David Boyne has failed at everything he has tried. Including parenting, marriage, college, gainful employment, algebra, buying low and selling high, riding a bicycle across America, mixing red wine with tequila, and staying perpendicularly tangential to the gutter. At one time he considered becoming a better person. But when he learned that identity theft is illegal he abandoned the idea. When not writing about his failures he boldly stares into Space, and sometimes exposes himself in public. (at DavidBoyne.com)
Home Sweet Home: Postcards From the Dog House (5 stars)
Accidental Insights are the Funniest December 10, 2012
A delightful journey into the mind of a man who sees within a single moment infinite grace, absurdity or sometimes just a used packet of hot sauce. Boyne's essays offer glimpses of spiritual oneness tempered by healthy and hilarious self-deprecation, and also some plain good storytelling. There is wisdom and humor in these tales of a Buddhist poseur, a lovably cranky neighbor, being stuck in Starbucks on Christmas Day, and the thrill of being 20-something in a Manhattan tenement, armed with a hammer against thugs outside. You'll have fun with these essays. They'll make you think about Life and laugh at it, too.
Happy Accidents (5 stars)
Borrowed...then purchased! January 22, 2012
By L Hartman
David Boyne showed up as a "suggestion" by my Kindle, I assume, because of my collection of books authored by humorous, witty, and intelligent writers. Taking advantage of my Prime membership, I borrowed Happy Accidents and rolled the dice. Not only did I relate to many of Boyne's experiences and observations, but I also found myself laughing out loud and highlighting passages. Give this book back at the end of the borrowing period? No way. This book needed to be owned. So I purchased it...along with Three Pound Universe and X Marks the Spot. I suspect this is only the beginning. I thank my Kindle for suggesting David Boyne to me. One could say it was a happy accident.
X Marks the Spot: We're All Going to Die! So... What's For Lunch? (5 stars)
Don't Let This Guy Fool You July 29, 2011
By K. Svoboda
Exit, your usual way of looking at everyday things. Enter, David Boyne. Life, death, lunch, Manhattan transit, the speed of light -- this little group of essays breathlessly covers a lot of territory. I actually found it to be a page-turner, which is a big thing to say about a little group of essays. Half of me spent the time saying, "Why didn't I think of that?" while the other half of me was busy saying, "Oh, yes, just what I think, too." David never preaches and never assumes anything about his readers--a refreshing attitude.
Home Sweet Home: Postcards From the Dog House (4 stars)
A happy accident of delight November 17, 2012
With David Boyne's essays, you know you're going on a wild ride. You don't know where you are going--New York, Portland (OR), San Diego, or points between--but you end up with your humanity. You meet roommates, wives, children, neighbors and they all reflect who you are. Best, you meet a mind that notices, wonders and ponders. Boyne writes with a wry sense of the one-time ride of Life. Read straight through or skip around, you'll come away loving life.
Inside My Three Pound Universe
Boyne to be wild March 30, 2011 (5 stars)
By Thornton H. Sully
David Boyne loves to play fetch with us puppy-dogs. He lets us get a good sniff of the stick in his opening paragraph, and then tosses our attention span beyond the clouds. We are soon too distracted by all the wonderful and witty observations he has mark twained upon the page to care about fetching the stick, as he has us roll over and beg for more. Then the most amazing thing happens: the stick that he tossed, that we thought had no relevance at all to his story, comes back and pops us in the funny bone. We then realize it never was a stick, it was a boomerang. Read David Boyne at your own peril, and be prepared to duck.
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