Tuesday, June 24, 2008

twenty's book

I finally bought Twenty's book, having accepted at last that no-one was going to buy it for me. I even turned down a loan of it, as I nobly felt I at least owed him that much for all time I spend round his blog.

Not that he needs the link :)

My daughter was intrigued and amused by the cover.

I'm not sure what I was expecting, but my foremost impression of the book is how funny it is. It's a really enjoyable, laugh out loud read. His style encapsulates his favourite in-jokes, but they're accessible. He clearly uses certain phrases for the pleasure of how they trip off the tongue - I really loved the description of a woodlouse as 'one of those little armadillo insects you find in damp places'.

It's silly, confident, relaxed writing that pulls you a long with it, for the most part. And it makes the blog clearer, if anything, rather than vice verse.

I feel a little sorry for Damien Rice, I have to admit, it's a pretty sustained attack - I wonder if he's read it?

Memorable moments for me were Bono's appearance; a genius metamorphosis, a protracted description of making homemade cola that for some inexplicable reason had me wetting myself, and the concept of Scrotum Art, which I particularly liked.

My only sticking points were that I found some of the sudden gratuitous violence moments a little jarring, but then they like that, don't they, the lads - and that some episodes had the distinct flavour of good posts that had been shoe-horned (crow-barred?) in to fit. Though there's no real harm in that.

I'm looking forward to the next one - I'd read this over Ross O' Carrol Kelly any day. Well, ok, I actually haven't read any Ross O Carrol Kelly, so maybe that's not fair - but the columns make me not want to, so I haven't.


Twenty Major said...

Thanks for that, glad you liked it.

jothemama said...

I hope No 2's going well, Twenty.

Twenty Major said...

So far so ...erm... something!

RandomNoise said...

Heh Heh "hope no 2's going well" heh heh.

jothemama said...

Are you kidding me! :)

Anonymous said...

I think I'll wait till I see it in Oxfam, I'm poor!

jothemama said...

I'll keep an eye out for extra copies in my recycling centre bookshelf. Best idea ever!