- File Size: 944 KB
- Print Length: 830 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: #50,893 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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I can't wait for the next adventure.
A good travel book makes you want to visit the places described. This book makes me want to go to *some* of the places described but only with an organized tour group because some of the situations in Asia sound terrifying. Whereas I'd be a statistic about dead tourists, Tony manages to make the best of it.
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.