Couldn't put it down. I is a bit of a mystery wrapped in an amazing falling-in-love story from the point of view of a guy with at least some...moreFabulous!
Couldn't put it down. I is a bit of a mystery wrapped in an amazing falling-in-love story from the point of view of a guy with at least some of the symptoms of Aspergers.
The book is humorous and heartwarming. And, if you have ever dated an engineer with these tendencies, then this book is a must read.
------------ snip ---------- “But I’m not good at understanding what other people want.’ ‘Tell me something I don’t know,’ said Rosie for no obvious reason. I quickly searched my mind for an interesting fact. ‘Ahhh…The testicles of drone bees and wasp spiders explode during sex.” ― Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project (less)
This book is like a Carl Hiaasen novel gone bad because the author has taken too many drugs.
There are too many weird characters that you just can't f...moreThis book is like a Carl Hiaasen novel gone bad because the author has taken too many drugs.
There are too many weird characters that you just can't follow -- at least not until mid-way through the book. Here are a few (spelling approximate): - Ralph Crunkleton, an ex-writer who lives in a house on stilts on an island, fishes for crab, and entertains anyone who mistakes his home for a bar. One of his very old books, the Stingray Shuffle, rises to the best-seller list because cocaine dealers are using it as a code word for ordering product and then to package the goods. This fictional book is intertwined with the plot of the book by Tim Dorsey. - Serge, a mental wacko who appears in other Dorsey novels, and his sidekick Lenny. Other than being a psychopath, Serge has a pretty firm code of ethics. And a strong interest in history. - Rebecca, who is in a book club with 4 other women -- Page, Sam, Theresa, and Maria. They create a list of odd-ball things to keep them interested life. One idea is get arrested in a protest; another is to meet Ralph. - Mr. Grande, leader of a down-and-out cartel from Columbia who, as a last-gasp measure to become profitable, used a submarine to transport drugs to Florida. But the submarine sank. And the money to purchase the drugs is floating around Florida in a brief case that was tossed into the wind by a tropical storm. Then there are various crews of Russian thugs hired by Mr. Grande. - A troupe of bad bar-scene entertainers, including a one-armed juggler and a hypnotist.
These weird characters show up in various chapters, and occasionally show up in the same scene. It isn't until the end of the book that you get how they're all connected.(less)
I got this book as part of a promotion for $1. It isn't what I would usually pick up. The book is funny (I laughed out loud a couple of times) and "out...moreI got this book as part of a promotion for $1. It isn't what I would usually pick up. The book is funny (I laughed out loud a couple of times) and "out there" because Tim's point of view is definitely skewed. He is a gay white man teaching English in Tokyo, and has an absurd sense of humor. So, if you like the absurd, you might like this series of short stories about some of Tim's experiences. I liked most of it, but not all. (less)
I have to thank my friend, Julie ZS, for recommending this. I was glad I was listening to this in the car, because I did snort out loud sevral times....moreI have to thank my friend, Julie ZS, for recommending this. I was glad I was listening to this in the car, because I did snort out loud sevral times. I especially liked the sections about being in HR, and having to talk to employees about their inappropriate behavior.
To quote Julie (because she said it so well): "If excessive swearing bugs you, or you're easily shocked by the macabre or improbable, I wouldn't recommend this book at all. Otherwise it is a perfect read, hilarious, thought-provoking, and heart-warming all in one little book. With bonus recreational vintage taxidermy information even!"(less)