Friday, July 8, 2011

Review: From Here to Absurdity

From Here to Absurdity: Pink Flamingos, Vibrators, and other Comical Events by David Hunter
Pages: 307
Genre: Non-Fiction/bio. 
Grade: A
Why I picked it up: The Galley was sent to me for review by the publisher, and I enjoyed the short blurb that was sent as a teaser.
Even though I RARELY read non-fiction, these stories were funny, thought-provoking and completely held my attention.

The Story: Written in a series of short stories, each based around a facet of the author's life.
His military basic training sojourn was described realistically, and thoroughly entertained.
Then I saw he took Ben Franklin and examined his human side, his foibles, his indulgences, and described a well-researched idea.
Some excellent historical research is a hallmark of this book, and made me think. Assumptions I'd had around Thomas Edison, the Pope, and legends that surround some people were questioned and firmly thrown out. The author talks about the Church, red states, the thin line walked by cops, tidbits from his experience as an officer and cop, surgery, love/hate campaigns, and the secret of writing!
This is no cookie-cutter "It" book - there is completely original writing, and great reading material to be had!
I'd recommend this to: Readers bored of run-of-the-mill books and want something fresh and thought-provoking.
Meet the author at:  "David Hunter in his Own Write"
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  1. Ditto on also not being huge on nonfiction, but I'm willing to give them a shot if someone recommends them. So, I guess I'll give this one a shot. Thanks for the rec!


  2. Lori, Pretty much where I am on the reading non-fiction front :) Glad to see you taking this recommendation! Worth it.


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