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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...and he is also the best one from the Earth!
For starters, this could easily be the best Dave Barry's collection of columns ever.
His account on the Very First Thanksgiving, his solution to the Drug Problem (thru the use of modern packaging) and his depiction of the fears that bees inflict upon him, are just some of the bits that really make this one of his best books.
Dave Barry is the master of humor...
Published on November 18, 1997

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dave Barry drops off
Although I love Dave Barry, and his writing always cracks me up, this is by far the least funny of his books. A far better book to start with is Dave Barry's Greatest Hits, or Dave Barry's only travel guide you'll ever need.
Published on May 24, 1999


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...and he is also the best one from the Earth!, November 18, 1997
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For starters, this could easily be the best Dave Barry's collection of columns ever.
His account on the Very First Thanksgiving, his solution to the Drug Problem (thru the use of modern packaging) and his depiction of the fears that bees inflict upon him, are just some of the bits that really make this one of his best books.
Dave Barry is the master of humor synthesis. And in "...from Venus and Mars" he demonstrates it again and again. He also goes back to the typical use of hyperboles (the closing of an article re-taking a priorly referred subject) and also is great again on his "mind" and "I.Q." level comparisons.
His keen (real keen) sense of observation it's poured easily and with grace on these pages. You cannot avoid laughter. But it's a laughter with a sense of "familiarity": I'm laughing at this, yes. But, oh, my gosh, this is also SO TRUE!.
If you don't know the works of Dave Barry you are just missing the works of (as the New York Times once put it) "the funniest man alive". Read this book. It's a great start for a great addiction. And, in the end, you'll be experiencing the same consequence than me: mainly, the need to have, read. and re-read ALL of his books.
By the way, a piece of advice on the picture that appears on page 143. The person shown on the left IS Stephen King, and it's not a fake picture. The caption in this picture is funny, as the rest of the captions in the other black and white Dave's pictures that appear randomly thru the book. It's great to see a younger Dave Barry (and to see even a photograph of his Catholic Confirmation certificate) to feel closer to the life and circumstances of one of the finest humor brains ever: the brain of the author of "...from venus AND Mars", Mr. Dave Barry.
Believe me. It's impossible (absolutely IMPOSSIBLE) not to laugh reading him! Get this book and ...enjoy!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dave Barry drops off, May 24, 1999
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This review is from: Dave Barry Is from Mars and Venus (Paperback)
Although I love Dave Barry, and his writing always cracks me up, this is by far the least funny of his books. A far better book to start with is Dave Barry's Greatest Hits, or Dave Barry's only travel guide you'll ever need.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Dave Barry, February 14, 1999
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Dave Barry Is From Mars And Venus is probably his best work yet (even displacing the hilarious Dave Barry Does Japan). All the essays touch some hidden button that makes the audience gasp while holding its sides with laughter, "Yes! I know exactly what he's talking about!" Also notable are the small handful of essays where he sheds the slapstick facade for a few seconds for a rare look at the bitterness and anger he feels towards certain institutions of America. Definitely a must-buy for any Dave Barry fan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is hilarious of course because Dave Barry wrote it, September 21, 1998
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This review is from: Dave Barry Is from Mars and Venus (Paperback)
This book had me laughing out loud. I especially liked the bit on consumer packaging. If you've never read any of Dave Barry's works, this is a good place to start.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Again and Again he proves himself!, November 25, 1998
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You know, I can't believe anyone could COMPLAIN about this guy. He has talent. He has a very keen and sharp wit that he underplays so he doesn't REALLY offend anyone. If you read this book without laughing out loud (most likely in public, which is very embarrasing especially for people like myself who sometimes snort when they are really amused) you just aren't human.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars are lobster related to insects: my answer is yes!, February 5, 2002
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Lincoln Clevenson (Hyde Park, NY United States) - See all my reviews
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i am an avid dave barry fan and this is one of the best book i have read. with the new topics of dave barry, you will laugh till you side hurts. some of the newer topics are "lobster related to insects?" and "insect intelligence" this book is great. also recommened is "dave barry in cyberspace" and "dave barry is not taking this sitting down" and one of the best is "dave barry talks back"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.., February 11, 2011
This review is from: Dave Barry Is from Mars and Venus (Paperback)
...and snort-laughing is in the nose of the snorter. This reviewer found "Venus and Mars" the funniest of Barry's, though written some time ago. Each to his own. If the reader remembers Norman Cousins' book about the life-saving value of laughter (in his particular case, a healer), then "Dave Barry Is from Mars and Venus" gets a strong vote for being a good healing tool. Laughing so hard that it was impossible to do so quietly, this reviewer also found himself kicked out of the bedroom by his spouse for making so much racket reading and snort-laughing.

As usual, the author compiles a string of his columns into an anthology, almost all of which are uproariously funny because of the unexpected way in which he twists ordinary, un-funny things into outrageously howling things. Even to relate examples here will make them un-funny. Barry has a way of waving his humor wand like no one else. Speaking of being a snorter, as he says in his dust jacket, his stuff may be "a little heavy on the booger jokes." Maybe this is more a boy's book than a girl's book?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Work of Pure Genius!, August 24, 2005
This review is from: Dave Barry Is from Mars and Venus (Paperback)
This book is one of Dave Barry's best books ever. It has a multitude of really good columns in it, and my favorites are as follows:

"Warp Speed"--wherein Dave Barry discusses flying (and puking) in a fighter jet.
"The Avenging Death Killer of Doom"--wherein Dave Barry discusses playing laser tag.
"Saving Face"--wherein Dave Barry discusses laser tag again; this time regarding getting hit in the face with a laser gun.
"Brain Sludge"--wherein Dave Barry discusses how no one can remember the names of all the Supreme Court justices, but they can remember all the words to the "Robin Hood" TV show theme song from the 1950's.
"The Cigar Avenger"--wherein Dave Barry discusses getting the World's Best Water Gun and using it in a superherolike fashion.
and
"One Potato, Two Potato..."--wherein Dave Barry discusses firing a potato cannon.

For those of you unfamiliar with Dave Barry's work, this book is hilarious and you desperately need to get it out of the library, at the very least.
And as for those of you familiar with Dave Barry's work, if you've read his previous works and liked them, then you also really need to read this one.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not His Best Collection, August 28, 2006
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James N Simpson (Gold Coast, QLD Australia) - See all my reviews
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Whilst From Mars and Venus certainly isn't Barry's best work it is not at the bottom of the list either. Published in 1997 it is rather dated in parts but a lot of the topics are still extremely relevant today. Barry has included photographs as well in this book which he doesn't always do, which are quite funny. In From Mars and Venus Barry covers topics such as synchronised swimming, laser tag, gravity, fashion tips for men, snowmobiles, snowboarding, dog sledding, Wheel of Fortune, Harley Davidson jerks, Classical Music, playing the part of a corpse in an Opera, Hilary Clinton asking him to lunch then declining because he wouldn't do it off the record, going on Oprah, annoying commercials and Florida drivers to name just a few. Definitely check out other non fiction collections such as Boogers are My Beat as well as his sensational fiction novels especially Tricky Business.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Barry's best, January 14, 2000
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Some of my favorite Dave Barry books are his collections of columns, particularly because I never seem to be able to keep up with his weekly column in the Sunday paper. This is one of those collections of columns, and one of the things I like about it is that he put in a lot of columns along with the columns he wrote about the responses he got from those columns. And believe me, this guy gets some very interesting people writing him nasty letters and sending him newspaper articles. Read this book, you'll love it!
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Dave Barry Is from Mars and Venus by Dave Barry (Paperback - September 14, 1998)
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