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Into Hot Air: Another "Novel" by Chris Elliott Hardcover – November 14, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Weinstein Books; 1 edition (November 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602860076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602860070
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Elliot spoofs everything from survival adventures to celebrity charities to his own failed acting career in his goofy second novel. Narrator Chris Elliott's desire to mount Mount Everest ignites when he is mysteriously sent the diary of his great-uncle Percy, detailing Percy's failed Everest expedition. Hoping to unravel the mystery of Percy's disappearance, Chris and his best friend Wendell plan a trip up the mountain. Together they head to the Mountain Maniacs headquarters (where the décor is retro Katrina chic) and convince climber, bail bondsman and bounty hunter Duncan Carter to lead their expedition. With only pocket change to fund their journey, Chris recruits celebs to participate and underwrite the trek. Quickly in over their heads, the expedition members discover that if the elements don't kill them, Uncle Percy's secrets might. Elliot makes stupidity an art form (the aircraft was.... constructed entirely out of yeast paste and horse hair), but beyond the crassness and juvenile humor, there are a few flashes of sharp commentary. The work is more silly than satiric, and since Elliot doesn't take himself too seriously, perhaps the reader shouldn't, either. (Nov.)
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"A rousing good yarn . . . hilarious and vividly imagined . . . this murder mystery wrapped in laughter is simply straight-up enjoyable." -- Publishers Weekly

"Think Caleb Carr meets Monty Python." -- Entertainment Weekly

"You’ll never stop laughing." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By pereubu on November 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Chris Elliot was great on the old Letterman, brilliant in the shortlived but much loved sitcom Get a Life, and then there was Cabin Boy, the less said the better. And now he's a novelist. He has no shortage of ideas for Into Hot Air which is not laugh out loud funny but has enough of Elliots quirkiness to keep the reader engaged. Elliot can write, and he has enough characters, plot-lines, and jokes for several books. What's missing is seeing Elliot whose physical comedy, facial expressions, and try anything manner is meant for the big or small screen. So while this is nice for Elliot fans, HBO or someone needs to give him another show where his comedic skills are better suited.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frank Barker on January 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Well, I love that the author refers to himself, often, in the book as "that stupid actor in that movie I hate", because that's generally my attitude towards Chris's work. However, I love mountaineering and adventure writing, and so loved the idea of someone poking some well deserved fun at them, that I took a risk with his writing. Mr Elliot can be soooo......silly, way over the top and he sure doesn't fail here (bullfrogs, weird enough on Everest, transforming by popping into Nazi gnomes !?!) Whacky clowning, then he sucker punches this reader with a scene from "The Exorcist", his Grammy sits up in bed, "why you do this Chrissie? Why you do this?" Out of nowhere!! No fanfare, no further reference. Hilarious moments! I was very pleased with this "novel". I tend to read weighty history and science stuff so Mr Elliot provided just the goofy, unpretentious, fast read I needed. I wanted to subtitle it "An Hypoxic Novel" it was so hallucinatory. Mr Elliot - you know much of the lingo, have you climbed? I'm sorry your cerebral edema has yet to resolve. And how is that frostbitten, at least thrice removed nose doing?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John J. Mclaughlin on November 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Chris Elliot's unique sense of humor is captured perfectly in this hilarious follow up to the equally funny "Shroud of the Thwacker". I'm looking forward to seeing Chris Elliot on the screen again, but his books are doing a great job filling the void.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Hyland on January 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
the book is good. there was almost no instances that i was not laughing out loud while reading the shroud of the thwacker. this one not so much, but the story itself was pretty engaging. so just good. i hope he does a few more as funny as shroud of the thwacker. also more movies and a talk show. and another sitcom. okay, that's all.
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I loved Chris Elliot in Get a Life. I didn't know he was also a talented and creative writer. This novel is just plain funny. Elliott takes a serious, introspective topic - ascending Mount Everest - and turns it into a laugh riot. The story, despite its outlandish plot, flows well. Every page made me laugh on some level of the laugh scale - from guffaw, to chortle, to laugh out loud. Elliott takes us from the genesis of his journey, when he discovers his great-uncle Percy'd diary, who presumably summitted Mouny Everest, through his gathering of a team to climb with him - including a mix of celebrities, each with their own particular role to play on the climb, especially as foils to each other, to the inevitable hazards encountered on the ascent, including some outrageous episodes that could only have been conceived by Elliot's mind. If you read the book now (March of 2008) there is an eerie sense of prophecy in some of the events that unfold. I don't want to give it away, but if you are keeping up with news about Tibet (where Mount Everest is located) you'll know what I mean. If you want to laugh consistently while reading a humor book, pick up (and read) Into Hot Air.
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Format: Hardcover
Into Hot Air, Chris Elliott's second "novel" is another dead-on parody of an adventure epic, packed with Elliott's unique brand of humor. The narrative is wildly inventive, the dialogue is cleaver, and Chris (as himself, the leading character) is at his irreverent best. This book is dense with humor, and you just smile and smile as you read. Let's hope he's working on another!
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