I was going to start this post by apologizing and making excuses about my blogging absence, but that's cliche, so screw it.
I have been reading and I have been writing. Book reviews follow:
The Year the Swallows Came Early
+ Well written
+ Different setting (small town on the California coast)
+ The MC wants to go to culinary school. I like food. Like Everything on a Waffle, there are recipes in the book.
- Dad's in jail. Mom doesn't want to talk about it. Seen it before.
- The MC spends a good portion of the book moping around.
- Not much happens
The Phantom Tollbooth
+ Wordplay. Words work hard; they deserve to play sometimes.
+ Funny parts, but not laugh-out-loud funny, more smart funny. Smart funny is good, too.
+ Allegorical, and although allegory usually flies right past me without me noticing, it was kind of hard to miss in this one.
- The sketchy flip side of allegory: the story's a little weak.
+ Totally raunchy
+ Pokes fun at Twilight
- Not as funny as Wizner's first book, Spanking Shakespeare
- The main characters weren't all that likable.
- Some of the songs fell flat.
Sir Farsalot Hunts the Booger
+ The title
+ Had some funny lines
- Not enough farting