If you enjoyed Mr. Gibbs first book, you will most likely enjoy this one as well.
This tome was very well penned, [and in fact I thought it read bette...moreIf you enjoyed Mr. Gibbs first book, you will most likely enjoy this one as well.
This tome was very well penned, [and in fact I thought it read better than the first one, since it seemed more edited and less repetitious; but this is just my humble opinion - which should not reflect in any which way on the author himself, nor on the sales of the book itself] which for this reason alone you should reserve your e-copy right away.
While I enjoyed the adventure with Gatsby, I thought Voltaire's adventures on Venus took the cake, and of course Happy Sally was my favorite character.
All in all, another smart and hilarious ride into the unknown, that just might make you want to give your first born wombat to the author himself, as payment for such an interesting mind trip. There you have been warned!(less)
I like to cackle in inappropriate places, at inappropriate times, so this book worked out wonderfully for me....moreBizarro With A Healthy Dose Of Absurdism
I like to cackle in inappropriate places, at inappropriate times, so this book worked out wonderfully for me.
I also liked that you never knew what you were going to get out of each story. Some of my favorites include: flunking kindergarden thirteen times; the one the referenced John Carpenter's The Thing; why dialing 811 will hurt you bad; and why your ID needs an ID.
Just to serve a word of warning: there's a ton of BIG BLUE DICKS flapping around, so if this bothers you in any way or you don't think it's hilarious, then I wouldn't recommend this one for you at all.
Now that that's out of the way, I leave you with another interpretation of me cackling :) (less)
Jack hearts Karen. Karen commits suicide, and the rest of the story reads like a haunted, surreal love letter trapped in a never ending nightmare.
Thi...moreJack hearts Karen. Karen commits suicide, and the rest of the story reads like a haunted, surreal love letter trapped in a never ending nightmare.
This is Jack's descent into madness through little vignettes of his tortured mind. Prose poetry told from the perspective of a monster caught inside his own personal hell. There is a perplexed, dis-jointed feel throughout the whole of this short novella. Disgusting yet beautiful imagery and fantastic illustrations sprinkled though out. A hard one to put down once you start the journey and so many wonderful quotes, one of which I will leave you with:
"They called our usual excursions into these nights of infinite danger suicide. But what they didn't understand is that the blue light of these modern dream machines had colored not only their nights but also their days a frozen hue of darker-than-the-deepest-seas blue. Time can never be regained in this fantasy world...or lost."(less)
An excellent fast paced read with fantastic illustrations that bring together the bizarre romance of Frank Fisher, Bonnie, and his "inspiration addict...moreAn excellent fast paced read with fantastic illustrations that bring together the bizarre romance of Frank Fisher, Bonnie, and his "inspiration addiction" in an interesting format, as they search for meaning for themselves and each other.
I can't wait to read volume two and was glad to be part of Eddie and Jesse's Kickstarter project, which I guess makes me biased, but I really did enjoy this unique comic.(less)
Did you know that before Voltaire ever sat down to pen his famous book, Candide he went on space adventures that went horribly awry, wielded a cleaver...moreDid you know that before Voltaire ever sat down to pen his famous book, Candide he went on space adventures that went horribly awry, wielded a cleaver (which he didn't have in 1484), and enjoyed a good game of Skip Bo?
If you didn't know that, then you must pick up this book immediately! It makes fun of Voltaire's endless use of dialogue, his use of a rambling narrative arc, plot holes, and philosophy - which is dependent on random strings of words and double meanings.
Oh, and for the females out there, Voltaire has an interesting adventure with the wonderful Jane Eyre, which I really enjoyed.
This book definitely "took my mind off the screaming hell that is reality," so I am eternally grateful to the author that penned this bizarre tome, and to Arthur for sending it to my kindle to be devoured with cream sauce in between doctors appointments, while I'm trying to heal my leg after being hit by a car.(less)
Even though I died numerous times, I still enjoyed this book. I thought the Choose You...moreQ: How many ways can a zombie kill you?
A: Way too many to count.
Even though I died numerous times, I still enjoyed this book. I thought the Choose Your Own Adventure format worked well as an e-book, and all the links took me where they were supposed to go - or at the very least, somewhere else that was totally unexpected. I would recommend this one to all my friends who enjoy zombie tales and if/when the Zombiepocalpse occurs, I wouldn't want to leave home without it. You never know when some red neck tactics could save your life, even if it can't help your soul.(less)
No! This cannot be the end of the Parasol Protectorate. NO! NO! NO!
This honestly was one series I really enjoyed because I was compelled to read all...moreNo! This cannot be the end of the Parasol Protectorate. NO! NO! NO!
This honestly was one series I really enjoyed because I was compelled to read all the books and loved every minute of the hilarious adventures. That's why I refuse to believe it is over.
In this one Alexia finds herself in Egypt to investigate the God-Breaker's Plague that's hurting supernaturals all over and encounters some very interestingly disturbing occurrences. Prudence, Ivy and Biffy were the characters that really made me love this book all the more. Oh yeah and when the Gastropod comes into the picture was when the story got to the point where I couldn't put it down, even though The Tunstell's play was highly entertaining at the beginning of the story as well.
My only beef with the book was how nicely it ended. All the story lines were wrapped up complete with a bow and a skull pin to hold it in place. I understand why Gail Carriger did it this way, but I still wanted to hope that there'd be a story line with an open ending in hopes of another one, but alas, it didn't turn out that way.
Anyways, a really remarkable series that captured my attention and imagination. Even if Gail Carriger doesn't write another one in this series, I can't wait to read more of her works in the future!(less)
This has been the best book in the series thus far!
In Heartless Alexia is very pregnant with the infant inconvenience and is waddling around....more4.5 stars
This has been the best book in the series thus far!
In Heartless Alexia is very pregnant with the infant inconvenience and is waddling around. However, just because she's in this dirigeable state doesn't mean she won't have any adventures, oh contraire my dears, oh contraire!
A ghost shows herself to Alexia, which is strange considering she is peternatural, and warns 'Alexia Macaroon', that some one wants to kill the queen.
Because of the pregnancy hormones, it takes Alexia a while to figure out which queen the ghost is talking about, but once she puts the puzzle pieces together; thus the adventure begins.
This adventure leads to a very interesting and unexpected end, in which a lot of major revelations are revealed about characters I have grown to know and love throughout this series. I loved the back stories and Madame Lefoux's octomaton carnage resulted in a very unexpected twist.
The story ends with a cliff hanger and I cannot wait to travel onto Timeless to see how it's all going to end.(less)
I keep trying to write this review with a straight face and I cannot do it. My face keeps breaking into a spontaneous smile from which laughter ensues...moreI keep trying to write this review with a straight face and I cannot do it. My face keeps breaking into a spontaneous smile from which laughter ensues. I keep wondering how in the heck I will convey this book, to you dear reader, to which you have probably not had the pleasure of reading, but should (and if you already have read this one, well then, you'll probably be able to follow this patchwork quilt of a review better than most).
Arthur Graham has crafted a wonderful fable-like adventure that evokes the absurdity and alienation of existence with intelligence and boat loads of depraved graphic humor. The only way I can describe it is: if this book were a visual artist, Dali, would be its name. Now mash that up with They Live (a wonderful John Carpenter movie), Hunter S. Thompson, The Doors, and hopefully you can sort of visualize as to what I'm getting at here, hopefully.
What I can say with a straight face is that book will never let you down. If it starts to get boring, something ridiculous occurs or is said. As is written in the book itself, "All things begin and end with either an action or utterance."
The story begins horrifically, in a way that is quite believable, and then morphs it into a bizarre story that is being worked together by an editor, who really wants to be a writer, for his client. However, when I started to wonder how the heck all these pieces were going to fit together, I was surprised by the ending, in which everything is pulled tightly to make sense.
So, if you want to go on a 31st Century adventure, in which anything can occur, and a lot of unbelievable things do, pick up a copy of this book today. I don't think you'll be disappointed. At least I hope not. (less)
Steve Lowe has done it again folks! This book was wildly inappropriate, original, and bleeping hilarious!
I don't want to give too much away, for thos...moreSteve Lowe has done it again folks! This book was wildly inappropriate, original, and bleeping hilarious!
I don't want to give too much away, for those of you who have not read it and would want to, but I feel a little bit of plot summary is in order. The premise of this one is a reality TV game show in which ten contestants compete in a sexcathalon for the million dollar prize. It starts off innocently enough with a golden shower, and then literally goes down hill from there.
My favorite part was the alligator f**k house. I have never laughed so hard and did you know that coffee (even iced coffee) hurts when coming out your nose? I then had to share this part with all of my friends and they too thought it was hysterical.
Also, my favorite character was Mongo, Dennis's filmographer. He's of a dubious Russian/Checz descent, has a creepy smile, and adds a lot of humor to the situations Dennis finds himself in. Oh, and Pauline (how could I forget about her) she's my favorite female character. If you read the book, you'll find out why.
Steve, if you're cool with it, my musical friends and I would like to write the theme song to this book. We don't have anything concrete yet, but we're working on it.
This book was published on my birthday. That alone makes this book awesome! Plus, I purchased the Wensinkian gift pack that came with a downl...more4.5 stars
This book was published on my birthday. That alone makes this book awesome! Plus, I purchased the Wensinkian gift pack that came with a download of ear-bleeding music that's featured in the book (via the band, Lothario Speedwagon); the book itself (signed by the author himself); and an audio-cassette of the book being read out loud.
ODE TO BURGER OR WHY IT TOOK ME SO LONG TO READ THE BOOK AND WRITE THIS REVIEW
First of all, my favorite lipgloss is from Tokidoki. It is orange and on the top in clear encasing it features the character, 'Burger' in all his yumminess. Throughout this book I kept Burger close to me and kept applying so my tummy wouldn't rumble whenever I read/listened about the new burger wars that was going on in the book, since I never want to consume twice my bodyweight, ever.
Second of all, I have a red boombox (thanks mom for purchasing it for me when I was 10) and it still works today. The only problem is that I've moved so much throughout the years it took me almost 2 weeks to locate it, as it was in a box in the basement, that I forgot I even had. Once I located it, I was able to listen to the audio cassette version in all it's glory. This is an experience everyone should have, at least once.
Finally, once I was done reading and listening to this book I had to take a week and let it sink in, but this is EXACTLY why I like Patrick Wensink's writings so much. He jam packs his books with so much Wentastic awesomeness that your brain just might explode if you don't take a break to contemplate what the heck you just read.
And here's a not so subliminal message for you, sponsored by our friends the Russian Cosmonouts: READ THIS BOOK OR ELSE WE WILL SHOOT YOU!
Here's an ancedote: When I attended community college in a very small town of upstate New York, called Corning, I took an acting class in which the fi...moreHere's an ancedote: When I attended community college in a very small town of upstate New York, called Corning, I took an acting class in which the final was a performance of a comedy. Our group chose Seven Brides For Dracula in which I was casted as Mrs. Half Nelson a "guest" at the sanatorium. My favorite part was when I chased a warewolf and tried to kiss it.
The reason why I bring this up is because the first book in The Parasol Protectorate: Soulless, Blameless, and Changeless features the very bizarre, but highly original and neo-Victorian romance between our heroine, Alexia Tarabotti/Lady Maccon and her Alpha Warewolf husband, Lord Maccon. It is silly and totally farcical, but it's also cute in a bizarro, interspecies erotica kind of way.
Word of Warning though: If you don't like romance of any kind, then Soulless won't be a book you will enjoy because it is primarially focused on establishing the lead characters and their romance. The steam punk universe (which I aboslutely loved!!!) doesn't come until the second book, Changeless.
In this book, we're introduced to my favorite character Madame Genevieve Lefoux. She is a scientist in the Order of the Brass Octopus and has a hidden contrivance chamber beneath the hat shop. This is probably the most steam-punk element to this series. Also, she knows how to work the aethographic transmitter and fly the ornithopter (but that doesn't happen until Blameless)
We also get more Lord Akeldama and his dandy vampire drone Biffy. There's something terrible that happens to Biffy in Blameless but I'm not going to tell you what it is because you have to read it. Also, there's a cliff hanger at the end of Changeless in which Lady Alexia Maccon has a startling announcement that carries over to Blameless.
In the final book of this wonderful bustle, I mean bundle, Alexia and her Parasol Protectorate clan find themselves in Italy and the mystery, mayhem, and utter hilarity that insues is well worth the read. In this one Floote (Alexia's secretary) whom up until this book has been more a secondary character really comes to light and steals the story, at least I thought he did.
All in all, this series has been my guilty summer reading pleasure and I can't wait to see what will happen next in Heartless and then Timeless, which I'm sure will leave me saddened because it is the end of this wonderful universe that I could easily read a million more stories about.(less)
Hahahahahahaha...I don't even know where to start with this one.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was hysterically absurd, absurdly bizarre, and biza...moreHahahahahahaha...I don't even know where to start with this one.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was hysterically absurd, absurdly bizarre, and bizarrely original. It's about this dude who wears a traditional Viking outfit complete with hat, has lived for thousands of years in a castle made of skulls, does some strange beauty ritual with blue-green algae and is on a mission to discover what the true meaning of life is.
While he is on this mission he has some mishaps which are absolutely hilarious. I don't want to give too much away but let’s just say his experience with the visiting Jehovah's Witness was one of my favorite scenes of this book. Oh yeah, and when he's searching for true love that's pretty hilarious too.
So, if you're looking for a read that is over the top absurd but hilarious at the same time, look no further than this book. It's worth it! (less)