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Joelle's Bibliofile
Joelle's Bibliofile rated it 2 years ago
Those familiar with Mallory Ortberg (recently transitioned to Daniel Mallory Ortberg) from the Toast website or her first book, Texts from Jane Eyre, already know that he is extremely well-read and that his point-of-view can be truly unique and humorous. In his newest book, the Merry Spinster, Ortb...
A Man With An Agenda
A Man With An Agenda rated it 3 years ago
As advertised.This gave me a lot of laughs. Obviously, the more of these books you've read, the more mileage you'll get out of it, but some of the stories covered are so familiar that anyone could pick this up and find something to laugh about.
Familiar Diversions
Familiar Diversions rated it 4 years ago
I had previously read a few of these online, and liked them. I wanted to read the book but, with my TBR, who knows when I'd ever have gotten around to getting a copy? When Audible had this on sale for a dollar, I was interested but hesitant. How well would it translate into audio form? Pretty well,...
Wanda's Book Reviews
Wanda's Book Reviews rated it 4 years ago
Hilariously imagined text conversations—the passive aggressive, the clever, and the strange—from classic and modern literary figures, from Scarlett O’Hara to Jessica Wakefield.Mallory Ortberg, the co-creator of the cult-favorite website The Toast, presents this whimsical collection of hysterical tex...
FatherCraneMadeMeDoIt
FatherCraneMadeMeDoIt rated it 5 years ago
This book is hilarious. The literature used is fairly diverse (Gilgamesh all the way to The Hunger Games). Some entries parody the actual book, others the author/poet, and others the characters of the book.I think the test of a parody is if it's still funny even if you don't know the original source...
Irresponsible Reader
Irresponsible Reader rated it 5 years ago
The answer to the question nobody asked: What would some of the most famous literary figures (characters/writers) say if they texted their friends and family? Well, Mallory Ortberg asked it, I guess. Most of the answers she cooked up are worth reading -- some will induce chuckles, maybe a guffaw, ...
Malin
Malin rated it 5 years ago
Oh people, how do I even start reviewing this book? I'm pretty sure I devoured the whole thing in less than two hours total (in between running errands, meeting up with friends, working and other stuff). I can tell you that for the bits that worked for me (about 75% of the book), I laughed so hard o...
Memories From Books on Booklikes
Memories From Books on Booklikes rated it 5 years ago
As the title implies, Texts from Jane Eyre And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg imagines text conversations between characters from modern and classical literature. Based on the original texts references, this book is for bibliophiles; based on its conten...
The Primroses Were Over
The Primroses Were Over rated it 5 years ago
I really wanted to like this. I was not expecting much, really. A few cheap laughs at some classic literature was all I wanted. It didn't have to be hilarious or anything. I don't think I laughed once. I might have smiled a few times? Some of the stories were almost unrecognizable to me, includi...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it 5 years ago
Ortberg is genius. Her text conversations as distillations of famous works of literature are brilliant, especially of classics which don't have a clear plot line. Not that The Hunger Games isn't mighty amusing as well. Not recommended for anyone who isn't at least passing familiar with the books bei...
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