Monday, March 21, 2011

Books At Work (2)


And so we continue with the next five selections in our series devoted to my collection of eclectic books that currently reside in my work cubicle.

6} The Complete Monty Python, Volume 1 & Volume 2: This was one of the first books that I actually paid for by credit card (AMEX). I was out with a former friend of mine browsing at Barnes & Noble when I happened to see this book series in their large selection of humor (this was back in the early 90's when book chains carried all kinds of books). So being the kind of guy who would appreciate classic television comedy, I picked up this two volume set. This two volume set contains every single episode of this landmark TV series, in script form, from beginning to end, including all the various animation breaks and what not.

7} My first self pubbed book and my second self pubbed book. I have in my cubicle one copy of my first book and five copies of my second book. The reason why I have five copies of my second book is that just in case somebody is intrigued enough from reading the jacket blurb that I have sitting on the shelf to buy the book. The reason why I have one copy of my first book is that I have something to remind me of how I used to write and how I need to rebuild my reputation as a writer because of that first book. Both are very much for sale. Buy a copy today, preferably from me. You'll be glad that you did.

8} Belle Harbor Skeleton, Murder Junction, Another Day Another Murder, Puzzles, Murder and Other Bad Habits, Silent Alarm: The first six volumes of a murder mystery series by Susan Hooper. This particular author I first met back in 2008 while she was a vendor at the office where I currently work. As a vendor she sold handmade wooden and yarn type items, as well as her self-pubbed novels. Overall she has written nine murder mysteries, and they are the kind of mysteries in which you really can't read out of order. She was the one who first introduced me to self publishing, and for that I have mixed feelings on. Please click here for a book review on this series.

9}The Pessimist's Guide to History by Stuart and Doris Flexnor. I originally got this book for my birthday back in the late 90's while I was working at the library from a co-worker. It covers history from the time of the dinosaurs right up to the late 80's and as the second word of the book title states, that is a rather gloomy yet black humorous outlook on world history. The book is still in print, and while I have the original 1992 edition, the link itself is for the updated edition that was published in 2008. For those of you who simply love e-books, it's available in that format as well.

10} Mixed Nuts by Lawrence Epstein. I found this book in the discount rack at Ocean State Job Lot. For those of you who do not know this little tidbit, stores like Ocean State and Big Lots are where, if you're a (semi) successful writer, your books could probably wind up as marked down by 85% from the list price. Strangely enough, I see a lot of L. Ron Hubbard's garbage in those stores. Anyways, this book is about the comedy teams from the 1930's right up through the 1990's. From Laurel and Hardy to The Three Stooges, The Marx Brothers to Martin and Lewis, and Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance to the gang from Seinfeld and everyone in between, this book covers them all in a way that is highly informative and respectfully entertaining.


  1. I got the bad redirect here now before finally getting in!

    0 comments? That can't be right- Blogger must be frying from solar flares or something...

    Sounds like you have a great collection of amusing books- Monty Python scripts n Mixed Nuts sound like good mood lifters-

  2. Snaggle: I'm not sure what went wrong with this post. I know that I was having some issues with my feed, so I wound up resyncing it on Monday evening, but that doesn't really explain why I had no hits.

    I do know that Blogger is going through a minor problem with their bots, so I'm thinking that I got some leftover residual applied to my blog.

    Having said that, I thank you for the compliment. I've always gone for the strange reading material throughout the years, and these happen to be some of my faves.

  3. I love The Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy and all those comedy teams from years ago. I'll check out Epstein's book. Thanks!

  4. Kelly: You're more than welcome. I thought that book was a good read and as such, I still read passages from it at lunch.


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