2 out of 4 stars
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Biff Goes to Walmart by Scott Scheibner tells the story of an intelligent man shopping through Walmart sharing his thoughts with other shoppers. The situations Biff finds himself in are seemingly regular shopping interactions that turn extravagant quickly. From wise Asian men in aisle seven to Biff browsing ridiculous books, Scheibner takes a mundane day and spins it through Biff’s wild mind.
In this book, the reader follows Biff around during his Walmart shopping journey. Through interactions with other customers and Biff’s internal thoughts, the reader learns more than they need to know about Biff. Biff is an odd man who has trouble reading social cues and at times has disturbing thoughts that Scheibner describes in incredible detail. Such as the sexual acts he would like to participate in with the deli girl or why religion is wrong. Biff is described as a genius and it is plain to see that he is a smart man, but many of his ideas have limited viewpoints or are discriminatory. Consequently, the character of Biff is confusing. There is no doubting he is an intelligent person, but either through humour or bias, Biff comes off as ignorant more than once.
I like that Scheibner tries to take a relatable activity and make it humourous with a ridiculous character like Biff. Many parts of the story are funny, but these humorous events are overshadowed by moments or prejudicial or inappropriate humour. The irony of my last comment will be seen when people read a portion of the story where the author describes how easily everyone is offended. However, there are times when the inappropriate humour doesn’t fit the story because many terms are used incorrectly, especially when talking about the LGBTQ community. The best part of the book is when Biff is reading books in Walmart. In these portions, it seems the author explores other book ideas he has. I would be interested to see if the author expands these story ideas into actual novels. The most obvious problem with this story is that there is no real plot. Biff doesn’t solve any situation. I think this story would be better formatted as a collection of short stories rather than a novel with one setting and one character.
Based on the above comment I am rating Biff Goes to Walmart 2 out of 4 stars. The idea is interesting and there is some humour in the story. However, the glaring issue of no plot and jokes that are flat out inappropriate heavily overshadow the good. The book appears to be professionally edited as I found no glaring issues in grammar.
I recommend this book for people who want an easy and humorous read. However, my recommendation will not be given to people who like a clear plot or who would not appreciate inappropriate humour.
Biff Goes to Walmart
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