This Is a Taco! It might look like a squirrel, but it is a taco. Well, its name is Taco and he LOVES easting tacos. So much in fact, the only reason he agreed to do this book is not, so you the reader could learn about squirrels, but so he could get and eat tacos. However, he quickly learns that there are no tacos and that hawks are a squirrel’s worse enemy (I would think it would be getting taco sauce on your silky fur, but then again, I am not a squirrel, so what do I know?) Andrew […]
Wade Bradford has created something subtlety different with There’s a Dinosaur on the 13th Floor. It has some interesting twists (the story comes full circle by the end). The counting aspect is surprisingly fun. I was not really aware of that until a couple floors up and then was, “DUH! It is part counting book.” The ending has its charm (that afore mentioned twist). Kevin Hawkes adds a delightful touch to the story with their illustrations. He is one of those artists that you can see similarities to their works, but not always a signature style. This is not what […]
In Ferguson’s reading guide to this novel he mentions that he was heartbroken while writing this novel and this statement both surprised me and not surprised me. It starts out as a simple tale of two friends, an incident at a river and then drifting apart. Then there’s two Americans who start a religion and it seems destined that all the tales will intertwine. They do, but not in any satisfactory way. This is not a pleasant novel. It is filled with not-very good men that do not very good things. There are women in the novel and they are […]
“It was funny how people were people everywhere you went, even if the people concerned weren’t the people the people who made up the phrase ‘people are people everywhere’ had traditionally thought of as people.” I keep going back and forth over whether this should get the fifth star, and that back and forth is what’s keeping it at four (for now), but this is my favorite of these books since Hogfather. I very well may change my mind at any time and increase the rating. It didn’t *quite* have the emotional oomph I like from these books in order […]
The What If of this book can be summed up as: What if Mystery, Inc., had actually tangled with chthonic beasts and didn’t realize it until their mid-twenties? What I thought of Meddling Kids? Well, that’s a bit of a mystery, too.
Bingo entry 4 – my “so shiny” book is appropriately from Ken Jennings, because he’s now in the “I’ll buy a book about ladders if they wrote it” category for me. After having read Because I Said So, Maphead, and my favorite, Brainiac – a book about his Jeopardy experience and the popularity of trivia that includes actual trivia questions. Be still my heart – I’ll read anything he writes, much less something as attuned to my own interests as a book about how humor impacts our culture. So naturally when I saw this at the bookstore I didn’t want […]
NOTE: This review is actually a buddy review with my former life partner slash roommate slash BFF who now lives very far away but we are still in a book club together, and I am making her write this with me so I can win at CBR BINGO because contests are fun and because PRIZES. We read this for our IRL book club last month and I am only reviewing it now. ______ Here’s the Amazon summary, since we didn’t do a good job explaining the premise: “It’s lonely being a Mormon in New York City. Every year, Elna Baker […]
Jasper Fforde hasn’t released a new book since 2014, and that is a long time for him. I have been waiting and waiting (so patiently) for the third Nursery Crime book, but it just doesn’t seem to be happening. Neither does the second Shades of Grey book. But now there is this book, which is not actually out in the US until 2019, so I bought it from Book Depository. I’m glad I did this anyway because the UK cover is so much better than the American one. It has a cutout cover and when you lift it up those people […]