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The Thong Also Rises: Further Misadventures from Funny Women on the Road (Travelers' Tales Guides) Paperback – August 18, 2005
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The pieces here are mostly magazine fare and a rather mixed lot at that. Several I enjoyed immensely. Tamara Sheward's "Pills, Thrills, and Green Around the Gills" is an extremely funny account of how not to travel in Laos and what to do if, against all advice, you insist on traveling in a flight on a plane that inspires anything but confidence. Susan Orlean's "Lifelike" is a fascinating glimpse at taxidermists and the 2003 World Taxidermy Championships. I'm not sure what exactly this article had to do with travel, the ostensible theme of the book, but I found Orlean at her best here as she shares a world far removed from most people's everyday experiences. A third piece worth mentioning is Amy C. Balfour's "Just Another Malibu Minnie," an account of the author's participation in a triathlon.Read more ›
These books are supposed to be short stories from women travelers that range on the funny side. The traveling takes place all over the world, including the USA and to be honest, there were a couple stories that were so mind numbing I didn't even quite catch where they took place in this one. Some of the stories ranged from sharing a bus with a grandma who kept dirty diapers in a suit case, to other stories about buying underwear. Another story mused on the differences between men's and women's vacations. All travel was varied from airplanes, buses, and car travel.
All of these writers are supposed to be humorous, but I really didn't find them so. In fact, I don't think I even cracked a smile with this book. A couple of the stories were interesting at the very most, but that was about it. Some of them were completely boring too, like the woman who gets jealous over her husband's GPS in a story that could have been told in one paragraph instead of a few pages. And once again, with this book, most of the stories could have happened anywhere. I guess I don't see the point of travel if all you focus on is your underwear. I guess I'd just rather enjoy the travel part of travel in a travel book.
Hopefully I'll manage to stay clear of any other books in this series. I gotta say, there's just better things to read out there.
The Thong Also Rises
Review by M. Reynard 2011
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