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About the Author

A blogger since 2001, Bryan is the author of two books on blogging and social media: 31 Days to Finding Your Blogging Mojo and Community Wins. His first humor book, Actually, Clams Are Miserable, was released in November 2012. Bryan's writing has appeared in print in RELEVANT Magazine and online at The Burnside Writers Collective and The Daily Beast. He was the author of one of the "15 Most Memorable Tweets of the 2012 Election" by Time Magazine alongside President Obama, Lady Gaga, and Alec Baldwin. He writes occasional doses of nonsense & inspiration at BryanAllain.com and provides coaching and resources to bloggers at KillerTribes.com. He lives with his wife, Erica, and their two children, Kylie and Parker, in Lancaster County, PA.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Killer Tribes (November 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988372908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988372900
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,680,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bryan's writing has appeared in print in RELEVANT Magazine and COLLIDE Magazine and online at Stuff Christians Like, The Burnside Writers Collective, and The Daily Beast. A blogger since 2001, Bryan writes daily doses of nonsense & inspiration at BryanAllain.com and provides coaching and resources to bloggers at KillerTribes.com.

He lives with his wife, Erica, and their two children, Kylie and Parker, in Lancaster County, PA.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David R on November 23, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Whether you like this book or not completely depends on what you're planning to get out of it by reading it.

What you WILL get:
A list of awesome, pithy sayings - many which you grew up with.
A few thoughts on why these are ridiculous or how they could be taken the wrong way.

What you WONT get:
The origin and historical context for these sayings.
An explanation of how to use them correctly.

Bryan is a hilarious writer and can keep your attention if you offer it. So if you're looking for a few laughs I recommend it. If you're looking for something a little more informative I suggest this book: Why Do We Say It?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Lalonde on November 27, 2012
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Having read Bryan's other book, 31 Days To Finding Your Blogging Mojo, I was excited to read this book. Sadly, my excitement turned to disappointment.

Bryan takes common cliches and tries to make fun of the mundane. Unfortunately, this turned the book into a mundane, rambling of less than 125 pages of content. There were quite a few pages that had less than half a page of text. The jokes just weren't funny. And I was left feeling like I wasted my time.

Note: I did receive a free copy of the book for an honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Audrey Frasure on November 26, 2012
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A sarcastic, irreverent look at cliches we say without question. A literal Laugh-out-Loud, Fast, Easy, Read. Reminiscent of Andy Rooney's sardonic commentaries. Dare you to read just one of these witticisms and not laugh. Welcome lift in these troubled times. Thank you Mr. Allain for such a delightful gift. I'm still chuckling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TheSilentRising on November 26, 2012
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I was expecting an historical analysis of the cliches, but its written more as bits for a standup comedy routine.

Great for the man (or woman) who spends too much time on the toilet and could use some comedic relief.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Johns on November 26, 2012
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I liked this book. Most pages got me to laugh out loud at something. It does not contain real facts about idioms...just humorous tidbits about them. Makes me want to alter the use of them within my own speech.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caroline on November 26, 2012
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"Actually, Claims are Miserable: Deconstructing 101 Ridiculous Clichés" by Bryan Allain is a fast, entertaining read. To set the tone immediately, Allain begins the book writing his own foreward! (I read this part out loud to my husband, leaving him bursting into laughter at the end.)

This ebook includes seven categorical sections of clichés. Each page has the cliché in question, then Allain's tongue-in-cheek (ahem, cliché much?) explanation.

When I first heard about this ebook, I thought it might include some research on the silly background of some of these sayings...but I also didn't know anything about this author, yet. This ebook is great for a humor break, but it has a real application: it helps strengthen my already-present desire to be aware of what we say and why.

Allain creatively "examines" each cliché with a balance of short, abrupt jokes/pages and longer, more involved musings. He looks at some clichés literally, which creates a hilarious thought process. As he continued introducing clichés and revealing the ridiculousness of some of them, I found myself saying, "I know, right?! I wondered that, too!"

i laughed out loud on several pages (including pages 19, 26, 35, and 42). Caution: don't read when lying by your lightly-sleeping baby... Your uncontrollable laughter might wake the baby up!

I shook my head in both acknowledgment of the silliness and reverence to the brilliance at a couple of pages, too (including page 51). I was only slightly disturbed at a few pages (like several from the "Let Me Hear Your Body Talk" chapter... e[...]) The humor was mostly clean in content (especially clean during the first half of the book) with no foul language.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Misha on November 26, 2012
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This book won't tell you anything about the origin of the mentioned cliches,but it will make you laugh/smile as the author muses on how some one possibly came up with them, a what I would call a bathroom book, to amuse the guests, and pleasantly pass the time!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TheMatthewsClan on November 25, 2012
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I chuckled a few times. I didn't make it to the end. I don't hate it. It is a book I would browse through in a bookstore as I looked for something better.
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