- File Size: 1531 KB
- Print Length: 577 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Various Things (ADT) (May 17, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 17, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01FUSO4XA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,064 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Shave My Spider! A six-month adventure around Borneo, Vietnam, Mongolia, China, Laos and Cambodia Kindle Edition
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While a good deal longer than his previous books, "Shave My Spider" is no less entertaining, and is not only a highly enjoyable and hilarious travelogue, but a wonderful portrait of many countries in eastern Asia.
After coming into some money at the end of "Can I Kiss Her Yet?", Tony and his wife Roo decide to go on a whirlwind tour of Asia, covering such exotic locales as Borneo, Mongolia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and China. Along the way they encounter colorful personalities of all kinds -- an airheaded American on a river tour, a nasty and vengeful Australian expat living in Vietnam who gets back at Tony in a very underhanded way for an unflattering review of his tour experience, a friendly backpacking British couple who give them tips, and various locals who appear quite bemused by Tony and Roo's unabashed goofiness and bad luck -- and explore ancient ruins, wildlife-filled jungles, vast wilderness areas, and the crowded madness of most Asian cities. And before everything is over Tony will have ticked off locals in every country, been chased by the Chinese military, had a nasty run-in with one of the world's most dangerous insects, and come to the conclusion that as much as he loves traveling, he's pretty crap at it.
Tony somehow manages to take even the worst situations he goes through (food poisoning, insect bites, being robbed or cheated, terrible bus rides, etc) and make them hilarious. His writing had me laughing out loud all the way through, something I haven't experienced in a travel book since Bill Bryson. And yet he also writes with heart, and isn't afraid to write about corruption, poverty, or the sad state of the governments in the areas he travels either. And while he may poke fun at some of the people he encounters, he's never mean-spirited about it... well, unless the target really deserves it...
It would be interesting, I think, to read about Roo's side of the story in a few of these instances. Perhaps Tony should convince her to write a book someday...
Tony concludes this book with a hint as to where he's going next. And all I can say is... if he writes another book, I will eagerly buy it. He's one of the funniest writers I've encountered in a long time, and when I come across an independent publisher who not only makes me smile but writes well, I'm dang well going to support them however I can.
Between the frequent interruptions by the hospital staff and my weariness from lack of sleep, it was Tony and Roo's insane adventures that keep me sane. I placed my Kindle in "READ TO ME" mode (or as Amazon calls it "Text-to-Speech". for my 30 minutes drives to and from the hospital. The dryness of the voice of my Kindle is almost a perfect match for Tony's Tongue in Cheek humor. I found myself laughing at Annie. By the way, I have named the "Text-to-Speech" narrator - Annie, Annie Amazon.
At home, my favorite recliner has a view straight down the hall to our bedroom. There my wife will spend the next few days in LA-LA LAND from the meds. I will spend that time on the remainder of the six month adventure with Roo and Tony. Yesterday afternoon, long before sunset, my wife goes to bed and is sound asleep in no time. I finished the *Shave my Spider* last evening, while my wife finally got a decent night of restful sleep. I woke this morning just before the alarm sounded. I reached across our sleeping dogs for my sleeping wife. She wasn't in our bed. She had gotten up about half hour before my scheduled 'get ready' time. As I opened our bedroom door and walked down the hall to our family room, the smell of breakfast greeted me. MY WIFE IS ON THE MEND!!!
So, thank you, Tony for a fun read. And for the prayers and good thoughts for my wife's surgery and recovery. If you should ever get the Secret Plan out of the planning stages... Swing by!!! I will even stock my swimming pool with leeches, if it makes you feel more at home! *wink*