Royal Flash (The Flashman Papers, Book 2) by George MacDonald Fraser - PPPP

Royal Flash (The Flashman Papers, Book 2) by George MacDonald Fraser - PPPP

The Flashman Papers, Book 2 is the second book in a series of twelve comprising the memoirs of a fictional Brit making his way through actual historical events beginning in the early-mid 19th century.

I like my comedy with a history lesson, or at least while copping a feel of history’s boobs, so I was of course very excited to get reacquainted with my favorite Victorian-era coward/scoundrel/lech.

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The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature by Neal Pollack - PPPPP

The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature by Neal Pollack - PPPPP

The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature is a collection of 32 pieces of fake journalistic nonfiction satirizing the vanity of self-indulgent writers. The fictional Neal Pollack travels to the world’s most despondent places, bringing with him the beacon of hope that is Neal Pollack.

Everything about this book is funny, including the fake biography, fake praise, fake (I think) New York Times Book Review, fake correspondences, and fake nonfiction. It’s so thorough that it takes care of everything needed to write a review. (I’ve tinkered with

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The Sellout by Paul Beatty - PPP

The Sellout by Paul Beatty - PPP

The Sellout begins with the narrator/protagonist sparking a joint while on trial at the Supreme Court of the United States of America for re-instituting segregation. We then jump back in time to his childhood and learn the events that led to his arrest.

While his hometown of Dickens is a rough ghetto community on the outskirts of LA, the protagonist was raised on a farm by his single father, a psychologist who constantly performed social experiments with his son as the main subject.

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The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie - PP

The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie - PP

The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie is a somewhat comedic conspiracy theory “thriller.” It’s told in the first person by Thomas Lang, a smart-alec 36-year-old former captain in the British Army. The story begins shortly after he’s offered an assassination gig and we follow as he gets caught up in a convoluted scheme with the ultimate objective of selling an extraordinarily deadly weapon.

This book makes me want to give Laurie a congratulatory handshake with one hand while knocking out a few of his teeth with the other.

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How I Became a Famous Novelist by Steve Hely - PPPPP

How I Became a Famous Novelist by Steve Hely - PPPPP

The first line of this book scared the crap out of me.

In strewn banners that lay like streamers from a longago parade the sun’s fading seraphim rays gleamed onto the hood of the old Ford and ribboned the steel with the meek orange of a June tomato straining at the vine.

This continued for two full pages causing me to seriously consider jumping in front of a passing train.

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