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4.0 out of 5 stars Weird, unusual and a flair of creativity
A ridiculous, yet appealing, psuedo-mystery set in the almost fast-paced life of big money deals. "Frog pajamas" is an interesting romp through philosophical semi-quandries, and absolutely creative plot twists. The story isn't all that amazing, and the character's are just too over the top. Unfortunately the most enjoyable one, the overly-endowned Q-Jo,...
Published on 14 April 1997

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3.0 out of 5 stars Wuf! So long, and thanks for all the frogs
This book is classic Tom Robbins in the sense that almost every page has some hilariously humorous play on words, or unreal observation about real events, including a lot of incisive commentary on the subject of Washington's allegedly wooden teeth. (I kept wondering if he got knot holes instead of cavities, and whether he used Terminix for dental services*)...
Published on 27 May 2007 by Amanda Richards


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4.0 out of 5 stars Weird, unusual and a flair of creativity, 14 April 1997
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A ridiculous, yet appealing, psuedo-mystery set in the almost fast-paced life of big money deals. "Frog pajamas" is an interesting romp through philosophical semi-quandries, and absolutely creative plot twists. The story isn't all that amazing, and the character's are just too over the top. Unfortunately the most enjoyable one, the overly-endowned Q-Jo, spends half the book missing. What truly kept me interested was Robbin's flair and style. His delivery is quick and satiric, showing irreverency to everyone. And his particular delivery is a fun trip itself: You, the reader, are also You, the not so ethically honest female stock broker, caught amongst the worst professional nightmare of your life, newly discovered sexual passion, your well engrained desire for material items and the opportunity to make a self-probing journey of a lifetime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be Amphibious, but don't be a toadpuff, 26 Jun. 1999
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YES!! As one of the critics said, "Robbins continues to pour water on a dozing America." This was my third journey, and my sense of adventure will not be satisfied until I take in all of this author's wonderful novels. "Frog Pajamas" was great!! Tom's sense of a female's point of view amazes me. Gwendolyn's hellacious weekend keeps you on your most comfortable ledge. You can't put it down. Never has Robbins been more descriptive, in my readings, about the mood of Seattle, and the western melting pot of the U.S. But the most interesting character would be that of Larry Diamond, obviously Robbins' personal literary philosopher. Your intelligence increases with every page. It's awesome!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Robbins is a God, 27 Nov. 1998
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Tom Robbins is the best writer I've read in a long time. For those who are looking for a book that can be analyzed and categorized with other books, you will be sorely disappointed. But if you are willing to read a book that will make you think, this is a classic. His books don't seem to me to take stances for or against, but rather they provoke you into rethinking YOUR stances, as any good book should. And on top of all that, he's simply the most impressive master of the English language that I've read. Kudos to Tom, and let's just pray he keeps writing for as long as he lives.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wuf! So long, and thanks for all the frogs, 27 May 2007
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This book is classic Tom Robbins in the sense that almost every page has some hilariously humorous play on words, or unreal observation about real events, including a lot of incisive commentary on the subject of Washington's allegedly wooden teeth. (I kept wondering if he got knot holes instead of cavities, and whether he used Terminix for dental services*)

That said, this is not one of his best books by a long shot. It starts slowly, works up to a purple passion and then lands flat on its squatty Buddha-esque rear end. The tortuous tale twists around a feckless female Filipino stock broker, facing the fall of the fickle stock market over the Good Friday weekend, frantically forming far-fetched formulae to foil her forthcoming firing. Her acquaintances include a traditionally built psychic, whose fall-back occupation is watching home movies of the lonely and attention-deficient, a philanthropic Lutheran real estate broker who desperately wants to marry her, and last of all, a born again Barbary ape with a yen for banana popsicles and larceny.

While living through the worst days of her lives, she meets a tattooed ex-broker recently back from Timbuktu, and tracks him to his den of decadence beneath a bowling alley. Through this earth shaking incident, not all of which could be blamed on the rise and fall of the bowling pins, she has an Alice in Wonderland experience involving a distant planet, a toothy Japanese doctor who is said to have found a cure for cancer, an inscrutable Indian and a whole lot of amphibians.

Highly pseudo-philosophic, with unlikeable characters and flimsy plot, the main thing this has going for it is the dry humor of the word play, and all the rain in Seattle can't wash that away.

Amanda Richards

*Not a Tom Robbins quote, but it might have been if I didn't write it first
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5.0 out of 5 stars chocolate for the fiction-reader's brain, 18 Nov. 1996
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I love Tom Robbins! When I first read Cowgirls, it struck me as lip-smackingly profound and funny. A cruddy movie version with the awful Uma has not dimmed my admiration for Mr. Robbins. OK, so the plot of Frog Pajamas stretches credulity, characters are over the top, but the langauge is wonderful, the metaphors are golden, the puns are perfect, and the books are brain candy for the thinking person who reads for enjoyment, not necessarily for education. Keep them coming, thick and fast!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bombastic, fast-paced, highly creative, and comical novel, 30 July 1999
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Robbins takes the reader on an incredibly humorous adventure...pounding out word based comedy with dizzying rapidity and ingenious creativity. His comedic stylings are much like Sedaris and Kennedy Toole...leaving you in fits of laughter and marvelling at his ability to sculpt and string together sentences much like a composer creates music. His humor hits with rapid fire precision and is crafted with tremendous economy...lean and fit with very little excess verbage.
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3.0 out of 5 stars If you think this is a great book, you need to keep reading, 14 April 1998
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Not a bad book, by any means. Don't get me wrong. It's okay. In fact, Robbins' style is hip and slick and easy to read. He's a craftsman when it comes to twisting cliches into something that is appealing and original. But make no mistake, his style should not be mistaken for substance. Appreciated and celebrated now, Robbins will not be remembered in later generations (unlike that of Jay McInerney who does a better job of using the second person point of view in his BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY). Worst of all, Robbins characterizes Seattle by that which is hip and obvious and stereotypical. The truth is, there is more to Seattle than Starbucks, Microsoft, and "alternative" music. I would hope this author would in the future use his mastery of metaphor to expose an image with more literary hootspa. And so I would suggest to those of you who think this guy is the cat's meow to read one of two Johns: either Updike or Irving. Or, if you'd like a less hip (and more authentic) representation of the Northwest, pick up David James Duncan's THE BROTHERS K or anything by Sherman Alexie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sleep is impossible, 4 Jan. 1998
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Almost 400 pages (in trade paperback) accounting one woman's weekend seems a tedious task. Especially since that woman, Gwendolyn Mati, is a half-Philipino, half-Welsh prissy green-eyed republican with deep rooted family problems. Half Asleep In Frog Pajamas is light entertainment, yes, but it is exciting, silly, and full of mysteries that perversly draw you in to read another page... and another... and another. Robbins' use of 2nd person narration instead of traditional styles is incredibly startling, yet very intriguing. It is clear, after only a few chapters of Half Asleep, that Robbins was put here on this earth (possibly from another planet) to show us thousands of twisted metaphors to perfectly describe everything, and I am only left with the feeling of "Gee, I never saw it THAT way before..." Half Asleep In Frog Pajamas is one of those little things I like to call a "cult classic". Live with it. Read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wierd and wonderful, 30 Jun. 2003
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This review is from: Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas (Paperback)
Great characters and intriguing ideas, wild cultural differences, the mysteries of Tarot, frog pajamas.... what more do you want? Easy to read (despite the "you" form) and amusing, with deeper ideas below the surface. If you want something a bit different, this could be for you.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 10 July 1998
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I was a big fan of "Another Roadside Attraction" and "Cowgirls," and wish that Robbins could rediscover the empathy and affection he had for the characters in these books. Gwendolyn, the stockbroker heroine of "Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas," is fairly unlikeable, which is okay with me. A much bigger problem is what a thin character she is. And why on earth Robbins decided to use the second person voice to tell this story is completely beyond me since he so frequently slides out of Gwendolyn's perspective to deliver lengthy musings that seem far more in character with the author's sensibility than with hers. By the end, I became a weary of Robbins showing off at the expense of his characters.
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