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FROM THE AUTHOR OF NO.1 BESTSELLING TRAVEL COMEDY 'THAT BEAR ATE MY PANTS!' Tony James Slater is quite possibly the world’s worst traveller. And yet, he’s thinking of doing it for a living… Faced with buying a car and getting a real job – or taking the money and blowing it on a six-month adventure around Asia… well, there really is no contest! Who wouldn’t want to visit exFROM THE AUTHOR OF NO.1 BESTSELLING TRAVEL COMEDY 'THAT BEAR ATE MY PANTS!' Tony James Slater is quite possibly the world’s worst traveller. And yet, he’s thinking of doing it for a living… Faced with buying a car and getting a real job – or taking the money and blowing it on a six-month adventure around Asia… well, there really is no contest! Who wouldn’t want to visit exotic places, like Borneo, Cambodia and China? Who wouldn’t want to tackle the world’s most dangerous hiking path, tangle with the Vietnamese Mafia, and suffer days in the dreaded Mongolian saddle…? And who wouldn’t want to try five-organ soup? All he has to do is survive long enough to realise his dreams. His rainbow-haired wife, Roo, is determined to keep him in one piece – but he’s not going to make it easy. Six months around Asia will make-or-break them… Literally. Join Tony and Roo on an epic journey through the weirdest and most wonderful things the continent can offer. Share their hopes and fears as they battle the wildlife, the elements, and the laws of probability to explore six fascinating and exotic countries. Together, they will prove one of the cardinal rules of travel: that nothing ever goes according to plan. Especially when you don’t have one. Full of mischief and mayhem, this hilarious adventure is one you definitely don’t want to miss. One thing’s for sure; it ain’t no holiday! This is a comedy travel memoir, covering Borneo, Vietnam, Mongolia, China, Laos and Cambodia....

Title : shave my spider a six month adventure around borneo vietnam mongolia china laos and cambodia
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shave my spider a six month adventure around borneo vietnam mongolia china laos and cambodia Reviews

  • Joo
    2019-01-22 15:22

    Tony's been on his biggest adventure yet. It was probably his most researched and planned one too. But ............. well, Tony. The problem Tony gets with any of his escapades and adventures can be summed up in one word. Tony. Just as well his lovely, sensible wife Roo was on hand to keep him slightly under control. But when her back is turned ......Tony's books are rambling tomes of often mundane daily life stuff. But it's not the daily life a Westerner like me would want to consider. They pack in an awful lot into their days, but often it's because they haven't got enough money to get to where things would be a lot easier.I won't go into detail of all the places they stayed, but I know I wouldn't like to do China, but Mongolia sounded just wonderful (apart from the hard saddles). Tony managed to describe the nothingness of the Mongolian Desert and the warmth of the people living there in a way that I'd love to see it. Well, apart from the toilet arrangement, and the border control, and the local transport. Hmm. Perhaps it's better that someone else lives it and writes about it for me.And the great thing about Tony's books - they come with photos. Well apart from the one on his Mongolia page after he's been in the river !!This book is a lot longer than his previous ones, which are pretty long themselves, but it's never a chore reading them. And with 6 countries, you could think of this as 6 books in one.

  • Julie Smith
    2019-01-28 13:25

    Thanks to TBC for a free copy for an honest review.I'm not usually a fan of 'funny' books: in a lot of cases they're just not my cup of tea. The prologue hooked me in! Why are the Chinese Military after him? To find out read the book!Well I did and found out why (no spoilers). Parts of the book were very funny but most of it not. Lots of people will have a different sense of humour to myself and I think they will really enjoy it

  • Jirinka (sony08)
    2019-01-26 12:27 have never read a book that made me giggle more; a book that would inspire me travel and put me off at the same time. Tony is hilarious and I will be seeking out his other books. I wasn’t sure what I was expecting, but the book sounded like a good idea and it seemed like something to lighten my days a little.Well, it certainly did that. I giggled my way through this brilliantly funny travel journal, getting some funny looks at the gym. It really did brighten my days and made the countries Tony, Roo and Vicky visited so much more appealing. My favourite most possibly being Vietnam. It sounds amazing!Things do go wrong for Tony, but those mishaps are so worth the books we get out of them. Tony’s humour has a natural, effortless flow and teamed up with so much interesting information about the visited countries, this makes for a fabulous and entertaining read. Thank you so much to Tony and TBConFB for letting me read this book in return for an honest review.

  • D. Messing
    2019-01-19 15:35

    ***** I received this ARC for free from TBC on FB in return for an honest review *****My goodness why had I not found this author yet????? I absolutely loved it, and devoured it in just a few days despite having sick kids the entire time! I've travelled a bit in Thailand myself, and found myself gasping and nodding along with his experiences, and also my kindle was banished from bed for shaking the bed with laughter! I loved his down to earth, self deprecating writing that didn't varnish it, and hilariously told it as it was. I don't think he intended for a lot to be funny, but in the happening it became side-splittingly funny, and has now ignited my nine year olds desire to travel and do the things that he read about with mom! Well done!

  • Angela
    2019-01-20 15:26

    As a former Bill Bryson fan the buzz about this book intrigued me and I wasn't disappointed. Laugh out loud funny, this author has a unique and witty voice.I've travelled around some of these countries in this book myself so have to say I was doubly interested in the content because of that. Tony James Slater puts a unique spin on his self deprecating travel reports in a down to earth way. Though I would suggest if you plan to travel it would be wise to avoid where ever he is traveling as his trips don't always go according to plan.Highly entertaining and a right rollicking good read.

  • Anne
    2019-02-04 08:33

    Adventure in book form. I've read all of Tony's books and enjoyed every second of each of them. Each book is different and fantastic in their own way. I love the way his voice comes through. It really is like sitting down around a campfire and listening to a friend tell you about his escapades. There was laughter. There were tears and there were heart stopping moments. It's well written and well paced. Tony and Roo do need their own travel show though. That would be fantastic. Two thumbs up!

  • Susan Angela Wallace
    2019-02-04 09:32

    Tony James Slater is quite possibly the world’s worst traveller. And yet, he’s thinking of doing it for a living… what can I say I was laughing so much. the things Tony did. I didn't think anyone could get into trouble like he did. This was a very very enjoyable read I loved how it was written too. the characters were fantast8 what a read. loved loved loved it. I would highly recommend it. 10* thanks to TBC and the author for the arc.

  • Himanshu
    2019-01-18 10:20

    I have never laughed harder while reading a book, truly. Tony has a writing style that is at once self-deprecating and also hilarious. Having travelled through some of the places he describes, I could relate to a few of his tales, but he pushes it to the limit (and sometimes beyond).His wife Roo is funny too and we're joined by her sister and the trio make the trip worth the read.

  • Theresa (TBC) (TT&B)
    2019-01-26 08:40

    So do you settle for a real job & buy a car? Or travel the world & see Borneo, Cambodia & China?I know what I'd choose & so did Tony & Roo.They see Orangutans feeding, perfect vision through this book. Tony finds leeches where he didn't need to find them!Funny and descriptive, travel just gets more inviting, maybe not that far for me though!Great fun book.

  • Ellie Shepherd
    2019-02-09 11:24

    Hilarious and cringeworthy in places. A true story of Tony & Roo's adventures trekking across Asia which grabs you from the first page and throughout. I couldn't stop chuckling and reading parts out to my husband on our holiday. A real, feel-good book particularly for those who enjoy travelling. Thank you to TBConFB and Tony for the opportunity to read it, a great read.

  • Katie Chapman
    2019-01-26 10:40

    Another Homerun!Reading Tony James Slater is always entertaining and full of laughs. The other great part is how he infuses his adventures with history, archeology, ecology, and sociology. Oh...and lucky for him, his wife is a really good sport.

  • Becky Brabrook
    2019-02-15 12:46

    Have enjoyed all of Tony's books! Fascinating how, without trying, things go wrong for him. Enjoy the backpackers view of a country rather than the 5 star hotel tour! A fun read! Thanks Tony and Roo!

  • Arun
    2019-01-18 12:41

    Tony keeps getting better and better at writing with each book. I wasn't too impressed with the Ecuador book, then the Australia book bowled me over . This book on Asia takes it a level further and shows us how truly passionate Tony and Roo are about adventure and travel. Way to go guys!

  • Henrik Rostoft
    2019-02-15 15:24

    This was as good as his other books. Really funny, and always good for finding out what not to do when traveling.I hope he survives another travel, so I can read about it.

  • Evangeline
    2019-02-17 11:29

    I never thought I'd read a travel memoir that made me want to hit the road myself, and avoid it in equal measures! The author is a (mostly) loveable idiot with a penchant for finding trouble everywhere, which is great as it both serves to make you feel better about your own past and future travel mishaps and reminds you that things do often go wrong and travel isn't always easy and wonderful, and it's highly amusing to read about too! For me, I'd have liked to hear more about wildlife encounters, and the Cambodia and Laos sections which petered out toward the end, although Tony does explain that due to tiredness and sickness they simply didn't see or do as much there which is understandable. I look forward to reading about more of Tony's adventures.

  • Pauline Armstrong
    2019-02-05 07:30

    I love a bit of armchair travel, and Tony James Slater can certainly help to scratch that itch! This book centred on an Asian adventure, and I was regularly diving into my search engine, in order to read more about an area for which Tony had whetted my appetite. His books are written in a hugely enjoyable fashion, and I defy you not to laugh out loud on at least one occasion. Armchair travel can broaden the mind, too. Educational information is there at every turn, and I must register my boundless admiration for Tony's wife, Roo, for her fortitude in being the travelling companion of such an (let's settle for) 'adventurous' personNow, I wonder how much it will cost me to get to Mongolia??

  • Lucinda Clarke
    2019-01-21 12:34

    I you have done very little traveling and are considering exploring the world for the first time, it may be better not to read this book. It is very entertaining but contains some horror stories that leave you gasping. It was fascinating to read the author’s take on places I have also visited, but my experiences were competitively tame in comparison. He and his wife took chances most of us would not, but they returned to Australia months later I one piece – or is that a spoiler? He lived to write about the tale. Full of interesting information, well written and amusing, a fun book.

  • Charlie Oliver
    2019-02-07 07:23

    A fantastic book by a very affable young man that has fairly bad luck and a fairly crazy sense of adventure. The guy seems so charismatic that you can't help but feel bad for him when things go wrong. Then again, it's still pretty funny so his loss is my gain.A good travel book makes you want to visit the places described. This book makes me want to go to *some* of the places described but only with an organized tour group because some of the situations in Asia sound terrifying. Whereas I'd be a statistic about dead tourists, Tony manages to make the best of it.

  • Peggy Dyer
    2019-02-16 11:18

    Too much mundane info about author and his girlfriend. Didn't find it funny and gave up after 50 pages.

  • Artwhite
    2019-02-09 07:20

    Great book about travels

  • Paige Bentch-pruitt
    2019-02-13 11:24

    AwesomeWell worth reading. This is one of the very few books I couldn 't put down. In fact, all of Tony's books are interesting and exciting, with the unique viewpoint of an actual participant.

  • Janet Golden
    2019-01-18 08:46

    This review took me longer to get to because I had to read this book twice.My first read through was simply because I couldn't wait to see what kind of adventures & mishaps were in the book & it didn't disappoint!!. The second time though I took my time to search out information on the internet & the helpful photo links included at the end of each chapter to Tonys blog to get a true feel of where things were taking place & what was being seen/experienced.I must take exception however to a phrase he used to describe his writing at one point in the book where he wrote "I don't have the poetry in my soul...." This is simply not true. The authors writing & visual imagery skills are evolving with each book, I submit to you a few that resonated with me in "Shave My Spider" & see if you don't also find it to be true."The sky was pink, with wispy orange clouds like a baby orangutan's fuzz.""Like an old leather belt, pocked and scarred and crumbling a the edges.""Lush green hills rolled over each other to the horizon, where they met the shadowy, insubstantial mountains. From this vantage point I could see ridge upon ridge into the distance - each one capped by a diminishing ribbon of stonework"No, don't sell Tony James Slater short as "just" a writer of funny travel books. There is depth & poetry there as well.

  • Lois Tuffield
    2019-01-18 10:28

    Shave My SpiderI’ve read each one of Tony’s books as they became available and every one of them has been enjoyable, entertaining and an excellent read. He is a clever, funny writer who makes you feel as if he’s your best friend!This latest book is his longest – and BEST yet. I’ve just finished reading it and felt as if I was with him and Roo all the way through Asia; enjoying the desolate steppes of Mongolia and the temples of Cambodia. Feeling terrified as he climbed dangerous ascents, forded rivers and got stung in the eye! How I hated China and the poverty of most of its people – and loved the pandas!The facts have been well researched and the Slater humour is intact! The photos that go with each chapter (via his website), just confirm how well he paints his word pictures.Can’t wait for the next book – so everyone must buy this one to fund the next adventure.

  • Heather
    2019-01-18 14:43

    Tony James Slater and his wife Roo spent six months touring six countries (Borneo, Vietnam, Mongolia, China, Laos and Cambodia). As always, crazy situations followed them around. I love Tony’s writing. First of all, he is flat out funny. I have a tendency to read multiple books at once, switching between them on my Kindle, and every time I’d laugh out loud while reading, various members of my family would ask if I was reading Shave My Spider! again. I also quite enjoy the bits of history he includes along with the anecdotes he tells. There either wasn’t as much swearing in this book compared to his previous ones or I’ve gotten used to it (I’m pretty sure there is less). There are a few (very few) times words in sentences are repeated, but not enough to be overly annoying. I wholeheartedly recommend Shave My Spider!

  • Aubrey
    2019-01-31 12:44

    Another great entry into the "what crazy adventures and disasters will Tony get himself and Roo in to now" saga. Tony Slater is one of my favorite authors, ever. His books, follow his adventures around the world, as he tries to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up (your 30's are the time to do that, right?), which by this book is a travel writer. He is crazy, and zany, and where he goes disaster follows. His wife is a true saint. He has really grown in to his role/calling as a professional writer. He uses his words to paint such vivid imagery. It is so easy to see what he is saying that I felt as if i was right there with him. He also taught me... What not to do if/when I travel through Asia. I can not recommend this, and all his books, enough. *fair warning: he is a bloke from England. Language warning ahead.

  • Nina
    2019-01-21 09:31

    If I was Tony Slater's mother, I wouldn't be able to sleep at night. In fact, I'd probably have him evaluated for suicidal tendencies. His wife is a little more sane, but not much, since she married and travels with him. I had heart palpitations just reading this entertaining saga of their travels in Southeast Asia. Traveling on the cheap in third world countries often brings one close to death, especially if you make very bad decisions, which Tony seems prone to make. As a bonus, each chapter in the kindle book gives you a link to pictures from their travels. My own illustrated travelogues pale by comparison, but then we make thoughtful and wise choices with an eye towards staying alive. If you are planning to go to SE Asia, this is a must-read for understanding what you are heading into.

  • Sheila
    2019-02-16 13:39

    I am a sucker for humorous travel writing , and Slater is just the best. His adventures in Asia, mainly China, were entertaining, educational and an absolute hoot! When he is not describing his MISadventures, and causing out loud laughter, he is describing scenes of rapturous beauty, struggling with travel arrangements, and extolling the many wonderful things he loves about his very patient wife Roo. This was a bit longish, but I can think of only one scene he could have cut, and I think Roo will know which one ! Enjoy.

  • Sam
    2019-01-28 12:27

    Another masterpiece of travel adventure. I love the fact that Tony enables you to go on adventures from the comfort of you home. While I would love to see Borneo and Cambodia I think it's unlikely as the kids get travel sick in cars xD The rich vibrant discriptions in this book make up for that allowing the reader to see the world with a couple of friends. Tony and Roo are amazing people and I also want to say a big thank you to them for letting us into their lives. If you haven't read it. Read it. Simple.

  • Della Rainey
    2019-02-06 09:24

    Shave My Spider is the first book I have read by Tony James Slater and I really enjoyed it. Tony writes about his adventures through Asia with a down to earth and funny way. The book hooks you from the very beginning and continues to throughout. His wit had me laughing out loud and cringing in parts. Disaster should be his middle name as it constantly follows him during his travels, however, it does make an extremely humorous read. Thank you to TBC for the chance to read this book in return of an honest review.

  • Tony Frobisher
    2019-01-29 15:28

    I travelled in Indonesia China Vietnam and Cambodia...places Tony Slater visits on this death defying 6 month trip. You really can't believe all the misfortunes that beset him and his imperturbable wife Roo actually happened. But just click the links or visit his blog and see the photos for yourself. A great book, funny and well written. Self deprecating, but with great insights into the countries and cultures travelled in.If I had had as many problems on my travels I'd have thrown my passport away when I got home.