This is a very unconventionally written book, where the narrator is a fox who has recently learned human language and his story telling is characterized by impropergrammar and abundant typos. Fox 8 is a story about a fox who gets exposed to humans and learns their language by listening to stories told by human mothers to their kids. When the jungle in which the fox lives is destroyed by the construction of a mall, the fox reaches out to humans to seek help, establish a fox-human connection. However, as he tries to come closer to them, the ugly side of humans is revealed, turning his life upside down.
As the fox says – “Why did the curator do it so rong, making the groop with the gratest skils the meenest?” So true.
Board Room Babies is a pseudo-research study which proves that there is a lot of commonality between the behavior of babies and corporate head honchos.
Amazon.com editorial describes it as a “wickedly delightful satire”. Satire it is and a decent one, but not at all “wickedly delightful”. There are a some extremely funny moments. Like the one where there is a graph which compares CEO’s work product with baby shit. Or the one which talks about how nonsensical things said by both babies and CEOs are considered smart and remarkable. But these are too far (even considering the length of the book) and too few. The rest of the book is plain drab and boring. Some comparisons even feel stretched – like the one which relates CEO’s hair to baby hair. Remove some of these dull portions, what remains is genuinely funny and piquant commentary on the life style of the corporate moguls.
My verdict – decent but not awesome. Good writing, could have been made better with tighter editing.