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Breakfast at Cannibal Joe's by Jay Spencer Green
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bookshelves: general-fiction, make-em-laugh

This book’s brilliant. It’s so brilliant, I don’t even feel worthy enough to review it, let alone know how to use the right adjectives to describe its brilliant brilliance. The laid back plot casually evolves into a character driven double crossing crescendo. Dublin is described with frankness, mockery and fondness. The Irish, the Scottish, the English and the Americans all get a good ribbing. The chapters headed as hilarious cocktails are the perfect touch. The intellectual depth to proceedings is there in abundance if you wish to find it. The interweaving segments of various publications (from the publishers which the protagonist Joe manages) are perfectly strewn alongside the story, and are so damn funny that you won’t just piss yourself laughing, you’ll shit yourself too – so it is preferable that you should read this brilliant book whilst sat on the toilet. And did I mention this novel’s brilliant? Not only is it brilliant, finely crafted and edited to the highest of standards, it’s also exceptionally funny.

Jay Spencer Green delivers his humour at such a tremendous rate, with a plethora of one liners that you’ll miss if you blink, and a running dark comic tone of the cleverest sort, that it feels like the author could work as a sketch writer or a stand up comedian just as much as he could as a novelist.
Inside the pages of Breakfast at Cannibal Joe’s, you’ll discover plans for coke deals to top up salaries, CIA shenanigans, sex, whiskey, and the staff of Joe’s publishing company inserting hidden messages into their boring-ass copywriting pieces via the code of reading the first letters of a sentence – so: for unabashed comedy kicks and masterful, accomplished zing, obtain now.

Did I mention Breakfast at Cannibal Joe’s is brilliant? Really brilliant. I even read through the acknowledgements at the end, it’s that brilliant.

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Quotes Harry Liked

Jay Spencer Green
“They forget that the CIA is all about collecting information. Information for other people to act on. If you join the CIA expecting a life of laser guns, ju-jitsu and exotic STDs, bear in mind that your only contact with them may come through the pages of The Lancet and Popular Mechanics.”
Jay Spencer Green, Breakfast at Cannibal Joe's

Jay Spencer Green
“Whetstone is providing a social service by allowing dozens of overeducated postgrads to do what they do best - sit around all day, read, smoke, moan, drink coffee, write one-paragraph essays - and get paid for it. It's like university, except without the cheap beer and bad sex.”
Jay Spencer Green, Breakfast at Cannibal Joe's

Jay Spencer Green
“I can't say I'm flourishing, exactly - my complexion is flour-ish and that's about it - but I'm surviving, and things could be a lot worse.”
Jay Spencer Green, Breakfast at Cannibal Joe's

Jay Spencer Green
“He was the first one to realize you can live alongside someone, day in, day out, habituate yourself to their foibles, even find those foibles endearing, then suddenly the day arrives when you realize that you never knew them at all. That they were stringing you along without any concern that you might value their friendship, their company.”
Jay Spencer Green, Breakfast at Cannibal Joe's


Reading Progress

December 19, 2015 – Shelved
December 19, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
April 16, 2016 – Started Reading
May 5, 2016 – Shelved as: general-fiction
May 5, 2016 – Shelved as: make-em-laugh
May 5, 2016 – Finished Reading

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Alison Brilliant review of a brilliant book ;)


Harry Whitewolf Eagle eyed readers of this review may have noticed this bit:

"...inserting hidden messages into their boring-ass copywriting pieces via the code of reading the first letters of a sentence – so:

For Unabashed Comedy Kicks And Masterful, Accomplished Zing, Obtain Now.

I was rather chuffed that Amazon accepted the review.


message 3: by Harry (last edited May 05, 2016 11:55AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Harry Whitewolf Alison wrote: "Brilliant review of a brilliant book ;)"

Thanks Alison! :)


Jason Nice one, when is the king of lists releasing a new book?


message 5: by Jim (new)

Jim Cherry "...Americans get a good ribbing" What?


message 6: by Jay (new) - added it

Jay Green Fucking hell Harry. That review is just brilliant. Much more brilliant than the book. Thank you so much. Loving the A******n acrostic too. :-)


Harry Whitewolf Jim wrote: ""...Americans get a good ribbing" What?"

Is that: "What is ribbing"? Or "What are you doing ribbing Americans?" :) It just means poking fun at.


Harry Whitewolf Jay wrote: "Fucking hell Harry. That review is just brilliant. Much more brilliant than the book. Thank you so much. Loving the A******n acrostic too. :-)"

Cheers Jay. Honestly, this was as spot on as a book can be. Loved every minute.


message 9: by Jay (last edited May 06, 2016 07:53AM) (new) - added it

Jay Green Alison wrote: "Brilliant review of a brilliant book ;)"

Thank you, Alison. For the "brilliant book" bit. It is a brilliant review alright. :-)


message 10: by Catherine (new) - added it

Catherine I got a kick out of this review Harry...


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