Inappropriate Thoughts

By Ian Dalton

In this story we have a romance novel writing divorcee Jillian as the protagonist, her crazy friend Victoria, her son Rob, and his visiting hot friend Brian. Brian, by virtue of being the protagonist’s interest, attracts every female in the novel and is flawless. Jillian is more down to earth and human feeling. Victoria I was most curious about, as she seemed to have the most potential for depth and an interesting backstory; though in this story she’s not really a sympathetic character.

The first half or so of the book is erotica: amusing, sexy, and fun to read as it flits between different characters’ view points. The ending part of the novel… not so much. Suddenly there’s boatloads of drama and feelings everywhere, and the light style that was present earlier in the book slips away. The book started off very funny, self-aware, and sexy, and slowly spiraled off. Perhaps if everything hadn’t been tied up so neatly this wouldn’t have happened, and the ending could have been stronger.

All in all though I did find this a fun sexy story, and I have high hopes for a novel explaining Victoria. I would recommend this story to anyone who would like a short romantic and erotic piece to read before bedtime.

Nibble: “She wore a nightshirt that wasn’t all that sexy, but what she was typing was—or at least it started out that way…”

My Rating: 7 out of 10 steamed red apples

I received a free electronic copy of this book from the author via LibraryThing.


8 Bits of Wisdom

By Andy Schindler

This is a self-help book that operates through old video games designed for the western heterosexual male working an office job. There are slightly amusing bits, mostly in which games the author picks to compare to certain life lessons. I actually found the most amusing part to be the foreword and afterword, which are based directly off the author’s life. I also found descriptions about the games were far more interesting than the tongue-in-cheek life lessons.

There are quite a few generalizations throughout the text which I found grating. Schindler tends to divide people into ready made categories, which is probably more of a result of it being a self-help book. There was also a rather odd piece of advise for raising children- that of using bribery to make them behave. To have someone so blatantly inclined towards only doing what directly and short term-wise helps them, doesn’t sound like the foundation of someone I’d want to be remotely friendly with. As a warning there is coarse language in this book, and it came off as natural but unnecessary.

I would recommend this book to a male who’s not offended easily, is looking for some guidance and enjoyed video games as a kid.

Nibble: “You can change your team makeup as you please, and it is important to remember that you and your friends might be shifting into different categories throughout your lives.”

My Rating: 4 out of 10 nostalgic red apples

I received a free electronic copy of this book from the author via LibraryThing.

What Would Satan Do?

By Anthony Miller

This book had me chuckling from the beginning to end. I was actually a little skeptical after reading the summary and first fifty pages, as I expected the book to slow down and become monotonous. Happily it doesn’t though, and the story is just packed with humor and creativity. The plot is that Satan has decided against playing his role in Hell, as he knows on Judgement Day he’ll lose. So he goes to Earth as a human with some of his powers, and attempts to stop Judgement Day from ever happening. In the beginning of the book we see him teaching a religion class, which is interesting to say the least. Between the action and the variety of characters, the book is quickly paced, and certainly didn’t feel like an almost four hundred page book. Miller also ends the huge adventure in an interesting and cute way, that surprisingly works well for an Apocalypse story. The story has more than mere humor though, as some social commentary certainly adds something to think about while reading. What I really liked about this book though, was it seemed like Miller had a ton of fun writing it.

As a note, there is a bit of crude language in this book; but I found Miller handled it pretty well, and it came off as natural for the character to be using it.

Nibble: “It’s more like an enraged bull- an enraged bull who’s been poked, prodded, and generally tormented by a matador, and then fed amphetamines and stuffed into a small box.”

I would recommend this book to anyone wanting an amusing break from reality.

My Rating: 8 out of 10 fiery red apples

I received a free electronic copy of this book from the author via LibraryThing.

Mother Night

Vonnegut plays with shades of gray throughout this novel. Roughly it’s about an American spy who during WWII was an excellent propaganda machine for Germany. There’s excellent tension within the character of Campbell, and throughout the novel I found myself torn between if he was guilty or innocent. All of the characters exist in gray, and for the main supporting characters their good and/or evil title is rather ambiguous. There are a few haunting phrases that pop up multiple times, usually in German, that tie the story together beautifully. Vonnegut’s language is, as usual, gripping and very difficult to put down, even after you’ve finished. On top of that the ideas he shoves in your head are hard to let go of. If someone’s pretending to be evil for a good cause, how much better is that than just being evil? Especially if they have the same exact negative effects?

The only other Vonnegut novel I would put immediately above this one is Cat’s Cradle.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to rethink the definitions of good and evil, in disjunction and conjunction.

Nibble: “It was typical of his schizophrenia as a spy that he should use an institution he so admired for purposes of espionage.”

My Rating: 9 out of 10 tasty but colorless apples

Good Omens

By Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

As a light humorous read, Good Omens was fantastic. All of the characters, minus the rag-tag group of 11 year olds, were interesting to read about and developed the plot nicely. The book itself really only takes five days, which is retrospectively surprising for how much happens. The book also has some interesting theological ideas attached to it, although nothing terribly original. Watching Aziraphale, an angel, being not so angelic, and Crowley, a demon, being almost a nice guy, and the two interacting with each other is rather interesting. These two characters certainly made the book for me, although having the anti-christ named Adam was lovely as well. The footnotes are also rather amusing, and add another dimension to the book. The only major downside of this novel was the ending. It ties up a little too neatly and easily, and just isn’t as great as the rest of the novel.

Terry Pratchett is on my to-read list currently as I haven’t read anything just by him. Gaiman on the other hand, I’m rather well acquainted with. I felt that his individual works, like Anansi Boys or the Sandman series, developed protagonists much more fully. As amusing as the Good Omens characters are, they still feel very two dimensional.

Overall I would recommend it as an introduction to either of the authors, or as a fun read on a dark and stormy night.

My Rating: 8 out of 10 shiny red apples