I was looking for something easy to read and asked my brother to loan me this book. It was a super fast read for me (took me around half an hour) beca...moreI was looking for something easy to read and asked my brother to loan me this book. It was a super fast read for me (took me around half an hour) because it's basically just a book of "guidelines" and the language is really simple.
This is basically a book that tries to be funny by playing around with guy / girl cliches. Nothing very elaborate or all that funny. I like the "How I Met Your Mother" series so I was a bit disappointed with this, even if I kinda expected it. Don't have much to add about it except that the Barney we see in the series is more interesting.(less)
I'm a huge fan both of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, so I was really looking forward to reading this book. Well, it certainly didn't disappoint - i...moreI'm a huge fan both of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, so I was really looking forward to reading this book. Well, it certainly didn't disappoint - it was funny, witty, satirical without being cruel, and very entertaining.
It's a story about the end of the world, as predicted in the Bible, and features all the characters you might expect from the Apocalypse. Only they're not exactly what you'd expect (I specially liked the portrayal of the Four Horsemen and the Antichrist's dog). You have an angel and a demon who have developed a friendship and have spent so much time with Humanity that they have come to love it even with all its faults, and therefore don't really want the world to end. They are easily the best characters, but there's a myriad of others. I won't get into their descriptions here; it's best to read the book and discover the roles everyone takes.
All in all, I enjoyed this book, even if it does show painfully that it was written a long time ago (some of the jokes might have been fresh back then but have since been overused; also, the technology has since evolved, how shall I put it, immensely). But it's still funny and raises some very interesting points, so I recommend it.(less)
This book is a collection of short stories Woody Allen wrote for several magazines (mostly The New Yorker and Playboy). Some are hilarious, others are...moreThis book is a collection of short stories Woody Allen wrote for several magazines (mostly The New Yorker and Playboy). Some are hilarious, others are more on the nonsense side, but in all of them you see the kind of humor that made Allen famous.
If you like his movies, you will love this book. You will come out of it wondering about the meaninglessness of life and absurdity of everything, but it will be worth it.(less)
I'm a big fan of Jon Stewart and The Daily Show, but for some reason I'd never felt curious to read any of their books until...morePublished on my book blog.
I'm a big fan of Jon Stewart and The Daily Show, but for some reason I'd never felt curious to read any of their books until this year. I considered starting with Earth (the book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race, but thought I'd go through this older one first.
I have to admit, when I started I was a bit taken aback. I don't know what I expected, but the first chapter ("Democracy before America") was written with such an unapologetic disregard for History that I couldn't even find it funny, at first. However, once the initial "shock" had passed, this book got funny as hell. It's opinionated, scandalous, hilarious, and so spot-on that my bittersweet feeling of not knowing whether to laugh or get depressed was sustained throughout the whole book.
This is presented in the form of an educational book for children, and since the content couldn't be further away from that demographic, it's doubly funny to see "helpful" diagrams, maps, games and illustration to help the reader understand a little better this wonderful but deeply flawed thing we call Democracy.
An encyclopedia left behind by Humanity to the aliens of the future, who will eventually visit our planet after the pending ext...morePosted on my book blog.
An encyclopedia left behind by Humanity to the aliens of the future, who will eventually visit our planet after the pending extinction of humankind. It attempts to explain to an outsider the intricate aspects of human life, and while doing so, it exposes the madness of it all.
After reading America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction, I knew better than to expect a hilarious book from the writers of the Daily Show. In fact, while undoubtedly funny at times, the tone is mostly sarcastic, and I found this book to be utterly depressing. Humanity is so incredible, and at the same time so incredibly ridiculous.
It's by no means complete, literary or comprehensive, nor was it meant to be. Recommended as an easy to read, difficult to swallow account of the human madness.(less)
Did I ever mention how much I love reading Terry Pratchett's books, and the Discworld series in particular? The series is like a big collection of met...moreDid I ever mention how much I love reading Terry Pratchett's books, and the Discworld series in particular? The series is like a big collection of metaphors of our world transformed into books. Most things we take for granted are quite ridiculous when you stop to actually think about them. The concept of money, for example. Or insurance. Or religion.
It's hard to find a more heated topic than religion. It seems like you either encounter fervent believers who will try with all their might to convert you, or pushy atheists who will try with all their might to convince you that all believers are horribly stupid. But where does belief come from? How does it appear, and what makes it disappear? What makes some religions persist through time, while others once mighty are forgotten or regarded as nothing more than artifacts of ancient History? What happens when belief morphs into organized religion?
What happens to a god when people stop believing?
And what do you do when people have built a religion around you, and use it for their personal ends in your name?
That's only a small taste of what this book is about. There are also tortoises. And philosophers. (less)
Moist van Lipwig, con artist extraordinaire, finds himself at a crossroads in his life. Lord Vetinari, Ankh-Morpork's very own tyrant, saves him from...moreMoist van Lipwig, con artist extraordinaire, finds himself at a crossroads in his life. Lord Vetinari, Ankh-Morpork's very own tyrant, saves him from being hanged and gives him a choice: die, or accept to be the city's new postmaster. This is easier said than done: the Post Office's staff is reduced to two rather quirky characters, the building is filled to the ceiling with decades of undelivered letters, and to top it off, the post has to compete with the Grand Trunk Semaphore Company, a high-speed communications system that's been taken over by greedy corporations.
I really liked the main character, Moist. Too often in Discworld books the characters take a background stance and let the world itself be the protagonist, but in this case you have a really interesting, likable and fully developed cast, in addition to the clever exploration of human nature that Terry Pratchett usually brings into his books.
However, I do think this book tried to do too much: you had the character stories, the pins / stamps collecting, the debacle of old versus new technology, the greedy corporations versus passionate workers, time travel, banshees and Igors, hackers (or rather, crackers), the golems' emancipation, and so on.
Still, another good book from Terry Pratchett and the Discworld.
P.S.: As I was reading this book I started to get a feeling of deja vu; then I remembered that I recognized the characters from Making Money, which I read back when I was a teenager. It's number 36 in the Discworld series and the sequel to this one. I admit, reading them out of order probably wasn't the smartest thing, but back then I hadn't heard of the concept of buying things online and had to make to with whatever books I could find, specially when it came to foreign books.
All this to say, from here on I'll probably stick to the right order.(less)