Review | Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble by M.C. Beaton

Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble

Title:Β Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble
Author:Β M.C. Beaton
Genre: Fiction, Short Story, Mystery
Publishing date: 6th December, 2012
Published by: Robinson
Pages: 33

My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

 

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Synopsis:

The bossy, vain and irresistible Agatha is back in this latest short story.

Agatha is spending Christmas at home in the Cotswolds – and in a fit of goodwill towards all men (and women) she invites six of Carsley’s oldest residents to come around and share Christmas lunch with her.

Christmas jollity soon turns to disaster as Agatha accidentally kills one of her guests with a gruesome homemade Christmas pudding… so will it be Christmas in the cells for Agatha? Or can she fix an escape out of this particular festive mess!


My Take:

I liked reading this short story.

Agatha is spending the holidays alone so she decides to hold a dinner party for six of the other lonely elders who would otherwise have been spending the holidays alone. She refers to them as ‘crumblies.’

She is a dysfunctional cook who shouldn’t be actually cooking but does that stop her from cooking for others, that to for a dinner party. Nope. πŸ˜› Her dinner preparations are hilarious to read about.

Image result for a cooking mess gifIf it wasn’t for the fact that this book falls under the mystery category, I would’ve liked the book more. Considering how small the book is, there isn’t much time to build up the mystery.

Given the length of the book, the author does a good job.


Why would I pick it up?

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For the quick read.

 

Review | Shizzle, Inc (Isa Maxwell #1) by Ana Spoke

Shizzle, Inc (Isa Maxwell #1)

 

Title: Shizzle, Inc (Isa Maxwell #1)
Author: Ana Spoke
Genre: Comedy, Humor, Women’s Fiction
Publishing date: 4th September, 2015
Published by: Ana Spoke
Pages: 274

My Rating: 5/5 stars Β 

*Book received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

Isa Maxwell is an average busty blond, a recent graduate of a community college, and rap-loving, gun-toting, self-proclaimed badass. More than anything else, Isa wants to be discovered, so that she can solve her financial woes and win back Brad, the love of her life.

Thanks to her clumsiness, street smarts, and unbelievable bit of luck, Isa, lands a dream job at Shizzle, Inc. Things start to look up when Mr. Hue, the playboy billionaire owner of Shizzle, Inc takes Isa under his wing. Isa even gets a number of new love interests, but all is not what it seems. In fact, absolutely nothing is what it seems.

Can Isa survive the tough world of corporate intrigue and constant looming bodily harm? Or will her efforts be the end of Shizzle, Inc and possibly her life?


 

My Take:

Shizzle, Inc is a book by a fellow blogger,Β Ana SpokeΒ and I am seriously very proud of the fact that the book didn’t disappoint me. To be honest, being critical of things, by the people we enjoy, is difficult. When I got this book I was sure that I was going to love it because well, it kind of felt as if I was there when Ana wrote it. She was so good in documenting the process of her book. Though I joined on the journey from the cover selection part but feels like I was right there from the start. πŸ˜€

It is one of the most hilarious books I have read in a while, appropriately placed puns was just in tune with the story. Nothing looked forced or out of place. The writing is very good and I love the fact that all the characters had the writer’s undivided attention, even the supporting characters. It so happens that when some scene revolves around the main character, the authors forget to register what the side character’s reactions might have been but this book had it all.

None of the character forgot to be what they were supposed to be throughout the book. πŸ˜› There were times I was laughing really very hard. πŸ˜› It only seemed fair to involve some examples of the smart-ass puns because why not? πŸ˜› Let’s laugh together. πŸ˜›

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Like, Wow! Some of the really smart come backs I have read. πŸ˜› The characters were spot on hilarious. The main character Isa Maxwell, is so ignorant that it makes her funny as hell, Her boss, Mr. Hue is a classified idiot, Isa’s mother, dad, sister, her best friend have really very unique personalities and no character failed to make be laugh. They were so stupid sometimes that it all made sense. πŸ˜›

Here’s some for Isa’s work ability (which she had none) πŸ˜› But we have to give it to the girl for faking a Harvard certificate and winning a national hunt. (How much ever stupid that seemed. πŸ˜› )

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I don’t expect much philosophy in a comedy book but hell, that’s a huge twist to the basic “Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day, teach him how to fish and he will feed himself for life.” πŸ˜› πŸ˜› It seems to project what our world has really come to.

The chapter titles were a smart move. They gave you an idea on what the chapter was about and they were a quote from the chapter itself. I found that really unique. πŸ˜€ Now-a-days all you find is the chapter to be numbered but having an actual title makes it fun. I really wanted to include the index page as to give you guys an example of what I mean but I am going to hold myself because I have already included a lot of pictures. (Arghh… I can’t seem to determine which snapshots should go in and which shouldn’t. I include all my highlighted lines. πŸ˜› )

All in all, this is a good book. Smart, hilarious, and fun. It definitely is worth the while. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€


Why would I pick it up?

Everybody needs a good laugh, don’t they? πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›

 

Review | Higgs & Soap: Galaxy Delivery by Tony Cooper

Higgs & Soap: Galaxy Delivery

 

Title: Higgs & Soap: Galaxy Delivery
Author: Tony Cooper
Genre: Science Fiction, Humor
Publishing date: 7th August , 2015
Published by: CreateSpace
Pages: 201

My Rating: 4/5 stars Β 

 

 

*ARC received from the publisher via Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

“Hello! Need a ‘sensitive’ item delivered ‘discreetly’ anywhere in the colonised galaxies? Then ‘Higgs & Soap: Galaxy Delivery’ are waiting for your encrypted call. We operate in the strictest confidence for your peace of mind*!”
(*yes we do illegal stuff)

It was supposed to be a simple, straightforward job: transport a data card from one solar system to another and get paid. But it turns out that the data on the card makes it the most valuable item in the galaxy. With highly trained killers and thieves after it, the only people standing in their way are Higgs and Soap, and they really, really don’t want to die.

Join Higgs (independent entrepreneur) and Soap (ace pilot and engineer) as they tear across the galaxy pursued by cyborgs and genetically modified thugs. All they want is to get paid! And to not die. They’re quite insistent about that part.

“Higgs & Soap – we take anything, anywhere!”


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This book is a perfect example of what would happen to our world if technology took over completely, Nah… just ignore my “there’s-a-hidden-meaning-in-everything” start. πŸ˜›

But seriously the humorous way in which every human emotion, action and reaction is translated as a machine function is hilarious and seems so real in a way. Like, the people there or the AIs and robots and what-nots behave exactly how, we, humans behave. They suffer memory lose when their memory is wiped off, they are cut and their nodes are exposed like our veins, they are plugged off as we die and they are on power saving mode to compensate for our sleep.

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Everything started making sense after a while and I didn’t feel like a kid reading this book. πŸ˜› (I admit, that this is probably a children’s fiction but then again you sometimes can’t help yourself. πŸ˜› )

The book in its own way talked about how life would be with everything created “not so naturally” and having to maintain that everyday. The fact that machines get boisterous of their accomplishments if given an actual brain which was wired weird like us, weird enough to feel emotions and make stupid judgments based on it seems frighteningly real.

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Higgs and Soap run a delivery firm that delivers stuff all over the galaxies. Their business isn’t exactly flairing but then an assignment comes up which looks promising for their business. But they soon find out that this assignment could cost them their lives.

After almost being killed several times, they both finally manage to complete the task which nobody exactly thought they could but they outwitted everyone. The work was done, the mystery of why they were the target of every Jack and Jill solved and their business finally took off making the end happy.

I would have given it a 5 star if I had been a lot more younger like maybe 10 or 12 because these things excite children. I totally would recommend it to the children so that they could get the excitement and dwell over the odd possibility of an unique world out there.

A fun line to think about. πŸ˜› But seriously, do any of you guys have answer for this?

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Why ‘double-you’ and not ‘double-vee’? πŸ˜› πŸ˜› Pretty logical, huh? πŸ˜› πŸ˜›


 

Why would I pick it up?

Science has always been an important aspect in our life and now technology is pretty much taking over everything. This is a good book to give us a picture of how the universe might work if taken over by the machines. πŸ˜› πŸ˜›