J. Boley

Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (10 of 10)
Location: Lafayette, IN United States


Top Reviewer Ranking: 491,983 - Total Helpful Votes: 10 of 10
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
I thought long and hard about how to rate this book. To me, it wasn't as great as 'Me Talk Pretty', but it's still pretty funny. He's about the only author that can make me almost lose it and fall out of the chair laughing, and this book had a couple of those moments as well lots of moments of general laughter.
This is a collection of essays, and I agree with other reviewers that it doesn't 'flow' as well as it could. Sedaris is clearly at his peak when writing about his dysfunctional family. While some of his France stories are charming, people expect humor from Sedaris now, and you can tell he's trying to hard to deliver it sometimes even when the situation may not be all that funny… Read more
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I read this book purely for pleasure, unlike a lot of people I know who have read it for class or as part of an academic exercise. I simply like to pick a book that will challenge me in between fiction books. This book did not disappoint.
This is a rare work in that it can appeal to academics and pleasure readers. The knowledge and research behind the concepts in the book are complex and detailed, but Diamond does such an excellent job of explaining things, that you can easily sometimes forget the vast amount of information that he had to assimilate in order to put forth this hypothesis.
There are also two main points from the book that I took. One is the merely academic and… Read more
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Child&hellip by Christopher Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of both worlds., June 16 2004
As a theology major in college and a lover of good fiction, this book blends the best of both worlds for me. On the whole, this is an excellent book. Enough research to make it feel plausible, even though some parts of it are contrived (such as why Biff is writing this 'gospel'). However, the main substance of the book stands as a strong piece of literature that I found to be an enjoyable read.
Moore portrays Jesus as I would like to believe that he was. Could Jesus have had a sense of humor? Was he amazed by his own powers? Did he actually have numerous influences when developing his philosophy? Did he curse? Moore believes so, and even though this is a piece of fiction, it's fun to… Read more