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The Snitch, Houdini and Me: Humorous Tales of Death-defying Childhood Misadventure Paperback – August 14, 2011
"TSHAM, as I shall call it, is a damned funny book. I laughed out loud many times, and at one point was actually in tears... you won't be disappointed."
Rob Kroese, Author of Mercury Falls
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I bought your book on Amazon last week.
Yesterday, my wife had surgery so I brought my Kindle to the hospital to read for an hour or six while waiting.
After I found out her surgery went well (Thank you very much), I decided it was now a good time to start reading your book, in the hospital waiting room.
Among visitors waiting for loved ones under the knife, here I was reading your book trying not to laugh (Out loud, at least...) Then I came to the section where the front wheel came off your bike at "The Jump" at Granny Grunt's house....My snicker became a laugh, that became a howl, as I excused myself and exited the visitor's lounge to laugh more.... It's a great book that I can certainly relate to. But it did make me get some pretty strange looks in the hospital.
As my wife was in the recovery room, trying to cope with the pain and feverishly pushing her morphine drip button, I was laughing telling her about your book. Geez, some people just don't have a sense of humor. Or maybe I should have waited a bit later to tell her...
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Your book is one of the funniest books I've read (I was going to say lately, but I haven't read anything funny lately...)
Take care, and write another book!
TSHAM, as I call it, is a damned funny book. I laughed out loud many times, and at one point was actually in tears. Johnny's stories of his childhood remind me a lot of the TV Show Malcom in the Middle, except that instead of the nerdy middle kid, Johnny is the daredevil older sibling. As you read this, you will cringe and shake your head at some of his antics, wondering how he managed to survive his childhood at all.
The only real drawback to the book is that some of the stories sort of peter out rather than ending with any kind of climax, but of course that's the way it is with real life. If you pick up this book just hoping for a good laugh, you won't be disappointed.
Johnny was a kid, getting into scrapes and making memories with friends and family, just like the rest of us. Unless you were the kind of kid who wouldn't go outside because you were afraid of bugs or scraping your knees. Then Johnny was a kid like you WISH you were. Was everything he did safe, PC, legal and responsible? No. Was it all typical, heart-warming and hilarious? Absolutely. This book takes me back to a time when kids were kids and daddy long legs were afraid. A time when we were allowed to roam the neighborhood as long as there was daylight and mom didn't worry a bit - if fact, she preferred it. A simpler time, yet in some ways more complex because it reminds me of when I didn't know what would happen if I towed a scooter behind a bike, and the scooter passed the bike up. I promise, if you buy this book you will laugh out loud. People will look at you oddly, but you won't care because you'll be caught up in remembering your own childhood rites of passage. You might even be tempted to write them down, but there is little chance that you will do it with as much joie de vivre and pathos as Virgil brings to his stories. I can't imagine anyone who went through a childhood prior to 1990 not enjoying this book. Oh, hell - even the young 'uns will laugh. Buy the book; you won't regret it.