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Day 61: The Non-Adventures of Ricky and Amy by Antoinette Bergin

Day 61

Summary From Goodreads

Ricky and Amy are best friends. Probably because everyone else is a little bit afraid of them.

Spend some time with Ricky and Amy in these five short stories which may actually be appropriate for some children. I’m not sure. You decide.*

*May contain doll dismemberment, death, shrunken heads, rampant prescription drug use, alcoholism, and cross-dressing. May also have come in contact with wheat, soy, and peanuts.


It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! This is where I write a review in the time I have before I go to work or before I go to bed. Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

I find it ironic that after specifically stating in my February “Month in Review” post that I would be doing certain things to try and avoid reading as many novellas that the first two pieces I have done are the very same. To be fair, Ethan was part of my Series challenge so that fit and TN-AoRaA (even the acronym is long!) was spontaneously handed to me in eBook form by the amazing author, Antoinette Bergin, legitimate reasons people! Also, yes I know the book says “Olivia Bergin” is the author, but I’m sure you can figure out why if you read it. ^.^

TN-AoRaA is a collection of five short stories that are (supposedly) suited for kids with (somewhat) valuable lessons in each. As with Bedtime Stories for Children You Hate, the stories are all humorous and a bit twisted in Bergin’s usual way. Though these are slightly more kid-friendly that didn’t stop me from grinning and shaking my head as I read, funny and a little screwed up, just the way I like it. From lessons such as sharing with your friends (even when it comes to decapitation), that cats are smarter than you think but won’t use their wits as long as they are satiated, to making sure to acknowledge that every person has a unique perspective even when concerning the potential elixir of life. While some stories seemed a bit more weird than funny (voodoo, does anyone really know how to do it?) they all hit the mark on entertainment value which is all that truly matters. I enjoyed them all and can’t wait to read another piece by Bergin! Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 62!

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #61/365

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Day 54: Bedtime Stories For Children You Hate by Antoinette Bergin

Day 54

Summary From Amazon

Hate cute stories? Hate happy endings? Hate children? Not quite right in the head? If so, this deliciously twisted storybook is dedicated just to you.

Includes “Your Upstairs Neighbor Kills People” and “Blood in the Sink”. You know you want this book. It can be our secret.



Twitter is an amazing thing. I follow a ton of bookish people so today I happened upon this article that one of them tweeted out which is all about weird eBooks. This guy decided to read a ton of them, 500+ independently published pieces in fact, and this was in his top 5 so I figured I’d give it, and at least a couple of the others on that top 5 a shot.

As this is a collection of short stories I figured I’d pick 3 like I normally do, this time my top 3 since I’m in a pretty happy mood. ^.^ So without further ado, my top 3 stories from Bedtime Stories For Children You Hate (in reverse order):

3. Your Upstairs Neighbor Kills People: A fun, creepy story that conveys a bunch of different potential messages that kids could learn from. Trust your friend when they say they’ve got a creepy dude upstairs that kills people, always a good rule to follow. If your friend seems crazy (insane kind) it’s probably because they are, you should find a new friend. If you associate with clowns there is a deeper problem there. Moral of the story: Bounty hunters aren’t to be trusted, especially ones that are actually serial killers.

2. I Said Not to Touch That: Really annoying kid meets human being with limited patience. The kid touches everything no matter what the well-meaning nanny says because he’s a spoiled brat. The nanny comes up with a plan, that plan may or may not cause permanent damage in some way. It may or may not be hilarious. Moral of the story: Stop touching shit. (This is both literal and figurative)

1. Evie: A good kid gets scared by a tall guy in a big coat. Said good kid takes off running yelling for help but because people are essentially assholes glued to their phones no one does. The kid starts to sweat from the running away and their vision is momentarily impaired causing them to run into something and bust their head open a bit. The tall guy rushed to help the kid with a first aid kit. Moral of the story A: Not all tall, dark and seemingly-creepy guys actually are. Moral of the story B: Good people, primarily girls, can wind up in precarious situations with skirts not properly positioned and have a totally viable excuse for it. Moral of the Story C: Exercise is dangerous, knock it off.

I don’t know if I properly conveyed my enjoyment of this collection of short stories well, but nevertheless I certainly did! If you want a little humorous read this is a great choice. Thanks as always for reading, come back tomorrow for Day 55 and remember to tell your kids quality bedtime stories like these.

Mount TBR Challenge #42/150+; 2013 TBR Pile #42/50; Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #54/365

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