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review 2017-02-19 18:44
Sebastian Faulks takes some P.G tips
Jeeves and the Wedding Bells - Sebastian Faulks,Julian Rhind-Tutt

Sub-titled "a homage to P.G. Wodehouse", as a lifelong fan of the late,great man one can imagine that it must have been both an honour and a distinct challenge for Sebastian Faulks, to be invited by the Wodehouse estate to write a new Jeeves and Wooster novel. No pressure....though given that Faulks has similarly delivered a new James Bond novel (see my review of "Devil May Care") in the style of Ian Fleming, one cannot doubt the chameleonic qualities of this fine contemporary writer. Still, as a longstanding fan of Wodehouse myself, I also came at this book with a certain degree of trepidation and a wistful hope for more than a pale imitation of a Wodehouse original. I needn't have worried. Faulks has successfully woven the classic ingredients into a wonderfully comic plot, which sees Bertie and Jeeves revisit a glorious heyday. Indeed, if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, there can be no finer accolade than to suggest this belated addition to the catalogue of J&W stories sits very comfortably alongside the originals, with deft brushstrokes that so clearly simulate the master. 


Since the TV series, in my imagination, Stephen Fry and Hugh Lawrie inevitably play the starring roles and the dialogue is crafted to fit their honeyed tones seamlessly. However, it is the quintessentially English nature of the farce, threaded through the frailties of the upper classes, which provides such a familiar platform for the many slapstick moments. The affable Bertie Wooster, big of heart, but none too bright, chaperoned by his patient, cerebrally-gifted manservant, who navigates through the choppy waters his master instinctively seems to steer towards. This book is stuffed with laugh-out-loud moments, which draw unashamedly on the antics of the Drones Club and references to familiar friends of old (Stinker Pinker, Boko Fittleworth, Bingo Little, Aunt Agatha, etc). Only the role swap at the core of this new tale breaks new ground with predictably hilarious consequences. If ever there was a book to brighten the cold winter evenings, this is it. Full credit to Mr Faulks for doing P.G. fans proud!


The shelf picture gives the impression that I ventured into the audio book, though only because the book cover was not an option in the drop-down. This book definitely is one for my actual shelf and one I expect to return to.  

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review 2017-01-30 22:02
Look Who's Back
Look Who's Back - Timur Vermes

Provocative satire, that is definitely not "pro-Hitler", but also raises quite a few interesting points when our modern societies are concerned. Mainly, the power of the media; the way one can use it to ends that aren't the ones the audience thinks; and how it can be easy enough for a person with heinous ideas to abuse people who are mostly nice into paving the way for a monster. And let's be honest, considering some current events, this satiric novel is also very, very frightening when you think about it.

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review 2017-01-30 11:56
Big Mushy Happy Lump
Big Mushy Happy Lump: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection - Sarah Andersen

(I received a copy of this book through NetGalley).

A little disappointing, compared to the first book, which I really liked. Although it was still spot on in many ways, it didn't feel as funny—perhaps because of the choice of panels this time, or perhaps because some of those were already present in volume 1, so I admit I didn't really see the point in including them again here. I was also expecting more 'summer-related' panels, owing to the blurb. Maybe the blurb was ill-chosen?

As mentioned above, it's still pretty accurate regarding many aspects of life (cats! And cats on Instagram!). But it's much too repetitive.

Conclusion: Only buy it if you never checked the author's website and haven't read book 1.

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review 2017-01-22 13:52
The Things We Carry With Us by lovesrain44
The Things We Carry With Us - lovesrain44

An excellent fanfic told from Sam's perspective throughout. The brothers travel from state to state 'saving people and hunting things,' looking out for each other as they do. But then Dean decides Sam needs a little help with his dry spell and the dynamic between the brothers is threatened.
Art by nemo
'It's stupid. He shouldn't be affected like this, but of course he is. He suddenly can feel Dean's hands on him, sweet and soft, Dean nuzzled up behind him, a curve of skin and breath. Doing for Sam what he couldn't do for himself. And now, it's like Dean woke something up inside of him, like a sleeping creature, which being now awakened, wants more.

Don't start what you can't finish, Dean.'

Source: archiveofourown.org/works/267862?view_adult=true
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review 2017-01-14 03:27
Review: 1,342 QI Facts to Leave You Flabbergasted
1,342 QI Facts to Leave You Flabbergasted - James Harkin,John Mitchinson,John Lloyd


I would like to thank Faber and Faber for providing me with an advanced reading copy of this book. 

There's not a lot I can say about this one. It is what it says it is; a book full of weird, funny and interesting facts that will have you either chuckling, WTF'ing, or scratching your head.


Here are a few examples:


- The Very Hungry Caterpillar was originally called A Week with Willie Worm.


- In China, it's illegal to reincarnate without filling in a government Reincarnation Application form.


- Men who watch a lot of porn have smaller than average brains.


- In the 18th century, chickens were known as "cacklers" and eggs were "cackling farts".


- "The Copper-Penis Owl" is the monster used in Hungary to scare children into behaving.


I now find myself throwing out random useless facts during conversations, lol. As an added bonus, my point score has gone up when watching QI on tv!




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