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Yep, that Craig Ferguson

By Snuggiepants/Kriegerfrau | Books | July 28, 2010 |

By Snuggiepants/Kriegerfrau | Books | July 28, 2010 |

Yep, that Craig Ferguson. The Scottish comedian and late night TV talk show host. I had always liked him, thought he was funny and witty and warm, the last characteristic something I rarely feel about TV personalities.

And this book made me respect him even more, because the guy can write. I’m not going to lie and said it was mind-blowingly good. But it wasn’t anywhere close to being bad, either.

Actually, it was kind of the perfect summer book. Not terribly demanding, but not mindless, either. And most importantly for me: enough of a storyline to really sink my teeth into mentally. I know a book has hooked me when I think about it when I’m not reading it, and I did that several times with this.

Briefly, it’s an interesting tale of two friends who grow up in Scotland and their convergent lives and two brothers who grow up in America….and how all those lives finally come together in a surprising connection. The best points about this novel are his character development—it’s deep and well-defined. No one was one-dimensional. He even fleshed out the minor characters more than he strictly needed to and as someone who reads novels primarily for the human stories they contain in each character, I fully appreciated that.

He’s funny in print, too, in case you’re wondering. A bit risque, and then in turns philosophical, but never precious or twee. Not even close. He’s sincere, warm and funny—-exactly the way he seems to be as a person.

So while I don’t think the Pulitzer prize for fiction is coming his way, I do hope he continues to write and share his talent with his readers.

This review is part of the Cannonball Read series. For more of Snuggiepants’s review, check out her blog, Kriegerfrau.