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  • File Size: 516 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: October 22, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002U0KXR8
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Dave Conifer is a fitness fanatic living in South Jersey with his wife and three kids. When he's not coaching wrestling or soccer or working as a boy scout leader or girl scout leader, Dave likes to read non-fiction history. He also blogs about the 48 solar panels on his roof and how they generate nearly all the power needed by his family of five.

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By Flechette on December 23, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
Anyone who as done repeat vacations to the Big Mouse in Fl should get one heck of kick out of the novel. Dave Conifer gave voice to many of my unspoken thoughts while watching people cut lines, use strollers as weapons, gave a name to "wormers" and "scouts" The addition story line about chasing down a fraud maynot have been necessary, but I thought it gave the story more places to go than simply waiting in line at the Parks. I too know a "Vinnie" in RL and I hate to say it but I've got alot of "Nancy" in me- I'm the Disney planner of the group.

I laughed so hard at some parts that my hubby put down his book and read my Kindle cause he had to know what I found so amusing.

Download the sample, if you like that chapter - you'll love the rest of the book!
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The initial premise holds promise, but Mr. Conifer looses focus (as other reviewers have noted) and needs an editor. Or a friend with a red pencil. I think a run through the book with an editorial eye could solve many of the problems: wandering plot, typos, grammar oopsies, and random characters popping in for no good reason.

However. The book would still have excessive ableism, sexism, and even racism in the guise of humor throughout. At no point in the entire book is Mr. Conifer kind to people who need mobility devices, often letting his narrator play the role of "disability police" when describing anyone and everyone using any assistive device. An equal opportunity "satirist", Mr. Conifer attempts gay jokes, class jokes (poor people sure are funny!), and race jokes ("I'm not a racist but..."). Unfortunately, his attempts at humor fall flat and land in the "this just stinks" category.

Now that the book costs $0.99 to read, I can't in good faith recommend it. If you need race jokes and disability bashing, try real life instead. (Then again, when it was free, I also couldn't recommend it. Price does not improve this book.)
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By beezee on April 19, 2010
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In a Snodgrass vacation, we follow two families as they attempt to make it through that magical amusement park we all know and love. I thought this book was a complete riot. I think part of that is due to the fact that I can identify with the plight through an amusement park, but my experience wasn't nearly as funny and riddled with on liners and funny characters. The book is told from the point of view of one of the fathers on the trip - Dave. I thought Vinnie's one-liners were hysterical. I had to bookmark some of them! Vinnie was probably my favorite character. Nancy was a really funny character - I need her to plan my next vacation! I thought the storyline was funny, but it also went somewhere as Dave and Vinnie were on a mission to prove a case of fraud. I liked this because a story about only an amusement park could possibly get boring. Didn't happen at Snodgrass though - Dave and Vinnie were anything bu boring! I am eagerly looking forward to a sequel.
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Hello,

I just finished reading Snodgrass Vacation by Dave Conifer. I found the book to be delightful and entertaining for many reasons.
The interplay between Dave and Vinnie was interesting. Just trying to find out how Dave would react to some of Vinnie's dialog was enough to keep me turning the pages. I felt both of these characters were well developed.

The character Nancy was a character that you could both admire and hate. She was domineering, yet at the same time, her methods seemed to help both families enjoy their vacation more than they would have had her personality been less domineering. Her character was well developed.

The character Marcie was adorable. I hope if the author writes a sequel he will further develop that character. I'd love to see where that leads.

Of the children, I think Kyle was the most developed character.

I found the descriptions of the experiences with the crowds to be entertaining. I've never been to such a huge theme park, but I have been to Opryland in Tennessee. My experience there mimicked in miniature many of the experiences related in the book. I even saw some people drop out of the line for the river raft ride after seeing some passengers emerge soaking wet, so in that regard I could really relate to the story.

In some ways this book is a study in human behavior in such an environment. I haven't been a really major theme park, but as I said before, I have been to a smaller park, and what I witnessed there is enough to convince me that the author is probably close to the truth on the behavior of many visitors.

All that, and funny too. Now that is an achievement.

The author told a good story that was entertaining. I highly recommend the book.

Well done sir.

Sincerely,
Ricky
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Unfortunately, not so much.

The book clearly tries to satirize a place known so well by many of us. It is, however so intent on mocking the venue that the author loses track of his attempt to also tell a story. He would almost have been better to simply take one of the many guides to the parks in question and then do a rewrite incorporating some of the funny appellations and ideas he had. As it was, incorporating it into a somewhat silly story, the author seemed burdened by the whole thing. The story got lost and the "humor" became annoying.

I'm really sorry. I wanted to like this book.
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