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{October 9, 2013}   {Review} Not Quite the Classics by Colin Mochrie

18188279From Goodreads: Colin Mochrie, a man known worldwide for working without a script, has penned a collection of stories destined to make its own mark in the literary community. Borrowing from a well-known improve game, Mochrie takes the first and last lines from familiar classics and reimagines everything in between. With the same engaging humour he exhibits on stage, television, and film, he takes the reader in bizarre and hilarious new directions, using the original writer’s words as a launch and landing point. Imagine A Tale of Two Cities in which Wile E. Coyote gets his revenge on the Road Runner, Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat with zombies, or The Night Before Christmas with a time travelling twist. Imagine Sherlock Holmes devising a foolproof method for eliciting laughter and then taking the stage at a Victorian comedy club in Old London.

This inspired collection is comical, quirky, and clever classic Mochrie.

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I loved Colin Mochrie in “Whose Line is it Anyway!” That was such a great show, and I had high hopes for this novel because of it. I’m not really a classics fan myself, so I was looking forward to this wild spin that Mochrie puts on them. However, these tales didn’t really do anything for me. I didn’t find them funny, as I’d hoped to, and in the end, the entire compilation really just felt like a group of random short stories by one author. My favorite of all the tales was “Casey at the Bar” because it’s a poem, it was relatively short, and it had a funnier twist than the original did, (I thought the original to be quite good, too), but even so, it didn’t leaving me roaring with laughter like I’d hoped. I think that might be the downfall of a hilarious person writing a novel… because I expect it to be the same as their slapstick humor in real life, and in this case, it just wasn’t that way for me. Two stars.

2 stars

Diversion Books has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read this novel via Netgalley.

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Casey says:

I love Colin Mochrie! I had no idea he had a book coming out. I’m sad you didn’t find it as funny as “Whose Line Is It Anyway” but I want to try reading it anyway. :)



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