Dave Barry's Tricky Business is funny.
Lunatics,well, has a few moments.
Think of it as the worst moments of the Three Stooges, Moe constantly poking Curly and Larry in the eye. Hour after increasingly pianful hour.
It is easy to imagine how Barry & Zweibel wrote this book. Dave wrote something outrageous, Zweibel tries to top it. Each and every time the next chapter has to become ever more improbably humiliating to the characters. It isn't long until I wished the authors would do both in and move on to exploding whales.
Is it really funny that Phillip Horkman had to name his pet shop the Wine Shop because his in-laws, the Wines, funded it? How about an Islamic Terrorist dressed as Chuck E Cheese? Or a nun aboard a nudist cruise? Or the two idjits running against each other for President on the Democratic and Republic tickets?
Obviously, there's some folks who think this is funny. But if you're wanting to enjoy something that is LOL funny, go for Barry's Tricky Business, or any of Carl Hiaasen's works. In fact, begin with Hiaasen's first if you've not read it, and enjoy all 18. Weeks of great listening . . .
This is a great, fun, book. If you like Terry Pratchett or Carl Hiaasen or even Susan Elizabeth Phillips, you'll probably get your money's worth - though I'd bet there aren't a whole lot of people like me who love the writing of all three.
Martinez works in some "real" science quandaries. Gives a travelogue view of Earth. Nails human nature. Introduces Zala the Venusian Warrior, loyal and fearless, and oh so much more.
"Emperor Mollusk" is being compared to the work of Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy). Yes, there are some similarities. But "Mollusk" is every so much easier to follow, the non sequitur plot turns in "Mollusk" rapidly becoming part of the story as artfully as a jigsaw piece dropping into place in a puzzle.
Two unforgivable, unlovable, characters at war with each other.
Couple of interesting twists in their battles. So not worth your time, or the showers you'll have to take trying to wash them and their story out of your mind.
Then, if you're a masochist, this may be right up your reading alley.
I've enjoyed the original Doyle Holmes stories for years, but to to the point of obsessing about every detail. This book departs from "dogma," and if that would bother you, back to the Baskervilles. But if your mind is open, this is a very enjoyable surmise on how Sherlock Holmes would have hunted Jack.
Mary Ann Monk is one departure from Doyle's standards. A young woman sinking into depravity, she's rescued by Holmes (and Watson) who pay to employ her as eyes and ears in Whitechapel where and when they can't go. The payment is enough for her to move to better, safer quarters, and stop earning money "on her back." The character seems anachronistic, a bit too much twentieth century, but ultimately that distraction fades as she becomes part of the "team."
This is a very enjoyable tale, believably in context of Doyle's Holmes series, and well narratted by Simon Vance, who did so very will with the Millennium Trilogy. Took me a few moments to stop expecting Lisbeth Salander to come onstage and use a telegraph to hunt down Jack, but once past that point, I was engrossed.
Reader Renee Raudman is superb.
But this is a book that, unlike most audio books, would be improved by abridgement.
It is presented as academic and scientific. And since there's no footnotes in an audio book, it is not possible to rebut the presentation. Yet there's something unsatisfying (intellectually, that is) in small scale surveys presented as "authoritative."
Why Do Women Have Sex? ---The narration goes on for hours and hours, and yet most of the observations are obvious. ---Why Do Women Have Sex? For fun and fecundity! Because they're horny. Or for profit (in one way or another). Or because they're bored. Or anxious. Or sad. Or happy. ---I'd guess the conclusion is that Women Have Sex for as many reasons as there are women, and then one woman may have as many different reasons as she has moods.
--Maybe the question should really be: Why Don't Women Have Sex? ---In the meantime, if there is real research in this book, you'll need one with a bibliography and footnotes to get full benefit.
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