This is one of those books that are good when you first read them, but get better as you get older. A lot of satire is probably like that, especially comic satire. I thought this book was funny in 2009, but now parts of it made me laugh so hard I was crying. Plus, I did the audio this time, and it made it even better. Martin Jarvis has a nice sense of comic timing, and his voice characterization is great, particularly for Crowley and Aziraphale. (The scene where they are drunk and discussing the universe was so good out loud!) He […]
Sorry, I’ve been a bit sluggish with this one. I had every intention – really, I did – of completing this one in time for the book club two weeks ago, but things got in the way. Like work. And Charles Stross’s new book. This book holds a very, shall we say, odd place in my personal rankings; one that is shared with just one other book that I have read recently – Charlie Jane Anders ‘All The Birds In The Sky’. Both of these books left me with the same odd feeling of liking the authors well enough, […]
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Our final #CannonBookClub of 2018 has arrived. Our second Anniversary Read, Between the Bridge and the River, has inspired a wide range of emotions and responses – admittedly most of them negative. Craig Ferguson was after something, and we’ve all had different takes on what he achieved and how he failed. Ground rules remain the same as they always have. For those of you who might be joining in for #CannonBookClub for the first time (hello new friends!) all are welcome. The topics are numbered and we ask that you refer to them below by that number to help people find […]
OK, I’ll just say up front that if I had read Between the Bridge and the River when it came out in 2006, I’m pretty sure I would have loved it and written a rave review. Unfortunately reading it in 2018, I just didn’t have that reaction. I’ve always liked Craig Ferguson, and his sense of humour. He was my favourite part of “The Drew Carey Show,” and his most recent comedy special on Netflix, “Tickle Fight” made me laugh out loud. He’s a good guy, who’s been through some stuff and come out the better for it. Unfortunately, Ferguson’s first novel Between the […]
I’ve never written a review for a book I didn’t finish but Between the Bridge and the River is an integral part of Cannonball Bingo and I still managed to gather together some thoughts that I hope to contribute to this weekend’s Book Club. However I cannot justifiably add it to my end of year book count so hopefully saying I am reviewing “0” books with this review keeps it from raising my total. I knew Between the Bridge and the River was not going to be the book for me when on just page 18 there were no less than six reference to Frank Sinatra’s cock (which, […]
I feel guilty about this book. I stumped for it pretty hard in the Book Club vote, based on how much I loved Craig Ferguson’s memoir, American on Purpose, and his stand up, and his stint on The Late Late Show. (American on Purpose is still the best celebrity memoir I’ve ever read, FYI.) But, I did not like reading this book. His signature wit and profanity, his cheeky observational skills, things that I love about him, were not put to a purpose here that I could appreciate. I take comfort, though, that I was not the only person to make this […]
Our final #CannonBookClub of 2018 is on November 2 and 3 is Between the Bridge and the River by Craig Ferguson as the second of our Anniversary Reads. This book has inspired a wide range of emotions and responses – everything from 1 star reviews to 5 star reviews and we are excited to see how all of your opinions come together in our big Discussion Post. It’s time to get thinking about what we’re going to talk about, and this book travels across time and space in a way that I wasn’t quite expecting so our areas of discussion […]