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Posted July 7, 2009
Jim Rising is probably a terrific uncle. He's amusing, opinionated, kooky and kind - just perfect in the small and amusing doses ladled out in his book But Then Again I Could Be Wrong: The Book of Rants. During his four decades in the radio broadcast industry, Rising entertained listeners of 102.3 The Mountain WDMT in Pennsylvania with his droll observations, curmudgeonly grumblings, and goofy anecdotes. As he alerts readers in his "Forewarning," But Then Again I Could Be Wrong is a collection of Rising's radio "rants." He cautions readers, "What you are seeing is a radio guy trying like hell to make sense on paper and it's been a long strange trip indeed."
Rising's warnings are a bit of false modesty. For a radio guy, he does pretty well on paper. This book is well written and nicely edited. Rising's stories are clean and concisely told. Readers who enjoy Bill Bryson will gobble up But Then Again I Could Be Wrong, as they will chuckle, guffaw, laugh out loud, and, occasionally, sigh at Rising's insight while reading this book. Rising touches on a variety of topics, such as smoking, cell phones ("Is there a device that you can point at cell phones and make them blow up? Invent one and you will be rich beyond your wildest dreams"), driving, cops, email, winter in Pennsylvania ("Although it was a clear day it was as cold as a witch's mammary gland in a brass bra"), the price of gas, nature, clumsiness ("I drop food on the floor and then slip on it trying to clean it up"), and a lawn tractor with a seemingly magnetic attraction to getting stuck in the mud. Though sometimes he revisits favorite topics and veers into redundancy, Rising's rants still guarantee a raised eyebrow or a chuckle of recognition. We enjoy his short, humorous anecdotes in the way we would look forward to the daily shared coffee break with the guy in your office who always has a whopper to tell.or that lovable bear of an uncle who loosens up the table at family dinners.
The title of the book weaves its way into the last line of most of his tales. Whether he is complaining about people who throw their cigarette butts out car windows or contemplating mortality with the passing of the man who shouted "Tequila!" on the hit record, most stories conclude with some variation of "but then again I could be wrong." At times it adds a nice touch of irony, such as when he spouts off vehemently on a topic and then cleverly undoes all his work with that final line. However, in other instances the final line disappoints and detracts from the humor and lively sense of debate. But who am I to come between a man and his tagline?
Rising's stories are served up in bite-sized pieces, short one to three page yarns skipping merrily from topic to topic. But Then Again I Could Be Wrong is perfect for picking up and opening to a random page when you're looking for a bit of a diversion and a smile. I suspect the author would not be insulted at the suggestion that this book would find a perfect home in the bathroom, where it could be enjoyed in small doses once a day. (But then again I could be wrong!)
Quill says: Everybody knows somebody who will get a huge kick out of this book! (Probably that somebody is you!)
Posted April 15, 2008
Written with wit and scarcasm¿ Jim Rising shares has talent for wit and disdain with readers. I enjoyed his book But Then Again I Could Be Wrong. The frequently repeated phrases became a little annoying, but then again maybe I¿m the one that¿s wrong. Rising hosts a radio show called ¿Rising at Ten.¿ I am sure the show is hilarious and has a good audience, but then again maybe I¿m the one that¿s wrong. I wonder if he complains this much in real life or if it is an act. Chances are this is his real personality, but then again maybe I¿m the one that¿s wrong. Rising¿s style is blunt and sarcastic. But Then Again I Could Be Wrong will bring much needed laughter to your life, but then again maybe I¿m the one that¿s wrong.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 10, 2008
'Head on -- apply directly to your forehead'--this is one of the of most annoying commercials of all time, but the again, I might be wrong. Or then again I could be wrong. Why the author ended almost every little rant or fraustration with those words is just as annoying as the commercial. As I read this book I started to skip the last sentence. The cover of this book leads a persons curiosity to open the book and start reading. This book had me laughing out loud in parts. Then when the author wrote about the obituary of the baby girl and the priest it truely touches your heart. Also in parts it is almost poetic when he describes the sounds of the wind blowing. Or how he loves to watch storms. The love he feels for NE Pennsylvania and the way he describes it I know it is one place I would love to visit. I am sure his long suffering wife (of whom he never mentions her name) will agree with me when I say 'Jim, get off of your lawn mower before you kill yourself!' Swallow your pride and let your wife call her brother. This poor man is definately not Mr. Fix It. Oh, sorry the politically correct word would be he is 'Honey-Doo' challenged. In honesty he does put into words what so many of us have felt at one time or another. Well except the shower thing. I do have an answer for Jim when he speaks about deers crossing the road. My oldest son Troy swears that car dealers spray cars and trucks with deer scent. That is why so many deer committe suicide on our roads each year. So everyone be warned, wash all those cars and trucks at least three times before you venture into deer country. I found this book to be an amusing read. Not bad for a first time author. I hope you can raise the monies needed for your library. I hope to visit there someday. Sandra Heptinstall Whispering Winds Book ReviewsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.