I like Dave Barry, but it turns out I like him in 5-minute morsels. I recently started taking my kids on weekly excursions to our local library. When I saw this book on display, I thought, "Hey, I like Dave Barry."
Well, I got 1/4 or 1/3 of the way through it before realizing that it just wasn't very funny. No point in finishing. I don't usually abandon books, but I'm finding it easier to do with a due date looming. While I have been a semi-regular reader of his columns, this was my first Barry book. Other reviews here assure me that other books are much funnier, so it may not be my last, but I'm not likely to go out of my way for them - even during a regular trip to the library.
On his semi-centennial, Dave takes us on a belabored walk down memory lane, enumerating various unfunny events in a year-by-year, blow-by-blow fashion. It's good for a chuckle here and there, but it frankly wasn't worth the effort to pick up and carry home - and remember, it was free.
Fortunately, I can return it without hassle....Continua