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Length: 138 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 366 KB
  • Print Length: 138 pages
  • Publication Date: May 12, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008306T3Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #821,591 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Author of WHIMSY & SODA (previously WODEHOUSEBROKEN) and TAKING IVY SERIOUSLY. I'm co-author of The Government Manual for New Superheroes, The Government Manual for New Wizards, and The Government Manual for New Pirates (Andrews McMeel) and GOOROO'S *PRO*-MAGNON KITCHEN. I've had Pushcart Prize-nominated humor pieces featured at The New Yorker, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Grin & Tonic, and Adult Swim online. My quirky short fiction has appeared in/at/near various places in print and online. Visit matthewdavidbrozik.com and/or/but imdb.name.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By This Guy You Know on May 14, 2012
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I admit it. When Matthew David Brozik told me he was writing a collection of PG Wodehouse stories from alternate universes, I thought he was probably nuts.

Then I read the book. And I realized I was wrong. He was DEFINITELY nuts.

No sane person would think of writing a story in which Jeeves goes to work for Bruce Wayne and helps turn him into Batman. No sane person would bring Doc Brown from Back to the Future into the Wodehouse universe. But Matthew did it.

And the craziest part is, he did it brilliantly. It shouldn't work, but it works like gangbusters. It's funny and inventive and unpredictable. And he captures Wodehouse's voice so well that even when Batman shows up, it still somehow feels authentic.

Buy this book. You won't regret it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By christianne_anastasia on July 27, 2012
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I was hesitant to order this e-book as I am a passionate fan of Plum (i.e., I spend most of my lunch hours with a Wodehouse in hand) and found it hard to imagine that any--pastiche? homage? satire?--would live up to the impossibly high standards of his writing (my disappointment in "Scream for Jeeves," for instance, left me skeptical). I was pleasantly surprised to discover that "Whimsy and Soda" does just that--the author has a firm grasp both on Wodehousian language and the Wodehouse universe, incorporating references to many old friends of whom we Plum-lovers are fond. The stories are just authentic enough that the outrageous turns-of-plot are wholly credible as something P.G. himself might've written (perhaps after getting well-lubricated at the Drones). Highly recommended to all those who long to see Bertie and Jeeves again!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Howard Megdal on May 14, 2012
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Wodehousebroken is finally here, and you would be crazy not to read it. Few working humorists today could produce a work this complex and pleasurable.

If you read only one collection of short stories based on P.G. Wodehouse characters this year, make it this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Bionic Stan on March 31, 2014
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Always a fan of Wodehouse's stories about Jeeves and his hapless employer Bertie Wooster, I was curious and a little apprehensive when WHIMSY AND SODA appeared in Amazon's free downloads list. Imitating an author's style, while still keeping the writing fresh, is hard, and a near miss would just be painful to read.

I'm glad to report that Brozik delivers everything I could have wished for. The prose sounds like Wodehouse, in word choice and in syntax. It sparkles and froths, just like Wodehouse. Jeeves and Wooster sound like themselves, and they behave like themselves. This is pastiche, but it's highly successful pastiche.

To describe the stories would deprive you of the fun of coming to them fresh, but I'll just say that most are crossovers with well-known characters from literature or from popular culture from Sherlock Holmes to the present. Hard as it is to imitate one author's style without sounding forced, it's harder still to put those characters in unaccustomed situations and still have them sound natural.

The editing would do credit to a printed book from a major publisher. in the entire book I found exactly one error, a "not" that didn't belong. There were none of the "their" for "there", greengrocer's apostrophes, and just plain typos that seem to plague many e-books.

Mostly I stick to the free books on my Kindle, but I will gladly pay for anything else of Brozik's that I can find. He's that good. If you like Wodehouse, or if you just like well-written funny short stories, get this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Donohoe on May 14, 2012
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If you are the kind of person who regularly watches re-runs of Miami Vice (TV show! 1984-1989. Not that damn movie) then this book is NOT for you.

However, if you are the kind of person who regularly watches re-runs of Miami Vice but in their head is hearing the voice of Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry whenever Sonny and Rico are talking - then YES - this book is for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Angela Rolland on November 19, 2012
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This book left me searching for more Bertie and Jeeves! I love books that allow my imagination to run with the charectors and "see" them easily and clearly. From their dress to the accents to their mannerisms, this book not only allowed my mind to flow, it did it with a type of humor that I absolutely adore and appreciate.
I laughed out loud several times and found myself reading late into the night. Just to find that by reading later into the night, it brought the end if the book to a close, faster than what I wanted. So, Mr. Brozik, when shall we see more of Bertie and Jeeves??
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Randy Roosekrans on May 14, 2012
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Hilarious!
And just when you thought it couldn't get any more amusing, you begin the next story and prove yourself wrong.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pancakes on December 5, 2012
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Each story gets better and better. A worthwhile read. Also I have nine more words required for this review. Done.
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