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‘Life is Hard’ – Chapter 1 Review

Storyline/Plot
First things first! Your humor is effortless and genuinely relatable and you use it generously in your story. I was cracking silly in the second paragraph (Life is hard) and am in the office with colleagues, imagining two sets of excited ovaries making music.
For instance, I can’t wait to read Miracle Healing next time I am riding the matatu home.
Word-Building
I love the fact your stories use easy and simple words and your unique structure of sentences is effortlessly comprehensible. This is a book that teenagers will actually enjoy because your vivid description forms closer-to-real imaginations (so much soda, enough to down 3 elephants with diabetes). Yes, you have a distinct writing style (writer personality) that I would say I have not ‘tasted’ elsewhere.
Now and then you will precociously throw us some jargon and it will excite the reader to actually look its meaning up. Deeper, I understood it complements the line of the humor that culminates eventually.

Unpredictability
Swear you will tell us about the day the tom-boy classmate wore a miniskirt!! Swear it, Djo!

Reader Capture
Your humor is so raw and unpredictable that I certainly know that I want it again and again. I will probably get home and I want to relax, then it will hit me. Yes! I will retrieve this chapter from my phone storage and laugh away the day’s pressure. The characters and the places you mentioned (personally) in this chapter are so relatable and tangible; I will definitely recall and try picturing how you fell on your first bike at the roundabout at Sarit Centre.
If I have never met you and I believe the embarrassing moments you describe here are true, I would definitely wish to buy you a drink. I mean, I would like to know (over a beer) if you paid back Mama Mboga for the nyanyas and vegetables you trampled when you fell from your bike in Ruaka.
Since these are stories about your life, I am captivated by the range of emotions captured here: From the goofy encounters in class and at the hospital, to your motorcycle tragedies and embarrassing moments, into situations you refer deeper meaning of life from (Wollof and Kinte and breaking my bikeginity). This range diversifies audience capture and creates suspense in the next storyline.
 
I can’t wait to have my copy of Now You See Me!

Highly Recommended 5 Star read.

It would be an injustice to describe this book by one word. It is a mix of captivating, mind-boggling, emotional, witty, and thought-provoking. A very chill read. I expected nothing less if previous stories by you, Djo, fictional or otherwise, were anything to go by.

I love the illustrations in the book. A person who loves their job, and it shows.

The Cover design is fitting, the butterflies and bats especially; their placement, the black and blue shades, and how they go well with the title of the Book.

I loved all the stories in the book but especially:

The Nameless Monster
I felt, targeted. A very thought-provoking read for one who dares look within. Very relevant in today’s world.

Breaking My Bikeginity
As a biker, I chuckled all through this.

Wollof and the Mutt
Who doesn’t love a good dog story?

Together, Alone, and a Train wreck
Very emotional. Laying oneself bare to the world.

Leprous Envelopes
Tenda wema, nenda zako.

Do tell though, what was that song you asked your friend to listen to? I want to hear something…

It’s an honour knowing you my Friend. This was a well executed book, the beginning of a great journey ahead.

Last edited 1 month ago by Joyce K

I absolutely enjoyed the read. Djo has a way of bringing even the simplest of stories to life, a phenomenal writer to say the least. There’s a sense of bluntness in these stories that is so refreshing to read. You can tell he has a way with words based on how he writes. Listen, if you’re up for some day today stories with a twist, this is your book. It will captivate you from start to finish. I absolutely loved it! Well in Djo. This is definitely a masterpiece.

Love…chasing and evading it – Chapter 4. Review.

This is good. Really good! I am your greatest fan (you are multitalented!), and in my short thate something years on this planet, I have no doubt you are one of the few great storytellers I am lucky and proud to have made an acquaintance. Your work is emotion-evoking, Mushy, funny, sad, and leaves one wanting to understand the source of your creativity, talent, and superb grasp of the queen’s language. My favorite memoirs in this chapter are “Riding to Kilifi” because it’s too awkward & too funny. My second favorite is “Deadly Egossage.” 

I love your work. Please send me a few copies once the book is published!

What, if instead of rushing through life and wondering “how time flies”, we lived in the present and soaked in the beauty around us?
These short and very short stories bring out the life and the humanity in everyday situations and encounters.
Witty and thought-provoking.
Waiting for part 2!

I love the story very interesting and the humor in it it’s awesome and most of all one is longing/eager to know more

If there ever was such a thing as a serendipitous book, this is. Brevity is the soul of wit, and I love the way the author appropriately decides where to done a maxi dress and where to step out in a mini skirt. The author does not over indulge in verbose dialogue or in unnecessary use of looong lugubrious words to point out what he wants us to see nor does he cast too much secrecy on meaning and intend. I initially thought to myself, “I will read the first 10/43 pages and decide if it is worth my time or not, take breakfast, then read the rest, if at all. I found myself looking for page 44 …

This book is looking promising. Might turn out to be one of those non-put-downable. Try it. If you find yourself kidnapped and have to pay a ransom to free yourself from the book, kindly don’t blame the author.

When the final edition is out, I hope to be among the first 100 to purchase it, or maybe I can pre-order and get copy number 008?

Last edited 1 month ago by UKH381

Very well written and captivating stories. Some are very short and leave you craving for more. The simplicity of the stories makes it easy to read. The fact that these are every day happenings, one connects emotionally. “I’m his father” should be the one that brought out the strongest emotions for me. I love the illustrations! Absolutely amazing. They are also thought provoking and challenge the reader to be more aware; “Glitch in the matrix”. We forget to do some things like honor the raising and lowering of the flag.
On the illustrations… absolutely amazing.

Mhhhhh ,Djo has a unique way of how he pens down his words, I get a notification on social media that he has uploaded a new post and I dash there knowing humour is about to slap me a good one. I know with this book coming out, we shall be laughing and learning alot, his spirit of adventure…send some my way my friend…can’t wait to get a hold of this book. Finally! For those who do not know the amazing writer…keep making this world more happy with your stories, keep travelling so that we may see the world though your eyes…super excited 🤗🤗🤗