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M. Lafferty

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  • How to Write Selling Humor

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Peter Mehlman, Mel Helitzer
    • Narrated By Peter Mehlman, Mel Helitzer
    Overall
    (37)
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    (17)
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    (17)

    Humor is ignored and misunderstood in writing. But learning to use humor will improve your writing and your bottom line. These two workshops are from experts who can help you ride the comedy wave to successful humor writing.

    Peter Williams says: "A book for comedy writers, not marketers."
    "useful, if you can get past the casual bigotry"
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    What did you like best about How to Write Selling Humor? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the academic look at humor. There's some really interesting stuff in there.


    What was most disappointing about Peter Mehlman and Mel Helitzer ’s story?

    The casual sexism, racism, and homophobia when it comes to humor. The talks are from the 80s, and delight in telling people that "fruit" is now a synonym for homosexual and "women and prudes don't like too many sex jokes."


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Seinfeld stories.


    Did How to Write Selling Humor inspire you to do anything?

    Made me realize that approaching humor academically won't work in my writing.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall I was disappointed in this.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Goliath

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (528)

    Alek and Deryn are on the last leg of their round-the-world quest to end World War I, reclaim Alek’s throne as Prince of Austria, and finally fall in love. The first two objectives are complicated by the fact that their ship, the Leviathan, continues to detour farther away from the heart of the war (and crown). And the love thing would be a lot easier if Alek knew Deryn was a girl. (She has to pose as a boy in order to serve in the British Airforce.) And if they weren’t technically enemies.

    The tension thickens as the Leviathan steams toward New York City with a homicidal lunatic on board....

    Eileen says: "Wow!"
    "Fantastic trilogy ending"
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    I loved Leviathan, but thought Behemoth lagged at bit. Goliath has restored my faith in this story. While this book had a couple of odd, unbelievable bits (the Tesla storyline was odd), the main plots of: Deryn's secret, her future as a soldier, Alec's future as a prince, and their relationship are quite satisfactory. We see more of the lady boffin and Deryn gets to be quite adventurous and daring. Alan Cumming is, as always, a fantastic narrator. Highly recommended (but read/listen to the first two books first!)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Christmas Train

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Tim Matheson
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (305)

    Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight "misunderstanding" at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades and holiday magic.

    Carol L. Riegel says: "Great Book"
    "Painfully flat"
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    I'm a sucker for Christmas stories, but I hate flat, saccharine tales. The characters are one-sided, the story is predictable, and when things get "tense" the author tells us the events in a distant sort of way, not engaging us, not making us feel the worry, the cold. Without spoiling too much, two characters fall asleep in the snow with no hypothermia or frostbite, which destroyed the story for me. The characters were flat, the story convenient and unbelievable, and the writing was lazy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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