I didn't find this as unrelentingly hilarious as the Georgia Nicholson saga (it's not unusual for me to start giggling and snorting uncontrollably whi...moreI didn't find this as unrelentingly hilarious as the Georgia Nicholson saga (it's not unusual for me to start giggling and snorting uncontrollably while reading those books...it's very unattractive, trust me). But I do find myself liking Tallulah and her ridiculous knees, and this is only the first installment.(less)
I'm finally getting around to reading the rest of this series, haha. Two left to go! My verdict: hilarious, as always. I love that I can just pick up...moreI'm finally getting around to reading the rest of this series, haha. Two left to go! My verdict: hilarious, as always. I love that I can just pick up one of these books and zip through it when I need to laugh. As usual, Georgia has too many boys in her life and it does nothing but cause problems. She is in the cakeshop of lurve, and how is she to choose between Masimo the Italian cakey and Robbie the Eclair? And why does Dave the Tart keep popping up when he's not wanted? It's been obvious from the beginning where this is all going, but it's still extremely entertaining.(less)
This was our book club's selection for May. I have to admit I was pretty skeptical at first. This isn't the type of book I would've picked out on my o...moreThis was our book club's selection for May. I have to admit I was pretty skeptical at first. This isn't the type of book I would've picked out on my own. In the end though, I admit that I enjoyed it pretty much, though I did have a few issues with it. Quite a few passages made me crack up laughing, but the humor is pretty low-brow. Think lots of poo and penis jokes. The horror runs along the lines of monsters made out of cockroaches and meat (with taglines like "Pleased to meat you", lol). So bottomline...if you like crude, often cheesy humor (which I can't deny that I do on occasion), you'll probably enjoy this book.(less)
Georgia is a not-so-average teenage girl, whose life is plagued with one problem after another. Her parents are insane, her cat is trying to eat the n...moreGeorgia is a not-so-average teenage girl, whose life is plagued with one problem after another. Her parents are insane, her cat is trying to eat the neighbor's poodle and the boy she has a crush on is dating someone else. She is constantly doing stupid things and getting into awkward situations, which she chronicles faithfully in her diary.
I'm currently re-reading this series, which is one of my favorites. These books are great when you just need something fun to escape with. If you are currently or have ever been a teenage girl, you will almost certainly find something to relate to in Georgia's musings! (less)
In this installment, we see the ill-fated Bertie and his faithful butler Jeeves off to the country hamlet of Steeple Bumpleigh. Though the place may a...moreIn this installment, we see the ill-fated Bertie and his faithful butler Jeeves off to the country hamlet of Steeple Bumpleigh. Though the place may appear picturesque, we soon see that Steeple Bumpleigh is brewing with danger for our stalwart hero. While Jeeves must aid Bertie's Uncle Percy in a top secret business deal of the highest importance, it is Bertie's mission to help his old friend Boko Fittleworth in securing the hand of Uncle Percy's ward in marriage. Unfortunately, neither endeavor goes according to plan, and before you know it Bertie has managed to burn down his uncle's cottage, get himself re-engaged to the horrid Florence, and incur the wrath of the local police constable. It will take all of Jeeves' considerable brainpower to save Bertie from certain doom.
This was another thoroughly enjoyable installment in the series. Wodehouse has a way of playing with words that is both humorous and clever, and it never fails to make me laugh!(less)
The pirates are back, but it seems that their piratical escapades may be in jeopardy. Their boat is rapidly falling apart, so they pay a visit the boa...moreThe pirates are back, but it seems that their piratical escapades may be in jeopardy. Their boat is rapidly falling apart, so they pay a visit the boatyard owned by the fearsome Cutlass Liz, the most ferocious lady pirate ever to sail the seven seas (who once ate twenty babies just to prove how ferocious she is). She also is one of the most feared loan sharks, and when the Pirate Captain makes a typically extravagant gesture and buys her most luxurious ship on credit, he only has a limited amount of time to come up with the six thousand dubloons he still owes her before she dismembers them all (as outlined in the contract). Fortunately, Captain Ahab has just placed a bounty on the head of the white whale who ate his leg, and the reward for the capture of the beast just so happens to be six thousand dubloons. Now all the pirates have to do is find a way to catch the whale in time to save all of their skins -- and the Pirate Captain's wonderful beard -- from certain doom.
This took me about a hour to read, tops, (as did the first book in the series). It was, of course, very entertaining and I snickered all the way through. It makes a great beach read (incidentally, that's where I read it myself) or for when you just don't want to have to devote a lot of brainpower to something.(less)
I'm really not sure how to even sum up this book. Basically, this is about a crew of bumbling pirates whose Pirate Captain (whose main claim to fame i...moreI'm really not sure how to even sum up this book. Basically, this is about a crew of bumbling pirates whose Pirate Captain (whose main claim to fame is his luxuriant, well-conditioned beard) decides that his crew is getting bored and that it is high time for an adventure. They go out in search of a vessel to loot, but instead of treasure, they find a young, miserable Charles Darwin. He is trying to find acceptance for his new experiment, dubbed "the Manpanzee", but society will have none of it. To make matters worse, his brother has been kidnapped by an evil bishop who will stop at nothing to keep Darwin's theories from becoming public. The Pirate Captain decides to help Darwin and off they all go to London, where more hilarious misadventures ensue.
I had high hopes for this book (I mean really, how couldn't you?), and I'm happy to say that it didn't let me down. If you're one of those people who require that all of their reading material be Significant and Profound and Very, Very Serious then this is obviously not for you, but fortunately I'm not one of those people and I enjoyed it very much. I especially appreciated the "Questions for Discussion" type section at the back. All in all, very amusing, and I immediately began reading the second in the series.(less)
Oh my goodness. Where has this book been all my life? I loved, loved, loved it! It's got everything...time travel, romance, wit, characters bumbling a...moreOh my goodness. Where has this book been all my life? I loved, loved, loved it! It's got everything...time travel, romance, wit, characters bumbling around making fools of themselves as they try to prevent the breakdown of the space-time continuum. I don't fling around the five-star ratings lightly, but this book deserves every one!
Ned Henry is a time traveler from 2057. His task is to find out if an atrocious piece of Victorian art, a figural urn known as "the bishop's bird stump", was inside Coventry cathedral when it was destroyed by the Nazis during World War II. If he doesn't, his employer, the draconian Lady Schrapnell, will have a fit. She is trying to rebuild Coventry cathedral as an homage to her great-great-great-great grandmother, and every detail has to be perfect. Problem is, he's made so many trips back in time, he's now suffering from a malady known as time-lag (symptoms of which include excessive sentimentality and Difficulty Distinguishing Sounds). Knowing he'll never be able to get any rest with Lady Schrapnell on his case, he escapes to Victorian England, hoping to get some much needed R&R. Because nowhere could be more restful than Victorian England, right? Little does he know that fellow time traveler and part-time nymph (or is it naiad?) Verity Kindle has caused an historical incongruity that could have disastrous consequences. Now it's up to Ned and Verity to babysit Lady Schrapnell's great-great-great-great grandmother, Tossie, in 1888 to prevent the entire world's history being altered. Oh, and Ned still has to find the bishop's bird stump before the christening of the new Coventry cathedral! What follows is a comedy of errors that would make Bertie Wooster proud.
I really cannot recommend this book highly enough. I was chuckling out loud almost the entire way through, but for all its silliness and seeming randomness, everything comes together seamlessly at the end. I think this one is definitely going to end up in my top five all-time favorites. (less)