There is a lot of pressure when a book starts with a foreword, followed by a two pages of ‘Morewords’ and several pages of ‘Otherwords’ from well-known funny people, of which I was\am not.

Despite the pressure, I persevered, reading through Toronto‘s Marcel St. Pierre‘s Cliche and Wind Go Hitchhiking ($19.95, MKZ Press).

When St. Pierre suggested I read his book, he said it was for fans of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. I am actually not a fan of that series, although I want to be, but did enjoy many of the stories found within St. Pierre’s book, particularly Molly’s Ex, which is about magicians, who apparently have the same sort of relationship troubles as everyone else; Not Working, which I found particularly funny as the main character, Megun, has Internet troubles and has no problem sharing how she really feels: “hey @rogerscable suck much #notworking”. What makes this story pretty fantastic is the ending, which I didn’t see coming and which offered a pleasant, yet unexpected twist.

I also enjoyed Champs-Elysee, which features the story of Monsieur Shnafp Flaubert Montpassant-Duflanche, who is engaged with his favourite pastime, hating people. Too funny

The stories are an eclectic mix and while I didn’t laugh at loud, I did smile, chuckle and issue a few groans. The stories are short, many only a page and a half in length, which makes Cliche and Wind Go Hitchhiking a perfect book for when you are waiting in line or if you want a light, easy read.

A copy of this book was provided by Marcel St. Pierre for an honest review. The opinions are my own.

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