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How To Train a Rock by Paul Steven Stone

July 23rd, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Description:  With interest in his one-year-old novel Or So It Seems still on the rise, Paul Steven Stone recently introduced his newest book, How To Train A Rock, a collection of ’short insights and fiction flights’ culled from over 20 years of Stone’s irreverent and quirky newspaper column, “A Stone’s Throw“.

According to Stone, each of the fifty pieces in the book is a well-crafted, highly polished gem. From hilarious mock ads for ‘The Law Offices Of Paul Steven Stone” to laugh-out-loud takes on Boston sports fans, automated answering systems and the over-exposed public lives of ladies named Paris and Britney, Stone’s commentaries are often funny, occasionally profound and always creative.

To give you an idea of the type of humor you will find in this book the very first page says:

“Buy This Book and Save Hundreds of Dollars!

I lied.

You won’t save a penny buying this book. Truth is it will actually cost you money. But only $5 if you take advantage of our first-time buyer’s discount.

There I go again. That’s not true.  You’ll pay the same $15 that everyone else-except my mother-has to pay. And Mom’s only saving a couple of bucks at that.”

Like the description mentions above the book is divided up into a bunch of little pieces which makes it really easy to read.  While a lot of them are funny and demonstrates the same humor you see in the opening page, there were also several pieces that will touch your heart and make you nod your head in agreement.  Several of the middle sections cover some heavier topics like the war in the Middle East so it’s a nice mix of humor and seriousness.  This one is definitely a quick read that will provide lots of laughs.

Posted in Books, General Fiction

3 Responses

  1. Belle

    I love the opening! This one definitely sounds like a fun read.

  2. Kayla

    That looks so fun! I’m definitely into those fun and weird types of books so sounds like a good read for me :D

  3. Lorie Shewbridge

    This sounds so great… and I like the fact that there are short stories so you can read little bits at a time when you don’t have time to sit and read for a long time. Thanks for the review, it’s definately going on my to get list.

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