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Snodgrass Vacation [Kindle Edition]

Dave Conifer
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An irreverent but hilarious spoof on Disney World and the people who love it.

Dave Jevik wasn’t too happy to hear that his wife had scheduled a family vacation to Snodgrass World Resort with the Zandanels. Loudmouth Vinnie is hard to put up with for an hour, let alone a week. But when Vinnie spots wheelchair-bound George Van Morrison in first class on the flight to Florida, the dreaded trip takes on a sense of purpose. Van Morrison claims he was injured at a restaurant owned by a friend back home and the lawsuit has already been filed.

Dave and Vinnie just know he’s faking it and they have a week at Snodgrass World to save the restaurant by proving it. They’ll have to dodge fleets of wheel chairs and scooters long enough to expose him.

Vinnie’s sharp-elbowed wife is indispensable as she leads the way past line-cutters, other people’s obnoxious children and the maniac driving the scooter with the on-board colostomy bag. When they befriend a crotchety bartender back at the hotel, Dave and Vinnie unexpectedly tap an inside source that just might help them get their man.

Anybody who’s ever taken a trip to Disney World will recognize the people and places in Snodgrass Vacation, a hilarious and irreverent satire of theme park life.

"This book was hilarious! I could relate to it on so many levels I felt the author was writing about me! From actually investigating worker's comp claims, to being stuck on vacations with obnoxious friends, to experiencing scouts and worms, I'm experienced it all first hand! It's hard to categorize this book as fiction! It was an absolute joy to read, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who has ever had the opportunity of being subjected to the antics of a theme park!" -- Smashwords review

"I loved this book, anyone who has been to Disney will see & identify with the characters in this story. It did have me laugh out loud several times." -- Smashwords review

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  • Print Length: 214 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002U0KXR8
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Needs a good editing and less kyriarchy August 31, 2011
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Riot!!! April 19, 2010
By blondie
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A study in human behavior. January 17, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition

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.

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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to like this book... November 23, 2009
By Figment
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars An amusing, light read.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a bit light and the humor down to earth, not LOL, but definitely close to home. I'll probably look for something more from this author.
Published 7 days ago by Skpy
5.0 out of 5 stars firmly grip your sphincters funny
The Snodgrass's, who live in the capital of ordinariness, Indianapolis, Indiana, go on vacation with friends one of whom looks, sounds and acts like Fred Flintstone. Read more
Published 7 months ago by H. Temple
3.0 out of 5 stars Drug out
This book would have been a lot better if the author didn't go into so much detail about everything. And I do mean everything. Read more
Published 22 months ago by tjslinks
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG HILARIOUS!
I bought this after reading just one paragraph of the excerpt. We love Disney and Dave hit a vacation to the Mouse spot on. Read more
Published on February 18, 2013 by vickie chandler
2.0 out of 5 stars It goes on and on and on...
The descriptions of the rides and attractions just went on and on and on...some of it was amusing, but overall this book was barely worth reading. Read more
Published on March 10, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars If you've ever been to Disney this will be your book!
Right from the beginning this book had me laughing! I've been to Disney over 7 times and this book gets all the funny things that go on at the parks. Read more
Published on August 15, 2011 by Stacy Cobb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for a Disney fan!
I read this book on Kindle and liked it so much that I bought a hard copy for my son who is an advid Disney fan. Read more
Published on July 22, 2011 by Debrah A. Erickson
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but could have been about 1/3 shorter
I found this book to be entertaining, though I feel it could have easily been about 1/3 shorter. After about the 2/3 mark, it seemed to be a rehash of the beginning, but in a... Read more
Published on July 18, 2011 by Lucy
5.0 out of 5 stars Too funny
Anything that can go wrong does in the vacation adventure turned spying operation.

Make no mistake about it, this book is not literature, but if you're looking for a... Read more
Published on July 17, 2011 by justheather
5.0 out of 5 stars Spot on!!!!
Loved it!I read it on the way to and from Disney World (my 20+ trip of my life). This book should be in the travel guide section as well as humor! Read more
Published on June 27, 2011 by Rone
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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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