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Would you rather give blood or read Hamlet? Fight Mike Tyson or talk like him? For fans of juvenile humor, Would You Rather...? is the ne plus ultra of ridiculous dilemmas. Created by toy developer David Gomberg and "functional performance artist" Justin Heimberg, this collection of more than 200 preposterous predicaments covers everything from sex and supernatural powers to utopian worlds and nasty curses. Whether read alone or with a group of friends, Would You Rather...? will have you laughing out loud as you debate the eternal questions of life, like: "Would you rather live in a world where Afros were mandatory for members of Congress or where it was legal, in fact encouraged, to crucify mimes?" --Rebekah Warren

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Justin Heimberg and David Gomberg are the esteemed authors of "Would You Rather..." and "Would You Rather 2: Electric Boogaloo."

Justin Heimberg is an esteemed co-author of "Would You Rather..." and "Would You Rather 2: Electric Boogaloo."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452278511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452155510
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.4 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book honestly disappointed me. I was excited to order it, hoping that it contained a series of wacky--but thought-provoking--dilemmas that I could use at a party as a fun icebreaker (i.e., copy them onto cards and leave them lying around for people to look at).
The authors deliver on part of the promise; the dilemmas are truly absurd, combining random pop-culture references with silly concepts and situations. Several of the dilemmas posed gave me a moment's chuckle, but they are far too over-the-top to engender any sort of interesting thoughts or discussion. The authors seem much more interested in proving how absurd they can be than in coming up with something that, although odd, illuminates basic values or personality traits. I think this is best illustrated with an example.
From another source I got the following: "Which would you prefer? To have every stoplight turn green upon your arrival for the rest of your life or to have one week of the best sex any person ever had?" In my opinion, this is a silly, but interesting question.
Here is an example taken from the book. "Would you rather be accomplished in the art of oragami but be totally covered in moss or deeply understand the themes of the Porky's [movie] saga but have the head of a Lego man." I find the absurity of this question mildly creative and funny, but the humor is pointless; it doesn't lead anywhere. And this random absurdity wears thin after a while.
If you prefer the second example above, this book is definitely for you. If you prefer the first, forget it.
In summary, I will admit that the book did lead me to ponder something new--that I could round up a couple of my more eccentric friends and in one evening of brainstorming come up with something similar or better than "Would you rather...?"
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I truly enjoyed this book because it allowed me to lighten up about "choices" or "dilemmas" or whatever you want to call them. I understand and appreciate the need for self-evaluation, analysis, curiousity, sharing, and developing. I do, however, sometimes need to not go there.

Many people complain this book didn't have the depth they would have liked. There is no depth, but the point isn't to be deep. I feel like the word "absurd" (used in the description on the COVER) points that out pretty clearly. For what it aims to do, the book does well. This book is a great reminder that *sometimes* all that evaluation/analysis stuff just is too much -- missing the point and ruining the fun of life.
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"Would you rather...?" is laugh-out-loud funny from the first page to the last. The book was given to me as a present, and I didn't know what to think until I opened up the first page and laughed for about 5 minutes. I read the whole book in less than an hour, and you will, too. It makes a great present or stocking stuffer. Warning: some of the jokes are crude and gross though, so it's not suitable for the pre-teen set.
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The first time I found this book, I was in a Barnes & Noble with a bunch of my friends. At first, we were all standing up, but soon we were sitting on the ground and I think we read through a good portion of the book! I'm surprised that they didn't kick us out of the bookstore, we were laughing so hard! While I absolutely adore this book, I can see how it might not appeal to certain people's sense of humor... I guess. I agree with the person who said that people NOW think they are funny, because I do that too! It kind of spices up the conversation. I don't know how to explain it, but when you say, "would you rather have fangs or a forked tongue?" 99% of the time people will laugh! My friend and I made up our own too! Whenever I read it, it sparks my imagination. For me, (this is going to sound corny but) it has added something to my life. HUMOR!
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Of all the Would You Rather...? type books out there, this is by far the best of the best. Never before could I have thought how entertaining a book could actually be. Whenever I am talking with a friend and the conversation goes dull, I simply ask out of the clear blue sky, a question from the book. Keeps the conversation going well on into the night. A hands down winner. A must for anyone who likes to laugh and be perplexed at the same time.
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I bought this book for my pre-teen son because it appeared to be similar to the book "You Gotta be Kidding! The Crazy Book of "Would You Rather" Questions" by Randy Horn (terrific by the way). This book, sadly, It is not similar to Mr. Horn's book. There is an entire section on sex. I completely missed the description that does pose as one of the questions: Would you rather watch a porn movie with your parents? or watch a porn movie starring your parents? I SO wish I had seen that. The sections my son could read though, he didn't find funny. If you are looking for a book like this for kids, buy Mr. Horn's book instead!
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By A Customer on April 16, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book is the greatest! I am very shy and used to just stay at home and read my Dungeons and Dragons manuals. But one day, I got this book, and worked up the courage to go to a bar. Well, I brought the book and it (and I) were a huge hit! Everyone was laughing and giving high fives. God bless Heimberg and Gomberg -- you are in my prayers.
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