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.

Read More

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

Read More

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.

Read More

Lamb; The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore - PPPP

Lamb; The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore - PPPP

At the turn of the second millennium, Levi, who is called Biff, is summoned by the angel Raziel to compose his account of the life of Jesus Christ, Biff’s best friend from the age of six.

The narration then switches back and forth between the present time where Biff and Raziel are holed up in a hotel in St. Louis, Missouri and biblical times as we read Biff’s tale.

Read More

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams - PPP

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams - PPP

A few words come to mind: Disappointing, Underwhelming, Overrated.

I’m not even sure what the consensus rating is, but I’m confident it’s too high. Especially since it was turned into a movie starring Martin Freeman.

The Martin Freeman. He’s this generation’s Mark Hamil for Christ’s sake!

Anyhoo, in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, earthling Arthur Dent and his close

Read More