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Would You Rather...: Over 200 Absolutely Absurd Dilemmas to Ponder Paperback – September 1, 1997
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About the Author
Justin Heimberg is an esteemed co-author of "Would You Rather..." and "Would You Rather 2: Electric Boogaloo."
Top Customer Reviews
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...?"
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I could see how this would be funny if you were a drunk college guy, but these are mostly stupid and not thought-provoking in any way.Published 17 months ago by AMTD
This book has brought me countless hours of laughs with friends and coworkers!Published 24 months ago by Heidi B.
Was for my 10yr old son but was not appropriate for him at all and frankly not that interesting.Published on August 23, 2014 by AussieJ
Sometimes it is very good to read a book without having to think. This is not that book. You will laugh at the dilemma.Published on June 20, 2014 by 31jj
I bought this little book as a gift for my mom. I had it many years ago and remembered it fondly. The references are dated but it is still good.Published on June 18, 2014 by Thuy Tran
A great book to pose odd questions for entertainment or getting to know your friends. I wouldnt recommend it for people under the age of 18.Published on January 29, 2014 by Sara G.
Nothing to write home about. I thought it would be more interesting than what is in the book. I'm sure others will like it.Published on January 10, 2014 by Ms. Galli