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    Free Unlimited eBook just how bewildering and scary the analogue world can beAnd when his sixty day detox hits the headlines making him a hero to suffering technophiles everywhere Andy is sorely tempted to pack it all in and escape in the nearest UberCan he get himself out of this mess, and work out how to live a better, technologically balanced life without consulting Google even once."/>
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  • Logging Off
  • Nick Spalding
  • 06 March 2019

10 thoughts on “Logging Off

  1. JEN A JEN A says:

    This is a must read book for anyone who has found themselves spending just a little too much time on the Internet basically all of us The main character Andy is a normal run of the mill guy who comes to realize that he s really not living a full life by being so obsessed with social media The situations that Andy finds himself in are hilarious but also thought provoking The great takeaway from this novel is balance something we all need alittle bitof in our lives


  2. Peter Peter says:

    RebalancingIn our world of instant communications, information overload, connected devices and online communities have we become slaves to the relentless appetite of the internet Are we addicted to data Nick Spalding has a formula for taking many of these real world and often sensitive issues and building an entertaining and thought provoking story around it In Logging Off Nick poses this particular scenario when his main protagonist, Andy Bellows, suddenly finds himself in the middle of a RebalancingIn our world of instant communications, information overload, connected devices and online communities have we become slaves to the relentless appetite of the internet Are we addicted to data Nick Spalding has a formula for taking many of these real world and often sensitive issues and building an entertaining and thought provoking story around it In Logging Off Nick poses this particular scenario when his main protagonist, Andy Bellows, suddenly finds himself in the middle of a client presentation and his body goes into a breakdown with his jaws locking, his speech slurring and his vision disturbed.When his doctor checks him he suggests that the episode may be a result of obsessive online activity and his body is not resting enough at night The doctor suggests that for two months he logs off all online social platforms and doesn t use any computer technology except that for work and only emails as a means of communication Andy meets his best friend Fergus to tell him about his new plan and seek some moral support What he gets from his friend, the editor and journalist of the local newspaper, isFergus also smiles And this ginger twat is going to help you do it Really How I m going to write a story about you for the paper No you re bloody not Yes, I bloody am No, Fergus You really bloody are notFergus wins Andy round as it also ensures Andy has an added incentive to stick to the challenge As the news circulates, an array of colourful characters are drawn into the story Andy forms an oldfashioned group of similarly concerned internet addicts who meet weekly at a local cafe Each has their own background and life story to tell, and there is always someone you can relate to One of the people Andy meets is Grace, the owner of the cafe, who has her own issues and as they both deal with everything they are facing, they develop an endearing friendship hmmm, maybe something stronger.While this is a repeatable formula from Nick Spalding and initially I felt that I could almost describe how the story would unwind, it is worth pointing out that Nick has developed a winning formula The humour throughout the narrative is extremely entertaining and engaging His main character is often hapless which helps expose many issues indramatic form Nothing is ever plain sailing as that wouldn t help with the insights that often come through yes life is difficult, there are ups and downs, but learn to address the challenges and enjoy the good moments whenever possible is what life is all about.As a daily user of Goodreads, Twitter and other social media platforms, the message coming out from this book is to Log Off, and that fills me with unease I m still a software engineer at heart and the owner of a medical software company and this is all part of my life But am I addicted Try leaving it alone and see if you have withdrawal symptoms The incentive of this book, and in life, is balance When we tend to become obsessed or addicted to any facet of our lives we lose connection with other important aspects The ultimate message is not about Logging Off Completely but Logging Off Sometimes.I will continue to read Nick Spalding for the sheer entertainment factor but credit for also making us look at ourselves with the cleverly crafted life message I would recommend this book and I would like to thankPublishing UK and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC copy in return for an honest review


  3. PamG PamG says:

    LOGGING OFF by Nick Spalding is classified as British humor and satire There is some humor and satire in it so that seems to fit Andy Bellows is a freelance graphic designer that is afflicted with headaches, neck aches, insomnia, muscle aches and gastrointestinal issues With the help of his phone and tablet, he tries to self diagnose himself, but ends up going to the doctor The doctor tells him he needs to do a digital detox for two months and gives him a pamphlet to guide him His only use LOGGING OFF by Nick Spalding is classified as British humor and satire There is some humor and satire in it so that seems to fit Andy Bellows is a freelance graphic designer that is afflicted with headaches, neck aches, insomnia, muscle aches and gastrointestinal issues With the help of his phone and tablet, he tries to self diagnose himself, but ends up going to the doctor The doctor tells him he needs to do a digital detox for two months and gives him a pamphlet to guide him His only use of technology would be the minimum amount he needs for his work How would he survive without texting, tweeting, online dating, and all of the social media that drives his days and nights How would he even find food Will it even help him Can he survive Andy is an interesting character that you can root for and sympathize with, but I would not call him a compelling character Humor and, especially satire are used throughout the novel The language was a little stronger than I like at times, but I still enjoyed some laughs The internal and external conflicts were well defined and the secondary characters had were nicely developed Themes include digital dependence, physical ailments, romance, isolation and self discovery.Overall, I liked the book It was well crafted and I would recommend it to those that read this and think it might be something they will enjoy Thanks toPublishing UK and Nick Spalding for a complimentary ARC of this novel via NetGalley and the opportunity to provide an honest review Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way.


  4. Brandice Brandice says:

    Andy is addicted to technology, using it in some form or another for just about every aspect of his life I was exhausted by his use of apps in the first chapter alone After a rough day, Andy experiences severe physical symptoms which lead him to believe something is wrong Of course his online research confirms death is looming, so he makes a doctor s appointment, at which his doctor prescribes a digital detox Andy begrudgingly acknowledges his tech addiction and decides to give it a go Log Andy is addicted to technology, using it in some form or another for just about every aspect of his life I was exhausted by his use of apps in the first chapter alone After a rough day, Andy experiences severe physical symptoms which lead him to believe something is wrong Of course his online research confirms death is looming, so he makes a doctor s appointment, at which his doctor prescribes a digital detox Andy begrudgingly acknowledges his tech addiction and decides to give it a go Logging Off follows Andy as he attempts to navigates a digital free world, using the phone to place takeout orders rather than ordering delivery through an app, not engaging in online arguments through social media, and not swiping right to find potential suitors His best friend, Fergus, is a journalist for the local paper and writes a story about Andy s detox, which prompts a movement of enthusiastic supporters He meets some other interesting characters along the way too The story has a solid dose of humor and I was curious to see how Andy would fare Logging Off reinforces that we could all benefit from a digital detox, at least from time to time While technology is often convenient and offers many day to day benefits, it can also be an intrusive, constant distraction, among other consequences Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for providing an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review.


  5. Amanda Amanda says:

    Andrew is obsessed with Facebook, Twitter and is constantly looking at his phone and playing computer games He visits his doctor regarding his health conditions, after googling and jumping to the conclusion that he has Cancer The Doctor advises to have a Digital Detox This sounds easier than what it is, nolooking at weather apps before going out and even ordering food online is now a no go I liked this book as we can all relate to Andrew, spending too much time on the internet, foreve Andrew is obsessed with Facebook, Twitter and is constantly looking at his phone and playing computer games He visits his doctor regarding his health conditions, after googling and jumping to the conclusion that he has Cancer The Doctor advises to have a Digital Detox This sounds easier than what it is, nolooking at weather apps before going out and even ordering food online is now a no go I liked this book as we can all relate to Andrew, spending too much time on the internet, forever looking at our phones land at Facebook afraid we might be missing out on something Next time you go out for a meal in a restaurant just look around at people who are on their phones rather than talking to one another I loved all the characters, a very funny book that had me giggling to myself Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review


  6. JEN A JEN A says:

    This is a must read book for anyone who has found themselves spending just a little too much time on the Internet basically all of us The main character Andy is a normal run of the mill guy who comes to realize that he s really not living a full life by being so obsessed with social media The situations that Andy finds himself in are hilarious but also thought provoking The great takeaway from this novel is balance something we all need alittle bitof in our lives


  7. Mark Mark says:

    At times hysterically funnyAt other times irritating as Andy needs to log off from the internet and social media and get his life in order, this all comes to a head when he goes to sell his wares as a graphic designer to a hip and happening company, to say he has a meltdown is an understatement and he decides after a trip to the Dr s that giving it all up is for himThe book then charts his success on his 60 day detox in this very 121 author to reader chat style read and as said some of At times hysterically funnyAt other times irritating as Andy needs to log off from the internet and social media and get his life in order, this all comes to a head when he goes to sell his wares as a graphic designer to a hip and happening company, to say he has a meltdown is an understatement and he decides after a trip to the Dr s that giving it all up is for himThe book then charts his success on his 60 day detox in this very 121 author to reader chat style read and as said some of it is nothing short of LOL ribald hilarious..the trip to Bath, the dog incident and the blind date all farcically brilliant I am not sure why then some of it was irritating,but it was..maybe the break neck speed of the book , it really doesn t stop from the first to the last word or maybe because some of it was too truthful re how the internet and social media takes up all our lives although of course especially now this is a blessing, in fact its probably not the best time to release this book when everyone is now relying on it for our sanity maybe because he talks a lot about his irritable bowel referenced ALL the time l honestly am not sureIt s not a relaxing read but it is a quick read that will make you think, laugh and happily move on to your next read but all in all you will enjoy it, mostly I read about the author after reading this book and he has a big back catalogue with some I would like to read and the style of this book looks to be his style of writing in all books 7 103 Stars


  8. The Cats’ Mother The Cats’ Mother says:

    This is about the fifth book I ve read from this author, having loved my first, Dry Hard, and the rest progressively less There s definitely a formula neurotic Everyman takes on a daunting challenge while being followed by some form of media, discovering heart warming home truths and usually love in the process.There s also generally a combination of distinctly puerile comedy and a serious topic that at least gets you thinking at least They re quick easy reads and Spalding has an engaging st This is about the fifth book I ve read from this author, having loved my first, Dry Hard, and the rest progressively less There s definitely a formula neurotic Everyman takes on a daunting challenge while being followed by some form of media, discovering heart warming home truths and usually love in the process.There s also generally a combination of distinctly puerile comedy and a serious topic that at least gets you thinking at least They re quick easy reads and Spalding has an engaging style if you don t mind the first person present narration.Andy Bellows, a 36 year old single graphic designer somewhere in Southern England, is a stressed out hypochondriac who is overly dependent on social media and the internet When his doctor suggests a digital detox, he is appalled, but his best friend, a journalist, persuades him it ll make a good story, and with raging irritable bowel syndrome, neck pain and bruxism making his life miserable, he agrees to try stopping all non work related Internet use for two months Initially this leads him into some amusing debacles, but will his new found appreciation for the simple life be enough to hold the course It s deeply ironic to have read this while most of the world are in lockdown from the Covid 19 pandemic and for many the Internet is the only thing that s made it bearable, so I don t see this book convincing many people of the benefits of giving it up any time soon It did make me think about my own level of dependence I look at GoodReads, Facebook, my emails and news sites multiple times a day, including first thing when I wake up, but have zero interest in celebrities, games or influencers and the only individuals I follow are authors It would certainly not hurt to cut down on opinion pieces and the comments that follow, and certain groups on Facebook that attract a certain kind of negativity that invariably winds me up, so I m grateful to the author for making me confront this.I did not find this one anywhere near as funny as his previous books there was way too much toilet humour he s a big fan of poo jokes and the slapstick comedy, including humping dogs and people getting stuck in windows did nothing for me either Andy took a long time for me to warm to, although I enjoyed his eventual maturation and enlightenment and the romance was cute By coincidence, we watched a TV show set in Bath this week that had already confirmed that it s somewhere I really must visit one day, and added to that resolution.Overall this was a light read with a message that was fairly obvious from an author who can be laugh out loud funny at times, but missed the mark with this one My thanks to NetGalley andUK Publishing for the ARC which allowed me to give an honest review Logging Off is available now


  9. Ian Ian says:

    This entertaining little fictional story tells of the ups and downs of one man s attempt at coping with everyday life without relying on the use of modern day technology and all its trappings No smartphones, no apps, no ipads, no laptops, no internet Forget your bloggers, trollers, tweeters and vloggers all are gone yes, in short a total digital detox The catalyst for change Ill health brought on by a 24 7 reliance and over use of these readily available technological aids, so would This entertaining little fictional story tells of the ups and downs of one man s attempt at coping with everyday life without relying on the use of modern day technology and all its trappings No smartphones, no apps, no ipads, no laptops, no internet Forget your bloggers, trollers, tweeters and vloggers all are gone yes, in short a total digital detox The catalyst for change Ill health brought on by a 24 7 reliance and over use of these readily available technological aids, so would Andy s health and sense of well being really improve without themand for the next 6 weeks Vital questions needed to be asked and answered Would symptoms relating to stress and anxiety disappear Would life be enriched, enjoyed and improved and Would Andy learn to control and take back responsibility for his own actions, choices and decisions leading to a feeling of happiness, fulfilment and contentment whilst on the sometimes rocky, sometimes smooth road of life itself Overall, I found that this story contained both triumphs and torments High points that kept my keen interest included Grace, Fluidity and the trip to Bath but lows such as daft, contrived and farcical goings on at a duck pond, a dull ish trip to a theme park and the introduction of a few weaker, pointless characters near the end, made it hard work, irritating and quite frustrating at times A real mixed bag of emotions but ultimately perhaps 70 30, in the books favour A great idea, and lots of good coverage of the various technological uses, applications and portrayal of perceived ideas about the whole online experience but, like the topic of the book itself, striking the right balance so often plays a crucial role in determining a correct and successful way forward Worth a read, but that decision is obviously entirely up to you Rating 3.3 stars


  10. Melissa Borsey Melissa Borsey says:

    Overall this was a cute and humorous read that was also excessively wordy in parts and I found myself skimming at times I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.


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Logging Off[EPUB] ✰ Logging Off By Nick Spalding – Thomashillier.co.uk From bestselling author Nick Spalding comes a laugh out loud story about getting offline and getting on with lifeAndy Bellows is in a right state Plagued with insomnia, anxiety and neckache, he s conv From bestselling author Nick Spalding comes a laugh out loud story about getting offline and getting on with lifeAndy Bellows is in a right state Plagued with insomnia, anxiety and neckache, he s convinced there s something seriously wrong with him And the worst thing is that his doctor agrees The diagnosis Andy is in the grip of a self destructive addiction to technology he just cannot put that bloody mobile phone downTexting, tweeting, gaming and online dating technology rules Andy s life His phone even monitors his bowel movements So how will he cope when he s forced to follow doctor s orders and step away from all of his beloved screens From having to leave the flat in search of food like some kind of Neanderthal to engaging in conversations with actual people, Andy s about to discover just how bewildering and scary the analogue world can beAnd when his sixty day detox hits the headlines making him a hero to suffering technophiles everywhere Andy is sorely tempted to pack it all in and escape in the nearest UberCan he get himself out of this mess, and work out how to live a better, technologically balanced life without consulting Google even once.


About the Author: Nick Spalding

Nick Spalding is an author who, try as he might, can t seem to write anything serious Before becoming a full time author, he worked in the communications industry, mainly in media and marketing As talking rubbish for a living can get tiresome for anyone other than a politician , he thought he d have a crack at writing comedy fiction with a very agreeable level of success so far, it has to be said Nick has now sold over two million books including a million books sales withPublishing alone This flabbergasts him every single dayNick lives in the South of England with his lovely and extremely patient wife He s now in his mid forties and is rather annoyed at the universe about it, because it gave him no choice in the matter He s also addicted to Thai food, still thinks Batman is just about the coolest thing on Earth, and has a dreadful singing voice Nick is always happy to hear from people who like his work It keeps his fragile ego glued together for a little bit longer If you d like to get in touch, here s how you can do it Nick s Twitter Feed NickSpaldingNick s Facebook page facebook NickSpaldingAuthorNick s website nickspalding.