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Book Review: B.S. Incorporated by Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | B.S. Incorporated by Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss

Genre: Corporate Fiction, Funny
Book Name: B.S. Incorporated
Author: Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss
Pages: 344
Publication Year: 2016
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing

Rarely do I find a book which has such a strong calling that I spend hours on it at a stretch to complete it. But no denying the fact, this book B.S. Incorporated is written superbly with just the right dose of everything that fits the big companies – corporate life, consulting, sales, warehousing, and not to miss the boardroom drama. It reminded me of the book I had once read – The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt, only without any operational lessons which in future may be classified as MBA textbook reading.

The excellence of this book may be attributed to the career experiences that the two writers bring with them, because of which they were able to knit a tight storyline. In the start, it’s a little confusing with the bombardment of so many characters. But once you get the hang, yes hang, you are ought to complete it, even if it means staying through the night – situational funny, incredible quips yet intriguing and insightful. All-in-all, a perfect package and I give it 10-on-10.

P.S: If any one knows another book with two authors and he/she likes it so much to recommend it, please let me know. Because, I am all in for recommending this one!

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Business Solutions, Inc. is falling apart at the seams. While employees kill time stalking free snacks and filming porn in the HQ stairwells, the company’s co-CEOs bring in shadowy corporate consultants to shake up their business in ways even they don’t understand.

As the communications manager tasked with translating C-suite doublespeak, Will Evans is constantly torn between his blue-collar warehouse past and his white-collar future. When he is put in charge of rolling out a dubious strategy the consultants brand Optelligence, Will is thrust deep into a muddle of absurdity and responsibility he never expected.

Enter Anna Reed, corporate mercenary with heels as high as her ambition. To her, BSI is just a stepping-stone to a better job at a smarter company. Demoted to Will’s team on her first day, she’s ready to steamroll anyone to get her career back on track.

When BSI is pushed to the brink of bankruptcy, Will hatches a covert plan that just might save them all. But he needs Anna’s cunning and courage to pull it off. Can Anna, the consummate job jumper, find a reason to go all-in on BSI? Or is she better off bailing and letting the company go down in flames?

About the authors:
Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss spent the better part of two decades careening through corporate America-and barely lived to write about it. As company journalists, speechwriters, and communication directors, they survived more than their share of boardroom brawls. Both live near Minneapolis where they work as speakers and consultants. They share their best stories during happy hour. B.S., Incorporated is their debut novel.

Rating: 10/10

Book Journey: The Vale of Laughter

EtherealJinxed|Book Review | The Vale of Laughter by Peter De Vries

Genre: Satire, Comedy
Book Name: The Vale of Laughter
Author: Peter De Vries
Pages: 352
Publication Year: 1967
Publisher: Little Brown

A classics styled funny writing (this one is an old book I found in someone else’s collection) and a complete contrast to Kapil Sharma’s not so entertaining jokes on stupid stuff.

You basically understand what a clown (or in this case, a good-for-nothing person) if not able to find his niche can do. He can create scenes out of his own life and portray it in such a practical manner that people instead of despising it will laugh! An interesting read that has an unexpected turn of tales.

Probably I would need a re-reading of this book to better understand the underlying genre these series of books generally catered to for I am yet to touch-base and be comfortable with similar class of books.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
A brilliant, fiercely funny novel that ponders the eternal question: is it better to laugh or cry?

Joe Sandwich is a clown. Not literally, but what else do you call an eleven-year-old who goes to church to confess his good deeds: “I did my homework without being told”? A stockbroker who gets seasick watching the market tape and claims the gross national product is “deodorants”? A father who mows curse words into his lawn and names his son Hamilton because, well, who can resist a Ham Sandwich?

Prankster, punster, cut-up, card—Joe needs to crack wise about everything. Has he figured out the secret to embracing the inherent absurdity of life, or is there some terrible anxiety at the root of his compulsion? Lots of people want to know, including his wife, Naughty, who is anything but; his mistress, Gloria Bunshaft; and her husband, Wally Hines, a humorless professor who specializes is the philosophy of humor.

“If you look back,” says Joe, “you turn into a pillar of salt. If you look ahead, you turn into a pillar of society.” He prefers to live in the moment, from one gag to the next, but the joke he doesn’t see coming may get the biggest laugh of all.

About the author:
Peter De Vries was born in Chicago to Dutch immigrant parents. He worked with New Yorker magazine for forty years. A prolific author of novels, short stories, parodies, poetry, and essays, he published twenty-seven books during his lifetime, several of which were made into films. He was heralded by Kingsley Amis as the “funniest serious writer to be found either side of the Atlantic.” De Vries was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1983, taking his place alongside Mark Twain, Dorothy Parker, and S. J. Perelman as one of the nation’s greatest wits.

Rating: 7/10

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