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text 2017-05-10 00:31
Finished!
Stand-Off (Winger) - Andrew Smith,Sam Bosma

My relationship with reading has been totally off the rails, I must admit... I binged the first third of this book in one day, then left it alone for almost a month, then binged the last two-thirds between yesterday and this afternoon. The weather has been super nice here in the last couple days, so I got a nice sunburn by reading on my back porch yesterday, hahah.

 

Anyway, Stand-off was not quite the masterpiece that Winger was, but it still did an excellent job of continuing the story. It's not nearly as gut-wrenching, and you're left feeling pretty satisfied with the ways things turn out. I think my biggest complaint is that the ending (pretty happily-ever-after-esque) felt a tad bit forced, so I didn't quite believe in it. However, Ryan Dean did not disappoint as a narrator, and he was as witty and outrightly honest as he always has been.

 

Overall, I really enjoyed Stand-off, but I'm not sure it's one I would reread. I would go back to Winger again in a heartbeat, but this one didn't have that same pull to it. 

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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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