Monthly archives: June, 2015

WORST. PERSON. EVER. by Douglas Coupland

This worst-person143482137323574was written in 2013.   I hesitated to read this because of the reviews.  They weren’t bad but rather just different.  I was afraid of falling out of love with one of my favourite writers.  Well fear not, Dougie.  You are still on my Valentine’s list. I. Loved. This. Book.  While I would never, ever recommend this to the faint of heart or my mother’s book club due to, well, language, content and overall unappealing mental visuals, it was a subway book in spades. Raymond Gunt truly is the worst person ever.  Self-serving to a fault.  The protagonist’s ex-wife offers him a job as a B-unit cameraman working on a survival-style show in the south Pacific.  After he finds the assistant he wishes to take along, hijinx ensue.   Billy Elliot will never be the same.

I give this book 3.6 red plastic things out of 4.

317 pages – Random House Canada

 


Not QUITE the Classics by Colin Mochrie

15792001Ah, Mr. Colin Mochrie.  A funny man. A funny Canadian man.   Now it seems our beloved Canuck comic has yet another job – author.  This is his first effort and we are all the richer for it.  He writes using the first sentence of a classic story as a launching point to spin his own version of events.  It matters not if you are familiar with the original work. A Tale of Two Critters.  Franken’s Time.  The Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Fourth.  You get the idea.  He has a distinctive, poetic way with words –   and you laugh.  A lot.

I loved this book.    Dear Mr. Mochrie, while I appreciate your stage comedy I must insist you get back to writing between gigs.  Please sir, I want some more !

Eh Plus, sir.  I give this book 7.5 wacky fables out of 10.

231  pages – Penguin Books