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10 01, 2017

Review: Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang

By | January 10th, 2017|Categories: Asian American, Coming of Age, Genre Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Satire|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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wangs vs the world book coverReviewed by Alisha Churbe

Jade Chang’s novel, Wangs vs. the World is highly entertaining. It is a portrait of a family complete with all of their similarities and their differences. She shows them as they come together and also when they fall apart. The novel is a very quick read. Chang’s prose is energetic and flows flawlessly. She peppers in thoughts about immigration and politics but it is not heavy-handed and fits within the confines of the novel well. The thoughts propel the story to its conclusion.

Charles Wang has lost everything. He once had everything–fancy cars, a lucrative business, many factories, enough money to be comfortable and then some. He has three children, Grace, Andrew and Saina. He’s married to his second wife, Barbra.  His first wife was killed in an accident six months after his youngest daughter, Grace, was born.

15 06, 2016

Blog Tour: Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore

By | June 15th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Paranormal, Satire, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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secondhand souls book coverPlease join Christopher Moore, author of Secondhand Souls, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

Secondhand Souls is the second book in the Death Merchants series and if you haven’t read any Christopher Moore books, I would recommend starting with the first book. This is my first Christopher Moore read and although I did enjoy it quite a bit, I think I would have enjoyed it more had I started this story at the beginning.

We start with finding out that the main character from the last book, Charlie Asher, who supposedly died, has actually spent the last year living in a 14” tall meat puppet with a small crocodile skull and a 10” shlong he wears as a cummerbund. And when he gets aroused, he passes out. This should give you some idea of the type of book you are getting into. A bit crass, at times vulgar and entirely  funny.

22 01, 2015

Review: Confessions of a Self-Help Writer by Benjamin DeHaven

By | January 22nd, 2015|Categories: Coming of Age, Genre Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Satire|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

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self help writer book coverReviewed by Andrea Rawson

Confessions of a Self-Help Writer: The Journal of Michael Enzo is the alleged confessional journal of self-help ghost writer, Michael Enzo. Michael Enzo’s claim-to-fame is that he alleges to have written over 108 self-help books, largely on topics of which he has no experience and mostly under the names of celebrities who may or may not be aware of his existence. Written by Benjamin DeHaven, Enzo’s former friend and colleague, this tell-all provides a detailed account of Michael Enzo’s scandals and misadventures.

The book starts out with a narration of Benjamin DeHaven’s account of how he came to know and work with Michael Enzo. Benjamin describes Michael as the embodiment of chaos and Benjamin as just another one of his unwitting victims. Benjamin DeHaven claims that he is barred from discussing anything that has happened since 2006

20 07, 2013

Review: Charlotte Street by Danny Wallace

By | July 20th, 2013|Categories: Comic, Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Satire|Tags: , |2 Comments

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images (1)Reviewed by Kathie Smith

Charlotte Street by Danny Wallace centers around Jason Priestley’s life at the age of 32. Leaving his job as a teacher to pursue his journalistic dreams seems like a positive leap of faith until he finds himself writing restaurant reviews for a free newspaper, which he doubts anyone ever actually reads, learning of the engagement of his ex-girlfriend (the one he isn’t quite over) and living in an apartment above a video game store.

A chance encounter helping an unknown woman with her bags leads him on a stalker-like chase to find her after he realizes he has inadvertently held onto her disposable camera. After several attempts to spot her at the same location of their brief exchange to return it, his best friend Dev convinces him to develop the photos. And so begins the stalker-like attempt to

6 12, 2012

Review: Sad Desk Salad by Jessica Grose

By | December 6th, 2012|Categories: Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Satire, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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Reviewed by Lauren Cannavino

I was very excited to read Sad Desk Salad due in part to the fact that I have eaten many a sad desk salad working in an office. I was also excited to see that Alex, the main character, was a work-at-home writer – practically every writer’s dream, including my own. However, I felt that Sad Desk Salad left me wanting more. I don’t know if I just didn’t feel strongly enough about Alex or if I just could not fully get into the plot, I just know that I did feel disengaged at times.

Alex Lyons works for a gossip site called Chick Habit and she basically get paid to work in her pajamas. Chick Habit is a gossip site for women that also focuses on woman’s issues and interests. Alex seems to like her job and some of

19 03, 2010

Review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

By | March 19th, 2010|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Paranormal, Satire, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

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abraham lincoln vampire hunter book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Struggling writer Seth Grahame-Smith was entrusted with a secret that would alter forever his perspective on U.S. History and one of the most beloved presidents of our time. At first, he didn’t believe the old journals he had in his possession could possibly belong to Abraham Lincoln. Surely what he found in the contents of those pages was nothing more than an elaborate hoax. Everyone knows that vampires don’t exist…or do they? Only when Seth comes face to face with one himself does he begin to believe.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a biographical account of the life of Abraham Lincoln, and is unlike any Lincoln biography you have ever read before. Having had exclusive access to Lincoln’s most private journals, Grahame-Smith reveals how from a tender age Abe came to be one of the world’s greatest vampire