Review of Calling Major Tom by David M. Barnett and Music Monday (10)

Heartwarming eBook bestseller – the perfect read for anyone who enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Together, A Man Called Ove and Matt Haig.
Forty-something Thomas is very happy to be on his own, far away from other people and their problems. But beneath his grumpy exterior lies a story and a sadness that is familiar to us all. And he’s about to encounter a family who will change his view of the world… for good.

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He wants to be alone. He’s fed up of people. He doesn’t want any human interaction. He’s done with the world. So he flies to Mars. And that’s pretty much the Thomas Major we meet at the beginning of the book.

Meanwhile the Ormerod family is holding on by a thread; a thin, already fraying thread. Each facing his or her own problems from declining mental agility to bullying to being pushed into adulthood far too soon. It’s impossible not to feel for this family and cross your fingers and toes that they find their way out of their individual and collective predicaments.

Grandma Gladys’ solutions for ‘rescuing’ her family are both disturbing and hilarious and only serve to make her even more endearing.

The story of how Thomas became the curmudgeon he is and how the Ormerods ended up in such dire straits is told in flashbacks which intermingle with the current action. The technique is effectively used, with no lags in the pacing. Character evolution is gradual, well-scripted and enjoyable to read. 

Heart-warming is a good way to describe this story. It can make you laugh, smile and cry as the author takes you on a journey through time… and even space!

I give Calling Major Tom 4/5 majorly delicious espresso shots! 

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek.  All you have to do to participate is pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday.

Thomas gets his name from a David Bowie song… the song is not called Major Tom, as he emphatically and repeatedly informs folks!

‘I bet when you’re my age they’ll have cities on the moon,’ says Dad. ‘Not for me, though. No atmosphere.’

He guffaws and slaps Thomas on the shoulder.

‘You could go and live there. Be like that song. “Major Tom”. Your mummy was about three months gone when that song was out. I think that’s why she wanted to call you Thomas. She’s about the same time along now.’


‘That guy?’ says Thomas, his voice dripping with what James imagines is contempt. ‘That guy? You mean David Bowie, one of the greatest musical geniuses that Britain has ever produced?’

‘Yeah. Him. He sung “Major Tom”, didn’t he?’

The sigh echoes down the connection.

‘It’s not called “Major Tom”. It’s called “Space Oddity”. It’s not that difficult a concept to get your head around.’

So for your listening pleasure I present… Major Tom… shoot… I mean, Space Oddity by David Bowie.

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