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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

review: a walk in the snark: the best of RachelintheOC by Rachel Thompson

We are strong, no one can tell us we're wrong Searchin' our hearts for so long, both of us knowing Love Is A Battlefield - Pat Benatar


A Walk In The Snark
when i picked up this book to read and review, i was not expecting to be laughing half the time. apparently the "battle of the sexes" is far from over and it takes place not only in my neighborhood and home but also in Rachel's OC household - that's Orange County and not Obsessive Compulsive as i unerringly thought of much to my embarrassment.
now the the remaining half found me a little introspective as Rachel relates a part of her life that's disturbing, sad and painful. her trips down memory lane struck me as i looked at my own mortality, the wrong decisions i made, the negative actions i did and its consequences in my life and in others. 
i am not from the US or Canada and despite the cultural differences and geographical location, i was somehow convinced as Rachel puts it that we men are indeed from Seinfeld and women are from Friends. she does have some uncanny observations. i tested a few among my male friends and colleagues. predictably, the results were positive.
i have to raise a white flag to some of her allegations. though i believe that there are always exceptions to the rule, Rachel still made me think and laugh at myself then laugh again and think some more:  
  • i know i have more than 5 microSD cards, 4 SD cards, 5 thumb drives, a box of double layered Read-Write DVDs, a 320 Gigabyte external drive and my laptop has a 451 Gigabyte RAM but i still want more storage space. i am even thinking of having my own server at home. why? i just want to and need to!
  •  i can do watercolor landscapes and play the recorder but i never did manage to insert the toilet paper properly in its little space in our bathroom. why? beats me.
  •  i like things in order and organized but there are moments when i am done preparing a meal that i view cleaning the kitchen counter and sink as a none life-threatening situation and therefore does not warrant an immediate response. it can wait. why? refer to Scarlett O'Hara's famous line. 
there are a few more i want to point out but talking about them here would be something akin to self-incrimination and a possible violation of the brotherhood's #Mancode.
seriously though Rachel speaks with a voice that is funny, poignant, enlightening and real.
as i read A Walk In The Snark, i laughed and cringed at the right places. i certainly learned and picked up something here and there and i hope everyone out there would too.

*A Walk In The Snark: The Best of RachelintheOC is available at Amazon and in multiple formats at Smashwords. for more information about Rachel Thompson and her work, please visit http://rachelintheoc.com/

my personal rating is: 
A Walk In The Snark may contain material not suitable for younger readers 17 & under

A Walk In The Snark is available for 99¢ only on April 6, 2011  at Amazon. grab a copy and visit http://www.bestsellerforaday.com/Bestseller_for_a_Day/Home.html for a chance to win over $50 dollars in Amazon Gift Cards from Rachel Thompson

Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a copy of A Walk In The Snark from the author herself as part of the Bestseller For A Day promotion. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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