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DNF Review: I Didn’t Ask to Be Born: (But I’m Glad I Was) by Bill Cosby

I Didn't Ask to Be Born

In this hilarious collection of observations, Cosby brings us more of his wonderful and wacky insights into the human condition that are sure to become classics. In the tradition of Fat Albert, I DIDN’T ASK TO BE BORN offers a host of new characters, including Peanut Armhouse and Old Mother Harold. Not since Mushmouth, Dumb Donald, Bucky and the Cosby Kids has there been such a memorable cast.

Over the past century few entertainers have achieved the legendary status of William H. Cosby Jr. His success spans five decades and virtually all media-remarkable accomplishments for a kid who emerged from humble beginnings in a Philly housing project.

In the tradition of his bestselling books, Fatherhood and Cosbyology, the doctor of comedy holds forth on everything from first love to the Bible. Bill Cosby may not have asked to be born, but we’re sure glad he was.

 

 

I grew up with Bill Cosby. From Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids to Picture Pages to The Cosby Show (and it’s spin-offs and revamps) are all a part of my life’s experience. I listened to his songs, I watched his stand up…I am partially a product of Bill Cosby’s influence.

So when I saw this book at the library… YONK! I grabbed.
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Books I’ve DNF’d and Why (Part 1)

I’ve been having a bad time getting the reading mojo going this year. I do think it has something to do with being sick for so long.

But anyway, as I’ve searched and searched for a good book to read…I’ve run across a slew of books that I just couldn’t get into.

Now, I have a specific policy regarding DNFs: If I stop reading because of the book’s action/lack of action/trope/characterization, then I review it, one star it, and move on. If I stop reading a book because MEH! I’m feeling cranky! then I place it on my “Fussy Book Crankies, DNF” shelf with no rating. This reminds me to get back around to it one day.

But right now I’ve run into more than a handful of books that I just couldn’t get more than a chapter or a few paragraphs into. THIS is the list we are going to discuss today.
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The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams

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Returning to the fantasy genre that made him a coast-to-coast best-selling phenomenon, Tad Williams has written a new stand-alone contemporary novel set in Northern California-and also in the strange parallel world that coexists in the farthest reaches of the imagination.

Theo Vilmos is a thirty-year-old lead singer in a not terribly successful rock band. Once, he had enormous, almost magical, charisma both onstage and off-but now, life has taken its toll on Theo. Hitting an all-time low, he seeks refuge in a isolated cabin in the woods-and reads an odd memoir written by a dead relative who believed he had visited the magical world of Faerie. And before Theo can disregard the account as the writings of a madman, he, too, is drawn to a place beyond his wildest dreams…a place filled with be, and has always been, his destiny.

This book.

This book should be called “Depression in 5 easy steps.”

It starts with our hero. 30 y/o Theo who sings in a garage band with high school students.

It progresses to his girlfriend having a horrible bloody miscarriage while he’s out playing around with said teenagers.

Moving on from there, his girlfriend dumps him and kicks him out (agreed) and then 30 y/o Theo moves in with mom.

Depressed yet? No? Don’t worry, I have more.

Turns out Mom has cancer…and she dies after a few months.

So Theo then sells mom’s house…to a couple who get brutally murdered inside that same house within the month.

Guess what page we’re on? 88.Yeah, there’s no way I want to read more of this. But Carol has a wonderful review of what else depressing and asshole-ly actions Theo gets up to here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/161167442