Saturday, June 20, 2015

Shopping Lists from Uranus / Larry Ryals

Reviewed by: BigAl

Genre: Humor

Approximate word count: 9-10,000 words

Kindle US: YES UK: YES Nook: NO Smashwords: NO Paper: NO
Click on a YES above to go to appropriate page in Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Smashwords store


Larry Ryals has written for The Denver Post and is a contributor to the humor and satire site Points in Case.


The author explains his book this way:

This collection of irreverent comedy articles is the direct result of my pathetic failure and idiocy as an inventor. Who could have foreseen that Grape-O grape-flavored drain cleaner and medicated steel wool pads for hemorrhoids wouldn't sell?


Humor and how one person reacts to another’s attempt to be funny varies widely. (You’ll see what I mean shortly.)

While reading Shopping Lists from Uranus I laughed, I chuckled. One time I even guffawed. However, two of my best friends (Hi A.M. and L.O.) question my sense of humor almost every day. So the question is, will you react the same as I did, possibly even guffaw multiple times? Or will you be like my semi-anonymous “friends”? Is this the right book for you? I’ll try to help by having you answer four questions.

First, can you afford the price (currently 99 cents in the US, 99 pence in the UK, and whatever that translates to in your home currency plus the atrocious “delivery fee” for those of you in certain countries).

Second, do you agree with the author and “comedy experts” that Uranus is the funniest planet?

Third, do you chuckle or at least feel your face attempting to grin when you read this paragraph about the author’s trip to the “Code Seven Donut Shop”?

I never felt less secure in my life because there were about 1000 police officers in there. There was even a department directory sign indicating burglary investigations on the left, homicide detectives on the right, vice squad at the counter, and narcotics evidence disposal unit in the smoking section. When I passed the smoking section, I got even hungrier, so I placed my order.

Last, if you aren’t already on Amazon, click on the purchase link above. (Those already on Amazon, stay where you are.) Read the full description. Were you amused?

If you answered yes to at least 3 out of 4 of these questions, this book is for you. (Accuracy is guaranteed to be at least as good as those quizzes you take on Facebook like the one that correctly determined I’m a 12 year-old girl. My granddaughter is still laughing about that one.)

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: **** Four Stars

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