REVIEW: THE GENTLEMAN by Forrest Leo

This madcap Victorian adventure is hysterical from beginning to end. Third rate poet Lionel Savage has been unhappy since getting married. Though he fell hard for his beautiful and vivacious wife, marital life just doesn’t seem to be working for them. She has become aloof and he can no longer find inspiration. He tends to brood…

ARMCHAIR BEA 16: Giveaway #3

ow about a humorous, nonfiction travelogue that takes place in one of the most secluded countries in the world? Thank you to Kelly for this daring title from Rosetta Books.  from the publisher Most people want out of North Korea. Wendy Simmons wanted in. In My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth,…

ACCENT: JUST MY TYPO by Drummond Moir

  There is something endearing and disarming about typos. The idea that even the professionals can make a mistake helps us all relax about our own weaknesses. And it’s usually good for a laugh. Drummond Moir has assembled a book of real misprints and careless keystrokes. Some are blatantly obvious but others are more subtle…

ACCENT: 1000 FEELINGS FOR WHICH THERE ARE NO NAMES by Mario Giordano

  This is an amusing collection of disparate thoughts, all compiled into a handy guide (of sorts). Some languages have words for which there is no easy translation (see: Schadenfrude). Giordano turns this around and describes the feelings themselves. The reader has very often been in that position and can easily relate to the lack of…

REVIEW: LUCKY JIM by Kingsley Amis

Despite my penchant for British literature, I must admit that this was my first foray into Amis.  A complicated person in his own life, he seems to have attempted to shed some of his anxieties on his characters.  Indeed, the title character James Dixon is dissatisfied professor of medievalism.  He was surely drawing on some…