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review 2016-09-21 02:21
The Girl's Guide to the Apocalypse Review
The Girl's Guide to the Apocalypse - Daphne Lamb

Oh…dear. I…The… cover was pretty?

 

The blurb sounded awesome. The idea/premise was awesome. The cover promised good things. Good things! ....the book sucked. I tried really, REALLY hard to come up with at least a handful of things I liked about this book. I mean, I wanted to like this book. I really did!

 

There’s spelling and editing errors (you’re instead of your, missing words, etc - an excess amount even for an ARC), the pacing is ridiculous. It took the main character 4 chapters to… go to the bathroom? Here’s the thing, too, about snark. Snark can be funny. Snark, in small doses, IS funny. However, when basically all your characters/caricatures do IS snark… it falls uncomfortably, awkwardly flat. Aside from snark, funnies, too, are best served in small doses. Not forcefully crammed into every other sentence as if crying “Look at me! Look at me! See how funny I am? Hahahahahaha.”

 

Every time the writing gets close to being serious for a moment, another supposedly funny remark is crammed in. Its…depressing, actually.

 

I get it. I do. Its supposed to be a funny/silly take on all the apocalypse stories out there. Its just not. Satire or not, it just falls depressingly, horribly flat. This book desperately needs worked over by a firm editor, and large portions revised before this will even begin to approach what it was meant to be.

Source: www.scifiandscary.com/book-review-the-girls-guide-to-the-apocalypse-by-daphne-lamb
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text 2016-04-19 15:00
Top Ten Tuesday: April 19
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Neil Gaiman,Douglas Adams
Emma (Annotated) - Jane Austen,Douglas Patten
Texts from Jane Eyre - Mallory Ortberg
Dad is Fat - Jim Gaffigan
Adulthood is a Myth: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection - Sarah Andersen
Moranthology - Caitlin Moran
Bitch In a Bonnet: Reclaiming Jane Austen From the Stiffs, the Snobs, the Simps and the Saps, Volume 1 - Robert Rodi
The Parasol Protectorate: Soulless, Blameless, and Changeless - Gail Carriger
Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery - Kurtis J. Wiebe,Roc Upchurch
Jeeves And Wooster Omnibus - P.G. Wodehouse

Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh (or at least chuckle)

 

(Top Ten Tuesday concept and topic thanks to The Broke and the Bookish)

 

The Hitchhiker’s Guide series by Douglas Adams

      The ultimate funny book. If you don’t laugh your way through these, we can’t be friends.

 

Emma by Jane Austen

      All of Austen’s works are essentially comedies. Some are lighter and funnier than others, but Emma wins for the best use of free indirect discourse to make us laugh at Emma’s cluelessness (see what I did there?). It's also the novel that contains both Miss Bates and Mrs. Elton, two of the most ridiculous—yet believable—characters I’ve ever seen in print.

 

Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg

      Ortberg takes literary figures, real and imagined, and creates a series of text conversations that capture each character perfectly. The humor is wry and so sharp you could cut yourself. It gives you the kind of chuckles that come from being in with the inside joke.

 

Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

      Jim Gaffigan is one of my favorite comedians. Dad is Fat is mostly about adventures in marriage and trying to survive five (six? I forget) children. Cutesy family comedy is not usually my style, but Gaffigan nails it with his delivery.

 

Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

      Maybe not laugh out loud funny, but if you’ve ever been young and anxious, Andersen’s cartoons will make you chuckle in recognition.

 

Moranththology by Caitlin Moran

      Caitlin Moran is not “classy” and that’s why I like her. She has a great eye for absurdity and a loud, unapologetic style that makes you laugh while you cringe at the embarrassing things she (constantly) does.

 

Bitch in a Bonnet by Robert Rodi

      Rodi captures all of the meanest, sharpest edges of Jane Austen’s writing and adds plenty of his own snark in this book dedicated to “reclaiming Jane Austen from the stiffs, the snobs, the simps and the saps.”

     

Rat Queens series of comics by Kurtis J. Wiebe

            This series about a fearsome foursome of badass lady mercenaries manages to be hilarious and unapologetically adult without sacrificing character for laughs.

 

The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger

            It’s touted as steampunk adventure, which is true, but at it’s heart it’s a British comedy of manners that just happens to be populated with vampires, werewolves, and steam-powered whatsits.

 

The Bertie & Jeeves novels and stories by PG Wodehouse

            The Classic of Classics in 20th century British comedy. Just like with Hitchhiker’s Guide, I can’t deal with anyone who doesn’t laugh at Bertie Wooster and his faithful Jeeves.

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review 2014-11-16 23:15
Review: Brew, by Davis Estes - Fun, funny and witty. And that's not redundant, believe me!
Brew (Salem's Revenge Book 1) - David Estes

About the Book:

Salem’s Revenge strikes without warning or mercy, ravaging the powerless human race under the forces of united gangs of witches, wizards, and warlocks. During the slaughter, Rhett Carter's foster parents and sister are killed, and his best friend and girlfriend are abducted by a gang of witches calling themselves the Necromancers, who deal in the dark magic of raising the dead. Rhett’s sword-wielding neighbor with a mysterious past saves Rhett from becoming another casualty of the massacre and teaches him the skills he needs to survive in this new world.

Rhett is broken, his normal high school life of book blogging and football playing shoved in a witch-apocalyptic blender. The only thing he has left is his burning desire for revenge. Armed with his new witch hunting skills and a loyal, magic powered dog named Hex, he sets out into the unknown with one mission: hunt and destroy those who took away everyone he ever loved.

But Rhett isn’t just a witch hunter; he has secrets of his own that he has yet to discover, secrets that his enemies will stop at nothing to keep him from.

And discovering the truth about himself is the human race’s only hope.

 

* I received this book in exchange for my honest review *

 

I had a hard time with this book in the beginning, because for some reason I was expecting a "serious" kind of Dystopia, where the author would convince me this was a possible outcome for the world. Rhett, our narrator-slash-hero, I liked enough, but I felt a little trapped in his head in the beginning, like I was not living in that world, just reading about it... Suffice to say I was a bit underwhelmed.

 

But then I realized that this isn't a "realistic" kind of book. It's more of a superhero or comic-book-kind-of-hero story - where the main character makes dumb choices, but doesn't really suffer the consequences; and where unbelievable things happen and he doesn't even blink because he apparently doesn't have time to think them through. And then Hex appears, and then Laney and Trish come into the story, and things start getting funnier, and more action packed. And character after character starts getting things more interesting and and crazier - not the bad kind of crazy, but the hilarious kind.

 

And suddenly, now that I started getting the book, I like it much more! It's fun, it's funny, it's witty. And I know they are all similar words, but that's what it is! I was having so much fun by the middle of the book, that I was grateful for all the impossible things happening, and for the crazy-stupid-hilarious-fantastic dialog.

 

Rhett and Laney's characters got deeper and more complex - as opposed to shallower and less intelligent - as their super witty banter goes on (which really surprised me, I have to admit). I started thinking "David Estes is brilliant!" as I doubled over surreal monologs such as:

 

"I wake up in the dark. Or are my eyes closed? It’s so black they might as well be. But no…I think they’re open. I poke at my eye just to be sure. Ow!"

 

How can you not love that? In a world with a lot of death and action, Estes managed to keep the story light and amusing, without it feeling disrespectful.

 

It did leave me with some doubts about how this world truly works, and some parts of the book - especially the big fighting scenes - seemed a little rushed and confusing, though. I felt that even as some things were explained, I still wasn't sure I understood them. At the same time, I saw many of the big twists coming.

 

So I guess that, same as Rhett, we are left sometimes confused by this world, and other times we are just left waiting for things you know are coming to happen. But, if you are as smart as he is, you'll laugh it off and try to enjoy the witch-apocalypse, since it is definitely entertaining!

 

My rating: 3.8/5
Would I read it again? Probably not...
Will I read the next ones? Yes, this was a lot of fun.
Do I recommend it? Yes! To fans of YA that are over 12 years old (there's a lot of bloodshed) and want to read something fun and lighthearted with a lot of action, magic and gore.

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text 2013-10-08 17:51
30 Day Book Challenge: Day 7 - A Book That Makes You Laugh.
Pleasure Unbound - Larissa Ione
Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) - Jenny Lawson
Beauty Queens - Libba Bray
The Comedy of Errors (Dover Thrift Editions) - William Shakespeare

Pleasure Unbound:  This is more of a "I-can't-believe-she-wrote-that" giggle.  Pleasure Unbound is suuuuuuuper dirty.  It is the dirtiest series I've ever read.  I think that some of those books could be argued as erotica rather than romance, it's so sex oriented.  (But there's always a happy ending [haha, I realize how dirty this sounds now] in them, romance fans!  None of those depressing erotica endings.)  I always laugh hysterically when reading them because they are so blush-inducing.

 

Let's Pretend This Never Happened:  Oh my gosh, I was ugly laughing.  I was laughing so hard that absolutely no sound came out of my mouth.  I heard she's writing another book and I am so excited.  If you ever feel sad, pick this one up.  You will crack up if you share a similar sense of humor as her.

 

Beauty Queens:  Awesome satire.  I was laughing at the incredulity of it all.  It's a humor that also carries a message and that's great.

 

A Comedy of Errors:  Well, I should probably say that I saw this play as well.  When I was reading it, I remember being amused, but I don't think I ever fully laughed.  Seeing the play put it into a different perspective and it was hysterical.

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review 2009-01-01 00:00
Funny Bunny: 10 Words - Judy Schoder she read this one, too
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