Posts labeled Humor
Review - Bobby Ray Breaks the Universe by Rob Rosen
In an alcoholic rage, Bobby Ray wants to kill his neighbor. The man did sleep with his husband, after all, providing the final straw that ended their stormy marriage. He has a brick in his hand, ready to do the deed when an actual angel appears to stop him. Then, a demon also shows up to egg him on. Bobby Ray is confused enough to abandon the attempt to take a life, for now.
Tags: Humor Paranormal
Review - The Prince's Frog by Eden Winters
Prince Bob - his full name is one of the reasons this is a novella and not a short story - has a problem. His parents want to marry him off to the princess of a neighboring kingdom. Bob dislikes the demanding young woman. Actually, everybody does, but they're too afraid to say so. To make matters worse, Bob doesn't really like women. He would much prefer the company of the blacksmith, or the jousting team.
Tags: Fairy Tales Novella Humor
Review - Fate by Rob Rosen
Eddie's stand-up comic mother goes into labor while on the road. She ends up sharing a hospital room with another woman, who as it happens lives not far away from her. Although coming from two different social circles, the two women become good friends, as do their sons, Eddie and Brian. At seven years old, the two boys are separated when Brian's parents have to move to another state, leaving Eddie on his own.
Tags: Contemporary Humor
Review - Genie in a Vodka Bottle by Rob Rosen
Paul is on his way to Spain, on a vacation he booked with his now ex-boyfriend and forgot to cancel. Through a series of seemingly random encounters, Paul ends up in Gibraltar and then Morocco, where a bartender insists on serving him a bottle of vodka, which just happens to hold a genie. Once the magical being is released, the fun really begins, taking Paul, the genie, and even Paul's ex on a ride around the world and back in time.
Review - Sort Of Dead by Rob Rosen
Nord wakes up in a strange place. “Wakes up” being not quite the right expression, since Nord is dead. Shot in the head while sitting at his desk. Only, this strange place isn’t heaven, apparently. It isn’t the other place either. It’s more like a giant departure hall full of people waiting to move on. Befriended by Max, another dead man, it soon becomes clear that perhaps this is the place where the recently departed who have unfinished business wait.
Review - Ted of the d'Ubervilles by Rob Rosen
The author kindly provided an advanced review copy (ARC) of this book in exchange for this review. Ted has been living on the streets for six years, since he was orphaned at 17. He’s managed to survive without selling himself or getting hooked on drugs, but it’s a hard and lonely existence. One day when Ted gets a rare chance to check his email he finds a message from a lawyer telling him he may be heir to a fortune, if he can get to New York for the reading of a will.
Review - And God Belched by Rob Rosen
Many people believe that there’s someone special out there, meant just for them. Randy has believed that his whole life, perhaps more strongly than most. Only, it turns out that Randy’s soul mate is actually from another, not quite parallel, universe; one that’s been intermittently intersecting with Randy’s since just before he was born. The pursuit of his true love takes the aptly-named Randy, along with his younger brother Craig, into the other universe, and into a world very unlike Earth.
Tags: Humor Fantasy Science Fiction
Review - All the World's an Undead Stage by Angel Martinez
The Offbeat Crimes series [finally] comes to an end in this sixth and last book. The squad’s not-quite-completely-a-vampire Carrington takes the lead, along with his boyfriend Erasmus. All the officers are hot on the trail of whoever it is that keeps throwing all manner of paranormal creatures in their way, as recounted in the first five books. The main threats this time are zombie actors, who seem to be menacing most of the squad in general, and one officer in particular.
Review - Jackalopes & Woofen-Poofs by Angel Martinez
Time once again to check in on the offers of the 77th precinct in this fifth installent of the Offbeat Crimes. The focus this time around remains on Officer Alex Wolf and his new boyfriend, Animal Control Officer Jason Chen. The squad is still dealing with the fallout from their last encounter with the strange feral dust bunny creatures and the increasing suspicion that someone is targeting the officers with black magic.
Review - Feral Dust Bunnies by Angel Martinez
This fourth book of the Offbeat Crimes series puts the focus on Wolf, the 77th precinct’s not-werewolf. Although raised by humans, Wolf still has a hard time understanding the subtilties of the world he was thrust into, especially relationships. He is effectively pansexual. Like most canids, Wolf follows his nose, and animal control officer Jason Chen smells good enough to make Wolf forget how to human. The two are thrown together frequently on Wolf’s current case, which involves the discovery of several desiccated small animals around town.