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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like crude rude and true,,you will LOVE this
Occasionally I receive emails from authors asking if I would be interested in reading their debut novels. Steven was no different and to be honest when I checked out the bio of him I was a little shocked. Yes I had heard of `Lad Lit' but to be honest had never really delved into the world of the Mike Gayle's and the Nick Hornby's. I figured that as I was being offered a...
Published on 11 Nov 2011 by Best Books To Read
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3.0 out of 5 stars The witty ending saves the book.
Have to say I am not a fan of lad-lit. This book was on a par with the last one in the genre I read (William Rudd's First Year of Marriage ) with almost identical sense of humour and similar rather unlikely, contrived situations. Writers of lad-lit, it seems to me, view the events of the story as if it is a film they are seeing in their head; if directed well this could...
Published on 27 Sep 2011 by Mr. James F. Forrest
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like crude rude and true,,you will LOVE this,
This review is from: The Drought (Kindle Edition)Occasionally I receive emails from authors asking if I would be interested in reading their debut novels. Steven was no different and to be honest when I checked out the bio of him I was a little shocked. Yes I had heard of `Lad Lit' but to be honest had never really delved into the world of the Mike Gayle's and the Nick Hornby's. I figured that as I was being offered a chance to read it free, then why not. What I didn't realise was that Lad Lit is the perfect combination of humour and reading for me and my dry and crude sense of humour!
When I read the synopsis I realised that Lad Lit really is just that; Lad lit! The stories regarding love and romance; albeit from a slightly different perspective than that of a woman! As soon as I started reading a few things became apparent. The first was that this author's humour was right up my street. Brash, crude and direct but laugh out loud funny. Dan Hilles is a `typical' bloke. In the beginning of the book we see him break up with his terrifying girlfriend (blimey, she was enough to give all us women a bad reputation). Dan was a likeable bloke though and it didn't take me long to realise that Dan's life was not going to be as easy as he thought.
The whole idea of the book is that we see Dan struggle through single life on a `drought' meaning no sex and even less female interaction. I read a review on Amazon which said that the book was repetitive in its nature and that the reader knows that Dan is on a sex drought. Well I have to be honest and say I was confused by that statement. Yes we know he is on a drought, that's what the whole book is about, and believe me it is very funny.
Yes, you certainly have to have a certain type of humour, but I cannot imagine one of my friends not liking this book. Obviously if you are somebody who prefers to read books that don't involve swearing or sex, then maybe pass on this one. If not, do yourself a favour and give this book a chance.
I was reading this book on the train on my journey home and actually managed to spit my tea out where I was laughing so hard. The man opposite me was not impressed! As the story moves forward we see Dan's attempts at getting some female attention becoming more and more daring, and to be honest more and more of a failure. This book had me cringing, laughing and smiling all the way home. I read it in a day and a half and have already started telling my friends about it. The women will (like I did) laugh at the shocking truths some of which will be close to home, and the men will laugh at the sheer truth of it all.
I can tell you now that I didn't know an awful lot about the author until after I had read the book and I checked out his website. I was shocked to realise that he self-published. Maybe, having not read any other `Lad Lit' I cannot compare his book to others in that genre but I honestly think this would be a fantastic author for a publisher to pick up! All I can say Steven, is I seriously hope that even if you don't sign a publishing deal, you continue to self-publish because I will definitely be buying the next one.
Overall, an absolutely cracking debut novel and I will be waiting for the next one. HIGHLY recommended!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The witty ending saves the book.,
This review is from: The Drought (Kindle Edition)Have to say I am not a fan of lad-lit. This book was on a par with the last one in the genre I read (William Rudd's First Year of Marriage ) with almost identical sense of humour and similar rather unlikely, contrived situations. Writers of lad-lit, it seems to me, view the events of the story as if it is a film they are seeing in their head; if directed well this could indeed make a basis for a funny film. Or a stinker.
Mr Scaffardi sits on a dangerous knife edge here; the subject matter is about a guys search for sex, which is not going to be to every readers taste. It comes across a sort of updated Confessions of a Window Cleaner type story.
One failing in my opinion of the first half of the book is that because we already know the protagonist is on a drought, we already know that every attempt to get sex is going to end in failure, and the episodes become a bit repetitious. I got to the half way mark and was thinking oh dear, there is a lot of book to go yet.
However, his hero is not a bad sort and the book picks up dramatically in the second half when a new element is introduced. The story (and the hero) really redeem themselves in the second half, the ending is well crafted and made me laugh.
I have to admit there were several Moments Of Male Truth in the book which men will recognise: for instance the true horror of shopping; and a certain event that happens once a year on a Monday.
It is priced very reasonably for the kindle at £
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun to read,
This review is from: The Drought (Kindle Edition)Wasn't what l expected, but even better! Steven Scaffardi really helps the reader identify with what the priorities are for many young men today!
Will cheer anyone up reading it!
5.0 out of 5 stars Had Me In Stitches,
This review is from: The Drought (Kindle Edition)This is Lad-Lit at its finest and I loved it from start to finish and you can't say that about many books. I enjoyed it so much that I recommended it to the hubby, who informed me that it was bound to be wittier than chick-lit because men are naturally funnier than women and that's why there are no decent, British female stand-up comedians. Hence the debate that followed about him challenging me to name any famous ones, apart from Jo Brand, which was on the tip of my tongue. So I expressed a liking for that one that makes jokes about her weight and her man issues and cakes and he told me not to mention Jo Brand but I wasn't, I was talking about the one from Newcastle only I couldn't remember her name. Point won, he replied. And that brings me back to why I adored this book since it's full of advice for the ladies as to what goes on inside a man's mind, which isn't a lot if you take away the football, the beer and the sex but apart from that they are basic creatures that we just can't live without, without falling for their manly charms, especially when they use them on us.
This novel follows the premise for the best in the genre and that is to keep the story simple and easy to relate to and keep the laughs coming, when the main character gets into all sorts of cringe-worthy situations and you wonder what the hell is coming next for the poor guy so you can't stop turning the pages to find out. And when the author gets it right, you'll know it when you read it and want to tell the world that you've found a brilliant new comedy writer who goes by the name of Steven Scaffardi. The Drought is about a typical bloke called Dan who has a group of pals that always have his back and their banter is so true to life that I swear I'm related to one of them as they try their best to steer Dan in the right direction after his breakup with his long-standing girlfriend, which in turn leads to `the drought' being his hilarious plight to end his sexless life from there on in. Will Dan ever get laid again? Will Dan manage to keep his job and his love life separate? And will Dan take his mother's advice instead of his friends? You'll have to get your hands on a copy to find out so don't delay on bringing some wicked, humour filled literature into you day by reading this book too.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, laugh out loud, great easy read!!!!,
This review is from: The Drought (Kindle Edition)Hilarious, laugh out loud, great read!!! I recommend to men and women, a well written easy read which will have you chuckling to yourself on your train (or as in my case trying to hold my laugh in!!). Should be made into a film, you would come out crying with laughter. Well done, Steven look forward to the next one!!
4.0 out of 5 stars Outladishly laddish!,
This review is from: The Drought (Kindle Edition)This book really is the Laddiest lad book of all lad books in lad publishing land that I've come across so far! I can see it as a 'Carry on' for 2012. The hapless Dan (and aren't all lad lit main characters so?) is on a quest for sex having gone without for a long time. He lurches from misadventure to disaster, being dumped, disastrous road trips beaten up, given bad advice by his best mates (real Job's comforters) , and as in the genre of Chick lit it turns out the answer was at his front door all the time. Plenty of male angst, embarrassing body stuff , truly cringeworthy run ins with the gay community. There is a semblance of just deserts at the end, living the results of such a completely amoral run of adventures! You could read it as a guide of how not to start a relationship.
As a woman reviewer, I can imagine plenty of laddish guffaws and sniggering but for me it just all a bit too near the knuckle (I'm probably a generation or two out). Were the lads when I was a teenager thinking like this? Flippin eck!
Like Steven the author says, Lads, I think you'll love it, ladies I think it'll make you look aghast at your man and wonder.........
It was great to be sent this book to review
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy light read for boys and girls alike,
This review is from: The Drought (Kindle Edition)As a woman, The Drought was a dangerous foray into the world of men's minds. Not only do we realise that men do really only think about one thing, they will go to extraordinary lengths to get it. That said, the escapades Dan and his friends get into provide enough sympathy inducing, eye-watering moments that would make even the most prudish of ladies laugh. The ending redeems Dan, although the same cannot be said of his friends, leaving you feeling that his traumatic and embarassing trysts bring him out the other side a better man. A worthy light read for boys and girls alike.
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Classic,
This review is from: The Drought (Kindle Edition)This book is a modern day classic. The character "Jack" will go down as a literary all time great. He is funny, cool, suave, hard and probably realy good looking. I would just love to meet the bloke he is based on. I bet he is a right dude. Congratulations Steve. I would be absolutely shocked if you didn't win a peace prize with this. It could stop wars.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining,
This review is from: The Drought (Kindle Edition)After a few too many drinks on NYE Dan ends up in yet another argument with his girlfriend of three years Stacey. Dan does what he thinks he best and ends the relationship; but then worries about `little Dan' and how much he will miss regular sex. What follows is a hilarious tale of Dan's exploits around South London with his mates trying to `end the drought'; from bar fights with a female bar tender to getting stupidly drunk and trying to prove himself on the dance floor to mistakenly hitting on a 15-year old, who is out with her mum. This is a very funny light-hearted read.
I did find myself laughing out loud to certain parts of the book; which did gain a few sideways glances from other passengers on the train. I also found that certain situations such as `guys like football there isn't any more to it than that' and that there should be a time limit on how long girlfriends can mention boyfriend's mistakes rang very true to arguments I have had with my own boyfriend.
The ending is predictable but all in all a very entertaining read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, crude and an easy read,
This review is from: The Drought (Kindle Edition)Was recommended this book by a friend of mine and I must say it is a thoroughly enjoyable read. Never taxing and often very funny, this book is perfect for those early morning commutes to work (as long as you don't mind giggling in public).
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The Drought by Steven Scaffardi
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