Welcome!
The Book Review Blog - book reviews written by bloggers - comics, journals, novels, handbooks, dictionaries, any genre, anything. Join us!

Book Swap Meet
Interested in swapping books? Meeting reviewers? Drink coffee? Details located here and here. If you need any help, email us!

Contributors
@ * + ash
@ + bee b
@ + daniel joshua
@ + enia
@ + eyeris
@ + ferith
@ + fooji
@ * + graceshu
@ * + hani
@ + jenn
@ + irene
@ + ivan
@ + julianne
@ + kherying
@ + firefirefly
@ + meesh
@ * + minishorts
@ + raZZbeRRy
@ + rach
@ + steph t
@ + strizzt
@ + syarfina
@ + sixthseal
@ + t-boy
@ + vlad
@ * + wena

Blogs On Books
+ BicaraKu
+ BookGobbler
+ Daphne
+ Nizam Zakaria

Ebook Software
+Adobe Acrobat
+Palm Reader
+Mobipocket
+Microsoft Reader

Places to find Ebooks
+Simon & Schuster
+Palm Digital Media
+Fictionwise
+Mobipocket
+Knowbetter Lending Library
+Project Gutenberg

Other Links
+blogwise
+blogger
+haloscan
+sitemeter
+pps

Archives
31.08.03   07.09.03   14.09.03   21.09.03   28.09.03   05.10.03   12.10.03   19.10.03   26.10.03   02.11.03   09.11.03   16.11.03   23.11.03   30.11.03   07.12.03   14.12.03   21.12.03   28.12.03   04.01.04   11.01.04   18.01.04   25.01.04   01.02.04   08.02.04   15.02.04   22.02.04   29.02.04   07.03.04   21.03.04   28.03.04   04.04.04   11.04.04   18.04.04   25.04.04   02.05.04   09.05.04   16.05.04   23.05.04   30.05.04   06.06.04   13.06.04   20.06.04   27.06.04   04.07.04   11.07.04   18.07.04   25.07.04   01.08.04   08.08.04   29.08.04   05.09.04   12.09.04   19.09.04   26.09.04   03.10.04   17.10.04   24.10.04   31.10.04   07.11.04   14.11.04   21.11.04   28.11.04   05.12.04   12.12.04   19.12.04   02.01.05   09.01.05   23.01.05   30.01.05   13.02.05   20.02.05   24.04.05   01.05.05   15.05.05   29.05.05   05.06.05   12.06.05   19.06.05   26.06.05   17.07.05   24.07.05   31.07.05   07.08.05   14.08.05   21.08.05   28.08.05   11.09.05   18.09.05   02.10.05   09.10.05   06.11.05   13.08.06   19.08.07  

Stats

RSS Feed powered by RSSify at WCC

Atom Feed

 
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
Elvis, Jesus & Coca-Cola - by Kinky Friedman 
"Between the gutter and the stars,
People are what people are..."


I'd put Mr. Kinky [his real name] Friedman at par with a mixture of Dave Barry and David Sedaris; 'cept that Friedman is more blatant with his sarcasm and humor than Sedaris is, and also has a bit more of a plot to his books than Dave Barry's how-to guides.

This book explores the meaning of life, death, and everything related to it - which is just about everything else - through the eyes of Mr. Kinky Friedman after he finds himself involved with the deaths of two of his friends - they both had his name and number scrawled on a random notepad at the crime scene.

He gets his posse together to investigate the coincidence of the two deaths - by pouring dom perignon down their necks, scarfing down pork pies, smoking countless cigars, and dealing with issues in his past - and all this with numerous references to Jewish / Italian cultures, Elvis [of impersonators, and plenty of trivia], Jesus [satirical], Coca-Cola [minimal], and an attractive blonde who lives on the fifth floor of his apartment unit. It was a fun and entertaining read - nothing that would strain the unisel brain too much.

I found the style of narration refreshing and delightful [conversations with his cat, etc.], and admired his extensive vocab [viaticum, anyone?], expressions ["killer bee!"] and euphemisms ["Live by the watermelon, die by the watermelon"], and how he brought to life very colorful and interesting characters.

Kinky Friedman is either very creative, or probably needs counselling - it might've been all that trauma from his parent's naming conventions. I have just the number he could call - but I'll put that on hold first - we need to squeeze as much killer bee [!] talent out of this guy before they methioninize everyone into a blabbering mass of happy happy joy joys.

graceshu  # 5:36 PM
|