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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher (April 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585428817
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585428816
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (305 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the dominion of social networking and electronic communication, David Thorne has become the king of biting sarcasm. --Thane Burnett, editor, Sun Media

I had to look away I was laughing so hard. Hands down the funniest emails I have ever read. --Catherine DiBenedetto, editor, WIRED Magazine Catherine DiBenedetto, WIRED Magazine

Gut wrenching, laugh out loud, gasping for air funny. Absolutely brilliant. --Caroline Shaheed, editor, Cheek Magazine

If the internet had a heart, David Thorne would be it's mitral valve. --Mil Millington, Author, 'Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About'

The most ridiculous, brilliant, stupid and clever nonsense I have ever come across. The articles had me rolling with laughter, crying and incapable of speaking - my co-workers thought I had gone insane. -- Clare Butchard, Hat Trick Productions U.K. --This text refers to the Print on Demand (Paperback) edition.

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What Others Say:

"I laughed so hard and uncontrollably I could hardly breath. Reading this on public transport is not a good idea."
Kate Huchinson, editor, Penthouse magazine

"I had to look away I was laughing so hard. Hands down the funniest emails I have ever read."
Catherine DiBenedetto, editor, WIRED Magazine

"In the dominion of social networking and electronic communication, David Thorne has become the king of biting sarcasm."
Thane Burnett, editor, Sun Media

The most ridiculous, brilliant, stupid and clever nonsense I have ever come across. The articles had me rolling with laughter, crying and incapable of speaking - my co-workers thought I had gone insane."
Clare Butchard, associate producer, Hat Trick Productions UK

"Gut wrenching, laugh out loud, gasping for air funny. Absolutely brilliant."
Caroline Shaheed, editor, Cheek Magazine

"The Dennis the Menace of the internet, Thorne's intricately woven web of internet tomfoolery is guaranteed to leave you red-faced from laughter."
Matt Bachl, ninemsn TV news producer

"The world's leading internet troublemaker. Whenever I see David Thorne's name, I know it's going to be a long day at the office."
Andrew Ramadge, editor, news.com.au

"Thorne's ability to manipulate the websphere with his touch of serious sarcasm has surely earned him the moniker `Lord of the Viral Email'. I've seen grown men reduced to hysterical tears of laughter after reading through just one of his efforts."
Matty Soccio, editor, Marketing magazine

"I am getting your website banned as we speak"
Lucius Thaller, Courier, Kings Transport

Adelaide is full of selfsh, petty, judgmental, cocooned, insular, naive people totally devoid of social consciousness or culture and David Thorne is their spokesperson."
R. Knorr, woman golfer, Seocontents.net --This text refers to the Print on Demand (Paperback) edition.


More About the Author

Amongst my qualities, which include reciting prime numbers backwards from 90956, reading to blind children & training seals, embellishment may be at the top.

Customer Reviews

This book is HILARIOUS- like all of David Thorne's work.
J. E. Ramsey
Even though you can read most of it on david thorne's website, i bought the book because it was funny as hell.
farmerfren
First laugh out loud book I have read in a very long time.
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390 of 436 people found the following review helpful By Kaidea on May 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is quite possibly the best telescope I've ever bought. It's cheap, it works well, and it arrived quickly in the mail. My only complaint is it came with some sort of a coaster, or possibly a paper weight, that I'm not sure what to do with. It is a nicely decorated coaster however. Maybe the seven legged spider on the front will work as a warning to other spiders wanting to enter my apartment and make them think twice.

Again tho, excellent telescope. I can't say enough good things about it.
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145 of 160 people found the following review helpful By Luke Balagia on June 2, 2011
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This book is so good I bought 6 copies and plan to buy several more. One is to read, one is to dip in chocolate and I will put the rest in a pillowcase or large sock and use it as a weapon either against criminals or bank tellers, depending on how well my day goes.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Stewart Wood on June 2, 2011
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I had been meaning to buy Mr. Thorne's book for some time, but didn't want to actually pay for it.
However.
Having just read Ella J.'s daft put-down of the book via 27bslash6.com, I decided it would really be worth the heavily discounted price if for nothing more than to stick it to that sad, dreary, chubby carrot-up-the-arse. And yes, that can be a noun as well as an adjective; you don't think I would lie about something like that on Amazon's web site, do you?
Ella J., my hat is tipped. And by way of repaying the favour, if you would like some suggestions how to remove that obviously large and intractable vegetable from your fundament without incurring equally large and intractable proctologist's bills, please get in touch with either myself or David. It involves drawings of spiders, so you'd probably want to sharpen your pencil.
The book, by the way [that's BTW to you, Ella J.], is hilarious.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By R. Jenson on June 5, 2011
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I understand this book has good advice on how to mail cats. I need this. Mostly I have been unsuccessful in doing this. Mostly.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Atteridg on May 11, 2011
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David Thorne is a humorist, satirist, Internet personality and author. It is also apparent that he has made a dastardly deal with the devil himself; one soul, for one razor-wire sharp wit. Mr. Thorne has a penchant for satire, the absurd, and the often drolly ghastly. Of course, at times he is a prick, but often in the best of ways, morphing into your racist swearing-whisky drinking-motorcycle riding-grandfather who flips you off as he zooms by naked, wrinkles rippling in the wind. As his bare ass disappears down the street, you know that Mr. Thorne is clearly in need of help, but he is definitely going places.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By ruofmot on April 28, 2011
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I've been a long time reader of David Thorne's website, and was more than excited (very excited) to discover his novella.

I may have to sue him, because I just spit coffee on my work monitors. I was reading about Bill's insight of Google Images, and when I read "Horse Dicks" I was mid-coffedrink, and spit coffee all over my monitors. Now my boss is upset.

This may teach me that I am to do work while at work.

Thank you Mr. Thorne. I don't think you're a foggot.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Sicurella VINE VOICE on April 28, 2011
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Somehow, in the hundreds of thousands of hours I've spent mindlessly procrastinating on the internet, I never came across 27bslash6. When I read the synopsis for The Internet is a Playground, the antics of David Thorne were totally new to me and I was intrigued. Paying a doctor with a drawing of a spider? It seemed just the right level of random and slightly insane that my sense of humor seems to gravitate towards.

In his emails, Thorne manages to walk the obnoxious without ever having to resort to rudeness. It's hard to believe these people continue to reply to him. The book is full of articles and emails from his website, but the best are the emails with pictures, either along the same lines as the spider or where people ask him to create something for them but give him way too much room to interpret their directions. Another favorite is a email conversation between Thorne and a hate mailer beginning with "I have read your website and it is obviously that your a foggot."

Those who believe that adults should act as such and take life seriously will find Thorne and The Internet is a Playground offensive. Most, I think, will wish they'd found him and his website sooner. Seriously funny on a hard to describe level, you'll either "get" David Thorne and his book - or you just won't. In my case, The Internet is a Playground caused out of control laughter and caused people to look at me funny.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Dale on June 26, 2011
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I had read most of these items already at David's 27b/6 site, and had collapsed in pain with laughter at most of them, but the book brought home to me how you miss so much on screen or on line with its limited sequential views and distractions.
Books are still the best and oldest technology and always will be. Apart from which, David makes more money out of the books, which will enable him to blog on more.
I am pleased to report that I had equal if not more physical pain from laughing at many of these.
The sheer bare faced (and po faced) cheek of the teases and reproaches, pushed way beyond what you might think tolerable, and the demolition through taunting of the morally superior, the priggish, the inconsiderate, the bureaucratic and the authoritarian, not to mention the hilarity of it all, make David one of my heroes.
Plus the intro, from which I discovered the origin of the name "27b/6".
But you'll have to buy it to find that out.
Thank you David. You probably cured me of many illnesses through sheer laughter.
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