Posts Tagged ‘humor

28
Feb
18

Goodreads Review: Dead(ish)

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DEAD[ish] (DEAD[ish] #1)DEAD[ish] by Naomi Kramer

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I’m not really sure what to say about Dead(ish); I almost feel bad giving it the score I did. There’s things to like here; the concept is amusing (for the short form, girl gets murdered by boyfriend, hires a P.I. to help find her body, wacky hijinks ensue), the writing style and voice are clear and entertaining, and the technical aspects of the work are well done.

Why only two stars, then? Primarily because it feels disjointed, and a trifle incomplete. Scenes just sort of happen, with little rhyme or reason. There’s one point that the dead woman is “teasing” the PI in the shower, seemingly with no better explanation than “because reasons!” There’s several sequences featuring an almost painfully flaming gay man that, while perhaps funny, seem almost ridiculously overblown when compared to the relative down-to-earth tropes and characterization of the other players. The boyfriend-slash-murderer also manages to land himself in the unbelievable category, apparently having a secret gay side, huge amounts of debts and bizarre culinary skills that are never explained and clash with the manner of presentation.

Overall, I think it’s the illogic of the thing that bothered me the most. To me, for something to be humorous – which Dead(ish) seems to be attempting – it has to make sense, by it’s own rules and logic if by no other judgement… and Dead(ish) seems to fall short on that score. With a bit more content – filling in some of the blank spots, detailing the character motivations and backgrounds a bit more – I’d say there’s enough spark here to warrant at least 3 and perhaps a 4 star rating. But it’s not quite there, yet.

Also, final warning – and one that’s echoed on Amazon’s page – but there’s a boatload of foul language and obscure Aussie slang in here, so be prepared if such things are not on your “okay” list, or be prepared to do some websearching to sort out the slang.

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30
Jan
18

Someone Left the Irony On – Reblog From Chris the Story Reading Ape

These are hilarious. Especially the “no chew” one; reminds me of my own dog and some of the things he’d do.
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Originally posted on bluebird of bitterness: If you ever need a laugh to lift your spirits – call over to BlueBird’s blog and have a wander through it – you’re guaranteed to leave smiling 😃 bluebird of bitterness View original post

via Someone left the irony on — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog
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23
Jan
18

Goodreads Review: Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book

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Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy BookGrumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book by Grumpy Cat

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Are you happy? Then you need to read this. Do you think the world is full of fun and happiness? It isn’t. Are you feeling miserable yet?


Good.

There isn’t really much to say; either you’re on the Grumpy Cat bandwagon or you’re not. If you’re aware of the adventures of Tardar Sauce and find them amusing, this serves to provoke laughter. The photobombs of Grumpy Cat invading assorted historical moments are one of my favorites, as well as her “To Do” list located about halfway through.

If, on the other hand, you find the negativity of Grumpy Cat to be a turn-off, or are one of the folks offended by her name or the shameless exploitation of a deformed animal for humor and profit, this book is not going to change your mind, and you should probably just continue on your path.

Either way, Grumpy Cat is pleased. Or would be, if she was capable of such things.

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13
Jan
18

The Songs of Their People

They want to be heard. They must be heard. They will not be denied.

Listen; do you hear them? Their plaintive cries, their emotive snarls? The rhythm of their dance as they drag you into their circle, whether you want it or not?

The song does not come from just one place. They patrol the halls and streets, ensuring everyone can hear, understand, and enjoy.

It is not a song for the daylight hours. It is best experienced in the slowly brightening hours of the pre-dawn. While the singers wander, the listeners are best ensconced in their beds, preferably dreaming of something else.

screaming cat

I hate cats.

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07
Jan
18

An Alphabet

A is for Aliens, streaking through the sky.

B is for Bilderberg, dividing the pie.

C is for Chemtrails, poisoning us all.

D is for Digitization, Mark of the Beast at the mall.

E is for Evolution, the lie of our birth.

F is for Flat, just like the Earth.

G is for Genetics, science twisting our brains.

H is for HAARP, bringing acid rain.

illuminati eye is for Illuminati, pulling the strings.

J is for JFK, lacking his brains.

K is for Kidnapping, the government to blame.

L is for Lindbergh, an exile in shame.

M is for Majestic, twelve liars in kind.

N is for the New World Order, reading your mind.

O is for OJ, racial tensions created.

P is for Patriarchy, the man falsely inflated.

Q is for Questions, our innocence deflowered.

R is for Reptilians, ruling from towers.

S is for Surveillance, Big Brother in action.

T is for Terrorists, still gaining traction.

U is for UFOs, not weather balloons.

V is for Vaccinations, sealing our doom.

W is for the Warren Commission, spreading the lie.

X is for Xenu, coming down from on high.

Y is for Yog-Sothoth, the Great Old Ones arrive.

Z is for Zombies, when the dead come alive.

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12
Nov
17

Goodreads Review: Whoogles

Whoogles: Can a Dog Make a Woman Pregnant - And Hundreds of Other Searches That Make You Ask Whoogles: Can a Dog Make a Woman Pregnant – And Hundreds of Other Searches That Make You Ask “Who Would Google That?” by Kendall Almerico

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not much of value to add, here; the basic premise is a collection of Google’s ever-so-helpful autocompletes with snarky commentary on the author’s favorite choice of the bunch.

That’s all fine and well, and occasionally produces a bark of laughter, but honestly, it sort of made me sad. When you realize that, for an item to appear in the auto-complete, someone has to have actually entered it – and possibly multiple someones, depending on how specific the entry in question is – it’s liable to give you a terrible sense of impending doom as regards the intelligence or well-being of future humans.

Still, a quick read that will make you snicker, chortle or chuckle once or twice.

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