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Nov 01, 2009 Michelle♥ rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
Shelves: highly-recommend
OMG! This book is AWESOME! I would have never picked it up in the store because due to my overtly premicious ways of judging a book by its cover(sad, but true) it seems like a children's book due to its size and illustrations.

I love Ray Cavanaugh's writing style, prose, comparisons, and utilizations of contemporary issues compared to those of his undying love for the Unabomber. To me, he was very similar to J.D. Salinger's Catcher In The Rye with Holden's sense of humor and sarcastic ancedotes a...more
"Dear Mr. Unabomber," by Ray Cavanaugh is an exploratory journey of identity in a technologically consumed, and dependent, world. What begins as a series of letters to the infamous “Unabomber,” Ted Kaczynski, evolves into a contemplative study of human nature as it becomes infiltrated by addictive television crime dramas, internet dating sites, and isolating excursions into the apparent “lives” of MySpace and Facebook users.

The young college student who writes obsessively to Kaczynski attempts t...more
Oct 29, 2009 V rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: z2009
This novel is ostensibly a series of letters written by a young man to the incarcerated Ted Kaczynski, although to me, the "letters" seemed more journal than correspondence- like a device the narrator is using to explain and retell stories to himself. The narrator recounts the events of his life while in college, examining such topics as academia, television programming, and social networking sites, attempting to see them through Kaczynski's eyes. The footnotes, explaining pop culture references...more
Ray Cavanaugh’s first novel is both parts funny and sad. It’s a little bit lonely, this college student (our narrator) seeking comfort in Ted Kaczynski, the legendary Unabomber. The story itself is a brilliant work of satire, and its ominous nature only makes it funnier. Since the novel is written in letter, it’s important to note that Cavanaugh’s writing is smart, perceptive, and snarky when it really counts.

And so it begins, the author chronicling the daily tribulations of a college student (a...more
Andrew Breslin
A sheer delight from beginning to end and all points in between. I read most of this in one sitting, when I had insomnia a week or so back. This is my standard strategy for dealing with restless, sleepless nights: pick up a book and read until I drift off. But this plan backfired horribly. I can't sleep when I'm laughing. I was still enjoying it when the sun came up.

(Fellow insomniacs: definitely go with Wuthering Heights. You'll be unconscious in minutes.)

I did not select and purchase this boo...more
I wanted to like this book (the concept sounded funny, and I was given a free pdf copy after losing the first reads competition), but I am unable to find any redeeming qualities to it. It is a plotless, rambling mess whose main character is not just unlikeable, but downright awful. The book is supposed to be funny, but I didn't even crack a smile once while reading it. The oh-so-hilarious conversation between Paris Hilton and the Unabomber mentioned by other reviewers as one of the funniest mome...more
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