My Rating: 5 Stars
This was probably one of the most entertaining and intelligently written satires I’ve read in a long time. I want to thank the author Jere Krakoff for reaching out and allowing me to read his novel in exchange for an honest review.
This great and very humorous satire tells the story of Leopold Plotkin and his constant stand against the political and social rules and laws of the small town of Fettig. Accused of having committed a hilarious and unrealistic crime, Leopold faces the long, complex and absolutely maddening legal process.
I’m not usually a person that laughs out loud in the middle of the bus like a crazy person, but with this novel it was impossible not to. First, the style of writing is perfect. I connected with the story right from the beginning and story-line was very well thought and organized. I was very happy to see a list of characters in the beginning since I tend to forget or mix up characters. I managed to not lose myself with them, which is the highest compliment I can give to the author.
I studied a bit of European law back in the day but not in depth. The authors experience in the field definitely served to give a taste of ‘real’ in this absurd reality. Secondly, the way these absurd realities and events are presented, described and how marvellously close they are to reality. The characters are included in this bit! The lunacy of it all, put together with an amazing set of characters each one with their own beliefs made this an incredible reading, one that I will remember for a very long time.
One of the things I appreciated the most: the names of the institutions and their correspondent head. It was impossible not to laugh every time one new came up: “Permanent Acting Director of Admissions and/or Discharges at the Warehouse for the Purportedly Insane”, “The Alter Ego” and the “Purgatory House of Detention” are few of the names that got me the most!
Krakoff is an amazing writer as he mocks the gaps and the unfairness of the legal system and incoherence of religion. Absolutely perfect novel that I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys smart and subtle humour about society.
My Rating: 4 Stars
First of all, I want to thank Brian K. Henry for the opportunity of reading his novel in exchange for an honest review. Secondly, I want to thank him for the great, creepy, humours story.
The novel follows the ghostly adventures of Devin, a teenager that see ghosts and his group of friends as they face the supernatural. Devin is taunted at school and called “Ghost Boy” when his talent comes to light through the social media, and if that wasn’t bad enough, add a not-very-nice boss in the coffee shop where he works. The best way to deal with these problems? To go on an adventure with his friends and explore a haunted house because, seriously, ghosts can be better than people… right? When Devin is attacked inside the house, things reveal themselves to be more complicated than they first thought and it’s up to Devin to use his talents to solve the ghost mystery.
One of the first things that pulls me into a story is the writing style, and in this novel it’s brilliant. The plot is very nice, the descriptions pulled me into the story and it was like I was also there walking through the dark hallways. It’s impossible to get lost in the story, you get taken on a journey that in some occasions really made my skin crawl. It was impossible to stop reading, it’s a fast-paced adventure that left me hungry to know what would happen next.
The characters are incredible and the group dynamics was very well thought and described. One of the things I liked the most was the fact that all them knew about Devin’s ability and didn’t make a fuss about it. That’s what true friendship is, accepting even the weirdest part of someone and still stay. All of the characters have something unique and their way of being compliments the story perfectly. Clive is a music composer with a taste for dark themes, Rex is the nerdy character that loves technology, always open to an adventure; Ramona, Devin’s boss, the picture of insufferable boss with a love for nasty comments; Nayra, a blogger with a passion for Wicca and the supernatural with a very unique taste for clothes and Emily, the only person in class that defends Devin from the verbal attacks.
Their interactions and dialogues are hilarious and brilliantly written, especially between Devin and Nayra and Clive and Rex that always do something with the right intentions but somehow always end badly.
This novel has everything: suspense, adventure, humour, horror, all mixed together perfectly. It goes from moments of tension to hilarious dialogues that only add colour to the story and makes you love the plot and the characters even more. It’s impossible not to laugh.
A fan of adventures and supernatural with a tad of humour? I highly recommend this read! Absolutely amazing!
Manga Classics: Emma by Stacy King (Story Adaptation), Crystal S. Chan (Story Adaptation), Po Tse (Art by) & Jane Austen (Original Story)
My Rating: 5 Stars
Ms Stacy King did it again! A perfect adaptation of the Jane Austen classic Emma. I've read the Manga Classic: Pride and Prejudice so far and I'm very glad I get to read other classics of this collection.
This manga, even in black and white, shows the liveliness, the humour and the innocence of Emma as she drags her friends into a love-match game! The drawings are beautifully mastered and I particularly liked the dresses and how they flow so nicely in the story. The expressions of the characters is perfectly represented.
I think the graphics really match the emotions of the novel. On the contrary of Pride and Prejudice that is set in a more mature and disciplined environment where social rules have to be obeyed, Emma is set in a more innocent and playful way, full of colour, laughter and it portraits perfectly the spirit of young Emma.
Fans of Jane Austen, I highly recommend it!
This review was originally published on NetGalley.
My Rating: 4 Stars
This definitely brought memories! When I was younger I saw all the episodes of the Pink Panther in the special 2-tape VHS collection and I couldn't get enough of it. This trip into the Pink Panther graphic novel was highly enjoyable for me!
I really enjoyed this volume, where fourteen story-lines of the Pink Panther will make any day brighter and you'll definitely end up laughing alone! The graphics and the colours are very good and the writing just completes the stories and the humour.
A quick, ideal read for a rainy or cold evening!
My Rating: 3 Stars
Hilarious. This book is a light-read that shows readers the importance of language, terminology and the common mistake of doing literal translations from one language to the other. I don't think it means to offend the people of the country for this mistakes. If I saw signs like these in my own language, I would cry laughing too!
A fun, relaxing read for anyone that had a bad day!
My Rating: 5 Stars
There not enough adjectives to describe this book. Oscar Wilde is definitely one of my favourite authors of the Victorian age, his witty humour, his passion, his power of observation, and his melodically way of writing makes me what to read the stories all over again and feel what I felt the first time I read them.
I have my share of prose favourites, "The Picture of Dorian Gray" "An Ideal Husband", "The Importance of Being Earnest". They show a big knowledge and understanding of society, its problems, how appearances are the key to obtain "the perfect life". But it was in his poems and letters that I felt his heart, his music and his passion. His letter "De Profundis" is absolutely perfect and I'm sure it moves even the coldest of readers.
The 5 stars are more than deserved for this masterpiece.
My Rating: 5 stars
The ideal book, from an ideal author. Not one of the most famous books for Sir Oscar Wilde but it definitely should be. The sense of humour, the sarcasm and the description of society is absolutely perfect, nothing short of the greatness of the writing of Oscar Wilde.
“An Ideal Husband” pictures a young man in society, whose past comes back to haunt him, in a setting where appearances, the titles and obligations are everything. In the public setting Robert Chilton is a respectable member of society, a respected politician and a public figure known for his integrity a whose whole persona is based around integrity. In a private setting, Robert shows admiration and utter love for his wife, which is completely returned, and a great friend to his well-known bachelor friend Lord Goring. Everything quickly falls apart though and when the truth is about to be revealed, Robert confesses his past to his wife and asks for her help.
In the end, Robert wears the mask of arrogance, power and what could be considered the “ideal” situation in life only to reveal that not everything is what it seems and everyone has something they are ashamed of.
Moral of the story: Be Always honest to your wife and trust your crazy friend to come up with a solution to your problem.
My favourite character is without a shadow of a doubt Lord Goring. It's hard not laugh with phrases like “I love talking about nothing, father. It is the only thing I know anything about.” or “For so well-dressed a woman, Mrs. Cheveley, you have moments of admirable common sense.”
It's the type of book that no matter how many times you read it, it always makes you laugh.
My Rating: 5 Stars
I read this book for my Contemporary English literature final assignment and I absolutely fell in love with it.
This book tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II that comes across a mobile library outside the Buckingham Palace and is assisted by Norman, the librarian, in choosing a book. What happens when the Queen discovers a love for literature? This plot explores and exposes the Queen as a simple person discovering part of herself in the pages of books but also the desire we feel to just forget responsibilities and do something we really enjoy for a while. Can you imagine the Queen of England on holidays? I sure couldn't.
Alan Bennett is a brilliant writer, using old-fashioned and very polished English entangled with humour. Bennett's description of the Queen made me like her and I could actually see myself in her position (not very difficult for a literature lover).
A lot of English humour and amazing side characters turn this book into one of the most hilarious I have ever read so far.
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