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Unnatural Selections (Far Side Collection #12)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  1,326 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Hot on the paws of the howling success of Wiener Dog Art comes the new Far Side masterpiece Unnatural Selections. Including more than 100 cartoons in their book debut, it also unearths an original four-color insert created by Gary Larson especially for this twelfth collection. Journey back in time as Larson does for evolution what he previously did for art.
Paperback, 107 pages
Published October 28th 1991 by Andrews McMeel Publishing (first published October 1st 1991)
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Bob Schmitz
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Trump drops a $20,000,000 bomb on Afghanistan and kills 3 dozen ISIS fighters. He uses his hotel properties to meet with foreign statesmen, his close advisers are his daughter and son-in-law. He still hasn't released his taxes though he promised. More of his campaign people are found to have had previously denied contacts with Russian diplomats and agents..... This book is a good night time antidote.
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While they are deliberately silly, some of the Far Side comics still resonate with truth. I'm a fan.
Things start off a bit strained in this 12th collection of Far Side toons. Larson was nearing the end of his run by the time this early 90s compilation came out, and the ideas overall seem weaker than in the early days. But, people, this is the Far Side, the funniest panel comic ever, and Larson does not disappoint for long. Once again we have dumb humans with names like Bob, Russell, Gus, Rex and Stuart (I suspect there's probably a bluehaired bespeckled Edna in there somewhere as well) sufferi ...more
Ron Turner
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I miss The Far Side.
Chris Gager
Picked up at the local transfer station yesterday and "read" last night. I do love Gary Larson. My favorite ... the names dogs give themselves.
Kellie Ewilson
I found the rhino fortune teller comic to be most interesting.
Conan Tigard
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Way, way back in college (in the mid 1980's), I used to tape The Far Side comic strips on my notebooks so I would have something fun to read during a boring lecture. I worked for my step-father packing antiques for shipping and we used newspapers as the packing material. So, whenever I got to the funnies section, I would cut of the The Far Side comic strips and keep them. But when I left that job, I no longer received the newspaper, and therefore missed out on the comic strips that are shown in ...more
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: far-side, comics
This is the twelth Far Side collection (originally published in the UK in 1991 - I read the 1992 Warner Books edition) and although it starts slowly, it soon finds its rhythm and includes some real gems. There’s also a great little joke on the “other books…” page, where ‘Moby Dick’ has an apparently hand-drawn line through it. Of the panels themselves, my favourites included “Big Bob’s Ballbearings, Bananas, Roller Skates & Floor Wax inc.”, “The Dam Bursts” (the fall out when you put a Migra ...more
I'm going to have to dig in my set-aside pile again. I know I have at least one of the 'gallery' Far Side collections.

Along with Sidney Harris, Gary Larsen is one of the favorite cartoonists of scientists. Dilbert may be more favored by the engineers, but I don't know of any insects named after Scott Adams. But there IS a species of louse named after Gary Larsen: Strigiphilus garylarseni.

Not surprising. Larsen's cartoons are (or were) far and away the most common posted on faculty office doors
Feb 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Larson has some pretty funny ideas about how to lampoon society using cartoons, especially cartoons involving cows, snakes, and deer. There are some good ones in this collection, but none of them are particularly funny enough to get me to keep the whole book. Read it, laugh at it, return it to the library.
I recognized quite a number of these, and laughed out loud more than I should probably admit. I am going to blame/thank Gary Larson for my fondness for incredibly corny puns and animal visual gags. Nerd humor par excellence, no hollow hipsters need apply.
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Remember when there was actually something to look forward to in the Sunday comics? Nestled among the banality was The Far Side, the delightfully offbeat and nerdy one-panel series.

I enjoyed a lot of laughs with this one.
Yet more of Gary Larson's off the wall humour for fans to enjoy. Larson's cartoons are certainly not mainstream but for anyone who loves humour that is a little bit different this book is a delight. Quirky artwork abounds, as do the bizarre scenarios of L
Amber the Human
Favorites from this book: Tyrannosaurs Mex, the one about the old guy and the clamp on his head, and the melting professor. Only when describing a Gary Larson book do those three things make sense together.
Feb 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Far Side cartoons. I quickly read this collection during a prep period to see if there was anything I could use with my units this school year, but I didn't see anything that applied. Still great cartoons, especially the ones that are subtle.
Aug 14, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-09
Why do I remember Far Side being funnier than this?
Late Far Side collection, when Larson was no longer hitting it out of th epark consistently. There are many good strips here, but more than a few duds, and few that would qualify as classics.
Jul 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Gary Larson. Far Side. Nuff Said.
Jun 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-comic
So funny. Made me giggle.
Curtis Jensen
Jan 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Some witticisms; not enough though.
Sep 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit of a darker collection, but I still chuckled all the way through - finding a Far Side Collection I forgot I had is always a nice way to start a Saturday.
Catherine Woodman
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
he is genius in cartoon form
Yet another collection of Far Side cartoons.
Nov 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Hee hee. I think Gary Larsen is one of the funniest people ever.
Gabriel Wallis
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2016
I really can't get over these Far Side books. Fun to read!
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Classic Far Side....always good for laughs.
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy
Very funny and sarcastic. Two things I really enjoy.
Tara Calaby
Oct 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics-strip
The Far Side comics aren't my absolute favourites, but they're still a good way to spend a tea break.
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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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