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30 Day Writing Challenge: Day Seven

Do you read? What are you favourite books?

(Note: Something went tits-up with my blog to make day seven come after day eight. Oh well!)

Yes. Yes, I do.
Two-thirds of what I read is non-fiction and my favourite author is Bill Bryson, who could write a 1,000 page book about gravel, and it would still be both interesting and dryly amusing. My favourite Bryson book is A Walk in the Woods, which is about the authors attempt to hike the length of the Appalachian mountains. Since it is a very long journey lasting several months that could contain mild peril, he decides to enlist the company of a friend. After reaching out, the only real interest comes from an old school friend with whom he has no recent contact. The time arrives for Bryson to meet his old friend at the airport, but the man who disembarks from the plane is morbidly obese, unfit for the trip, and so, hilarity ensues.

Particularly with fiction, I like to know that what I am going to read is going to be good before I delve into it because I have not finishing a book. The only book I have given up on is Fifty Shades of Grey. Got to the seventh chapter before giving up on all the “blushing” and “flushing”, all the mentions of “grey eyes”, the way Anastasia can just wander into work when she feels like it (“Oh, great, you came in today, we’re kinda busy”) and the way the writer constantly describes any particular location with three adjectives every damn time.

I really like Alan Bennet’s style of writing (wish he had more novels). I enjoyed The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. I like funny stuff. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

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Book Review: Crazy Town by Robyn Doolittle

Crazy Town Rob FordCrazy Town is a fast-paced narration of how we got to where we are today under Toronto’s most divisive mayor since the last one. With more detail than can be afforded by the numerous but space-limited newspaper articles about Rob Ford, there are a few more revelations here and everything is helpfully brought more clearly into focus by the background information and chronological presentation.

Crazy Town is sensible and journalistic and, thankfully, lacking in rhetoric and hyperbole. Although the bulk of the content relates to the well-known new coverage, there is room for praise and empathy.

I consider myself fairly up-to-date on the politics of the City of Toronto, but there were details here that I had either missed or never heard, particularly in relation to the history of the Ford family. Information throughout is sourced (only rarely sourced anonymously, but often backed up by others or in one case recently dismissed by Doug Ford, backed up by an audio recording), and cannot be dismissed.