This was a cute little comic book by a young physicist that seems to have had experience in the field she is writing. ;-) Though I didn't find myselfThis was a cute little comic book by a young physicist that seems to have had experience in the field she is writing. ;-) Though I didn't find myself rolling on the floor in laughter I can remember what it was like as a young woman. I think this might be even more fun in paper form, but on Kindle Fire or the Tablet it is visually entertaining. Try it, you might like it....more
Right up front, I want to admit that this was a complimentary Kindle copy for an honest review. I know the author through GoodReads and have read otheRight up front, I want to admit that this was a complimentary Kindle copy for an honest review. I know the author through GoodReads and have read other books by him. He knows I do not like mysteries as my favorite genre. All that still holds true. But his mysteries are at least not from the eyes of the murderer but from the detective trying to sort it all out.
I have to also admit to smiling, and laughing out loud at the way L.H. Thomson's tongue in cheek, sometimes even cheesy phrases emerged when I wasn't expecting it. Case in point involves a gaze toward the skies. (Trying not to drop a spoiler.) I have grown to love this priest-turned-agnostic-detective, Max Castillo. He is self deprecating without making you want to throw up. He treats everyone with slight disdain yet respect. He isn't so much a womanizer like others of his ilk and blames his former religion. In fact, his woman friend is often the one who sees the answers first. She just doesn't want to play detective.
Since I haven't had the opportunity to travel to Spain, I must admit this series has made me think about it. I can't say how true to life Mr. Thomson's descriptions are, but he does give the country, especially the beaches, an appealing draw.
I would have given this 5 stars but there were places that the editor missed, I'm afraid. I don't know if they are places that show up when just reading, but text-to-speech, which is the way I read most often, brings little flubs up glaringly. When those happen I do stop the tts and look to make sure it isn't just the computerized voice screwing up. [TTS says n-p-s when it sees insp. That usually makes me laugh. Oh, mm. is millimeters which sounds funny when alluding to a gun.] But there were true grammatical, but mostly spelling errors, that could have been missed with human eyes alone. Not a lot of them, mind you. In this day of the independent publishing I have read far worse. Some of which were so bad I had to stop reading. This story kept me going. I wanted to see what Max would come up with, or what happened to him. And the other reason for the lack of one star, mysteries not being my favorite genre
I have read a lot of LH's books and what I can say is he does keep the story interesting and his characters fun. The plots aren't hopeless messes (as I have found with mysteries most often) but situational stories that make you want to read more.
Wow! What can I say? This book is dangerous! I nearly busted my gut laughing. I would have finished it sooner, but I couldn't stop myself from tellingWow! What can I say? This book is dangerous! I nearly busted my gut laughing. I would have finished it sooner, but I couldn't stop myself from telling my husband why I was in tears while guffawing! AND yet... This book addressed very serious issues. It wasn't completely irreverent, but nothing was entirely off-limits.
Not only were religions, the Internets, cosplay and other various lifestyles brought to play or kill, every game, book, or movie of the sci-fi genre is presented or argued or laughed at.
I rarely say this: EVERYONE should read this. Especially those born to the computer era. Whovians and those who don't leave home without a towel, Tekkies, or those afraid to talk near their computers for fear of Also sprach Zarathustra will finds themselves in the state I have been in since I started reading this treasure.
Dear Mark A. Rayner, I am so sorry it took me so long to get around to this book. Just like I loved your Pirate Therapy and Other Cures and The Amadeus Net, Fridgularity will stay with me for a long time. I intend to read them all again sometime. I can't wait for my husbands and other friends to read this so I can laugh with them as them read the gems of humor throughout the books. I hope to read Marvellous Hairy very soon. Thank you for enriching my life!...more
Not so demented as the author might like to think. This was a fun story. Wish there were pictures. I think the best part was after the story, the 'aboNot so demented as the author might like to think. This was a fun story. Wish there were pictures. I think the best part was after the story, the 'about the author' part. I really enjoyed reading about his life and wonder if dirty socks would have made better bedding for the future of dementedness. :)...more
What would happen if a fellow suddenly found tongue-in-cheek? And if was his own? Affixed, as it were, permanently? Mr. Ashton Cartwright seems to havWhat would happen if a fellow suddenly found tongue-in-cheek? And if was his own? Affixed, as it were, permanently? Mr. Ashton Cartwright seems to have found that position and stuck with it the whole book! I'll bet many of these were hard earned lessons of life. I have seen my own sons struggle with these. Heck, even my husbands could have used this book to get them past some pretty awkward times.
Don't get me wrong, girls, there is plenty of tongue for your cheeks, too! Maybe if this book were given to all 14 year olds they would laugh themselves silly and proceed in a proper manner to single-hood. Then staying single until attaining a strong self-worth, fall into relationships that might, actually, work. Or teach a new paradigm: Healthy adults don't need to be in relationships to be healthy adults!
I loved the cartoons and the jokes along the way. But I especially loved the puns directed at the author, by the author! Even more I loved the testimonies at the end by the author's parents and friends. Somehow, I see Mr. Cartwright as a strong, self-assured guy who can not only take it but dish it out in equal measures! Healthy, strong parentage, huh?
Hey, but tongues aside, I think you have potential as an author, Ashton! More!!!!! ...more
Like Rachel Maddow and Jon Steward? Read/listen to Lizz Free or Die to find out how they all relate.
I remember seeing Lizz on Rachel's show and on MeLike Rachel Maddow and Jon Steward? Read/listen to Lizz Free or Die to find out how they all relate.
I remember seeing Lizz on Rachel's show and on Melissa Harris-Perry when she was promoting her book. But I remember seeing her stand up for feminism and abortion and rights for everyone. I loved her point of view. I couldn't wait to read her book. Sadly, now I am finished. I hope she decides to write more. It was fun, bittersweet, sad, maddening, and back around to laugh out loud. Um, not so great to read when your partner is asleep next to you. The LOL moments got me in trouble a few times.
This book is written in essays. Sort of in chronological order, but not. I like that it strays as her mind does which fits perfectly with mine. I wish I would have had a book like this as I was a teen or early twenties. Following her own path made her the strong wonderful person she is today.