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New Rules by Bill Maher
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May 06, 2009

really liked it
Read in May, 2009

In the spirit of full disclosure, I am a Bill Maher fan, so read on at your own risk. This book, really just a collection of New Rules bits from the show (I think), is funny, profane and insightful, just like its author. It's a great "turn your brain off and enjoy" book with some incredibly funny observations interspersed with several shockingly cogent and piercingly insightful commentaries on contemporary life. This being said, because it's just a series of snippets, I can't say that I would be motivated to buy and read a sequel to this volume as, ultimately, the net effect is like that of cotton candy at the fair - great at the time but not of sufficient significance to make you want it consistently. I guess that I'll just watch his Real Time show more as that's an even easier way to get additional New Rules....

So, this is a fun and worthy effort, though its lack of unifying theme detracts from its impact. Given his gift for observation and humorous exposition, I wanted (but did not get) more, which, unfortunately, diminished its significance for me. I would really welcome a more developed and extended take from the author, though I am also quite sensitive to the reality that the line between social observer/critic and blowhard is a thin one easily transgressed. Still, I hope Maher takes the shot - he's got very a interesting perspective and withering wit, generally a good combination.
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05/04/2009 page 52
17.11% "I needed something light and funny after several challenging books. This is both of those in addition to being quite insightful at points."

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