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- Book 1 of 2 in An Aunty Ida Comedy Invention (2 Book Series)
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I was highly entertained from the very first page. The characters, plot, and environments are unpredictable, humorous, quirky, and charming. I enjoyed it so much that I'm actually reading it in one day and for a hyper person such as myself, who can barely sit still for an hour, that is unusual. I also bought the author's second book without reading a sample, which I almost never do.
If you want to be delightfully entertained and put your troubles and worries aside for a while, read this book.
Spoiler alert: This story ends really well. I can't do a synopsis because I'm not really sure how it all happened. But it was a fun read and I enjoyed the trip--what more can a reader ask for. Here is a quote from Wikipedia on the definition of "farce" that describes this story really well: "a farce is a comedy that aims at entertaining the audience through situations that are highly exaggerated, extravagant, and thus improbable. Farces are often highly incomprehensible plot-wise (due to the large number of plot twists and random events that often occur), but viewers are encouraged not to try to follow the plot in order to avoid becoming confused and overwhelmed."
This story was definitely exaggerated, extravagant, and improbable--and I had a great time reading it.
The main character is at a crossroads. Is she crazy, or has everyone around her turned against her? Yes! Yes! Always yes! What is real? What is illusion? This book has technological marvels, fascinating characters, and deals in a major with a hot button issue, almost on the periphery (I know how that sounds).
I can see this book as a movie, with a clear steampunk theme, at least at times.
I've said it before... Isa-Lee Wolf is going to be huge in character driven, quirky sci-fi. Get in while she is still up-and-coming, so you can say "I read her before she became famous!"
Ida starts out as a pleasantly oddball character, and goes downhill from there - her conversations make less and less sense, and her behavior becomes more and more self-centered. The same can be said for just about all of the staff at her 'institution'. Margaret, the 'patient', starts out as a relatively unsympathetic figure, and by comparison becomes more and more sympathetic. The only truly likeable character is Stevie Sr., and he doesn't appear until about 2/3 of the way through, and then in a relatively minor role. The author seems to be trying to make this story 'about' something, whether it be corruption in politics/government or perversion of justice or a character study, but none of those subplots seems really able to get off the ground. They're in the background, and you can sense that there are things that should be said, but they aren't able to stand on their own and give some body and substance to the story.
I personally found the writing style to be very difficult.Read more ›
I can neither confirm nor deny whether I am presently of sound mind and body), but I'm sure a week or two at Aunty Ida's would do me a world of good. If it had not become necessary this week to add two new names to my list of "persons who truly need to be bludgeoned with a cast iron skillet", Mark's cuisine would be sufficient to merit a visit, but after the week I've had, a couple hits with the "relax-o-ray" would benefit both me and the general public.
I am so looking forward to reading more stories from Isa-Lee Wolf.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had never read any of the Aunty Ida books so I had no idea what to expect and I must admit that when I began and the ridiculous began I was skeptical but I usually try to give... Read morePublished 1 month ago by dmm
But it grows on you lol. And it w I'll hold your attention! Since I'm ready lala land, I'm reading the sequel right now.Published 3 months ago by jerri
I did enjoy this story, though at first I was a little confused about what was going on. However, it was enough to keep me going and I am glad I did.Published 6 months ago by Kiesha Mashtaire
And also indescribable, which presents a certain dilemma when one is trying to review it usefully. It contains the most weird characters (in a good way! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mandy Walkden-Brown (QLD, AUS)
I liked the kind of quirkiness of the book and characters but it was difficult to follow in the beginning and was just a little to "out there" for my taste.Published 10 months ago by Sharron Grodzinsky
The plot is a little too out there for my taste. Easy read anyway and an interesting premise. That's allPublished 12 months ago by Mary Gray-Bilodeau
This book is fun. You will be entertained by Aunty Ida and her inter-familial staff at the full service mental institution. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dallas
An amusing read for a free Kindle book. There are some holes here and there, but it was entertaining. I'd probably read a sequel, just to find out what happens.Published 13 months ago by A. Lippert
I could not put it down and read in 1 day. It's a mixture of science fiction, intrigue, and humor. The characters are fun and entertaining.Published 14 months ago by PoohP