Three Men in a Boat

Three Men in a BoatThree Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You could call this book The Three Stooges Meet The Marx Brothers, or The Three Amigos Take on the Thames. Either way, the ensuing hilarity will keep you turning the pages to see what happens next.

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The Coming Race

The Coming RaceThe Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I almost feel bad tearing this book apart, seeing as those before me did such a fantastic job, but I’ll just add my two cents anyway. That’s about all I would spare for this book.

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Cursed

CursedCursed by George Allan England
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Life isn’t fair, and sometimes the bad guy, the bully wins in the end. Penitence can’t erase extreme injustices, and sometimes it will take a supreme sacrifice to make amends. Did I mention that life isn’t fair?

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Making Money

Making MoneyMaking Money by Owen Johnson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The story of four English lads that went to New York to make their fortune in life. There’s only one problem with that premise; they weren’t English; they were American boys from an ivy league school. The disconnect is irreconcilable.

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The Diary of a Nobody

The Diary of a NobodyThe Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A satirical take on the tell all trend, which apparently existed even in those days. The milquetoast Mr. Pooter, the butt of jokes and creator of his own, chronicles the banalities of English life in the 1890’s for the common man. With his small circle of friends, devoted wife and uncorrigible son, Pooter sounds like a ‘regular guy,’ and as it turns out, he was. My understanding is that this was serialized back in the day, and that would have made it much more digestible than it is here, packed into a single book. Still, there is some amusement to the travails and small victories that made up Pooter’s day(s). A fairly quick read, although to have it all in one volume seemed like taking the joke to the extreme.

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