Thursday, March 10, 2016

More Letters from a Nut (Review)

More Letters from a Nut #2

By: Ted L. Nancy
Publisher: Bantam
Release Date: April 13th, 1998
Genre: Humor/Nonfiction

My Review: (4.5/5 stars*)

I picked this up on a whim from a used book shop and I knew it was going to be a winner. I'm not really the kind of person to just purchase a random novel without knowing a stitch about it, but I had this gut feeling that I could not let this one go. As a lover of fictitious reading this nonfiction made me have hope for future acquisitions within this genre that I typically steer clear from.

Okay, personal noting aside More Letters from a Nut is this fantastic collection of letters written by a guy with some serious issues and perhaps even grudges against companies. It's absolutely, ridiculously, and most importantly one of the single most entertaining books I've discovered in awhile. I was so enamored with the lunacy of its content that I binged on this for three days.

Whoever Ted L. Nancy is, (which his identity was disclosed nationally by Jerry Seinfeld) he is a comedic genius with a twisted sense of humor. Naturally, I approve. He has written major corporations from hotels, celebrities, book publishers, cruise lines, to the government itself with demented stories and requests in hopes of eliciting a worthy response. The greatest thing about this is reading the companies replies back. One letter is written to Penguin Publishing House about Nancy pitching a novel idea about his real-life encounter with aliens and how they did weird things to him and he liked it and that he has photographic proof that they also tickled him, which—ironically enough—he did not enjoy.

Any reader who is stuck in a reading hiatus (such has been myself lately) will plow through this one with glee. It's super funny, thoroughly enjoyable, incredulous, and it may even make you blush. Don't even pause to scoop this one up, this book is for every adult whose capable of reading and it'll have you painfully laughing into the late hours of the nightof this I am guilty. This is the second book in an assemblage of letters and does not need to be read in order as each individual page is their own standalone correspondence. I have already ordered the rest of Ted L. Nancy's books and can't wait till they arrive! 


Monday, June 22, 2015

Stand Down (Review)

(A J.P. Beaumont Novella, 21.5)

Publisher: Witness Impulse
Release Date: July 21st, 2015
Genre: Adult Mystery/Suspense

My Review: (4/5 stars*)

Stand Down brings the mystery, intrigue, action, and some favorite faces back in this sharply written, quick-paced novella. Jance is an author that dominates with her ability to tell a story and draw you in with her perfectly executed writing style and distinctive characters. As a reader whose only ever read a few novellas by J.A. Jance I can say without a doubt I would pick up any novel that this author writes. Even if you don't know the characters, or the back-story you can be assured that once you start reading one of her works it hardly matters. You can follow just about any of the stories without much confusion and you won't get lost in an already established long-running series.

J.P. Beaumont returns as we catch up with his life as a retired officer from the Seattle P.D. and the S.H.I.T. squad proudly known as the Special Homicide Investigation Team.
Beaumont dives into the past with how the team he was a part of disbanded and why he feels like something's missing from his day-to-day living. As he searches to find
meaning and direction he gets swept into a horrific nightmare when he comes home to find his wife—chief of police—Mel Soames missing. Using his refined investigative skills he'll take whatever means necessary to locate his wife and bring her home safely—even if the department thinks he's the number one suspect.

Stand Down is a very good short story to pick up especially if you haven't read one of her full-length novels. Like, previous novellas this one will have you caught up in it's thrilling story, and get you hooked. Jance has a way with making each character fascinating, and each story more entertaining than the one before. You can always take comfort in knowing her writing will deliver exactly what you want to read in a mystery. If there's any fault I can find with it is that it ended too soon, which means I'll be looking forward to the next one that much more. J.P. Beaumont will have you excited to follow his next case. If you're unsure whether to start the Beaumont series, than grab one of the novellas - start with Ring In The Dead, and then scoop up Stand Down because they're totally worth it.

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