YOU CAN ONLY YELL AT ME FOR ONE THING AT A TIME – RULES FOR COUPLES by New Yorker Magazine Alumni Patricia Marx and Roz Chast RELEASED THIS WEEK

Title: YOU CAN ONLY YELL AT ME FOR ONE THING AT A TIME  

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Subtitle: RULES FOR COUPLES
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Author: PATRICIA MARX
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Illustrator: ROZ CHAST

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Genre: HUMOR, RELATIONSHIPS, MARRIAGE, GRAPHIC NOVELS AND COMICS

Length: 139 PAGES
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Publisher: CELADON BOOKS

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Received From: EDELWEISS

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Release Date: JANUARY 14, 2020
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ISBN: 978-1-250-22513-9

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Price: $20.00 USD / $26.99 CDN
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Rating: 4 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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DESCRIPTION:

The perfect Valentine’s Day or anniversary gift: An illustrated collection of love and relationship advice from New Yorker writer Patricia Marx, with illustrations from New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast.


Everyone’s heard the old advice for a healthy relationship: Never go to bed angry. Play hard to get. Sexual favors in exchange for cleaning up the cat vomit is a good and fair trade.

Okay, not that last one. It’s one of the tips in You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time: Rules for Couples by the authors of Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It: A Mother’s Suggestions. This guide will make you laugh, remind you why your relationship is better than everyone else’s, and solve all your problems.

Nuggets of advice include:

If you must breathe, don’t breathe so loudly.

It is easier to stay inside and wait for the snow to melt than to fight about who should shovel.

Queen-sized beds, king-sized blankets.

Why not give this book to your significant or insignificant other, your anti-Valentine’s Day crusader pal, or anyone who can’t live with or without love?

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MY REVIEW:

100% Hilarious, as well as being 100% Terrific Marriage/Relationship Advice.

My husband wholeheartedly agrees with the following:

“If you keep buying things from Amazon ten times a day even though there’s no more room in the house, you must buy a storage unit. And live in it.”

For me, I love this quote:

“Do not walk ten feet in front of me unless you are checking for land mines.”

However, the advice that rings most true to anyone in a long-term relationship is the following:

“When you do something wrong and there’s no fixing it, apologize twenty times a day for being such a dick and soon I will become so sick and tired of hearing you babble, you will be forgiven.”

This book is the perfect gift for friends and loved ones for Valentine’s Day and should be given to every couple upon the occasion of moving in together.

I know it is intended to be humorous, and it very much is, but it also contains situations that anyone who is in a long-term relationship will recognize and perhaps upon reading this, they will laugh off the irritation rather than let it escalate into an argument. The illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to each humorous quote. Readers of the New Yorker magazine will most definitely recognize the style.

Another thing I am very pleased with is the fact that not all illustrations portray couples as only Cisgender. There are illustrations that depict all sexes. I believe this is important.

I rate this book as 4 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐

**** Thank you to Edelweiss and Celadon Books for providing me with a free copy of this book. Receipt of this book for no cost has in no way influenced my review. ****

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To preview more of this book’s illustrations, visit the following article on the website of The New Yorker.

https://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/rules-for-couples?verso=true
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Photographed by Robert Adam Mayer at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

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Patricia Marx has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1989.

She is a former writer for Saturday Night Live and Rugrats, and is the author of several books, including Let’s Be Less Stupid, Him Her Him Again The End of Him, and Starting from Happy.

Marx was the first woman elected to the Harvard Lampoon.

She has taught at Princeton, New York University, and Stonybrook University.

She is recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

To learn more about this author, visit the following links:

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Photograph by David Miller for the New York Times

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ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:

Roz Chast was born in Brooklyn, New York. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating with a B.F.A. in painting in 1977. Her cartoons and covers have appeared continuously in The New Yorker since 1978.

She has published several cartoon collections and has written and illustrated several children’s books.

Her graphic memoir chronicling her parents’ final years, “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?”, won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the inaugural Kirkus Prize, and was short-listed for a National Book Award in 2014.

Her most recent book, “Going into Town,” an illustrated guide to New York City, won the New York City Book Award in 2017.

The editor of The New Yorker, David Remnick, has called her “the magazine’s only certifiable genius.”

To learn more about this amazing illustrator visit the following links:

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FOWL LANGUAGE – WINGING IT: THE ART OF IMPERFECT PARENTING by Award Winning Cartoonist Brian Gordon will have you laughing out loud. 5+ Stars

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Title: FOWL LANGUAGE – WINGING IT

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Subtitle: THE ART OF IMPERFECT PARENTING

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Author: BRIAN GORDON

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Genre: HUMOR, COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

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Length: 162 PAGES

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Publisher: ANDREWS McMEEL PUBLISHING
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Received From: NETGALLEY
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Release Date: OCTOBER 22, 2019

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ISBN: 9781524851835

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Price: $14.99 USD

Rating: 5+ OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

DESCRIPTION:

The perfect gift for baby showers and for those already in the throes of parenting, Fowl Language: Winging It is here to let you know that you’re not alone. Parenting is hard and often gross. Laughing about it helps.

The world’s finest parenting cartoon featuring ducks presents a comprehensive view of the early parenting years in all of their maddening cuteness and sanity-depriving chaos. In addition to dozens of previously unpublished cartoons, Fowl Language: Winging It is organized into 12 thematic chapters—including “Babies: Oh Dear God, What Have We Done?”; “Siblings: Best Frenemies Forever”; and “Sleep: Everybody Needs It, Nobody’s Gettin’ It”—each of which begins with a hilarious, illustrated 500-word essay.

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MY REVIEW:

Parenting is hard. Ask anyone who has ever raised kids, or who is currently raising them, they’ll tell you – it is damn hard. Anyone who disagrees is probably childless, delusional, or they are lying.

Parenting is a full-contact sport where the parent juggles multiple roles. Not only are they the players, but they are also the coach, the referee and the spectators. Also, since the kids keep aging, the rules are constantly changing. Sound like fun?

I swear most parenting books were written with the singular goal of making parents feel completely inept and like they are total failures. That is why the world NEEDS Brian Gordon and his FOWL LANGUAGE COMICS.

Laughter is the best medicine. (Think Robin Williams in the movie Patch Adams … If you don’t know what I am talking about, you need to watch the movie ASAP.) It has been scientifically proven that laughing reduces stress levels which is where FOWL LANGUAGE: WINGING IT: THE ART OF IMPERFECT PARENTING by Brian Gordon comes in.

The characters he draws might be ducks, but each comic is based on real world situations. Situations that most parents can relate to. It is this relatability that will have readers literally laughing out loud.

This book is the perfect gift for any occasion, from baby showers to Christmas and Birthday gifts all the way to hostess gifts, this book is perfect. Also, if you are lucky enough to have still living grandparents, you have to buy them a copy of this book. If my Dad were still alive (Cancer SUCKS) he would love this book. Oh, and get a copy for yourself. Put it on your coffee table when other parents are coming over. It is a great conversation starter.

I rate FOWL LANGUAGE: WINGING IT: THE ART OF IMPERFECT PARENTING by Brian Gordon as more than 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

*** Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book.***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR:

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A million years ago, Brian Gordon spent his time staying out late, hitting the clubs, and eating at fancy restaurants.

And then suddenly … CHILDREN. While he loved being a dad more than anything else, he also noticed that at times, parenting can be a total crap-fest.

In the summer of 2013, Brian began drawing Fowl Language as a fun (and often profane) way to vent his frustrations. After getting laid off from his job as a greeting card artist, he decided to pursue the comic full-time. His work quickly became an Internet viral sensation, and is shared regularly by millions of people all over the world.

To learn more about this author/illustrator visit the following links:

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https://www.fowllanguagecomics.com

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GOLDEN GREMLIN BLOG TOUR and GIVEAWAY

Book Details:

Book Title: Golden Gremlin: A Vigorous Push from Misanthropes and Geezers

Author: Rod A. Walters

Category: Adult Non-Fiction

Length: 228 pages

Genre: Humor

Publisher: Omega Man Press

Release date: November 2016

Tour dates: Feb 12 to 23, 2018

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Mild and indirect innuendo to both sex genitalia, a short essay about the fictional “AssBook,” an essay on current health-care talk, a teaser “is his cord long enough?” to get readers to choose a short piece on electric cars next, etc.)

Book Description:

Written to make Dave Barry, Lily Tomlin, and Ben Stein laugh, Golden Gremlin: A Vigorous Push from Misanthropes and Geezers delivers the experience of a balanced life, and the wisdom to like most of it, and then laugh at the rest of it. What the heck, Barry lives in Miami, habitat of geezers, and Ben Stein is one. The world really needs that push, vigorous or gentle, from misanthropes & geezers, the world’s most valuable golden gremlins. Misanthropes pretend to not like or need other people, but in reality, they merely prefer their own company much of the time. Geezers, aside from that silly name, also like their own company quite well. Both share the virtue of seeing the world calmly. You get pointy bite-sized life pointers from these experienced gremlins, told in easy bite-size chunks. Laughter included in the price! Two out of three wouldn’t be bad either.

Life is good! So laugh a little at yourself on the way through these pointy essays, and that will buy your laughing at the world’s simpler parts, guilt-free.

Golden Gremlin comprises about 70 short essays bundled into six topic areas:

NATURE: boys, ugly drivers, and coffee cups in the ‘fridge.

WORDS: the real meaning of Caucasian and Genre.

BUSINESS: deafness at the economics conference, and getting on AssBook.

KITCHENS: sushi chefs, and truth about manna.

HISTORY: when Hell froze, and Attila the Honey.

Golden boy gets to be GOLDEN GREMLIN: experience overcomes certainty.

What things could possibly be more important!

To read reviews, please visit Rod A Walters’ page on iRead Book Tours.

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MY REVIEW:

Firstly I would like to thank both the author and iRead Blog Tours for providing me with a copy of this book.

I enjoyed reading the humourous opinion pieces in this book. GOLDEN GREMLIN: A Vigorous Push from Misanthropes and Geezers made me laugh out loud numerous times while reading and nothing is better for the soul than a good laugh.

This book was written with the silver-haired set in mind. Author Rod A. Walters has taken the wisdom he has learned through his long life and turned that into essays, stories, poetry and even songs. My favorite piece is a short poem about dog poop which you will need to buy the book to read.

This book will both inform and entertain readers and is a fun and funny read.

I rate this book as 4 out of 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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About the Author:
Rod Walters lives and writes in upstate New York to prove he can be an all-season writer. Since he wants everybody to be all-season persons no matter her or his circumstance, his writing aims sharply toward the practical—without turning into one of those godawful do it ma’ way authors. Life, after all, is practical hour by hour. Self-described as “old enough to know better, and he probably is,” his former life as Army officer, engineer, and administrative assistant could not have better prepared him to write both light and more serious short pieces pointing to creating a balanced life. Chuckling at yourself usually makes a good takeoff, he says. Giving up having to be certain makes for a good landing, especially for one’s friends! Then again, who the heck wants to live a balanced life? Mostly everybody does. That’s why he now writes. Although many friends nudge and badger him to be a Facebook and Twitter butterfly, he tries not to spend many numbing hours a day with circular keyboard tapping. Writing works better.Connect with the Author: Website
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Prizes: Win a paperback copy of Golden Gremlin. One winner will also receive a $25 Amazon GC. 5 winners total / open to wherever Amazon ships

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BACKBONE: Living With Chronic Pain Without Turning Into One by Best-Selling Author KAREN DUFFY hits shelves on November 7th.

Title: BACKBONE: LIVING WITH CHRONIC PAIN WITHOUT TURNING INTO ONE   

Author: KAREN DUFFY  

Genre: NON-FICTION, CHRONIC PAIN 

Length: 252 PAGES 

Publisher: ARCADE PUBLISHING an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing     

Type of Book: EBOOK 

Received From: NETGALLEY 

Release Date: NOVEMBER 7, 2017

ISBN: 9781628727951

Price: $22.99 USD 

Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


DESCRIPTION
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AN INSPIRATIONAL, PRACTICAL, AND FUNNY GUIDE FOR EVERYONE LIVING WITH CHRONIC PAIN.

“My friend Karen Duffy, who lives with unimaginable pain, has taught me so much; that my 
complaints are the most ridiculous in the world.”     George Clooney

Over one-third of the United States population—nearly one hundred million Americans—is currently living with chronic pain, while another 133 million Americans live with some form of chronic illness. Over half of the United States population suffers from these invisible illnesses where their symptoms are not always obvious to the casual observer. Among them is Karen Duffy, New York Times–bestselling author, former MTV DJ, Revlon model, and actress: she suffers from sarcoidosis, a disorder that causes the growth of inflammatory cells on different organs of the body. In her case, her sarcoidosis is located in her brain, causing her unimaginable pain. 

For two decades, Duffy has managed to live a full life, despite living in a state of constant pain. 

In BACKBONE, a powerful, inspirational, funny, and important manual for surviving pain, Duffy draws on her experience as a patient advocate, trained recreational therapist, and hospice chaplain to illuminate gratifying methods people can use to cope with chronic pain. 

Addressing a country ravaged by both chronic pain and opioid addiction, BACKBONE offers a salve of self-sufficiency, spunk, and perseverance. 

BACKBONE is for the massive population of sufferers who are eager to be understood and helped and sends the message that despite the pain, there is a way to have a good life. 

MY REVIEW

In her introduction, author Karen Duffy states; “When I first got sick, I thought the doctors would figure it out and I’d go back to my life the way it was before. It didn’t turn out that way…I never imagined that the pain was going to last this long, that it would be endless, and that I’d have to figure out how to deal with it for the rest of my life.” I can completely relate to her and to this statement, it is exactly how I feel. Our diseases may be different, but chronic pain is something that we share (unfortunately). I felt EXACTLY the same way Karen did when I was diagnosed. 

We are very spoiled as a society, especially here in Canada. When a person gets sick or is injured, they go to the doctor or the hospital where tests are completed, a diagnosis is made, a treatment plan and/or presciption is handed out, and they get better. With chronic pain there is no cure, and treatment consists of little more than prescriptions for pain medication which helps with the symptoms, but does absolutely nothing to fix the underlying condition.

 To those who have never had to deal with pain that never stops, I say be thankful. To those who think that chronic pain sufferers are all liars and frauds, I say that I would trade just about anything to be lying about the pain I endure on a daily basis.

Karen says; “The minutia of daily life are more taxing when you have the stress of a chronic condition, and I often need to regulate my pain medication around [my son’s] hockey schedule.” Thankfully my sons are older now, but I distinctly remember doing the same thing. In fact, currently I have to wake up two hours before leaving for work so that I have one hour for the pain meds to kick in and one hour to actually spend getting ready. Reading that I am not alone in this is strangely yet incredibly helpful.

I am not someone who typically reads self-help books. This book is more of a memoir (laced with humor,) rather than a self-help book, yet it helps to feel that there are people out there who understand what my daily struggles are. I guess the saying that “misery loves company” must be true. Just kidding.

Karen offers up advice in a non-standard way. She does not claim to be an expert on chronic pain. Rather, her writing comes across more like a series of conversations with a friend over coffee or more likely a glass of wine. This is why her tips seem so genuine. They are things that have helped her to manage her pain.

Karen Duffy’s writing comes across as coming from her heart. She offers anecdotes from her own life as well as offering up quotes from experts in various fields.

I have read several books on chronic pain and I can honestly say that this book was the easiest to read and the most realistic. 

Karen Duffy does NOT promise to know how to cure chronic pain, she simply informs readers of what has worked for her to help her live with it, and suggests that what has helped her may also help others.     

She also includes modern, up-to-date links to helpful websites for those seeking more information about specific issues. 

I recommend this book to anyone suffering from chronic pain as well as family members and caregivers. I rate this memoir as 5 out of 5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 

**Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book.**  

QUOTES 

As I read through this book I ran across so many quotes that I wanted to remember that I actually started keeping a list. 

Some of the quotes are funny, some I highlighted because they hit close to home and were so similar to my own life, and some I kept for no reason other than they struck a xhord with me somehow. I will leave it to your imagination to decide which quote falls into each category. 

“Chronic pain is like serving a life sentence. It’s punishment for a crime you didn’t commit.”

“… I look a lot better in person than I do on paper.”


“I take strong opiates to tamp down the burning, biting, sharp sensations. Before the morphine takes effect, it feels like a donkey wearing hockey skates is kicking me in the neck. After the medication, it feels like the jackass put skate guards on, but he’s still kicking.” 

When writing about her son playing hockey she wrote the following: 

For example, would it surprise you that the first nut cup (also known as a testicular guard) ever sported in a hockey game was worn in 1873? That the first helmet worn in the NHL was in 1973? That it took a full one hundred years for hockey players to consider protecting their brains was as important as protecting their down below.” 

“…the sinister vapors emanating from a hockey bag would flatten most people. It’s like getting sucker-punched in the face by an invisible roundhouse of adolescent B.O.” 
“… family dinners are a dim memory like dial telephones and eighteen-hour girdles…” 

“When things are easy, you miss the chance to learn how tough you are.”

“… life is going to give you some hits and you have to get up and keep going.”    

“If you don’t take care of your body, where are you going to live?”


“The ability to walk without pain is a gift that we don’t have anymore. Being able to walk with pain and not give up is a superpower.”


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

KAREN DUFFY – Bio partially obtained  from Hollywood.com 
  

Witty, alluring performer whose offbeat charm and amiability landed her a gig as an MTV VJ. Duffy’s (aka “Duff” on-air) less-than-serious approach to her job quickly made her a favorite to viewers. Unlike many of her predecessors who quickly fell into obscurity, she diversified into commercials and feature appearances.

 She made her feature debut playing a “Crack Den Girl” in the Christopher Walken actioner “McBain” (1991). Her subsequent feature credits include small roles in Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X” (1991), “Who’s the Man” (1993)–which also featured such MTV luminaries as Dennis Leary and Ed Lover–and “Reality Bites” (1994) in a cameo spoofing MTV’s “The Real World.” Duffy made her first substantial feature performance as a woman reminiscent of Mrs. Robinson (“The Graduate”) in the Disney comedy “Blank Check” (1994).

Karen “Duff” Lambros is an American model, actress, and author. Diagnosed with neurosarcoidosis in 1995, she has become an outspoken advocate for sarcoidosis patients and those who suffer from chronic pain. Her positive approach to coping with sarcoidosis is highlighted in her autobiography, Model Patient: My Life as an Incurable Wise-Ass. The Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research is proud to have Duff as a board member and the Board Chair to the Patient Ambassador Program.

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FOWL LANGUAGE 


Title: FOWL LANGUAGE – THE STRUGGLE IS REAL      

Series: FOWL LANGUAGE BOOK TWO

Author: BRIAN GORDON      

Genre: HUMOR, COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS, PARENTING    

Publisher: ANDREWS MCMEEL PUBLISHING     

Type of Book: PAPERBACK

Length: 128 PAGES

Received From: NETGALLEY      

Release Date: OCTOBER 10, 2017

ISBN: 9781449486754

Price:  $14.99 USD

Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟   


REVIEW:

When Brian Gordon became a parent, he thought he was going to ruin his kids and/or make some catastrophic mistake. Fortunately, for both himself and for his kids, “Despite their fragile appearance, evolution has seemingly hardened small children against numbskull parents like [him].” 


What Brian has done, is taken all the weird and wonderful, serious and strange and yet somehow universal parenting issues and day-to-day struggles and used them to create blisteringly hilarious comic vignettes. If you are a parent it will be near to impossible not to literally laugh out loud at Brian Gordon’s FOWL LANGUAGE comics. 


Using ducks (fowl) to represent the members of a family, the comics each represent a moment in parenting that all (or most) parents can relate to and that when seen in print will have readers laughing out loud. 


This is the second book of Fowl Language Comics that I have read and reviewed. To see the review of BOOK ONE, visit http://bit.ly/FowlComics1      


I rate this hilarious book as 5 out of 5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 and with its October release date it makes perfect sense to purchase as Christmas gifts for family and friends.  
CHARACTERS IN THE COMICS: 

DICKY PATTERN

Dicky is a loving father, a devoted husband, a dutiful brother and an all-around nervous wreck. Life is hard for our hero.

tommy

Tommy is not only Dicky’s brother, he’s his next door neighbor. Unlike his more domestically inclined brother, Tommy has chosen the path of perpetual bachelorhood.

JACKIE

Jackie is Dicky’s wife and is, by all accounts, a saint for having put up with him for all these years.

CHAMP & MISSY

Champ And Missy are Dicky and Jackie’s 5 year old son and 2 year old daughter. They are both Dicky’s reason to live and the reason he can barely drag himself out of bed in the morning.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    Brian Gordon  decided in kindergarten that he wanted to be a cartoonist. His classmates had equally unrealistic life goals, like becoming superheroes or princesses, but Brian was more tenacious.

So far, things are working out okay. Secret to his success? He sucks worse at everything else. You get a lot of drawing done when Plan B is “Starve To Death.”

His comics are largely inspired by his struggles as a parent, his fascination with technology, science and all things geeky. Oh, and a constant, crushing wave of self-doubt and anxiety. That’s a big source of inspiration, too.

It’s good work if you can get it.

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CATCHING UP by Bronagh Fegan – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

Cover image obtained from www.amazon.com

Cover image obtained from http://www.amazon.com


CATCHING UP WITH THE GIRLS: This Is Your Pilot Speaking, An Audible Original Pilot

Author: Bronagh Fegan

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrators: Louise Ford, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Carrie Quinlan, Grainne Maguire and Andy Goddard

Length: 30 minutes

Genre: Comedy

Release Date: June 11, 2015

Publisher: Audible Inc.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐

Audible has created a few short pilot episodes of various serials and offered them up as free downloads. People are needed to vote for the best one and that one will continue to be produced.

Carol has been living in New York for the past five years. She has just moved back to England and her old friends have set up a get together at a local Wine Bar.

This meeting devolves into a
“bitch-fest”. There were a couple mildly funny parts, but I actually found this audiobook more annoying than entertaining.

This “serial pilot” warns listeners at the beginning that they should “buckle up” because they are entering “the United States of Hilarity”. This is flat out untrue. This was not funny in the least.

The only redeeming feature is that the full cast of narrators are all very talented. They do a very good job with poor material.

I cannot rate this audiobook any higher than 2 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐

CIRCUMCISED AT SEVENTEEN ON SALE FOR 99 CENTS – LIMITED TIME OFFER – Aug 11 to 13 Only


Just a quick note to let you know that Circumcised at Seventeen: A Previously Uncut Comedy will be on sale for $0.99 from August 11th to August 13th.

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CIRCUMCISED AT SEVENTEEN by Brian Robert Smith – BOOK REVIEW

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CIRCUMCISED AT SEVENTEEN: A Previously Uncut Comedy

Author: Brian Robert Smith

Type of Book: eBook

Length: 168 pages

Genre: Young Adult Comedy

Release Date: July 4, 2015

Publisher: 323 Books

Cover Design: artistraman.com

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I love the cover of this book. The cartoon drawing is perfect for this humorous story.

Hubert was not a popular guy. His best friend was always coming up with new schemes to boost both his and Hubert’s popularity.

The food court at the local mall is where all the teenagers seem to hang out, so Will gets an idea. He and Hubert will apply to work there and all the girls will want to be with them.

As usual, something goes wrong with Will’s plan and only Hubert ends up getting hired.

Somehow a picture is taken in the work locker room with all the male staff standing naked, including Hubert whose boxers had been pulled down by someone at the last second. That photo (of course) ends up on Facebook.

All the guys in the photo are circumcised, except Hubert.

When the picture goes viral, all of the sudden everyone wants an up close and personal look at this rare uncircumcised penis. But Hubert never wanted popularity, he just wanted to fade into the background.

Meanwhile, Hubert’s mother is way too interested in Hubert’s nightly wet dreams and after catching Hubert’s father in a compromising position, she insists that Hubert be circumcised.

Imagine being circumcises at seventeen. Yikes! Poor Hubert!

But, the surgery itself isn’t the only issue. Hubert has decided that he wants to maintain his newfound popularity. But, to do that he will need to hide the fact that he has been CIRCUMCISED AT SEVENTEEN.

This book is a light-hearted look at the absurdity of teenage popularity and the ridiculous influence that social media has on teenagers in today’s society.

Social media has changed the way teenagers interact with the world around them. Now, everyone posts pictures of everything they do and an entire high-school full of teenagers can view those pictures within minutes.

I LOVED IT!

I have teenage sons and this book was obviously written by someone who has teenagers of their own. It is ridiculous what becomes popular and why. This book also highlights how quickly trends can change. One “cool” or “popular” guy wears a specific kind of hat and suddenly everyone has to have one too. This is obviously ridiculous because within days, weeks, or sometimes even hours, these trends are replaced by new ones.

But, this is also a story with a moral. Basically, that moral is to be true to yourself and proud of your own individuality. You don’t need to change just to fit in. You just need a bit of confidence in yourself to get the girl (or the guy as the case may be).

Brian Robert Smith’s past two books were well-written thrillers, so I was unsure how he would do when writing a comedy, but I need not have worried. CIRCUMCISED AT SEVENTEEN is a great book and will appeal to a large audience.

I rate this book as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I love the absurdity of someone achieving popularity just because he has an uncircumcised penis in a world full of circumcised ones.

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“From one loser to another. Let’s go kick some ass.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Brian Robert Smith has previously written two thrillers, PURIFIED is a medical thriller, SINS OF A PRIEST is a supernatural thriller, and has now written a Young Adult comedy. He continues to defy publishing traditions and his next book will be a science fiction thriller called WORLD WITHOUT ROADS.

Brian is a Canadian writer and lives in Ontario.

To learn more about him visit:
https://323books.wordpress.com/

CROAK by Gina Damico – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

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CROAK

Author: Gina Damico

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: Jessica Almasy

Length: 8 hours, 16 minutes

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Fiction

Release Date: February 28, 2013

Publisher: Audible Studios

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this audiobook from AudioBookBlast in exchange for an honest review.

Lexington Bartleby’s parents are at their wits end. For the past two years she has become increasingly belligerent and violent. Now, at the age of sixteen, Lex’s behavior has her just one chance away from being expelled from high school. Fortunately, summer vacation is about to begin.

Her parents send her away to Northern New York to spend the summer with her Uncle Mort.

Spending a summer working on a farm is not how Lex would have chosen to spend her summer, but she has no choice but to go where her parents send her. She spends the entire five hour bus ride grumbling internally about the injustice of it all and wondering why she seems helpless to change her bad behavior.

Upon arrival in the very strange town of Croak, Lex quickly begins to realize that her summer is going to turn out to be MUCH more interesting than she had anticipated.

Uncle Mort is a Grim Reaper and so is Lex. Well, she isn’t a Grim yet. She has the innate potential to become a fully-fledged Grim once she completes her training.

As Lex begins her job of reaping souls, she finds herself getting angry when she sees murderers getting away with their crimes. But, it is not a Grim’s job to dole out justice. She is just supposed to reap the soul of the victim and move on.

Lex must decide if she is willing to follow the rules and thus stay in Croak or if she is going to go rogue and use the reaping skills she has learned to take down murderers and end up banished forever.

The author of this series has a flair for character development. Despite the fact that Lex’s parents are only briefly involved in the storyline, listeners still feel that they know quite a bit about them. As for the main characters, listeners will find themselves invested in their lives.

The descriptions of the town of Croak are impressively vivid, making it easy for the listener to picture exactly what it looks like.

This audiobook is also full of humor. I love that the town full of Grim Reapers is called “Croak.” The inhabitants have names like “Helloise,” “Killda” and “Pandora”. The restaurant is called “The Morgue,” the bar is “The Corpse” and their newspaper is called “The Obituary.”

The story is riveting and the narrator, Jessica Almasy, is the perfect voice for this book. She has the ability to infuse every word with the appropriate emotion and her pacing is excellent.

I rate this audiobook as 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I noticed on Audible that the second and third book in this series are now available in audiobook format as well and I am excited about listening to those books as well.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yLlDSnQVHBM#

Buy CROAK now on Audible at:
http://www.audible.com/pd/Teens/Croak-Audiobook/B00BIT9HY2/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1436486973&sr=1-1

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Biography Info Copied from her website:

“I grew up under four feet of snow in Syracuse, New York. I received a degree in theater and sociology from Boston College, and I have since worked as a tour guide, transcriptionist, theater house manager, scenic artist, movie extra, office troll, retail monkey, yarn hawker and breadmonger. I am the author of the grim-reapers-gone-wild books of the Croak trilogy (Croak, Scorch, and Rogue), and Hellhole, all published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. I live in Western Massachusetts with my husband, two cats, one dog, and while I have never visited hell in person, I have spent countless waking hours at the Albany Regional Bus Terminal, which is pretty darn close.”

To find out more about her visit http://www.ginadami.co

ABOUT THE NARRATOR:

Jessica Almasy is an audiobook narrator, a theatre teacher, and a founding member of the New York based theatre group called TEAM.

To read more about her visit http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/narrators/jessica-almasy/

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BADASS ZOMBIE ROAD TRIP by Tonia Brown – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

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BAD ASS ZOMBIE ROAD TRIP

Author: Tonia Brown

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: John Voorhees

Length: 10 hours, 15 minutes

Genre: Zombie Fiction

Release Date: February 20, 2015

Publisher: Tonia Brown

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this audiobook from AudioBookBlast in exchange for an honest review.

** This audiobook is not suitable for listeners under the age of eighteen, nor is it suitable for people who are easily offended or who dislike profanity and crude sexual descriptions.

With that said, this audiobook is hilarious. It is a mixture of horror and comedy. The author mixes those two genres in a way that will have listeners laughing out loud.

Jonah and his best friend, Dale set out on a road trip to Reno, Nevada. They have booked a gig at a Reno casino for one night. The two friends are a duo and they are not very talented, but they love to perform.

Dale tells Jonah that the only place he can’t go is to California, but he won’t say why or what would happen if he did go there.

With a couple days to spare before their gig, as they are Driving towards Reno, Dale falls asleep. Jonah decides to help his friend face his fears and to drive into California while Dale sleeps.

As soon as they cross the border their lives take an unexpected turn for the bizarre.

Suddenly they are on a road trip that involves a zombie, a stripper and Satan himself.

If something can go wrong, it does and Dale and Jonah find themselves in a race for their immortal souls.

This is NOT your average zombie story. It is unique. I know that people say that word a lot: “unique”. But this book truly is.

The narration is excellent. John Voorhees has talent in spades. Each character’s voice is so distinctive that listeners will assume that there is more than just one narrator. His pacing is spot-on and he definitely has a flair for the dramatic. His depiction of the voice of Satan contains the perfect mix of condescension, disdain and casual evil. I will definitely seek out more books narrated by John Voorhees.

If you are a fan of dark comedy, this audiobook is for you.

I rate BAD ASS ZOMBIE ROAD TRIP as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Tonia Brown is a southern author with a penchant for Victorian dead things. She lives in the backwoods of North Carolina with her genius husband and an ever fluctuating number of cats. She likes fudgesicles and coffee, though not always together. When not writing she raises unicorns and fights crime with her husband under the code names Dr. Weird and his sexy sidekick Butternut.

To learn more and to view her other titles, visit http://www.toniabrownauthor.com

ABOUT THE NARRATOR:

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John Voorhees (besides being an amazing audiobook narrator) is a singer, songwriter and podcast producer.

To learn more about him visit http://johnvoorhees.com/

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