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Before & After Mass Market Paperback – February, 1999
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Top Customer Reviews
It's even better if you catch the references to British media that abound.
I purchased this book at Heathrow on a flight back to the US who could resist a cover with a sheep munching grass and then on the back luanching into space? The entertainment factor of this book is extremely high. If you like Tom Robbins with his ability to impart personality onto inanimate objects or the Hitchhikers guide series with its ability to comically critisize daily life, then you will LOVE not just like this one from Mattew Thomas. Here are just some of the questions answered by this one.
1. What did happen to nostradomus 2. Is the Y2k bug really a problem 3. Who built those pyramids and do they want em back? 4. What does an oxygen deprived fish think as it is dying and being stared at by us humans?
I can only hope Mr. Thomas keeps on and this is not just a 1 hit wonder. I would love to see this one made into a movie.
I enjoyed Before and After, but I have to admit that I was also put in mind of a Saturday Night Live skit that goes on too long for the material. Clearly I'm in the minority of reviewers here, but at about page 200 I started to wish he'd just get on with it, and by about page 300 reading had really become a chore. The book went on for another 125 pages and I gamely stayed with it for the resolution of the plot, but the humor had pretty much played itself out by that time. Odd that, for me, the battle of Armageddon was an anticlimax. I hope that Thomas adopts the old show biz addage from now on: Always leave 'em wanting more. Myself, I wanted less...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a book I recommend to anybody from the age of 12 and up. I read this book 5 years ago and still keep a copy on me wherever I live. Read morePublished on December 7, 2004
The level of humor, and biting wit in this book that unabashedly makes fun of all peoples could not be more refined and perfected. Read morePublished on January 14, 2003 by Amazon Customer
I love this book and I can't wait for Mr. Thomas to publish another! I was particulary interested in the Welsh aspect of the book: prophetic Welsh cakes and the bumbling... Read morePublished on January 16, 2001 by A. Webber
When I began reading this book and encountered the exploding sheep, I thought for sure my friend Garry Klettke who had given me this book had completely lost his marbles. Read morePublished on July 6, 2000
This book is brilliant! I am sitting here bleary-eyed after not being able to put it down last night! What a story! Read morePublished on March 13, 2000
I tried to tell my friends how funny this book is, but they just looked at me in wonder. I believe that this piece of work deffinetly deserves readers that understand its... Read morePublished on February 11, 2000
Alright, so I was another fella who fell for the cute cover. Before and After is a unique book (like semi-fantasy). It personifies satan and makes Nostradamus like some champ. Read morePublished on February 8, 2000 by Kaede