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Whimsy & Soda [Kindle Edition]

Matthew David Brozik
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Book Description

WHIMSY & SODA (formerly "WODEHOUSEBROKEN") is a collection of twelve hilarious short stories featuring the best-known and best-liked characters of P.G. Wodehouse’s fiction—Bertie Wooster and his man, Jeeves. (The included stories are parodic and not authorized by the Wodehouse Estate.)


• In the opening story, “By and By, Bertie,” Bertie Wooster wakes up one morning to find himself changed in his bed into... a parakeet? Shades of Kafka!

• Jeeves takes his annual vacation; the agency sends Bertie the only valet it has available, and that valet is a robot, in “G.E.V.E.”

• “Jeeves Your Own Adventure” allows the reader to play the role of Jeeves himself!

• In “Back to the Wooster,” Bertie, while in New York, is persuaded by a stranger to take a quick car ride... to the year 1967!

• And in “Jeeves and Wayne,” Jeeves helps the Batman begin.


Here’s what some literary agents had to say:

“I can't remember the last time I was so amused by the written word. This is impeccable writing that should give a sufficient number of people a steady distraction from the vicissitudes of contemporary life. Bloody brilliant.”

“These are really great; funny and creative.”

“I love what I’ve read. I love the concept and the writing.”

“I… enjoyed [WODEHOUSEBROKEN] immensely.”

“WODEHOUSEBROKEN is pretty funny. I’m a big fan of Wodehouse….”

“I thoroughly enjoyed reading [WODEHOUSEBROKEN]; I was impressed and entertained by the witty, distinctive voice and your creative twist on classic P.G. Wodehouse.”

“You’ve got something hilarious and well executed here with WODEHOUSEBROKEN.”

“You sound like the master himself.”


Matthew David Brozik co-authored THE GOVERNMENT MANUAL FOR NEW SUPERHEROES, THE GOVERNMENT MANUAL FOR NEW WIZARDS, and THE GOVERNMENT MANUAL FOR NEW PIRATES (Andrews McMeel). Matthew’s short, quirky fiction and humor pieces have appeared in/at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency... Popcorn Fiction... Adult Swim… and various and sundry other places online and in print.


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  • File Size: 316 KB
  • Print Length: 138 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008306T3Q
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,785 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and deranged May 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Humorist You Must Add to Your Collection 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a delight! 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars holy budgies batman! 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PGW Would Buy This 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this
Fun read - interesting applications of familiar stories.
Published 1 month ago by Seattle caregiver
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Delight
It feels wrong to say I enjoyed this parody more than the original Wodehouse canon. Instead, I will note that this collection brings about the same giddy delight I get from... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stephen F. Reed
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly whimsical!
Lol..
I do like this collection of adventure stories of the incorrigible Bertram Wooster & his man, Jeeves.. delightful! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ikwo
4.0 out of 5 stars nearly as enjoyable as the original
These short stories are parodies of the Bertie and Jeeves stories by Wodehouse. The author captures the feel of the original quite well. Read more
Published 4 months ago by cyoder
3.0 out of 5 stars Rich and stupid equals humor?
This has some of the flavor of the original Jeeves and Wooster, but is pretty flat. The original had a lot more descriptive admissions of the upper class, while this one only hints... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Three Bears
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart humor, well-written
I was looking for something to read in the humor category, and I am so glad I happened upon this delightful book. Very funny. Very smart. I am an instant fan. Read more
Published 4 months ago by A. Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
A truly delightful satire, something I find very rare. I was pleasantly surprised and how witty and correct the stories were. SSurprises were at every turn.
Published 5 months ago by michelle eichler
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, refreshing and cerebral
A great collection of short stories. A very clever take on some familiar tales, and exactly everything that Twilight isn't about.
Published 7 months ago by Simone C. Duven
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant reimaging of Jeeves and Wooster, with modern elements and...
Absolutely spot-on imitation of Wodehouse's "voice". This book should've been an official publication of the Wodehouse estate--they were idiots not to have hired this... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Diane C.
3.0 out of 5 stars Strays to far from the original concept of Jeeves and Wooster
This book is not as good as Scream for Jeeves SCREAM FOR JEEVES: A Parody because the book relies too much on popular cultural references. The book is a series of vignettes. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Laurel
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More About the Author

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 imdb.name.

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