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Robert Kroese, or Diesel, as he insists others call him, without the street cred to back it up, incidentally, is probably also a relatively boring person. That, however, doesn't get in the way of his writing clever vignettes (which I was sure I was going to misspell, but my spellchecker add-on hasn't put an accusatory red squiggle underneath, so it must be okay, or I've used a word so completely out of context, but spelled it properly that it just glassed over it. Someone needs to invent a contextchecker, but one better than MSWord's, that won't just damn listen to me when I yell at it, screaming, "But I like expressing myself in passive voice you stupid piece of crap!" But I digress. A lot.)
So, clever vignettes. Slices of life that would make Studs Terkel green with envy. No, he was not The Hulk's second cousin. You have Wikipedia. Look him up. *ahem* Slices that run the gamut from unrealistic to less than realistic, but told in a way that underlines the commonalities of human experience, particularly that we all, regardless of IQ, have to deal with egregiously stupid people.
Thank you BobRobDiesel, for making me laugh a lot, and for stealing my repeated joke about ripping tags off you-know-whats, which I'm pretty sure I stole from some 1970s commedian, which is probably where you got that too ...
I might even visit your blog on occasion.
I love this man's writing so much that I've bought Kindle versions of Mercury Falls and The Force Is Middling in This One, even though I don't own a Kindle.
I discovered Rob a while back on his blog Mattress Police. When I learned he was writing a book about the Apocalypse, I was sold. That's my thing, you see--books about The End Of Civilization As We Know It. I waited impatiently for the book to be published; when it arrived, I was in one of my Stupid Periods and couldn't remember what I'd read the day before, so it took me a while to get through it. It's funny. FUNNY! And I loved it.
After I preordered a copy of TFIMITO, I managed to win a copy from GoodReads, so two books arrived the same day. What do I do? I hate to waste a good book, so I mailed one to my adopted sister in Louisiana, who'd already bought the book for her Kindle, but what the heck. Everyone needs to hold a book now and then.
TFIMITO rivals Dave Barry's funny stuff. Like another reviewer, I've met Dave Barry, although I didn't interview him. I *did* knit him a cute black thong, but that's another story. I read TFIMITO while on a plane and snorked and disturbed my seat mate on the four-hour flight. At least I didn't pee my pants. That time. I also took the book with me when I met Tim Dorsey in a Key West bar and participated in filming a promo video for his new book (yep, that's me, knitting a baby sweater in a bar in Key West) and asked Tim to sign TFIMITO, which he did willingly until, I suspect, halfway through the writing when he realized it wasn't one of *his* books and his signature kind of trailed off the page. This is nothing new for me; I had Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson sign my copy of The DaVinci Code.
Anyway, love child, snorking, Kindling, peeing, knitting. Buy this book. It's funny. It's informative (if you've ever wondered how to kill gophers or what to call a group of marauding teens). It's easy to hold.
Hey, Rob, about that laminated card, it's not in my copy of TFIMITO or Mercury Falls (hey, Becky, is there one in yours?). I sure could use that when I have one of my little bowel or bladder mishaps while reading your books.......
But if you have a slightly off-center sense of humor, then this is the book for you. And if you're a Star Wars geek, you may even be able to tell if the 'quotes' at the beginning of the chapters are actual or made up by the author.
My personal favorites were the 'From the Sock Drawer' bits scattered through the book, quite along the types of things I occasionally think of when I should be thinking of work.
So, do yourself (and the author) a favor and pick this book up; yeah, if I had to do it over again I'd pay cash $$ for it.