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text 2017-04-01 01:55
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Stand-Off (Winger) - Andrew Smith,Sam Bosma

Holy cow. It's been awhile since I read Winger, and I worried that maybe I would have outgrown Ryan Dean's absurd narration. Note: I have outgrown nothing, and he still has me laughing out loud.

 

Andrew Smith has created such a unique character with Ryan Dean, and I am so thrilled to find the changes in his character since the events of Winger. I've already laughed out loud AND cried (within about five minutes of each other), which is always a good sign. I'm so excited to see where this goes and to finally be back into reading!

 

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text 2017-03-06 18:42
Reading progress update: I've read 172 out of 298 pages.
Lost in a Pyramid: & Other Classic Mummy Stories - Andrew Smith

I've read half the stories in this collection; Mummy Mania has now officially taken hold of me, so I put an even more recent Mummy story book on my wishlist--looks like newer efforts. I was going to take Tank Girl out with me to the coffee shop tonight, for my evening read, but that plan was in place if I was bored of these mummy antics and only managed 100 pages of the embalmed undead this morning. instead--much as I am anxious for Tank Girl--I think I can knock off the last six mummies on tap as twilight hits, and save the graphic novel for tomorrow. I'll see how I feel later...Mummies or Tank Girl tonight, it's all good. as for reaction to these stories so far: nothing mind-blowing, but I foresee a solid 3.5 Rating--not set in stone yet, some mummy somewhere could elevate things considerably--and I do love the variety, I love the fact that some of these stories are so obscure they haven't been print since they first appeared (!), and this has been a lot of fun. I can't say Louisa May Alcott's mummy story is gonna make me rush off to get Little Women, but, um--well, I guess technically I'm closer to doing that than I was before...

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text 2017-03-05 19:24
Reading progress update: I've read 8 out of 298 pages.
Lost in a Pyramid: & Other Classic Mummy Stories - Andrew Smith

contents of this book:

'Lost in a Pyramid, or The Mummy's Curse' (1869), by Louisa May Alcott

'A Night with King Pharaoh' (1869), by Baron Schlippenback, KSL

'My New Year's Eve Among the Mummies' (1879). by Grant Allen

'Professor Petrus' (1884), by Justin Huntly McCarthy

'The Curse of Vasartas' (1889), by Eva M. Henry

'Lot No. 249' (1892), by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

'The Unseen Man's Story' (1893), by Julian Hawthorne

'The Story of Baelbrow' (1898), by Kate and Hesketh Prichard

'The Mysterious Mummy' (1903), by Sax Rohmer

'The Dead Hand' (1904), by Hester White

'A Professor of Egyptology' (1904), by Guy Boothby

'The Necklace of Dreams (1910), by W. G. Peasgood

 

That's what's in here. A few thoughts...can't believe this is gonna be my introduction to Louisa May Alcott--a Mummy story, who knew?!...looking forward to reading the Sax Rohmer and the Guy Boothby entries, since I've sampled novels by both of them...final thought: Lost in a Pyramid may be my favorite title for anything, ever, after Stuck in a Pagoda with Trisha Toyota, and that's a song. Lost in a Pyramid! How do I resist that!

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review 2016-10-20 23:23
Waste of Time
In The Ladies' Room: A Novel - Andrew Smith

Snarky. There is "funny" snarky, and then there is just plain mean-spirited snarky. This book falls in the latter category. And is definitely not funny.
Purportedly about his time as the writer on a day-time "ladies" talk show, the author trashes just about everything and everyone in his path. His job, his coworkers, his family, etc, etc. I had to ask myself, how could one man be so unhappy in his life?
Honestly was a waste of my time.

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review 2016-07-07 00:00
Grasshopper Jungle
Grasshopper Jungle - Andrew Smith I would have never read this ordinarily, but I ran out of audiobooks and joined the SYNC free audiobook program and this was the first one they sent me.

Pretty crazy book!! The frequent repetition of facts bugged me. There were several laugh-out-loud moments in the book.
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