This is the basic theme behind the story contained in this book. I picked it up because whales are one of my favorite anim...moreWhy do humpback whales sing?
This is the basic theme behind the story contained in this book. I picked it up because whales are one of my favorite animals, and I have always loved listening to their singing. Also, I hadn't read a funny book in a while, and needed a break from the 'serious' stuff.
I have to say it: It's a whale of a tale!
The book starts out fairly normal, but then, takes a turn into the land of the zany. Really. You will have no idea what hit you. And that, truly, is the best part.
It's a pretty fast-paced read, and the humor is great! I especially loved the subtle humor and the innuendo. Always fun.
Author's Note (from the official site):
What do most people know about whales beyond that fact that theyre big and wet? Not much, right? Well, having been a scuba diver for a long time, and lived next to the ocean for some twenty-five years, I thought, I really should learn more about these big wet things that keep swimming by. So I started learning about whales, and more important, the people whose business it is to learn about whales.
Something happens when you spend any amount of time on the ocean with people who have a less than conservative view of how one should make his living: you begin to feel that adventure is its own reward. You begin to measure experience, rather than sustenance, as the goal; and you begin to get a feeling for those adventurers you left behind in your childhood: those salty rapscallions sprung from the imaginations of Jack London and Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson -- even the twisted eccentrics of Joseph Conrad and the ancient undersea beings of H.P. Lovecraft. (And you begin, too, to wish youd brought along some Dramamine.) As a writer, you get it, the same way that you got it when you were a kid, and theres not much you can do but share the adventures.
So I got it, and Im passing it on to you, that "fear recalled in comfort" that is called the adventure story.
Sincerely, Christopher Moore
My Note: Save the whales! Don't allow whaling!(less)
I saw this book randomly at Borders and remembered it being mentioned on Dev's site, so I thought I'd pick it up. The cover was pretty (yeah, yeah) an...moreI saw this book randomly at Borders and remembered it being mentioned on Dev's site, so I thought I'd pick it up. The cover was pretty (yeah, yeah) and it sounded like it would be pretty funny.
I finished the book in about two and a half hours. It was such an easy read! And it was hilarious! So many funny one-liners and memorable conversations. While I was reading I kept pausing to read some stuff out loud to my sister, who then commented, "What, are you gonna read the whole book to me?" I couldn't help it - and I kept laughing out loud every few minutes.
The buildup of the story was great. But I gave it a lower rating because I felt that towards the end, things started happening way too quickly. Abruptly is the right word. The events kept speeding by, one after the other, at a supernatural pace, which I didn't feel was very realistic.
Despite that, the book was absolutely delicious.
From the back cover:
"A hip chick from Newport Beach, California, who's just turned thirty, discovered she's the incarnation of the Hindu goddess Kali, and happens to be unemployed and still living with her parents. Saving the world, though, may prove to be a curry-scented breeze compared to dealing with her extended Indian family. In their eyes she isn't just the black sheep -- she's low-grade mutton.
"To make matters worse, despite frequent and therapeutic bouts of shopping and Starbucks, and the mentoring of a Taco Bell-loving, Coca Cola-guzzling swami, Maya has trouble just surviving, thanks to the attentions of a Kali-hating fanatic and a matchmaking aunt hell-bent on finding her a nice Indian boy. Maya has no interest in boys. She wants a man and she may have found one.
"He's tall, dark, and gorgeous ... and completely uninterested in her.
"In the name of all that's holy and fashionable ... what on Earth is a goddess to do?"(less)
While still not as fun and funny as Fluke, I did enjoy this book and it definitely had its laugh-out-loud moments. Some of the characters were truly o...moreWhile still not as fun and funny as Fluke, I did enjoy this book and it definitely had its laugh-out-loud moments. Some of the characters were truly outrageous and I look forward to reading them again in Moore's other books.(less)
Hilarious! This is definitely one of my favorite Christopher Moore books! The story kept moving, the dialogue was funny, and I just like things relate...moreHilarious! This is definitely one of my favorite Christopher Moore books! The story kept moving, the dialogue was funny, and I just like things related to death.(less)
So Bossypants definitely lived up to the hype, as I expected it would. I really enjoyed the book - parts of it were laugh-out-loud funny. So why doesn...moreSo Bossypants definitely lived up to the hype, as I expected it would. I really enjoyed the book - parts of it were laugh-out-loud funny. So why doesn't it get 5 stars? I'm not sure. I guess I wish it were longer. I know it was essentially a bunch of essays, with some interconnectedness but I'm selfish and I just wanted more. That's not Tina Fey's fault per se. (Or is it?) I loved the way she explored a variety of topics, such as women in the workplace (LOVED the chapter on the "love letter" to Amy Poehler) to breastfeeding. This is definitely a must-read book.(less)
Here's another deep, dark confession of mine (to accompany the one in my review of Life Itself): I don't watch The Office. I'm not really much into th...moreHere's another deep, dark confession of mine (to accompany the one in my review of Life Itself): I don't watch The Office. I'm not really much into the humor of the show, or maybe I've never really given it a chance. I've only watched bits and pieces of random episodes here and there.
But when I saw that Mindy Kaling had a book coming out, I knew I had to read it. Because how many Asians (India is part of Asia! Crazy, isn't it?) do you know that go into something offbeat like comedy and acting (it's definitely not being a doctor or engineer!) - and become successful at it?!
The inevitable comparisons will be to Tina Fey's Bossypants but I don't think that's quite fair.
This book kind of has me split. There were great parts and then there were parts that underwhelmed me. The stories about her childhood, growing up, her jobs, and working at The Office were really good. There were a couple of laugh-out-loud moments for me. But where the book lost me was in the "fluff" pieces, so-called by other reviewers here - for example, some of the pieces in the Romance and Guys section read like blog posts and I don't think they really added anything to the book.
Overall, this was a super-fast, fun read, and great for a few laughs.(less)
The only reason I picked up this book was because Andy Borowitz compiled the stories. Overall, I was mixed on the stories - some were funny, the other...moreThe only reason I picked up this book was because Andy Borowitz compiled the stories. Overall, I was mixed on the stories - some were funny, the others were not my cup of tea. I ended up skipping a couple stories or I would never have finished. it was a wide variety of humor as well. I wouldn't recommend this for most people, unless you are really into comedy.
I love Ellen. I think she's pretty funny, especially in some of her stand-up routines. And of course, as a person (or at least her public persona) she...moreI love Ellen. I think she's pretty funny, especially in some of her stand-up routines. And of course, as a person (or at least her public persona) she is awesome.
None of this translates in this book. Parts of the first section I actually recall from one of her routines, and it's way funnier to watch and listen to her. In the book, there is a lot missing. Others have mentioned her facial expressions, how she talks, etc.
And the rest of the book was just a rambling mess. There were a few moments in which I laughed, but most of it was just, What am I reading? She kept mentioned her 60,000 word goal that she had to meet, so there were a bunch of areas where it literally said, "blah blah blah blah."
That's essentially how I felt about this book.(less)
I love Betty White. Unfortunately I missed her birthday special recently so instead, I watched a ton of Youtube videos of her, in current and old role...moreI love Betty White. Unfortunately I missed her birthday special recently so instead, I watched a ton of Youtube videos of her, in current and old roles, on Inside the Actors Studio, on old game shows, etc.
This book was a short, cute read about her life, written in 2011. It was a very quick read but I really felt myself wanting more. I wanted more substance as well as more of her humor in the writing, and while there is some, it fell short of my expectations. That's probably the problem: my expectations.
I am glad I read this though - it definitely gives you a window into White's mind. She is an amazing, inspiring woman, still going strong at 90. If I could have even half of her energy I'd be happy!
Some of my favorite parts/quotes:
[Advice given to Betty from her mother, something we could all use:] "Bets, you can lie to anyone in the world and even get away with it, perhaps, but when you are alone and look into your own eyes in the mirror, you can’t sidestep the truth. Always be sure you can meet those eyes directly. Otherwise, it’s big trouble, my girl."
Okay, so I’m weird. At least I am in good company.
[This is something I'd say:] The trainer, whose name is Dennis Christian, asked if I would like to meet their beluga whales. How is that for the silliest question ever?
[Flashes of her humor:] All my life, even as a kid, I have preferred men older than I am. Unfortunately, today I don’t think there is anyone older than I am! Even at this age, once in a while I meet a man who seems a trifle more interesting than usual. Nothing untoward—just someone who might be fun to know a little better. I’ve even thought (to myself) that it might be nice if he asked me to lunch or dinner, perhaps. Then reality kicks in and it cracks me up. This guy is probably a much younger man—maybe only eighty—and not about to even look my way.