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Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite
More Odds Than Ends is a collection of cartoon drawings by Randy Halford. The author pulls his readers into his work with quirky cartoons and witty remarks. The book marks his tenth successful collection. From funnies to “selfies” featuring modern art, the book will have readers smiling and laughing along as they turn the pages.
Starting with the foreword, the reader knows that the author and illustrator is a fan of certain pop culture. A lot of Randy Halford’s work could be easily recognized by younger generations, but some of the sarcasm and irony will be relevant to people who are more mature readers or have a firm grasp of older music and films. I have an old soul, and I read a lot, so I especially enjoyed the gentle nod to Patsy Cline and the “Snack Literature” and “Creature Literature” drawings. I was also a fan of the simpler drawings, with text that put it in an amusing light.
A reader doesn’t have to be up to date on pop culture, as most of the cartoons translate easily into a comical play on words. I noticed that the cartoons were drawn in 2014, and most of them reflect the general mood of people who were born on the cusp of “baby boomers” and “generation X” during that time. The drawings are easy to understand and fun, and the text that accompanies them is pertinent and laughable. I would recommend More Odds Than Ends to readers who enjoy outrageously funny cartoons.