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MacGyver as 007

One of the many reasons MacGyver is a perennial favorite:

Scrutinizing his tux-clad appearance in the mirror, he decides with satisfaction that he feels like “Bond. James Bond.”

And then he attempts to flatten his cowlick.

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Chuckle for the day: drool-worthy ad for pasteurized processed cheese food… in a “healthy” cooking magazine.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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by Sherman Alexie
Art by Ellen Forney

Rating:  ◊◊◊◊♦ 5 stars

Junior, 14 years old and living on a reservation, attends an all-white school in a neighboring town.
Imagine the issues!

I howled with laughter at the cartoons. This is a quick read.  For me, the cartoons tell the story and the words fill in the gaps. The cartoons bumped my rating from 4 to 5 stars.

Employing wit and imagination, Alexie touches on bullying, racism, poverty, etc. – without belaboring it. The point isn’t to immerse the reader in the problems, but to follow Junior through them to his next challenge.

This is the only Alexie book I have read, and probably the only one I will read. But I will almost certainly read this one several times.

If you like this book, you may also enjoy Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt and Rez Road Follies by Jim Northrup.

Going Commando

Going Commando by Mark Time

Going Commando

Going Commando

February 2014, Troubador Publishing

Rating: * * * *

Hilarious, absurd, and impossible to put down!

Thank you, author Mark Time, for recommending this selection.

Superior Justice

Superior Justice, a Lake Superior Mystery
by Tom Hilpert
(c) 2008 Tom Hilpert

Rating: * * * *

Daniel Spooner died on a Tuesday in early May, just as the lunch hour was ending in Grand Lake.

The lunch hour part made me chuckle and ensured I would continue reading. And what a fun read this is!

Meet Rev. Jonah Borden, Lutheran pastor in a small town on Minnesota’s North Shore, who fuels his day with copious amounts of coffee and gourmet food and listens to rock music and goes fishing as often as time permits.

Jonah cracks wise as he tries to help clear a man he knows to be innocent of a vigilante murder, only to find himself charged with murder. And other unscrupulous dealings.

Superior Justice is thoroughly entertaining and a quick read.

Hello from the Gillespies

Hello from the Gillespies by Monica McInerney

Release date: 11/04/14 by Penguin Group/Signet

Rating: * * * *

The truth shall set you free. 

The Gillespies are not having a good year.  Angela Gillespie avoids the usual sugarcoating in her annual Christmas missive, opting instead for flat truth.  The resulting unintended consequences create a humorous, touching story.

We could all benefit from a friend as loyal and practical as Joan.  Ig is a great kid, my favorite person throughout the story. Between the two of them, they fiercely shield Angela from the backlash of telling it like it is.  Joan makes clear the expectation that each person (including Angela) will take responsibility for their own choices.

I was taken aback at the length of the book: it shouldn’t take 600+ pages to tell a story.  However, I found the book easy to read, not necessarily a quick read but the story moves right along in a satisfying progression.  I will look for more by this author.

Thank you to Penguin/Signet and NetGalley for the Advance Reader Copy I received in exchange for a review.

Quiet Magic

Quiet Magic by Sam Cook, with illustrations by Bob Cary

University of Minnesota Press

This book is exactly what it promises: quiet and magical.  It’s a collection of stories and essays the author wrote for the Duluth News-Tribune, grouped by season.  Each piece is 2-4 pages in the book: a nice little morsel.

Each piece is 2-4 pages of observations and experiences related to the north country, the people to be found there, hunting and fishing, canoeing, etc.  Cook’s gentle humor and perception make for a delightful few minutes of reading per story.

I find myself continually returning to Loomis Lips for the chuckle factor.  Without spoiling it, I’ll just note that it’s about human nature.  Oh, and fish.

The Sheriff of Yrnameer

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The Sheriff of Yrnameer by Michael Rubens

Read by William Dufris

Rating:  * * * *

If the freeze-dried orphans hadn’t gotten me to pick up this book, then IPR (Intergalactic Public Radio) or “Kids…exploding out of the crates like popcorn” or “a dozen ululating marketing trainees” would have.  Sci-fi like you have never heard it before!  I could go on an on, but I won’t.

Let me just leave it at this:  I highly recommend the audiobook when you’re looking for a snort-worthy romp of a story.  William Dufris is a master at reading stories like this one:  wacky, absurd comedy with a plethora of characters, each one more quirky than the last.

 

Ely Echoes

Ely Echoes by Bob Cary
(c) 2000
Published by Pfeifer-Hamilton

Rating: * * * * *

“Jackpine Bob” Cary, journalist and long-time editor of the Ely Echo, has collected a series of observations, escapades, and spoofs spanning his Depression-era youth through his golden years into an anthology of several-page stories infused with his trademark humor and energy.

My absolute favorite of these – and let me assure you it was not easy to select just one favorite to write about – is Second Time Around, a hilarious chronicle of Cary’s less-than-smooth wedding and honeymoon trip at age 76 with 64-year-old longtime friend and new bride Edith.

Among Friends

Among Friends:  Stories from the Journey by Father Jim Sichko

Published 2014 by Premier Digital Publishing

Rating:  * * * *

You’ve gotta love a book written by a priest with help from a horror-fiction writer and an art thief turned life coach.  Which is its own endorsement of the book:  it just goes to show that inspiration is available from the most unlikely sources if we just take care to recognize it.

Among Friends is a collection of tidbits and humorous stories demonstrating the practical application of aphorisms like Little things matter.  Bloom where you are planted.  Notice someone.  The trickle down effect.  Sometimes it’s a winding road.  Aha! moments strike when least expected.  Which leads us back to the author and his friends, who recognized aha! when they saw it.

Thank you to Premier Digital Publishing and NetGalley for the copy I received in exchange for a review.

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