Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Son of "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night"

1986, Penguin edition, from later that year
Compiled by Scott Rice
Son of "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night": More of the Best (?) from the Bulwer-Lytton Contest
Original price $4.95, purchase price $3.25
Slightly worn paperback

I forgot I had this sequel.  It's about as good as the first one, although I thought the earlier chapters were better.  The "Way We Live Now" felt less topical, although there was one sentence earlier where "Ron and Nancy" who live in "a white house" pretend that they're a sandwich in bed, which is somehow less smutty than it sounds.  This is my personal favorite, from the very good children's fiction chapter:  "'Calling all bunnies!' shouted Randy the Happy Wizard as he shook his carrot out the window of his jolly house in Old Mr. Oak on the edge of the Peppermint Stick Garden."

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