Monday, June 24, 2013

Book Review: The Barber's Conundrum

Although I don't normally review humor books (or read them, for that matter - I'm almost exclusively an sf/f guy), I did have a chance to pick up a copy of John Hartnett's recently released The Barber's Conundrum and Other Stories: Observations on Life from the Cheap Seats and must say I thoroughly enjoyed it.

A collection of "thirty-seven short literary humor pieces and humorous jokes," The Barber's Conundrum, is laugh out loud funny in many places, warm and genuinely touching in others. Author Hartnett's heartfelt tribute to his father is particularly moving.

Well-written and edited, my only quibble with this otherwise excellent read is that it ran a little long and would have benefited from being split into two books (a great "problem" to have - too much good writing in one place). That being said, I'm hoping there's a sequel in the works as I've discovered I really enjoy the view from the cheap seats. Recommended.

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