9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2004
Do you laugh at authority, enjoy silly putty, get a kick outta kitsch, appreciate goofy pranks, take pride in being a do-it-yourselfer? Do your knees get weak over Water Wiennies, Sea Monkeys, Crazy Straws, or Esquivel? If you answered "yes" to a few or more of these then you are probably a happy mutant and this book is for you.
It's great. You'll find tips on building hacking, how to do "your" work while appearing to be doing "their" work, turning the tables on telemarketers, creating your own personal anti-marketing strategy, getting your zine seen, and The Urban Absurdist Survival Kit which offers official looking signs you can copy and stick around to confuse and amuse. It also includes character profiles of idiots you are likely to run into on the net, conveniently printed up as cards to cut out and keep handy for quick identification. Plus, articles on Ivan Stang, Roger Corman, Jim Ludtke, and Patch Adams (oooh, even scarier than Robin Williams).
Get your giggles off while undermining the Man. But, this book isn't all just fun and games, it contains a degree of seriousness, yet it is also serious fun. *The Happy Mutant Handbook* possesses teeth but when it nips it aims for the funny bone.
Buy this book, read it, play with it, give it a hug. You two kids could become really good friends.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2001
Everything from prank calls, odd types of hacking, and Wham-o products to strange but simple foods, comix, and the Happy Mutant Hall of Fame, the Happy Mutant Handbook has most everything that the other 10% of the human population, who aren't Normals, could want to know. There are lots of fun little pranks that can always be used. One is standing in an elevator and giggling the entire time you're reading the phone book. It's quite entertaining and your able to read it again and again, each time knowing that there are actually other people like you out there. If there weren't this book wouldn't exist. So worship it and read it.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 1997
What appears to be, at first, a critique on pop culture, is instead a guidebook to subverting the dominant paradigm. Make your own diesel fuel. Start a newsletter. Adapt technology for more "creative" uses. Create your own conspiracy. This is one of the few books that actually make you want to go out and do something after you read it (or in my case, WHILE you read it). Highly, highly recomended. This might become the STEAL THIS BOOK of the 90's!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2006
When I first read it, I had never before heard of the Cacophony Society, bOING bOING magazine, the Billboard Liberation Front or Burning Man, and I had no idea what "culture jamming" was. But my eyes were opened, and my life has gone all *kinds* of strange and wonderful new directions, all because of the resources in this incredible little book.
It's a damn shame it's out of print, but it's howling for a sequel. How about it, Carla?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 1997
No one seemd to get it. We would rampage the streets frightening the impressionable, and disturbing the normal. We all thought that we were loose cannons without a name. Now we have names. We are Happy Mutants. We delight in the wonderful weirdness, and dark back-coners of culture. This new wonderful book (no assembly required) will allow your inherent whimsey rise to the surface and awaken a bizarrity that you never knew existed. The new hobbies, activites, and general attitudes presented within will tickle your uvula, and leave you standing in the humidifying mist of the Gods
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 1997
This book has warped my brain. Well, warped it more than it wasalready. When walking to work the morning after I finished it, I foundmyself wondering how the mannequins in the department store windows would look with mustaches. And listing creative ways to make the tourists (can't believe they're here *already*) nervous. And thinking that my own guide to life is just what the world needs right now.
The opening chapter is right: if you're the sort of person who finds comfort in authority, or if you think that spray-painting a huge "A" on one of the Space Needle stanchions is any way to express your individuality, this book will either change your life or make you very, very scared.
For everyone else, this book is a fun, inspiring guide to building a cultural phenomenon on your own sense of the absurd. What greater goal in life could there be?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2006
Back when paper zines were cool.....
An eclectic, entertaining, interesting and thought provoking collection of people, organisations and ideas expressed as only a combination of Boing-Boing (the original 'zine) and Wired could.
Sex, drugs and cyberspace as seen in 1995
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 1997
There is a ton of fun in here if you really are the type of person that this book was written for. And if you are that type of person, you will have the time of your life with the stuff contained between its covers. But beware, you will eventually get caught :)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 1996
I would classify this book as a extremly humorus, entertaining,
and all around cool handbook with information about all kinds
of hacking, bugging people, and just having all-around fun!
Are YOU a happy mutant?
on July 24, 2014
I read this thing cover to cover and have had loads of fun with it. If the word "happy mutant" appeals to you and seems to describe you, you might consider checking this book out and learning about how to do things that have amused others of your kind. There are many pranks (of which I am very fond myself) and cool stuff that you can do on the computer. It is a rather disorganized book, but that doesn't really matter. I've learned a lot from this weird little book and you will too. Recommendation: Look for it in used bookstores or in out-of-print book searches, 'cause it's old and a bit outdated, from when the Internet was a kooky playground that was half barren wasteland, half insanity.