware that the main character is both a self centered rock star and a self centered astronaut while this viewpoint may work for some it will not work for others Recommended to those who enjoy both celebrity autobiographiesbiographies and scifi who can overlook some bizarro coincidencesCheck out my full review featuring uotesNote I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review


  9. says:

    Jack is the most famous rock star in the world he's just not from this planetBefore joining NASA's space programme Jack had dreams of a career as a professional musician When a deep space mission goes awry he crashes on an alien planet Jack discovers that his new world is inhabited by a race of humans that have evolved in parallel to those on Earth He picks up a guitar and performs the most wondrous rock songs of his home planet Neil Young Leonard Cohen Bob Dylan Superstardom beckons as audiences around the globe revere Jack and his apparent songwriting abilities He basks in the boundless glow of a hedonistic dream world But Jack soon learns that his lie will have sinister conseuencesThis remarkable debut novel by renowned Australian entertainment journalist Nick Milligan is a thrilling ride through a nightmarish darkly comical and highly original tale that combines elements of horror science fiction music industry satire and erotica Some of you know that I love music I grew up in a house filed with music of all genres but especially classic rock So for me reading Enormity was a wonderful experience Science fiction a little bit of erotica and a huge dousing of mystiue make for the most uniue novel I've read in a whileMr Milligan was a music journalist which gives this book the authenticity it needed because he knew the stars experienced the stories and has an appreciation for great music No one else could have written this book or a story like it as well as he didThe characters run from typical to what the fuck and each of them plays a critical role in the novelAs the story unfolds the readers are brought into a strange new world of sex drugs and rock and roll55 great work


  10. says:

    AN AMAZEBALLS BOOKOkay so when Nick liked a picture of mine on Instagram I was interested to see who he was I had a look at his profile and he said that there was a giveaway to which I had just missed out I commented this on the photo and he promptly replied giving me a link to a free copy of his entire book Part 1 2 and 3 When I finished the book I wanted but unfortunately there is no or as Nick tells me you never know there could be another oneAnyway thats all have a good day and all that


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Enormity Jack is the most famous rockstar in the world he’s just not from this planetBefore joining NASA’s space programme Jack had dreams of a career as a professional musician When a deep space mission goes awry he crashes on an alien planet Jack discovers that his new world is inhabited by a race of humans that have evolved in parallel to those on Earth He picks up a guitar and performs the most wondrous rock songs of his home planet The Beatles Neil Young Leonard Cohen Bob Dylan Superstardom beckons as audiences around the globe revere Jack and his apparent songwriting abilities He basks in the boundless glow of a hedonistic dream world But Jack soon learns that his lie will have sinister conseuencesThis remarkable debut novel released in three parts by renowned Australian entertainment journalist Nick Milligan is a thrilling ride through a nightmarish darkly comical and highly original tale that combines elements of horror science fiction music industry satire and erotica Enormity will weave a dark magic over you – even beyond its shocking conclusion