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Valley of The Far Side (Far Side Collection #5)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  2,383 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
The fifth in the series of best-selling collections of the syndicated cartoon that's sold more than two million books!
Paperback, 104 pages
Published October 1st 1987 by Time Warner Paperbacks (first published 1985)
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Jason Koivu
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rereading...rereading...(snort)...rereading...(giggle)... Yup, these still hold up!

Part punny, part social commentary and part plain ol' silly for silly's sake, Gary Larson's one-off panels were a mainstay of the comics page in any U.S. newspaper back in the 1980s. For me, it was one of the few reasons worth turning to that section. Larson was actually saying something, at least part of the time, whereas most of the other strips had nothing to say and couldn't even wrangle up a laugh...unless yo
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book will have you laughing until your sides hurt.
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, humor, comic
I never used to be a huge fan of the Far Side, but it does bring a smile to my face and the occasional chuckle, which is something I can always use.
David Caldwell
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I was working in any of the many bookstores where I was employed and I did not want (or have the time) to read my current book, I would grab one of these collections to read on my too short break. I slowly but surely worked my way through several series. These are great time killers and will usually improve your mood no matter how hectic the day. Laughter can be the best solution to dealing with the public.

Far Side was always interesting. Many would make you laugh out loud. Others would mak
Conan Tigard
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Valley of the Far Side contains a book-load of smiles. No other artist and writer ever captured the twisted nature of mankind the way Gary Larson did.

I absolutely love the way he looks at life. After all, we do some pretty stupid things in our life, and Gary Larson puts them to pencil and ink and makes everyone laugh about it.

I know that I desperately miss this comic strip and wish it was still published daily in the newspapers. Obviously, others do too as he still produces calendars every yea
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beloved
1/1/1985 One fun thing about reviewing books from my past is looking at the covers. Ah. Just the cover makes me laugh.*** I feel like I should say something profound, but I can think is how much fun it is to re-read the cartoons and remember various office doors I've seen individual ones taped to over the years. laughter makes a horrible medicine, no matter how much sugar you try to wash it down with, but cartoons are marvelous short-term distractions when one is feeling poorly.

Library copy.
Apr 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Apr 24, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always, Gary Larson delivers. Valley of the Far Side is funny, provocative, and insightful, like all of Larson's books. Unfortunately, as with most comics strips, it's either all or nothing, love it or hate it. If you like Larson, then you are guaranteed to love this book. If you don't care for Larson...why are you here?
Jun 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humour
I remember being introduced to the Far Side by a very good friend after a heavy session of serious alcohol...

I know that it's nothing to be proud of [but it felt good at the time], yet I have often wondered if my state of alcohol-induced giggles was entirely down to the Far Side...


The books are outstandingly still funny.
Alexandra Spangler
Jul 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who love to laugh!
all of the Far Side books are full of silly one-panel cartoons that are just funny and clever. The galleries are thicker and full of more, but I found this book when I was little and I've loved it ever since!
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Gary Larson was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. His parents were Vern, a car salesman, and Doris, a secretary. He attended Curtis High School before attending Washington State University and graduated in 1972 with a degree in communications. In 1987, Larson married Toni Carmichael, an archaeologist.

Larson credits his older brother Dan for his "paranoid" sense of humor. Dan would pull countl
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