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Michaelbrent Collings

Because Life Is Too Short Not To Read Michaelbrent Collings is a #1 bestselling novelist and screenwriter. His bestsellers include Strangers, Darkbound, Apparition, The Haunted, The Loon, and the YA fantasy series The Billy Saga (beginning with Billy: Messenger of Powers). He hopes someday to develop superpowers, and maybe get a cool robot arm. Michaelbrent has a wife and several kids, all of whom are much better looking than he is (though he admits that's a low bar to set), and much MUCH cooler than he is (also a low bar). Michaelbrent also has a Facebook page at facebook.com/MichaelbrentCollings and can be followed on Twitter through his username @mbcollings. Follow him for awesome news, updates, and advance notice of sales. You will also be kept safe when the Glorious Revolution begins!

America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't - Stephen Colbert I like Stephen Colbert. I find his humor to be less mean-spirited than his colleague/cohort Jon Stewart, and he seems to take himself so completely lightly that even if you disagree with his satirical points, you can smile at his jokes. I liked his book I Am America quite a bit.

That being said, this one fell flat. It was quite a bit nastier, with a lot of obscenity and vulgarity that didn't serve the jokes or make them stronger. Maybe it was just too much of a good thing, but a lot of the book seemed flat, repetitive.

I still like Colbert, I still think he's got a great comic timing and a lot of what worked in the book worked WONDERFULLY. But what didn't... fell flatter than a pancake that's fallen under a steamroller.

See? That's not very funny. Not everyone is funny all the time. Hopefully his next book will make me laugh a bit harder.