Thumbs up for My Planet: Finding Humor in the Oddest Places by Mary Roach. Humor.
If Mary Roach wrote fortune cookies, I would buy them by the bag. That is all.
Anyway, men understand motors and women don’t. You may say that this is a stereotype, and I won’t argue with you because I know even less about steroes than I know about cars.
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for I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie
by Roger Ebert. Film.
I’ve had this on my shelf for a while, but in memorium to the great Mr Ebert, I read it cover to cover this month. Choosing just one paragraph to share with you was a nearly impossible task, let me tell you. This book, culled from Ebert’s reviews, contains so much genius.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi. Science fiction.
I hesitated to buy this after reading some less-than-great reviews on Amazon. That was foolish, because it’s one of the funniest books I’ve read this year. You have to understand going in: Redshirts isn’t supposed to be a great novel. It does not have descriptions or deep characterization, and the characters mostly sound the same.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story by Christopher Moore. Fantasy.
Someone with good taste in books said that my writing reminded him of Christopher Moore’s, so that was the final kick in the pants I needed to read Bloodsucking Fiends, which has been on my to-read list ever since I discovered it was set in San Francisco. I do take the comparison as a compliment.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection by A. J. Jacobs. Memoir.
Every time A. J. Jacobs comes out with a new book I am filled with dread, because how many books about I-tried-this-weird-thing-and-this-is-what-happened can one man write? But I have not yet been disappointed. He is genuine, and genuinely funny. He embraces his projects as wholeheartedly as only someone with OCD can.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. Ultimate Collection (consisting of Volume I: This Is What They Want, and Volume II: I Kick Your Face) by Warren Ellis, illustrated by Stewart Immonen et al. Graphic novel.
A gang of superheroes has discovered that the organization they worked for, H.A.T.E. (Highest Anti-Terrorism Effort) are Not Good Guys After All, so they undertake to stop the destruction of the United States.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Kafka’s Soup: A Complete History of World Literature in 14 Recipes by Mark Crick. Humor/food.
Ah, impulse buys. But how could I not, when it’s a collection of recipes written in the style of famous authors? Lamb with Dill Sauce à la Raymond Chandler, Quick Miso Soup à la Franz Kafka, Chocolate Cake à la Irvine Welsh, and my favorite, Coq au Vin à la Gabriel Garcia Marquez.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Wondermark Vol. II: Clever Tricks To Stave Off Death by David Malki. Comics.
Comic strips made from recaptioned (and sometimes slightly mangled) Victorian woodcuts. Bizarre as hell and funny. Check ’em out at the Wondermark website.… >> Read more