Sunday, September 6, 2009

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

(NOTE: I have been out of it for a while it seems. Things have been too much and too fast and reading has really taken a back seat for a while. Nothing to be proud of... just the way it is. Anyhow, we return...)

If you've been reading along up to this point you may have noticed that I have this thing for guns and knives and all stories related to them if they are well written. Recent events in the world I call life have left me looking for a book with a far less serious take on things. Something kind of dark, seriously smart, and very funny... That's what I need. In this book you get all of that.

Holidays on Ice is one of the better reads I have ever had. Perhaps the single largest problem I have with it as that, in places, I have stopped and laughed so hard as to wake up the Mrs and to loose my place and have to look it up again. As yet another collection of short stories, I have found this to be one of the more worth while reads I have come across. So, to the ratings then:

Readability - 5 of 5 - I would hate to think I would knock off points here just because milk squirted out of my nose while reading it. Seriously well written.
Editing - 5 of 5 - Not really an issue with this book or something I even paid that much attention to. No obvious missteps that I could see.
Subject Matter - 5 of 5 - Though I really do feel for some the folks involved in the stories recounted here, I have to tell you that the humor wins out.
Did I like the story - You know, this should just be listed as an automatic 5 if I am typing it here. I loved this one. Well worth the price at HPB.

Bottom line here is if you need a good cackle and have a slightly dark streak in your sense of humor, this one is for you. Read it and enjoy and be sure you drink milk with care while reading....

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