But Then Again I Could Be Wrong

The Book of Rants

Non-Fiction - Humor/Comedy
228 Pages
Reviewed on 03/13/2009
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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

Jim Rising shares has talent for wit and disdain with readers. I enjoyed his book But Then Again I Could Be Wrong. The frequently repeated phrases became a little annoying, but then again maybe I’m the one that’s wrong. Rising hosts a radio show called "Rising at Ten." I am sure the show is hilarious and has a good audience, but then again maybe I’m the one that’s wrong. I wonder if he complains this much in real life or if it is an act. Chances are this is his real personality, but then again maybe I’m the one that’s wrong. Rising’s style is blunt and sarcastic. But Then Again I Could Be Wrong will bring much needed laughter to your life, but then again maybe I’m the one that’s wrong.

A few of my favor rants were:

• I wonder sometimes what would happen if the thin line between civilized behavior and no holds barred, bull goose loonyness were to be crossed.

• Modern life has all sorts of interesting ways to stress you out that our ancestors didn't have to deal with.

• Sometimes you have to wonder about the thought processes that go on in our rulers' minds.

• With all due apologies to the hundreds of restaurants in the area that serve buffets - I can't stomach it.

• During the holiday season, the number of stupid drivers increases by a factor that I can't begin to calculate.

• I am not really that hard to please.

• I am the clumsiest person I know.

The rants are only one or two pages low and make for interesting reading. This is not a rolling on the floor funny book but it is witty.

A. C. Rising

A triumph of the little man. Rising takes those little daily annoyances we all wish we could gripe about and gives them the smack down they deserve. Like rude people, dumb people, the officious and the rediculous-they all get the drubbing they deserve in this all-too-brief little book. Rising's style is down-home and comfortable-reminscent of Garrison Keeler without the recurring characters, unless you count the long suffering wife. Rising is like the big brother you wish you had to point out these little life lessons to you. Great Work!!


Jim has a realy unique take on life that makes you wonder if he was taping your thoughts as you screamed at the car in front of you or muttered some rude thing about the couple at the other table. It is great that he is saying all the things we usually just think about! A absolute must read. Keep a copy at work and cheer yourself up the next time some one makes you mad.

William Scott

I received this book as a Member Giveaway book on a library website. Its really exactly as the cover says, a book of rants. Nothing spectacular, but not boring either. This book makes a great bathroom reader as it pretty much all 1-2 page rants about anything and everything that most of us can relate to. Very light reading.