Latest reviews in Travel Books »

A Hilarious Childhood Memoir

Advantages: Laugh out loud funny, captivating prose, a book with a beating heart
Disadvantages: A mild suspicion that there's a little embellishment to some of the stories

...There's something incredibly appealing about small boys misbehaving themselves. Look at the popularity of characters such as Dennis the Menace, Just William and Horrid Henry and you will see how a naughty boy can entertain over the generations, whether he ...

rosebud2001 26.01.2011 · Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid - Bill Bryson

How useful was it?

Would you read it again?

We've all got to do it, whether we mean to or not!

Advantages: excellent balance of facts and personal memories
Disadvantages: none for me

...A downside I've discovered to getting out of the Sunday paper buying habit is that, when it's combined with your only decent local bookshop being closed, it's worryingly easy to lose track of when new books are published. So, great Bill Bryson fan though ...

KateHurst 05.08.2010 · Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid - Bill Bryson

How useful was it?

Would you read it again?

Bryson, the 1950's superhero

Advantages: Enlightening, highly amusing
Disadvantages: slightly strange in bits

...Born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951, Bill Bryson is one of the most highly esteemed travel writers of the present day. He was recently awarded the title of Officer of the Most Excellent Order for all that he has contributed to literature. Currently, he an ...

freeridemtber 19.06.2007 · Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid - Bill Bryson

How useful was it?

Would you read it again?

The Thunderbolt Kid Strikes Again!

Advantages: Hilarious and interesting
Disadvantages: None in particular

...1950s America. A time of postwar boom when everything was perfect - people lived in suburban comfort, housewives prepared wholesome meals and children played freely in the street. Except it wasn't quite like that. Underneath this outward perfection, peopl ...

DoubleFantasy11 20.02.2008 · Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid - Bill Bryson

How useful was it?

Would you read it again?

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

Advantages: Bill Bryson
Disadvantages: Perhaps a little too American for foreign readers

...I have been a huge fan of Bill Bryson ever since reading Notes from a Small Island ten years ago. Ever since that first book he has been causing me to suddenly laugh out loud with each of his following titles and the guffaw/giggle/chuckle always, without ...

butcam 10.03.2010 · Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid - Bill Bryson

How useful was it?

Would you read it again?