From Publishers Weekly
To determine seven of the 11 stories included in this blog-to-book collection, Atlanta artist and internet presence Peacock asked the fans of his website, mentallyincontinent.com, to vote for their favorites, "So if you hate one (or all) of them," he writes, "blame the voters." Readers will likely blame Peacock anyway. Giddily dark throughout, and with a proudly juvenile sensibility, one typical Peacock adventure finds him using a corporate expense account to buy an extravagant full back tattoo-"the largest individual symbol of my newfound sense of daring"-only for the tattoo artist to get hit by a bus, and die, after the first part of a multi-week process. Another finds him setting fire to his best friend's pants, while he's still in them, inside a moving vehicle (his dad's VW Vanagon). Though he moved enough copies of the self-published version to merit this mainstream publication, Peacock's Jackass-style antics fall flat on the page; one gets the feeling that, like many blogger-authors before him, Peacock is his own biggest fan.
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Peacock makes it clear up front: all of the stories in this rather weird book are the result of a collective editing and writing process that involved about 5,000 readers of his Web site, mentallyincontinent.com. So, while we can safely presume these tales of misadventure and weirdness are based on things that happened to Peacock, we should probably also presume that they might have been tweaked, or lightly fictionalized, for the purposes of comedy (or simply to protect the identities of the people involved). These are episodes from what must surely be one of the more un-charmed lives. Peacock strikes up a conversation with a woman on the phone, and she begins calling him at home and eventually comes to stay at his house (uninvited). Peacock gets roped into a blind date and discovers he has been paired up with a 15-year old girl (he’s 21 at the time). Peacock plays a harmless game (yeah, right) with matches and nearly burns down a Hooters restaurant. And so on. Told with good-natured humor—the guy really can’t believe this stuff keeps happening to him—the stories are a lot of fun, and will probably point readers in the direction of the author’s Web site, where all this craziness began. --David Pitt