Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

3/5 stars.
ebook, 288 pages.
Read from January 07 to 08, 2014.

Ahh how delightful! I can’t tell you how much joy it brings me to know how successful Ms. Allie Brosh has become with her work. I can’t imagine that Allie ever believed that her comedic posts about her obnoxious childhood or hilarious coping mechanisms would ever become the star of the blogging internet world but it’s because Allie truly does have a gift. Allie’s imagination and experiences are so immensely relatable and in combination with her writing/comic style that’s easy to read it’s hard not to become addicted to her posts. Allie seems to let you know that what you think and feel is not so abnormal. For example, I too have an issue with people who choose to ignore spelling and grammar and in her post titled, The Alot I found some relief from my grammar Nazi ways and I will now use the same method she endorses in that post to deal with those who have poor spelling and grammar.

If you are unfamiliar with Allie’s blog, I absolutely insist that you visit it. You won’t be sorry: http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.ca/

Her book is a collaboration of some of her most popular blog posts as well as some new content and while I enjoyed the book the reason I did not give it a higher rating is that I’m not sure her content worked in book format.  What I enjoy about her blog is that the posts are concise and moderately short, just tid bits and bursts of awesome when you choose. When it’s all in a book I found that the style is overwhelming and can get redundant. I didn’t want to devour it all at once and maybe I shouldn’t have. While I understand that this book means profit for Allie and it’s a great way to commemorate her success it just felt like a weird medium to me while I was reading it.

So overall I’m glad this book was published and I want Allie to keep writing but I would like to see her success continue through her blog.

Bing Cherry Silk by Valentine Bonnaire

3/5 stars.
ebook, 10 pages.
Read on January 06, 2014.

This was a recommended read from Valentine Bonnaire herself to introduce me to her writing. Needless to say I was more than happy to do so and after reading “Bing Cherry Silk” I am looking forward to seeing what else this author has to offer.  You can download and read this lovely short piece at Smashwords. Click here to follow Valentine’s blog.

I admit, I did not know what a bing cherry was. Yes, I have had cherries before but I had never heard of this type. I am from Canada in a province where it is too cold to grow fruit even in the summer, where as Valentine is from Southern California according to her About Me page and I imagine items like bing cherries are much more common there. If you need to know what a bing cherry looks like, this is it:

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They’re a glorious colour aren’t they? I am glad I was able to get an idea of their colour and lustre before reading this story as it just added to imagery of the silk panties that are so deliciously described in this short story.

The story is hugely sensual and focuses on the complications of love, relationships and desire and how our personal growth can alter all of that. A nameless art student finds herself in love with her professor and is torn by her neediness for him and his apparent love for her despite not wanting to leave his wife. It’s when a pair of bing cherry coloured silk panties are left for her by a random admirer at her own house party does she come to a realization about herself, her needs and her own desires. What makes this story erotic isn’t the neat and stimulating sex scenes but the suspense and awakening that comes with the presence of these silk bing cherry panties.

I think my biggest disappointment with the story was the ending. The story built up the impeding decision that the main character was going make in terms her lover after the appearance the pink panties and I just felt the ending was rushed and unsatisfying in this sense. I believe that author was trying to go for something more subtle but I feel that it feel short of my expectations and with how the rest of the story built up.

Overall, a wicked steamy and satisfying short read for any erotica lover. Thanks Valentine!

Over to You by Roald Dahl

3/5 stars.
ebook, 164 pages.
Read from December 16 to 24, 2013.

This collaboration of stories emphasizes Dahl’s experiences as a flying ace for the RAF during World War II. I imagine that Dahl used many personal references and emotions in these stories, though from what I can find, from my very brief internet search, nothing specific has been directly referenced in the stories. Please feel free to comment if you know of a specific experience that has made it in one of these stories.  Additionally, I also wonder if writing these stories was a method he inadvertently used to deal with his own dreadful experiences in the war. Regardless, his renditions of the flying ace at war are detailed and provoking.

Beware of the Dog was by far my favourite in this collaboration as it brought a situation to my attention that I would not have even considered, having never been a solider, and the sheer terror that would follow. The character in the story finds himself in hospital and he isn’t sure what has happened, though he believes his plane has crashed. The nurse then proceeds to tell him where he is but other warning signs tell he may be elsewhere, like in enemy territory. In typical Dahl style, the reader is left not knowing if the main character is indeed in enemy territory or if he is just delusional and paranoid from the plane crash.

Overall I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to see a more adult side to their favourite childhood author or anyone interested in WWII experiences.