Wednesday, December 11, 2013
To Cure the Humans is the kind of story that I would write if I were actually as clever as I imagine myself to be. And, you know, if I were ever disciplined enough to make myself sit down and write a book.
Don’t get caught up in the odd plot. As with the most famous books of another Douglas, Douglas Adams, the details of the story really aren’t that important. (Note that each version of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – radio series, book, television series, computer game, big screen – contains major plot differences.) It’s the quirky characters and snarky humor that pull you in and keep you laughing all through the convoluted ride. Yes, comparisons to Adams are tossed around quite a lot these days, but To Cure the Humans comes as close as any book I’ve read to capturing the exuberant irreverence and parodies of storytelling convention of Adams’ best. What happens doesn’t matter nearly as much as how it happens. This book is loads of fun, and highly recommended.
(Note: As I’ve mentioned here before, more and more of my friends are becoming authors as time goes by. In this case, though, I didn’t know Doug Lewis before reading his book – he was a friend of a friend-who-became-an-author who then himself became an author, and is now a friend. Read that through again if necessary, it really does make sense. Doug graciously provided me with a free copy of To Cure the Humans with no obligation to read, like, promote or review it.)
Posted by Brad Randall at 10:41 AM
Monday, December 09, 2013
Facebook. I'll repost the pic with my favorite caption on Friday. As always, no prizes, other than the glory/infamy of being chosen.
Posted by Brad Randall at 3:34 PM
Friday, December 06, 2013
You all were just full of Christmas cheer this week! Well, full of Christmas something… Congratulations to Stupid Guest Tricks’ Zazu, who gets his third win with this endearing and slightly disturbing caption!
Honorable Mentions: SGT’s PatchOBlack: “Yes, I am the real Santa, but I can't just give the Vocal Majority the gold in the International Chorus competition....”; Darren Grabowski: “Cover photo for Brad and Santa's brand new Christmas Duet album ‘Two For Christmas’”; and two from Alan AJ Irby: “The Macy's Santa Claus suddenly and unexpectedly resigned today for unspecified reasons. In potentially related news, he was seen at the hospital complaining of lower leg pain.” and “In other Hollywood news, recently unearthed pre-casting tryout photos for 'Miracle on 34th Street' turned over interesting (some might say disturbing) candidates for the role eventually filled by Natalie Wood.”
Thanks to all who entered! New picture coming Monday!
Posted by Brad Randall at 9:05 AM