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The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories Kindle Edition
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Good for some tastes maybe, but not one I'll re-read cover to cover. That being said - I will probably recommend for friends to borrow and read the few that were great,but will not suggest that they purchase the book.
In this collection of very short stories, Rich's goofiness is on full display. These 30 stories, each between one and five pages, are about the quirky, often absurd, nature of relationships. Generally, Rich starts with a stereotype or a simple kernel of assumed truth, and riffs it into an entire story. For instance, my favorite story in the collection "Magical Mr. Goat" is about what would happen if a child's "invisible" friend became real and started making uncomfortable advances. When the child fends him off, telling him they should just be friends, and that he'll find someone, the goat exclaims, "That's not true ... You're the only one who can even see me!" THAT's comedy!
Or, another story titled "Sirens of Gowanus" makes fun of dudes who overlook any red flags in a woman when she slows the slightest interest in him. In this case, the woman is a siren who will lure him to her island in the Gowanus Canal, and probably eat him. It had happened before. "You can't judge someone by their past relationships," the guy argues to his buddy. "Like okay, she killed Stanley. But how do you know what was going on between them? You weren't there."
"Center of the Universe" is about God dating a needy woman, who doesn't understand why he can't take time from his job of creating the world to spend more time with her. Yeah, some of these stories may annoy you.Read more ›
These stories are the funniest things I have read in quite a while. It's clear Rich is really enjoying playing with the tropes of nagging girlfriends, men afraid of commitments, the silly rituals of dating, and the way love (or the search for love) makes people act in crazy, irrational ways.
In "Occupy Jen's Street," a college student is angry that a co-ed won't dump her boyfriend for him, so he begins picketing outside her dorm, and his protest quickly becomes a national movement.
"It's not just about Jen," he said. "It's about the entire romantic system. Ninety-nine percent of men are in love with the top one percent of women. And yet they often refuse to date us. It's a complicated injustice."
There's also a NASA astronaut proposing a study on sex in space so he can sleep with with the lovely lady with whom he shares the Alpha Space Orb, a man whose ex-girlfriend is dating Hitler (which is extra disturbing because he's 124), and a CIA agent who uses his limited supply of invisibility serum not to track a terrorist who is plotting to destroy the US, but to follow the ex he can't get over. Oh, and you know that story in Plato's Symposium about how in the old days people were man-man, man-woman, and woman-woman, but Zeus got jealous of their happiness and split everyone apart, so that from then on, everyone wandered around trying to find their other half?Read more ›
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I love this book! It's absolutely hilarious. Definitely would suggest to everyone with a sense of humorPublished 2 months ago by Samantha Stidham
Great book full of short stories. They are very thoughtful and poke fun at various things in every day life. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
light and refreshing for modern men seeking anecdotes about romancePublished 4 months ago by Daniel D.
I've never had so much fun reading a collection of short stories. Widly different from story to story, but always entertaining. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brian Fadem
Hilarious and heartfelt- recommending to all other humans.Published 7 months ago by Kelly M Burrows
Awesome read anytime you need a fresh prospective on life!
Highly recommend it. Lots of interesting ideas about life and what's really important.
I absolutely adored this book! It's hilarious, witty, and current. Under all the absurdity I found bits and pieces of myself or my own triumphs and failures in love in many of the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Xavier Williams
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