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A Stand-Up Guy: A Novel

3.22  ·  Rating details ·  27 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
In his third novel, author Michael Snyder delivers another honest, authentic, and intriguing plot carried along by quirky characters whose actions and reactions still manage to look and sound like the rest of us. It is often said that every good joke contains some basic truth. In A Stand-Up Guy, aspiring comedian Oliver Miles puts that axiom to the test when he revamps his ...more
Paperback, 345 pages
Published August 20th 2011 by Zondervan (first published August 9th 2011)
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Christie Hagerman
Oliver is an amateur comedian moonlighting as a hotel security guard. His less-than-ideal childhood has left him with enough baggage to fill a moving truck, and he can’t quite shut the door on the traumas and move on. His pretty coworker and he get into some fun adventures as he reconciles the craziness of his past and present in order to have the future he’s dreaming of. Along the way, he learns to look behind what he sees and understand the people in his life a little better.

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Pegg
Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nobody does a better job of depicting the underdog than Mr. Synder. Amidst the abject realty of the characters in this story, with their faults and foibles, their insecurities and insomnia, glimmers a little beacon of hope. If they can make it, anyone can.

Oliver, the wannabe stand up comic, is the quintessential wimp - in every sense of the word. Layer by layer his story is peeled away until we understand how he came to be who is he. I had a hard time liking him and never really got to the point
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Victoria
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love the way Michael Snyder writes. His characters are quirky but somehow real. When you think about it we are all different because of our own quirky traits. Traits that we develop because of our pasts and carry into our future. I laughed out loud a couple of times while reading A Stand-Up Guy. I also stopped to think about why we laugh at another persons pain and why when we are in pain do we try to use humour as a salve. There is actually a lot to think about in this novel if you look for i ...more
Tony Roberts
Feb 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
I was feeling a little blue and I had the half-hope that a story about a stand-up comedian might actually be, well, funny. Not so much.
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