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Ant Farm: And Other Desperate Situations Paperback – April 3, 2007
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Moments that involve realizing the agony spent before receiving one's first calculator, the ironic closed-mindedness when experimenting with a ouija board, making candy with a forgetful someone named Peanut Al, keeping close tabs on your daily karma tally, God's overwhelming support for Orel Hershiser, and the three things you really don't need if stranded on a desert island.
Ant Farm is an incredibly fast and funny read. The selections are brief and varied, maybe a little too much so, as each consists no more than a couple of pages and is unbounded by coherent theme other than pure whimsy. But it does create that weird momentary pause, raising the question whether there is anything more absurd than us humans and our behavior.
I would give this 5 stars, but the book tends to drift off a bit towards the end... The material at the beginning had tears rolling out of mine (and my family's) eyes as we laughed... the last half of the book is still very good, but just not quite at the same level.
I mean what would you do if an angry murderer threatened you with death if you didn't come up with the correct answer to a trigonometry problem (sin2x=2cosinxsinx)? Have you ever thought how difficult it would be to wage war using Swiss army knives? Is it really true that God intervenes to help Orel Hershiser pitch his way to victory? Is it a fact that scientist Stephen Hawking is really a time traveler? Is it possible for ants to dig to freedom from a glass walled ant farm?
Do these story topics pique your interest? If so cough up 10 bucks and buy the book. If they leave you cold, well, hey spend the money on a six pack, and have fun that way.
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Brief but hilarious! You will finish this book in a day or two, but it's worth the read. Very funny.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Hysterical. Unique. Crazy. Rich's mind is unlike any other in the comedy writer category.Published 7 months ago by Christopher Roe
Hilarious book. Pick it up if you want a quick read with a lot of laughs.Published 14 months ago by Dave Molloy
Simon Rich is a master at his craft. This collection is priceless! This is the kind of book you will read in one sitting and be disappointed when you are done.Published 16 months ago by Lydia
Funniest book I have ever read. Short vignettes and comic situations that made me laugh out loud.Published 16 months ago by Mark DePaolis