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A collection of bitterly hilarious job application letters.

Applying for a job is stupid. It is a demeaning, humiliating exercise in learning to grovel in front of faceless strangers. Everyone who has ever sent a job application letter has felt the urge, the temptation to say what they really think. To say something completely insane, or to be brutally honest. With 2007
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Paperback, 96 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by ECW Press
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Tobias Langhoff
Joey Comeau is one of my favorite persons – not just as an author, but as a person. I really enjoyed his book Overqualified, which collected darkly humorous cover letters (that he says he actually submitted), and was overjoyed to learn that the six year old book was getting a sequel.

Unfortunately, I was already let down in the preface, where Comeau is honest and tells us that this book does not contain a hidden narrative that weaves the funny cover letters together as a kind of experimental nove
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Eric
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I always thought cover letters were bullshit. If you are trying to get an employer's attention and a cover letter is the only route you have, you are doomed my friend. However, if I'm asked for advice on job hunting, I will heartily recommend this book. ...more
Stephen Ray
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Overqualified was a work of genius. The letters in this sequel don't make up a story like the first book did. That allows Comeau the freedom to write the cover letters of the completely unhinged.

Brilliant. I want more.
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Dan
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyably more of exactly what you'd expect if you read his letters published online or read the first collection but understand that unlike that one this one isn't woven together into an overarching narrative. ...more
Sally Clamps
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
excellent
Booklover
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
Very funny and twisted!
Ramon
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Without the experimental novel aspect of the first book (which the author mentions immediately at the beginning), it remains a humorous collection. Still, that threaded narrative of the original is what pushed it (for me) into a new level of clever/sad/delightful.
Steve
Jan 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-2019
Joey Comeau is creates these dark obsessive characters, regularly finding comedy in their misplaced humanity, eg a man who obsesses over cash as a metaphor for freedom, another who who wants to be an Xray technician to be a silent observer of violence. It's all pretty nightmarish but their monologues are so vulnerable and forthright that you get carried along. Very economic language to create these worldviews in just a few paragraphs. Very funny, not as ambitious as the first Overqualified but I ...more
Ed
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
It seems harsh to review a book by what it is not, but I kind of have to here. This book is very much not Overqualified, Comeau's earlier work. While it shares the conceit of bizarre cover letters, it lacks the central narrative that the other book has and as such loses a lot of cohesion.
What remains is still at turns funny, sad, confusing and grotesque, but all we get are minor snapshots and nothing in the way of character.
While I still fairly enjoy this little book, I wouldn't recommend it. Ju
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CJ
Jan 04, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a book compiled of cover letters that actually accompanied the author's resume to a variety of businesses. it is the content of said cover letters that probably led to the lack of response from the prospective employers. Some are utterly hilarious while others are a sad testament to this strange world that we live in today, but it is worth the read if you need a laugh. ...more
Pat
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it
This interesting collection of "cover letters" is the result of a "strange sense of humor", or if real, (which I doubt) strange minds.

At first, you are taken in by the author and feel sadness for the individuals who seem deluded. Ultimately, you realize that he is "pulling your leg" and even in Canada such lunatics do not apply for employment.

It is definitely unique and fun!
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Jane
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was over way too soon. It was unsettling in the best way, and cuttingly insightful at times, which I've come to expect of Joey. He truly is one of my favorite weirdo creators. Losing A Softer World was a real blow but I'm delighted by the fiction he continues to write. ...more
MJ
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, lol-d
sad, quirky & bitter. it made me miss 'a softer world' something fierce. simple and real.

my favourite letter was to the NSCC.
"GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS 4 LIFE".

the only downside was that it went by too quickly. can't wait to get my hands on 'overqualified' now.
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Andréa
Note: I received a digital ARC through NetGalley.
Jonathan Byrd
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious, sad, fun.
Brian
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's no Overqualified, but still delightful. ...more
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Joey Comeau is a Canadian writer. He is best known for his novels Lockpick Pornography and Overqualified, and as co-creator of the webcomic A Softer World (with Emily Horne).

Comeau currently resides in Toronto, Ontario. He has a degree in linguistics.

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