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

3.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Weinstein Books; 1 edition (November 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602860076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602860070
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,173,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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To the extent you can "like" an actor/celebrity you have never met and don't know, I "like" Chris Elliott. I enjoyed his TV show "Get a Life", (although I liked his father more), and I think he has his inspired moments.

Well, this book sort of continues that trend. Bits of supreme silliness and engaging lunacy, held together with a lot of fill. That makes for a bumpy read and is a test of exactly how much you like Chris Elliott. There's nothing terribly bad here, and Elliott doesn't overstay his welcome; the question I guess is how hard are you willing to work to get to the good stuff. This book took me right up to the edge on that score.
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In book form, not so much!

Couldn't finish it, pretty awful, was hoping some of Chris's hilarity would come through, but it didn't. The book felt contrived and rushed. Not recommended.

Three stars because I'm a big CE fan, really it's a one star book, though.
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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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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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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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