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What I'd Say to the Martians: And Other Veiled Threats Hardcover – April 8, 2008
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Jack Handey is the author of the bestselling Deep Thoughts series of books. He was a staff writer for Saturday Night Live, and has won two Emmy Awards and a Writers Guild of America Award. His humor pieces have appeared in the New Yorker, Outside, Playboy, National Lampoon, Punch, and other publications. He lives in Santa Fe, NM, with his wife, dog, and cats. Some people believe that Jack Handey is a made-up name of an imaginary person, and idea that Handey is trying to promote amongst his creditors.
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The book is just what you'd expect; page after page of nonsensical, absurdist fun. Jack includes some of his favorite Deep Thoughts ("Laurie was offended that I used the word "puke". But to me, that's what her cooking tasted like."), as well as some of his famous Saturday Night Live sketches. And, of course, you find out what he would say to the Martians, in "defense" of humanity.
I would recommend it to anyone with a beating heart.
I was so excited to see another Jack Handey book and I wanted to read as much as they'd allow online. Anyway, I happened upon the Scary Skeleton story and I swear I can't remember when I've laughed so hard.
So I promptly ordered FIVE of these gems. You never know when you'll meet someone who appreciates Jack Handey, and what a great little gift!
The reason I only gave it four stars instead of five, is that I guess I was expecting the rest of the book to be as hilarious as the Scary Skeleton, and to me it wasn't. There were several parts that came close though, (the Hitchhikers story, and some of the new deep thoughts, under the heading of "Little Tiny Stories" are a couple of the funnier ones I can think of right now.
Basically for me, the book was a compilation of three types of writing.
1. A collection of short stories, that are kindof like really long deep thoughts.
2. Some shorter traditional deep thoughts, (some old some new). It didn't bother me that he threw in a few old deep thoughts, especially since the they really were some of his best. And I was sufficiently entertained by the new ones he came up with (especially the one about eating the co-pilot)
3. The last 30 or so pages is a bunch of television sketches I recognized from Saturday Night Live. They read like an actors script would read, with extra instructions in parenthesis. For example, "Norfolk bows and starts to exit". Although some parts of them were funny, I would not buy a book that consisted entirely of these sketches.
To summarize, there are a few parts in the book that are so funny it's hard not to pee your pants. Those parts are worth every penny of this amazingly low priced book. There are some parts that elicit a mild chuckle, which I guess isn't bad either. I could have done without the sketches in the end, but that's just me.
In the end, I'm glad I bought five of these great little books.
This book of essays is the third funniest book I own - on a wall of comedic masterpieces. 1st place, by the way, is George Carlin's Napalm & Silly Putty; 2nd belongs to Stephen Colbert's I am America.
WHAT I'D SAY TO THE MARTIANS: AND OTHER VEILED THREATS is well worth spending money on. The Hitchhiker essay alone will make you glad you bought it!