Most appealing in the book's starting lineup is J.M. Tyree's "On the Implausibility of the Death Star's Trash Compactor." Humorous as well as thought-provoking, this essay makes the perfect amuse bouche for what is arguably the collection's main course of hilarity, "Fire: the Next Sharp Stick?", "Candle Party," and "Unused Audio Commentary by Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky, Recorded Summer 2002, for the Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring DVD (Platinum Series Extended Version), Part One," all to be found in the early middle. Though a familiarity with candle parties, Howard Zinn, sharp sticks, and other topics satirized in this book is helpful, it's not necessarily required for understanding the jokes. The biggest risk here is binge-reading, as you may exchange audible laughter for the feeling that you are being force-fed an ice cream sundae. If you pace yourself--say no more than four to six pieces at a time--you should have the energy for the final third, including the funny list marathon at the end. Or save a few portions for later when you are really starving for a good laugh. --Leah Weathersby --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Hilarious collection of short stories and humorous lists. I have purchased several copies of this book as gifts - as it is perfect for the intelligent reader with a good sense of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Julie
A fun compilation of humor writing. Dry sense of humor definitely needed to enjoy this book, as I found the tone of most articles very tongue-in-cheek.Published 6 months ago by Janet K. Nabring-Stager
I love this book. It's kind of off-beat humor just hits home. Favorite pieces are the "Death Star Trash Compactor" and "Rapper or Personal Hygiene Product". Read morePublished on March 21, 2011 by Ria Darling
"Created in Darkness" is a collection of humour ranging from lists to jokes to stories and as you would expect with any joke anthology, the results are mixed but are generally... Read morePublished on January 14, 2011 by Sam Quixote
Not much here. I didn't understand most of it. The parts I understood, I didn't like.Published on October 16, 2010 by Stephen Williams
Maybe it hints at my age or "demographic", but I was profoundly influenced and thoroughly troubled by this prose. Chomsky on Middle Earth? Cobra recruiting? Read morePublished on December 10, 2008 by William Bickford
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Holy mother of comedy, Batman! Could a 'humor' anthology be any less humorous? Read more
I bought this book thinking it would make a good bookstop. Doorknob. Showstopper. Whatever.
I was quite disappointed. This book is not suitable for any kind of portmanteau. Read more
I was so extremely bored by the stories, that the time I got to the lists I was almost falling off of my couch laughing. I loved the lists. Loved. Read morePublished on December 22, 2006 by Gabrielle J. Brown