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The Internet is a Playground: Irreverent Correspondences of an Evil Online Genius

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  4,885 Ratings  ·  502 Reviews

"There is usually a fine line between genius and insanity, but in this case it has become very blurred. Some of the funniest and most clever writing I have read in years." (Terrance Fielding, WIRED magazine)

"I laughed so hard and uncontrollably I could hardly breathe. Reading this on public transport is not a good idea." (Penthouse magazine)

"Brilliantly funny." (Jezebel
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published April 28th 2011 by Penguin Group (first published 2010)
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Belinda Guiness
Feb 01, 2011 Belinda Guiness rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Please do future readers a favor by placing a warning on the cover of the book. The warning needs to state something to the effect of: "Warning. Do not begin this book if you have anything important scheduled in the next several hours. Also, do not begin reading this book in a public place where you may be the victim of scorn for laughing so hard you snort. Please do not read this book at bedtime, as loss of sleep will result. Further, please do not read this book if you have no sense of humor a ...more
May 03, 2011 Jennie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tucker Max fans, /b/tards
Shelves: non-fiction, humor, satire
Thorne's humor is decidedly hit or miss. His shenanigans with religions demagogues and a pompous blowhard of a coworker (who demands he makes a logo. With pie charts. For free) are laugh out loud funny, but many of the pranks are juvenile, crass, mean-spirited, or just simply not funny.

Personally, I'm not a fan of humor had at the expense of others if it's easy. Someone who satirizes power, like Colbert in his now infamous 2006 White House Correspondence Dinner address, is brave. Someone who pic
May 19, 2011 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

A round-up -- a lot of okay gags and writing, a few gems. The allure for me was Thorne's transcripts of email conversations, where he basically annoys the crap out of co-workers, bureaucratic functionaries, and internet trolls. I laughed a few times, and generally enjoyed the book, 'though reading at Thorne's website might reap the same benefits while allowing you the comfort of skipping past anything that isn't quite working.

Meanwhile, I love to play pranks. Here is a great idea for a prank:

mid-read: So hmm. This very well illustrates one of the big issues with the blog-to-book phenomenon. David Thorne is a hilarious dick, and he's known mostly for these ridiculous email exchanges he (supposedly) has with actual hapless morons, like the Blockbuster clerk, the volunteer chaplain at his son's school, his new neighbor, his building manager, etc. And as short quick standalone pieces, these really are awesome (provided you don't think too hard about his poor naïve prey).

But the publish
Susan Howson
Sep 10, 2012 Susan Howson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1. Some people deserve to be messed with, and some don't. A person doing their job and collecting an unpaid bill, or a cop doing due diligence, or a cat owner who is worried sick...I'm not sure there's any reason to be so self-congratulatory about making their lives miserable.

2. Speaking of self-congratulatory, the entire book could just say "I'm really proud of myself" over and over, and it would have had the same effect.

3. While many parts are funny, and Thorne knows how to write, cleverness
Dave Espionage
May 03, 2011 Dave Espionage rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I discovered that David Thorne had a book around the same time that I had discovered that reading the phrase "cactus with a hat" inspired mild asphyxiation in me. The specific article that lost me a good hour was "Missing Missy," and for some reason the idea of having that in book form sounded just dandy.

For starters, the table of contents amuses me endlessly. Be warned, however, that for many, this book will annoy your spouse. If your sense of humor does not overlap with your spouse's in the v
William Bentrim
Apr 24, 2011 William Bentrim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Internet Is A Playground by David Thorne

David Thorne is impossible to critique. I suspect you will either love him or hate him as I don’t see a lot of middle ground. This is a collection of his musings on his website noted below.

This book reads like the diary of a bi-polar satirist. Thorne appears to do all the things that we often wish we had to courage to do. He responds to inanity with insanity. I suspect that hospitalization may have been necessary for some of the recipients of his bran
Emma Sea
1) Equal parts hilarious and cringe-inducing.

2) I am so grateful I do not live near, work with, or have to interact on any professional level with Mr Thorne.

3) I want the story on page 195 to be true more than I have wanted anything since the conclusion of series six of Lost.

3.5, rounded down.
Julie - Book Hooked Blog
We're all fairly familiar with the concept of trolling right? The author of this blog-turned-book is basically a troll who publishes his internet interactions with friends, co-workers and anonymous strangers on his site/blog (27bslash6). The thing about the book is that it's funny and entertaining enough at first. But the more you read, the more you start to get the sense that the humor isn't clever or anything above the ordinary - the trolling consists mainly of making fun of people on the inte ...more
Parts of it were truly, amazingly funny, but other parts came across as needlessly cruel, if not outright dickish.

For example, mocking the guy who e-mails you and calls you a douche is fair play. Have at him. But browbeating your kid's teacher until she backs off the punishment she gave your kid because he broke the rules.... it's just not the same thing.

The funny parts were truly funny though. Good humor with a strong tinge of the ridiculous. Very much to my taste.
Amy Adams
Feb 10, 2011 Amy Adams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this as an ARC, and I thought, "Hm, this might make a fun bathroom book." After about thirty seconds reading, I was hooked. I carried it around with me and read it every time I had a free second. It only lasted a couple of days, but they were a hilarious couple of days. My favorite piece is definitely about Missy's Lost cat. I giggle just thinking about it.
Jun 06, 2010 Christine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Trolls, people who enjoy Schadenfreude
Recommended to Christine by: Jeremy
Shelves: read-fiction
On the internet, it's not hard to find people that use the anonymity to be a contrarian, absurd, or just an asshole. What is rare to find someone who is so committed to being a smartass that they will place enough identifying information to attract anger (and lawsuits) to their real life. He does acknowledge some friends in the preface, although I can't imagine they really exist.

This book is a collection of material from the website 27b/6, from south Australian graphic designer David Thorne. It
Scott Millington
Ok, David Thornes book The Internet is a Playground is hilarious. It is hard to write a review for this book as there is two versions, this edition and the much larger "Black Label" edition available only from his website which contains more articles. I have both versions and recommend the black label edition but regardless, this is without a doubt the most hilarious book I have ever read. Not just funny, laugh out loud, sides hurting funny. There is some swear words throughout the book but noth ...more
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An insight into the mind of someone who has plumbed the depths of despair with the stupidity of a certain segment of humanity. Someone who has had one brush too many with the blunt instruments that are the rules and regulations imposed upon us by various authorities, to save us from exercising our own common sense and judgment.

I came across the website from which this book sprang via the links posted periodically on... every forum on the internet... to stories such as '
Kate Woods Walker
Oct 07, 2011 Kate Woods Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK. I laughed like an idiot.

I remember the foggot stuff from a link on a message board I frequent. So funny. I had no idea this guy had a website, so thanks, Internets, for giving me someone else's brilliance to admire. Because now I want to read more and learn from this master. If only I could learn to reply to invitations I didn't receive, hear questions that weren't asked and offer barter art when money is requested. Oh, to have his email jujitsu skills! What a world it would be!

Well, I salu
Terry Collins
Apr 06, 2014 Terry Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A true gut-buster of hilarity. You might have seen a few of the pieces floating around on the Internet (in particular, the infamous "Simon's Pie Charts" or "Missing Missy"), but I'm here to say an entire collected volume of the good, the bad and the often very ugly delivers more laughs than is humanly possible. We're talking shake the entire bed chortling if reading late at night. We're cleaning up expelled food and drink from noses if reading while eating. We're sending links to friends with "Y ...more
Jun 06, 2011 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
One of the most influential literary works of our time! THE INTERNET IS A PLAYGROUND is a dazzling and original achievement by the masterful David Thorne. This is the first piece of literature since the Book of Genesis that should be required reading for the entire human race....David Thorne has done nothing less than to create in the reader a sense of all that is profound, meaningful, and meaningless in life.
Sep 06, 2015 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is destined to sit beside Believe as amongst the best bathroom reads ever. Is there anything more entertaining than someone messing with simpletons from behind the veil and safety of his own computer? Entertaining and, dare I say, compelling? Thorne is a hero to those without a voice; people who are upset, but are unable to vent to anyone. Plus, it's all so funny, like Keyboard Cat.
Michael Parker
After thoroughly reading about a quarter of the book, I realized that I only enjoyed reading the email correspondence, so I simply skipped to those parts.

It's a very funny read, but best to just read the emails on his website which is free to read and doesn't have any filler material.
Vincent Russo
May 10, 2014 Vincent Russo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a various account of David Thorne trolling people, primarily within the contexts of email exchanges. The form and style of humor is one of the best, it's dry, witty, situational, and generally cynical. I must say I relate quite highly to David Thorne's particular style of comedy, and greatly enjoyed reading this book. Excellent read for a good laugh.
I literally had tears of laughter streaming down my cheeks as I read this. Not all of the exchanges are as funny as that but it was certainly a lot of fun reading this book. I especially loved the one about the neighbor with the floodlight. I fell out of my chair in hysterics after reading that, which probed my mother's questions of my mental health, but who cares?
Aug 25, 2011 Schnaucl rated it really liked it
I was throughly entertained and had frequent bouts of laughter.

I'm confident that if I got into an actual e-mail exchange with Thorne I'd be incredibly annoyed rather than amused, but as long as it's happening to someone else it's amusing.
May 06, 2011 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't much laugh out loud while reading. And I certainly never "LOL". But this book had me snorting with laughter time and again. Thorne's pranks, cranks and comebacks are perfect for the more cynical and sarcastic among us.
Nov 01, 2014 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was full of some great laughs. I read a little bit of this book everyday to cheer me up. The emails are absolutely hilarious.
Some of the jokes were not that funny but it's alright. It's a 50/50 chance, a hit or miss, for every joke.
Jul 08, 2013 Max rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
So far this book has acid wit .. and dont kid yourself while you read it .. hes making fun of us too. I highly recommend this book because it will make you think about the internet. :)
Dec 04, 2016 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hysterical. I loved the pie graphs. I read this in less than a day, so it had to be good. My only knock on the book was that I liked the emails better than the other parts of the book.
Michael Mize
This book was LOL funny but a complete waste of my time.
Given that, if you like British authors you'll appreciate the extra "u" in some of the words.
Jan 16, 2012 Seth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thorne is mildly evil and very funny. The book includes some material not found on his site---worthwhile if you laughed for more than 30 minutes the first time you read "Missing Missy."
হাঁটুপানির জলদস্যু
সাড়ে তিন। হাসতে হাসতে পেট বযথা হয়ে গেছে এটা পড়ে। গড়ছোঁয়া লেখাও আছে কিছু। ডেভিড থরনের রসবোধ দারুণ। বদের হাডডি একটা। ...more
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David Thorne is an Australian humourist, satirist, Internet personality and New York Times best-selling author. His work has been featured on the BBC, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Thorne gained public recognition in late 2008 for an email exchange in which he attempts to pay an overdue bill with a drawing of a seven-legged spider. ...more
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