I was given this, to me, previously unknown book to read by a friend, and I was very pleasantly surprised. The story follows Trevor and his journey towards Enlightenment, triggered by a spam e-mail. The storyline is fairly complex, jumping through time and space, and sometimes it's a bit difficult to keep track. But all the loose ends are tied up - I love books where something in the story only makes sense later on in the book and you have a sudden "a-ha" moment. I also found the book really really funny, it actually made me laugh out loud which is a rare thing! On the other hand, one of the chapters was so sad that it brought tears to my eyes. The actual story itself is interspersed with little scientific facts and thoughts. I also loved the descriptions of Trevor's everyday life. I would definitely recommend giving this book a go. It's packed full of interesting ideas with a lot of humour even though it's marketed as sci-fi. It's worth reading just for the jokes!
Enlightenment is a bit of a rare treat and pleasent surprise for the humour books fans. It's a bit of a mixture of general fiction, sci-fi and fantasy but one thing it definately is, is funny. You'll laugh most of the way through and the bits you aren't laughing, well, you've got to intake breathe sometime. If you're a fan of douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Robert Rankin, Neil Gaimen and the likes then you'll enjoy this book all the way through. You follow the life of young Trevor as he explores his Enlightenment. The problem is Trevor's a bit of a geek and he explores it in the only way he knows how; browsing the internet, minor scientific experiments and generally without talking to another human being. But something else is going on. Good and evil forces are at work to atempt to stop Trevor in his exploration. Time Travel makes a significant impression on the storyline and it all makes a massivly enjoyable read. Definatly a rare treat from a previously unheard of author, I hope you enjoy it.