Friday, June 13, 2008

Book Review #95
Noisy Outlaws, Unfriendly Blobs, And Some Other Things That Aren't As Scary, Maybe, Depending On How You Feel About Lost Lands, Stray Cellphones, Creatures From The Sky, Parents Who Disappear In Peru, A Man Named Lars Farf, And One Other Story We Couldn't Quite Finish, So Maybe You Could Help Us Out edited by Ted Thompson
Rating: zero stars (out of four)

I very much liked the introduction by Lemony Snicket, it had me snickering and smiling at the outrageously tedious stories he had come up with.  But as far as the rest of the stories were concerned, I was not impressed.  Here is my take on each of them.

Small Country by Nick Hornby: This was a very interesting tale, I know it is not the best thing I have ever read, and it certainly isn't the worst, but somewhere in the undefined middle.  I liked this story, but that is pretty much all I can say.

Lars Farf, Excessively Fearful Father And Husband by George Saunders: A rather weird  little story that had elements of annoyance but made up for it with all the random things/people Lars hired to protect his family.

Monster by Kelly Link: I did not like this story.  It was depressingly horrific.  I thought it was a horrible story that should never have gotten published.

The Contest At Cowlick by Richard Kennedy: A tall tale that was fairly enjoyable, if not a little predictable.

Each Sold Seperately by Jon Scieszka: okkaaayyy, I'm fairly certain I only got part of this story.

Seymour's Last Wish by Sam Swope: A slightly sick and pointless story.

Grimble by Clement Freud: Not a total waste of my time, but it was pretty close.

Spoony-E & Spandy-3 Vs. The Purple Hordes by James Kochalka: Quite possibly one of the lamest cartoon's I have ever read.

Sunbird by Neil Gaiman: A very weird story that I didn't enjoy, it was confusing, tedious and had a horrid ending. Definitely not worth anyone's time.

The Aces Phone by Jeanne DePrau: A decently amusing story compared to the rest in this book...

The Sixth Borough by Jonathan Safran Foer: Lame and not worth reading.

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