3 January 2014

Books 2013: Part 5

Hello, remember me?  Its been a while!  I've been ill on and off for months and when I finally got a chance to relax over Christmas I decided to lock the laptop away.  A whole 2 weeks away from the internet!  I spent part of Christmas with my family, part with my boyfriend's family, and part just with my boyfriend.  It was great and really refreshing, but now I have so much to catch up on!  We are past the half way mark with my books of 2013!  So lets get on with books 21-25!
Sloppy Seconds: The Tucker Max Leftovers by Max Tucker

Tucker Max’s books—I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, Assholes Finish First, and Hilarity Ensues—are a uniquely engaging trilogy composed of his best, craziest stories. They’ve sold millions of copies to fans all over the world. Their success has meant his success.

As a thank you to those who have loved the stories and supported him for so long, Tucker has gone back through his massive archive of material one last time, culled out what you might call the “best of the rest,” and arranged it here, in Sloppy Seconds, like a book version of Deleted Scenes.

Unlike most deleted scenes, however, these don’t suck. So enjoy.


In my third year of university, when I was trying to avoid essays or cleaning *cough* all the time *cough*  I used to go to my housemate Dave's room and bug him while he worked.  At some point he started reading me aspects of Tucker Max's first book I hope they serve beer in hell and I thought it was hilarious!  Soon my little visits mostly consisted of me laying on his bed, picking up the book and reading a couple of chapters, until soon i'd finished the whole book.  I was happy because I thought they were funny, Dave was happy because I was actually leaving him to do his work.

I had assumed this book was a one off because of its anecdotal nature, however I found out this year he had another 3 and this one was available free as an ebook.  Now I don't have any form of ereader so I just downloaded the PDF and got stuck in.  Now I have to admit that reading this 4 years later I did feel differently and now that my views have changed I struggled with this book morally.  For those who don't know, Max Tucker is famous for getting drunk and sleeping with women.  That's it.  He gets himself in some ridiculous situations and writes the story up and turns them into books.  The problem is that he completely takes advantages of these women, they are normally always waisted and they have all there embarrassment written up and published.  Although this didn't seem to concern me so much when I was younger but reading it now made me feel less then great.  On top of that the stories are generally less interesting, and because of the successes of his first book he is getting laid more then ever from women who are drunk and willing to do anything extreme for him to get into the book, it looses a bit of the charm it once had (if you could ever call it that).  You will not like Max Tucker, but your not supposed to, he is an out and out dooshbag and proud of it.  Will that stop you enjoying his book?  Probably not, you will laugh, but it might not feel great about it.
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Tally thought they were a rumor, but now she's one of them. A Special. A superamped fighting machine, engineered to keep the uglies down and the pretties stupid. 
But maybe being perfectly programmed with strength and focus isn't better than anything she's ever known. Tally still has memories of something else. 
But it's easy for her to tune that out--until she's offered a chance to stamp out the rebels of the New Smoke permanently. It all comes down to one last choice: listen to that tiny, faint heartbeat, or carry out the mission she's programmed to complete. Either way, Tally's world will never be the same.

It speaks volumes that I have to read the blurb of this book to remind myself what happened, I think I mentioned this with the last 2 books but this series has all just melded together in my mind.  I found this a little more interesting then the others and a little less cheesy, but the cliché factor is still there.  I wish I could flesh out this review more but honestly, I've forgotten most of this book, and the series.
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At fifteen, Georg comes upon a letter written to him by his dying father, to be read when he comes of age. Their two voices make a fascinating dialogue as Georg comes to know the father he can barely remember, then is challenged by him to answer some profound questions. The central mystery of The Orange Girl is the story of an elusive young woman for whom Georg’s father searches in Oslo and Seville—and whom Georg finally realizes is his mother. This is a thought-provoking fairy-tale romance imbued with a sense of awe and wonder. Jostein Gaarder is the author of Sophie's World, a huge bestseller in over 40 countries.

This book took my completely by surprise, I picked it up in a sale at my local library for 20p simply because it was by the same person who wrote Sophies' World ( a book I've had on my shelf at least a year and not got round to reading) and decided to give it a go, and I'm so glad I did.  Its really hard to sum this book up but it really is magical in the mundane, its essentially just someone telling a story about two people but its so well done that it makes you just feel intrigued and happy.  Its a hidden romance novel, and I hate romance so that just proves how good this book is.  I feel like this book should be much more well read then it is and I am really underselling it because it's so hard to explain what makes this book so amazing but theres just something there.  I urge you to pick it up if you ever have the chance.
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'Panic?' said Rincewind hopefully. He always held that panic was the best means of survival.

When the very fabric of time and space are about to be put through the wringer - in this instance by the imminent arrival of a very large and determinedly oncoming meteorite - circumstances require a very particular type of hero. Sadly what the situation does not need is a singularly inept wizard, still recovering from the trauma of falling off the edge of the world. Equally it does not need one well-meaning tourist and his luggage which has a mind of its own. Which is a shame because that's all there is...

The first post I ever wrote on this blog was a review if this book, so I'll link it here and won't say too much because if you want a full review, it's there.  What I will say is, this book saved the discworld series for me, if I'd only picked up the first book I might have been tempted to not continue, however I LOVE so many of the characters in this book and it's genuinly funny I have the third book on my shelf ready to go so I need to get stuck in at some point
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This doesn't have a blurb but its a collection of plays.  Being an ex-drama student, I love a good play.  I've had this collection since university and I've dipped into it a lot so I figured it's about time I finished it off.  I find plays are good to read if you want to get back into the swing of reading as because of the dialogue you can wizz through them quite fast.  I am a fan of Ravenhill's plays so I knew I'd like this, however what I will say is this isn't for the faint of heart.  Personally I love dark, series, issue based theatre so it's great for me, however do not read if you are easily offended
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