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Book Review: Barrel Fever (David Sedaris)

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A book of two halves.

Or, perhaps more accurately, 3/4 and 1/4.

I’ve heard David Sedaris reading his essays and have always found his stories honest, entertaining and sometimes quite raw, so I was looking forward to this book.

The first part of the book is a collection of short stories. I will admit I didn’t read all these. In fact I ploughed my way through one and a half before heading to the essays and the end of the book.

The short stories I read seemed ridiculous and pointless. Not funny; not entertaining; not believable. Yes, I know it’s fiction, so obviously not true, but fiction – no matter how outrageous – needs to be believable.

The essays, on the other hand, were everything I’d hoped for. I thoroughly enjoyed his amusing take on these personal stories.

I’ll definitely read more of his work but will be a bit more discerning about which book I buy next.

3 stars out of 5.

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Film review: Crazy Rich Asians

You know the story. You know how it ends. There’s no weird twists; nothing to strain your brain. Just a great excuse to relax and eat some popcorn.

It’s a RomCom.

Fun, funny, predictable, entertaining.

Sometimes that’s all you need.

Great to see this classic story line played out by different faces and in a different location. A great way to showcase Singapore, even if most of us will never enter the crazy, rich world of the movie.

4/5 stars for being an enjoyable interpretation of a classic theme.

Eateries photo challenge

Nancy’s challenge this week is to post a picture of a favourite eatery.

In 2013 we were staying with friends in Cornwall and went out for breakfast. My hubby, ever concerned about where his next meal is coming from, was reading the lunch menu on the blackboard.

When he asked what a “beef stiffy” was, it took us a while to work out what he meant. To be fair, it was a bit hard to decipher but it was actually “beef stirfry”.

After we stopped laughing, our friends christened him “Beefy”. And “Beefy” he remains.

So of course we had to stop for one of Beefy’s excellent pies.

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Travel Guides … but not as you know them.

In January, I was finally in the right place at the right time to visit the Lifeline Bookfest in Brisbane.

This huge sale of second hand books had me entertained for hours.

I managed to snavel a few travel book bargains, including 2 of the 3 hilarious Jetlag Travel Guides.

Any production by Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner and Rob Sitch is guaranteed to tickle your funny bone.20160416_154425.jpg

Thanks to Ailsa’s Travel Them at Where’s My Backpack

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Jennifer’s One Word Photo Challenge.

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