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review 2017-12-13 12:37
How to Fight the Presidents
How to Fight Presidents: An Illustrated Comedic History of the Wildest, Toughest, and Most Interesting and Badass Facts About Every US President - Daniel O'Brien

Total. boy. humour.  And it's hilarious.  Really silly and did I mention the boy humour?  There's a lot of it.

 

At a guess I'd bet that maybe 60% of the information in each section covering each president (except those that are still alive - is that for legal reasons, do you think?) is probably factual.  20% is blatantly called out by the author himself as just wishful thinking, and the other 20% could go either way.

 

But I hope nobody thinks they're picking this up in order to expand their factual knowledge  of presidential history.  There's a lot of good stuff I didn't know before, but the focus is very narrow and aimed solely at making the presidents all look like bad asses.  How to Fight Presidents is a fun, entertaining, wishful thinking sort of book that will accidentally import some small inconsequential facts into the reader's brainpan when they aren't paying attention; guaranteed to make them only slightly quirky at the next cocktail party, or the dark horse at their next trivia night.  Or maybe just slightly better prepared should he or she accidentally find themselves in a dark alley with a sitting president-pretender. You never know I guess.

 

Book themes for Festivus: Read anything comedic; a parody, satire, etc.  Books with hilariously dysfunctional families (must be funny dysfunctional, not tragic dysfunctional).  Anything that makes you laugh (or hope it does).

 

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review 2017-10-24 19:34
Wesley the Owl
Wesley the Owl - Stacey O'Brien

Charming. A quarter into the book, it starts picking up for me.

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review 2017-10-14 11:39
Bewegender und spannender Kriegsroman
Der Frauenchor von Chilbury: Roman - Jen... Der Frauenchor von Chilbury: Roman - Jennifer Ryan,Andrea O´Brien

Es ist das Jahr 1940 in einem kleinen Ort nahe der Südküste von England. Immer mehr Männer werden in den Zweiten Weltkrieg eingezogen. Während die Frauen um sie bangen und jede nur erdenkliche Abwechslung brauchen können, beschließt der Pfarrer, den Chor aufzulösen. Doch nicht mit den Frauen von Chilbury! Auf Initiative der Musikprofessorin Prim gründen sie einen eigenen Chor und wollen sogar an einem Wettbewerb teilnehmen.

Mir hat es gut gefallen, dass auch einmal die Geschichten der Daheimgebliebenen thematisiert werden. Ich mochte auch, dass diese aus den Perspektiven mehrerer Frauen erzählt werden - in Form von Tagebucheinträgen, Notizen und Briefen. Ihnen allen gibt der Chor Halt und schafft ein verbindendes Element. Doch in der Geschichte geht es längst nicht nur um das gemeinsame Singen an sich, sondern auch um die Schicksale und Leben der unterschiedlichen Frauen und Mädchen. Es geht um Liebe, Angst und Trauer, aber auch um Lügen und Betrug. Deshalb fand ich das Buch nicht nur bewegend, sondern auch spannend. Humorvolle wie traurige Momente werden erzählt, sodass beim Lesen keine Langeweile aufkam.

Jennifer Ryan zeichnet ganz unterschiedliche Charaktere und deren Entwicklung - und zwar mit solcher Klarheit, dass man der Geschichte gut folgen kann und sich gut in die Figuren hineinversetzen kann.

Nicht zuletzt hat mir der Schreibstil gefallen. Es liest sich sehr flüssig - was sicherlich auch der Brief- beziehungsweise Tagebuchform geschuldet ist. Die Passagen der Frauen unterscheiden sich stilistisch deutlich voneinander. Das wirkte größtenteils auch authentisch. Einen Punkt Abzug muss ich leider dennoch geben, weil ich es etwas unglaubwürdig fand, dass einige Zitate und Schilderungen zu ausführlich und ungewöhnlich für diese Art der Erzählform waren.

Mit "Der Frauenchor von Chilbury" ist Jennifer Ryan ein gefühlvoller, abwechslungsreicher Roman gelungen. Ich bin gerne in die Handlung eingetaucht und kann das Buch allen weiterempfehlen, die mal eine etwas andere Geschichte aus der Zeit des Zweiten Weltkriegs lesen möchten.

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text 2017-09-07 02:27
Reading progress update: I've read 15 out of 15 pages.
What Was It? - Fitz-James O'Brien

  This one was a bit of a ghost mystery that left myself and my reading buddy & ghost story fan my Mom thinking on what "was it" and how it came to be.  

  A bit of a ghostly mystery  

 

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review 2017-08-19 03:46
How to Fight Presidents: Defending Yourself Against the Badasses Who Ran This Country - Winston Rowntree,Daniel O'Brien


This is book about how to beat up presidents and it is perfect. This book is so perfectly kickass that if you don't agree, I'm sure this book will find a way to kick your ass. There's a lot of ass kicking in this book. I'm talking like this because I'm coming off some type of violence induced endorphin high and how I really wanted to start this review was... "In a world... where you have to defend yourself against the badasses who ran this country..." (using my deep, gravelly voice, of course), but I thought better of it because maybe no one would get it.

Anyway. Some (like...my husband for example) may wonder what I'd possibly enjoy about a book that's a humorous biographical view of each president, focusing on just how to defeat each in hand to hand combat. My answer is... what's not to love? Let me count the ways:

It has the history. O'Brien loads you with the most relevant and interesting facts and stories he could dig up to prepare you for battle. Teddy Roosevelt and the most pissed off fox in the forest is a personal favorite of mine. If you're going to defend yourself, you better know the brand of crazy you're working with.

It's inspiring. I'm currently tearing a page out of Washington's book and going to win a war based on my will alone.

It's funny. And therefore, highly entertaining.

"“If Mr. Fantastic and Professor X had a baby, there would be tons of questions, but also it would be Abraham Lincoln.”

It has new and creative uses of about every obscenity I know. I'm always looking for a wordsmith.

It's loaded with references to the male genitalia.

Here, I pause.

There's something you should be prepared for, dear reader, should you take on the lessons within this book. You're going to run into an enormous amount of penis. Penis jokes, Penis envy, Penis measurement. Waving penises. This book discusses the penis more than any of my favorite romance books.

In fact, the chapter on Johnson *alone* might have more uses and variations of the penis than all the romance books I've read this year, combined.

I know that JFK has seen more action than all my reads this year combined. And possibly the president who thought it was unAmerican if you didn't do it in the snow. I think that was Adams.

Clearly, this book is not for the faint of heart. You'll need a healthy sense of humor, but I will say for all the crude and or/rude delivery, it is balanced with smarts. In between jokes, there is some wonderful insights and even if you're a buff, I think a couple of takeaways could be had. I certainly had several (real, honest ones unrelated to the comparison of the presidents mettle vs. ball size).

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