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review 2015-11-01 00:00
Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story
Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story - Robyn D... Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story - Robyn Doolittle Hmm, should I also add this to my "true crime" shelf?

I read this in an e-version of the somewhat updated edition of September 2014. Normally, I wouldn't be so specific about a recent work, but in this case, events just kept tumbling on, so it's worth noting that this book ends shy of the Toronto mayoral election, and before Ford's cancer diagnosis (which latter may have had the effect of toning down a little of the harshest scoffing at this unfortunate and entirely nasty man).

As I read through Doolittle's methodical account of all Ford's various gaffes and scandals, I was shocked to realize how numerous they were, and how many of them I had simply forgotten, as they were eclipsed by newer stains upon the city's reputation. I was grateful for this nudge to memory; I was also pleased to have the family background (and truly, what a delightful bunch they are!); and I am always interested to have some insight into the workings of a major media outlet, especially when struggling with an ethical question. I was actually surprised that they weren't working to more cut-and-dried rules, although I think The Star made the right decisions.

Compared to other reviewers, I may seem stingy with my stars here - my criterion for four stars is that I might want to read the book again; I almost certainly won't re-read this one, but I'm pleased to have read it once.
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review 2015-03-25 20:28
Humourous Small Town Mystery
The Icing on the Corpse - Liz Mugavero

I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person. -Audrey Hepburn

 

Maybe your weird is my normal. Who's to say? -Nicki Minaj

 

I have one word to say about The Icing on the Corpse. Quirky. What else can it be but quirky and funny when it is set in Frog Ledge, Connecticut? Especially when the mystery occurs during the annual Groundhog Day Festival. A festival that the whole town truly gets into – in a ‘way-over-the-top-everyone-dresses-up-like-a-groundhog’ sort of way.

Kristan "Stan" Connor has the honour this year of being the ‘Goundhog Gift-Giver’ to the star of the festival, a groundhog named Lilypad. As the owner and chief baker of Pawsitively Organic, Stan is thrilled to gain the notoriety, and the possible new business for her canine and feline bakery. Only things don’t go as everyone planned, when much beloved Helga Oliver, the town historian, is found in a crumpled heap at the bottom of the stairs in the museum basement. Who would want to hurt good natured Helga? Why? And is the cause a more modern one – like the guy who wants Helga’s job as the town historian? Or has something in the past come back to haunt the town?

 

Stan’s ‘I’m really too old to call a guy my “boyfriend” boyfriend, Jake, is devastated to lose the woman who has been like a grandmother to him all his life. The family response ranges from whacky to just plain mean, and the addition of a celebrity ghost hunter show to the mix makes this one wild ride.

 

I received this book from the publisher in return for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own.

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text 2013-10-14 21:09
Same Shit, Same Smell

 

...I'm not surprised by this anymore. 

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text 2013-10-14 17:56
[Reblogged from Amandawelling] Same Shit, Same Smell

This is my comment on the issue. AmandaWelling's rebog starts from *** This is very worrying. Someone 'anonymous' is collecting real life names and addresses through GoodReads, but they don't want anyone to know who they are. Another author wants to have this information - for what if it isn't for stalking?  

 

I'm not really involved in the reviews/comments/spa authors thing as I don't read in any of their genres, but all this tracking of people is worrying. It's worrying because if 'anonymous' (what a coward eh? At least the other author has the courage of his convictions and uses his name) can track people and their friends, what about all sorts of other crazies, maybe targetting the kids with the private profiles sending away for stuff?  

 

This is seriously Not Good.

 

***

 

 

 

...I'm not surprised by this anymore. 

Source: amandawelling.booklikes.com/post/612274/same-shit-same-smell
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text 2013-10-14 17:50
[Reblogged from Amandawelling] Same Shit, Same Smell

This is my comment on the issue. AmandaWelling's rebog starts from *** This is very worrying. Someone 'anonymous' is collecting real life names and addresses through GoodReads, but they don't want anyone to know who they are. Another author wants to have this information - for what if it isn't for stalking?  

 

I'm not really involved in the reviews/comments/spa authors thing as I don't read in any of their genres, but all this tracking of people is worrying. It's worrying because if 'anonymous' (what a coward eh? At least the other author has the courage of his convictions and uses his name) can track people and their friends, what about all sorts of other crazies, maybe targetting the kids with the private profiles sending away for stuff?  

 

This is seriously Not Good.

 

***

 

 

 

...I'm not surprised by this anymore. 

Source: amandawelling.booklikes.com/post/612274/same-shit-same-smell
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