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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812977114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812977110
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Rich, an author and Saturday Night Live writer, delivers a punch-and-jab gigglefest in his follow-up to the similarly chaotic Ant Farm. A slim book of short takes, Rich doesn't stray far from his formula-many of these pieces would work as mercifully brief (and funny) SNL skits-but it's a formula that delivers a laugh on every page. Split into thematic sections-Growing Up, Going to Work, Daily Life, Relationships, Animals and God-Rich's twisted observations are often dark, especially in the Growing Up portion; "terrifying childhood experiences" include "peek-a-boo," and the people hiding in 7-year-old Rich's closet (Freddy Krueger, Chucky, a murderer, his dead uncle, and his doctor) pine, "Man, I cannot wait to kill this kid." Rich offers this brand of humor in a wide range of flavors, going, for instance, directly from Pheidippides of 490 B.C. to an "All-you-can-eat buffet fantasy" in the Daily Life portion. Still, there isn't much here that's not laugh-out-loud funny, perfect for rainy-day/toilet-top browsing or one long, painful guffawathon.
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“A punch-and-jab gigglefest . . . that delivers a laugh on every page.”—Publishers Weekly

“Simon Rich is still the freshest, funniest new writer today.”—Chicago Sun-Times

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Quirky, odd, and very funny if that is what you find funny.
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I tried really hard to follow this book and to keep reading it but instead I found myself skipping page after page hoping it'd get better. . . it never got better.
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I laughed out loud and read parts to my wife (who also laughed...).
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Bart King on February 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Don't be thrown by the high ratio of negative reviews for FREE-RANGE CHICKENS. As many readers point out, the book was a free addition to their Kindle purchase, so they went "into" the book cold.

As for me, my only real complaint is that the book has far too many blank pages (about 16) in an already slender volume.

But will YOU like Simon Rich's humor? Here's your acid test: Read the following excerpt, and if it tickles you, you're in.
***
GOD: Did you start that war over in South America?
ANGEL: Yes sir, just as you specified.
GOD: And you gave Fred Hodges that migraine? In Fayette, Maine?
ANGEL: Of course, I followed all your orders to the letter.
GOD: Okay, great. So the next part of my grand sweeping plan is... the next part is... um...
ANGEL: Yes?
GOD: Wait, hold on... I know I was going somewhere with this...
ANGEL: . . .
GOD: It's the [darndest] thing. I had this giant, all-encompassing plan, but I can't for the life of me remember what it was.
ANGEL: Did you... write it down somewhere?
GOD: Nah. It was all up here. (Points at head.)
ANGEL: Well... maybe if I say some of the things that you've done so far, you'll remember?
GOD: That's a good idea. Let's try that.
ANGEL: Okay... um... assassination of Julius Caesar... the great San Francisco fire... World War I... World War II... is anything coming back?
GOD: I know all those things are connected somehow.... they were all part of this awesome plan I had... I just can't remember what the payoff was.
ANGEL: . . .
GOD: I guess I bit off more than I could chew.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Luan Gaines HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
When all else fails, humor is the saving grace of a world awash in crisis. Thus, a sob becomes a hysterical segue into burst of laughter inspired by a twenty-four year old writer for- why not?- the infamous "Saturday Night Live". Rich's random flights of wit and fancy are presented in sections: "Growing Up"; "Going to Work"; "Relationships"; "Daily Life"; "Animals", and- again, why not? "God".

A quirky kid already hip to the craziness around him, Rich's collection kicks off with threat assessment, the same old canards adults have poured into the fertile imaginations of children for generations: "Got your nose.-Please just kill me. Better to die than to live the rest of my life as a monster." Then there is the matter of the tooth fairy: "Is she... a cannibal? What else does she take? Does she take eyes?" Or an intimate conversation between two frogs: "Why do human children dissect us?"

As the inquisitive boy grows through the awkward stages of adolescence no one can avoid, he betrays his geekiness, vaguely hoping to slide through a series of social blunders. The oddities only become more specific and embarrassing. Reality is closing in, time travel the only option for changing the past, unsuccessful Opium Wars, a Greek marathon, a creative approach to a seriously bad actor's presence in the world, life's absurdities served up as a rich buffet no mean feat for this young torturer of logic.

And who else but Rich could manufacture the hubris to challenge God, to ask the harsh questions ("Why did Seth Brody of Hartford, Connecticut, have a seizure while ordering a hamburger at Denny's?"). The age-old question of why bad things happen to good people is sometimes resolved as a simple case of mistaken identity. Okay, so certain types of humor are an acquired taste.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Buxman TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 13, 2008
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To a certain extent, Free Range Chickens is observational humor with a kick. It reminds me of what I find to be funny in Futurama. There isn't a story line here, but rather a collection of dialogues and chains of thought. If you've studied much philosophy, I think you'll have several laugh-out-loud moments, plus a good deal of laughing to yourself. I didn't find the language to be particularly offensive, but there was a section about God that might leave a strict fundamentalist cold.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C.O.B.H.C. on December 10, 2008
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Tis an amusing collection of short and pointed witticisms on a veritable plethora of subjects. I especially enjoyed section V. Rich's work is particularly suitable for times when one hungers for insights intertwined with laughs.
The only downside to the book is its extreme brevity, I finished it in about 30 minutes(give or take). Than again, I really shouldnt be complaining since I received the kindle version for $0.00

Five stars * * * * *
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Brunner on December 20, 2008
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I loved this book! Very funny comedy book with some unusual takes on things. Laughed so hard with with some of the stories. Written with different people's points of view. Loved the part with Batman trying to get better jails built!
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I am a college professor. Once in the same class I got one evaluation that said, "Dr. H. is the funniest professor I ever had." The very next evaluation read, "Dr. H. thinks she is funny, but she is not." Read these reviews and you will see the same ambivalence. This is a book of short funnies. Like a series of stand up routines by Degeneres, Seinfeld and Steven Wright in book form. Quirky, odd, and very funny if that is what you find funny. No plot, no narrative. Just a series of off the wall observations. There is only the most loose strand of organization. It is a book you either read through quickly or read in pieces. You will either embarrass yourself in public laughing out loud and annoy your family reading it out loud to them, or you will find it simply pointless. The bad part is you will never know until you try. Kindle people download the sample first. If it doesn't crack you up skip the book.
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