Dripping with ridiculous humor, this novel is a clever blend of James Bond, Sherlock Holmes (complete with homo-erotic leanings), National Treasure, a...moreDripping with ridiculous humor, this novel is a clever blend of James Bond, Sherlock Holmes (complete with homo-erotic leanings), National Treasure, and Jules Verne. Lucifer Box is the archetypal playboy spy, dashing about Victorian Europe, seducing women (and men), assassinating insurgents, and carefully maintaining and chronicling his stylish wardrobe.
The story is fast-paced, opting for action in every chapter and leaving Box to fill in the narrative gaps whenever he finds a spare moment between his adventures. The humor is refreshingly original (and laced with puns), but I felt that the comedy slackened a bit after Box's eccentric character had been fully painted. The mystery itself felt a little underdeveloped and served mainly as a vehicle for describing Box and his exciting adventures. In the style of National Treasure or The Da Vinci Code, clues seem to lead from one to the next in a linear sequence, leaving the hero to follow the trail rather than to piece together a complete puzzle.
The strength of the novel is in its humor and its unusual characters, and I look forward to reading Gatiss's later books.(less)
Less about one-night stands and more about casual sex and ridiculous exes, Chelsea Handler's book is amusing nonetheless. With a self-deprecating humo...moreLess about one-night stands and more about casual sex and ridiculous exes, Chelsea Handler's book is amusing nonetheless. With a self-deprecating humor, she describes her past flings and relationships and her unending quest for sex and alcohol. However, rather than coming across as a promiscuous lush, I felt she pulled off a tone of free-spirited sexual liberation that I'm sure a number of women would like to think they could master (but probably couldn't/wouldn't if actually faced with the opportunity).
I read this on vacation and thought it was a perfect beach read. It's nice to think that if you were single on vacation, you could go home with the cute ski instructor or the stylish business traveler, but deep down I know I never would. Chelsea let me lie by the pool and experience the adventure (and humorous disaster) of the crazy single life without any of the discomfort or disappointment.(less)
Having spent years around former oil industry field engineers, listening and laughing at their outrageous stories, I assumed that a complete published...moreHaving spent years around former oil industry field engineers, listening and laughing at their outrageous stories, I assumed that a complete published book of such tales must certainly be amusing. I was not disappointed, and a few of Carter's anecdotes are well beyond even the most outlandish and ridiculous stories I've heard.
The format of the book is quick-paced, and I picked it up expecting little more than a collection of episodic events, more akin to short stories than to a typical memoir. For the most part this is how the book is structured, but Carter does try his best to string the stories together with some mentions of life events off the rig. I actually felt these were a bit distracting, since this really doesn't go anywhere. There is no great epiphany or life change to create a climax to the book, so it's easy to pick it up and put it down as the mood strikes you.
Although most of the stories are quite humorous, a few of them venture into the outrageous, shocking, and even sometimes disturbing. Rigs are dangerous places, and the locations of some of the rigs can be even more so. In addition to the dose of humor, this book will remind anyone in the oil/gas industry just why there's so much time and training spent on safety. For anyone working in the industry but not in the field, this as a light and entertaining chance to take a look at life in the field.(less)
An amusing and well-paced memoir with a recognizable voice. The book covers Fey's childhood and early improv career, offers a behind-the-scenes look a...moreAn amusing and well-paced memoir with a recognizable voice. The book covers Fey's childhood and early improv career, offers a behind-the-scenes look at Saturday Night Live, and recounts the adventure of creating an acclaimed but not so popular TV show.
At some places the humor felt a bit forced, but the overall writing was surprisingly well done. A lot more feminism than I was expecting, but Fey makes some good points and clearly wants to use the platform she's been given to try to make a difference.(less)
This collection of comics and observations reminds us just how much we're willing to put up with to live with a cat. It would make a cute gift for any...moreThis collection of comics and observations reminds us just how much we're willing to put up with to live with a cat. It would make a cute gift for any cat owner (who is likely to chuckle, cringe, or just nod knowingly), or for anyone who grudgingly lives with a cat (and is likely to exclaim, "See! I told you so!").
Either way, it's an amusing little book that will probably make you smile. ...Unless you really do hate cats, in which case you'll probably also hate this book. Because it's about cats.(less)
Re-reading this after many years, I'm surprised by the quality of the writing! The book makes some playful nods to classic literature, and despite tar...moreRe-reading this after many years, I'm surprised by the quality of the writing! The book makes some playful nods to classic literature, and despite targeting a young audience, the language is not at all dumbed down. For example, I was startled to see the word "admonition" in the second sentence of a book targeted at elementary school readers.
I can see how the humor and plot appealed to my younger self, and I appreciate that the book must have challenged me a bit at the time. Now as an adult, the book is still enjoyable if a bit short and too quickly paced.(less)
Hilarious! Thank goodness Lawson provides photographic evidence or you wouldn't believe half of her memoir!
If you're the type to read a book straight...moreHilarious! Thank goodness Lawson provides photographic evidence or you wouldn't believe half of her memoir!
If you're the type to read a book straight through in one sitting, I can understand how this one might get to be too much at times. Instead, reading a few chapters at a time during my commute was a great way to start and end the day.
If you're not sure you'll like it, definitely check out her blog (especially the original post about Beyonce the metal chicken, which appears in the book) to get the perfect idea of what you're in for.
I did feel that the moments of introspection seemed disjoint and wish Lawson had found a more characteristic way to share the insight she's gleaned from her experiences. However, she does offer a great message to the awkward girls like me who find themselves more at home online than in real-life groups of our female peers.(less)