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Tommy's Tale: 01/23/08

Tommy's Tale

Tommy's Tale is Alan Cumming's debut novel. I don't know Cumming's work as an actor but I thoroughly enjoyed his novel. I tore through it in a day, pausing occasionally to laugh myself silly.

The novel is told in diary form akin to the Adrian Mole series, Georgia Nicolson series or the Bridget Jones series. Except that Tommy is an e-popping bisexual suffering from a crisis as his thirtieth birthday looms. It seems that the diary form novel is a mainstay of British humour fiction. This off the cuff style of writing doesn't always carry well to American readers and I've noticed that the book was reviewed more positively among Amazon.co.uk readers than it was among Amazon.com readers.

Although my life is nothing like Tommy's I immediately clicked with him. He recounts a series of benders, a business trip to New York and his desire for a child of his own even if it means growing up.

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Comment #1: Thursday, January, 24, 2008 at 16:02:16

Susan Helene Gottfried

This sounds terrible, especially coming from me, but I can't get past that cover art! Total turnoff for some reason!"

Comment #2: Thursday, January, 24, 2008 at 13:25:03


The cover was why I wanted to read it. And it's completely appropriate to the book. After having read the book, I love the cover even more."

Comment #3: Friday, January, 25, 2008 at 08:07:04


I've seen Alan Cumming in movies. Nice boots ;) "

Comment #4: Friday, January, 25, 2008 at 17:32:41


This book sounds good!! I am looking for something fun and easy to read. I might just have to pick this up. :) Thanks for the recommendation!!

Also, thanks for the visit to my blog and comment. :) Have a good weekend! Jenn KP>PS May I add you to my blog roll, please?"

Comment #5: Friday, January, 25, 2008 at 14:36:31


Thank you for stopping by. Of course you may add my blog to your blog roll. "

Comment #6: Friday, January, 25, 2008 at 18:12:07


I love diary style books. The cover intrigues me."

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