A Walk in the Snark by Rachel Thompson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I'd like to start out by saying I love Rachel Thompson. The woman is a promotion god. She's friendly, she puts her time in, she makes the connections, she works incredibly hard. She's a total inspiration to me. She does what I wish I could.
That being said, her book could have greatly benefited from an editor's eye. I could be wrong, and I'm sure this was her intention (to mix up the chapters as the blog posts they actually are) but to put a book together you need continuity, transition and a reason for the reader to be there.
If I wanted to read a blog, I'd have read hers. It's different. Blog posts have titles, synopses, a social presence. Books...don't.
The heavy stuff needed more than a "Hey, this isn't going to be funny, deal with it" announcement. Because it's not that it wasn't funny. It's that it was out of place, and all of those serious posts flowed together in a way that needed to be presented together.
Other issues I had have nothing to do with her writing, so much as I simply don't have as much in common with her as I assumed I did. For instance, I'm a SAHM / WAHM blogger, and I make drinking jokes all the time. Like, all the time. But half of her martini jokes left me flat for some reason. And Prada. Name brands and I...eh, I don't care about them. And it's mentioned a lot. And all the times she's trying to make a joke about her husband going to the store, I have to stop and think, "But, Rachel! YOU HAVE A HUSBAND WHO GOES TO THE STORE!"
We simply speak two different blogging languages which is so strange since they are so incredibly similar. A few differences, do indeed, make all the difference, I suppose.
In the end, I was really disappointed in this book. It's a bunch of blog posts strung together without consistency about stuff that somehow doesn't apply to me.
I'm still going to read Mancode, and I hear Broken Pieces has a more serious bent, so I might try that one as well. I really want to like this woman's work and I'm determined to find something she's done that I can rate higher.
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