Posts tagged ‘humor’

December 6, 2010

10 Facts About Books You Won’t Read in a Book About Books

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October 18, 2010

Halloween Book Review: Monstermatt’s Bad Monster Jokes

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by Monstermatt Patterson

May December Publications, LLC
(September 2010, $12.95, 166 pages)

Know someone who is into everything and anything to do with monsters? If this person is also the type who looks forward to Halloween more than any other holiday, then I have the perfect gift suggestion for this October: Monstermatt’s Bad Monster Jokes Vol. 1. The monsters aren’t bad but rather the jokes are…intentionally. This book is the gift of self-torment, kind of like Jackass-meets-literature for horror fans (you know, “insert pencil into eye” kind of torment).

The introduction by Joe Moe describes the development of Matt’s love of cheesy jokes, and points out that Matt lives and breathes monsters as an FX monster mask sculptor and horror host. Kyle Kaczmarczyk, the illustrator for this joke book, also adds a tale of his personal experience with Matt and includes a brief explanation of how this collaboration came to be.

The jokes include all the traditional monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein and the Mummy, as well as aliens, zombies (of course! why else would I be reviewing this book?!) and superheroes. Matt even goes to town on the Jersey Shore cast, True Blood, Star Wars, and, sadly, the Human Centipede (which has traumatized me for life – Google the movie at your own risk, and have a bucket nearby to puke in). Some of the jokes are the kind my five-year-old likes to tell me and some of them are the kind of jokes you could share if you want to alienate people who annoy you.

Example of child’s joke:
Q: What moon phase will turn a baker into a Werewolf?
A: A “Croissant” moon!

On the other end is anything from the song parody section that is sure to kill your social life – you might even be able to get yourself arrested and/or committed, and no one will ever ask you for anything ever again.

One of my personal social life-killing favorites:
Q: What do you get if you cross a British sci-fi TV show and a Dr. Seuss book?
A: Horton hears a Dr. Who!

I really enjoyed reading this assortment of bad jokes, some of which aren’t quite that bad, and I don’t think any household should be without a copy this Halloween! You can see how insanely talented Matt is here.

– Ursula K. Raphael

October 8, 2010

Two Videos of the Week: Vampires and Camp

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We couldn’t resist – with so much mind candy on the Internet, how can we only put one video of the week on our blog? So, dear readers, a special treat: two awesome videos that we think you’ll enjoy.

The first video begs the question What Would Jim Henson Think? The cast of Sesame Street take their own unique twist on “True Blood,” the popular vampire/werewolf series based on the novels of Charlaine Harris.

Our favorite moment? The Muppet version of the character Lafayette sashaying through the foreground at the beginning of the video.




In the next video, Ron Charles at The Washington Post reviews Michael Cunningham‘s recent novel By Nightfall. True to Ron Charles form, only he would find a way to bring the Twilight franchise’s Taylor Lautner into a review for a character-driven book by a Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

Due to copyright restrictions, you’ll have to click here to watch the video review.

September 24, 2010

Happy National Punctuation Day!

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Today the U,S, celebrates the {unofficial} seventh annual National Punctuation Day; with a Punctuation!? Program in “elementary schools…. a Haiku contest’: and meatloaf shaped! like a question mark – We hope you”ll celebrate your punctuation dexterity and power today too;-!

August 21, 2010

Super Sad True… Whatever. Just Watch It.

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Gary Shteyngart‘s satiric novel Super Sad True Love Story was released in late July and here at this we wonder how we could have possibly missed the book trailer for what is the most star-studded and bizarre-o trailer ever for a book. Shteyngart is listed as one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” though the book trailer leads one to question, does he deserve it?

Authors Mary Gaitskill, Jeffrey Eugenides, and Jay McInerney all make appearances, in addition to actor James Franco and some very svelte Mt. Holyoke debutantes.

According to Eugenides, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel Middlesex “Gary [Shteyngart] has managed to escape the anxiety of influence by the sheer fact that he has never read a word.”

Catch the trailer below. It’s long but totally worth it, especially if you’re a book nerd.

August 18, 2010

Pop Music Tribute to Ray Bradbury

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Ray Bradbury is best known for his novel of a dim, disutopic world, Fahrenheit 451, but over the course of his life he has written eleven novels, almost 400 short stories, and several screenplays. Now 89, we can’t help but wonder what the post-octogenarian Bradbury thinks of this tribute to his life’s work.

August 9, 2010

What Won’t a Bookseller Do?

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Proving, once again, the extraordinary lengths a bookseller will go to in order to put a good book in your hands.

August 6, 2010

75 Books

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Inspired by Esquire’s 75 Books Every Man Should Read and Jezebel’s response, 75 Books Every Woman Should Read, we had a few questions: why the number 75? Why limit reading to only men and women? Will the reading lists never end?

We don’t know why 75 is a magical number and we absolutely know that reading lists, or lists of any kind for that matter, are a fact of life on the internet. People like reading lists because they’re short, to the point, and easily downloaded on your iPhone. With this in mind, this brings you 25 Books Every Cat Should Read. (We stuck to 25 because, well, cats spend a lot of time sleeping.)

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
2. Beginner’s Guide To Cat Yoga
3. In the Napping House
4. City Mouse, Country Mouse
5. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
6. The Devious Book for Cats
7. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
8. Bad Cat
9. I Can Haaz Cheeseburger?
10. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
11. Cat & Mouse (Alex Cross) by James Patterson
12. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
13. Cat Cora’s Classics with a Twist: Fresh Takes on Favorite Dishes by Cat Cora
14. Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
15. The Audubon Backyard Birdwatcher by Robert Burton
16. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
17. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
18. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
19. The Bird Artist by Howard Norman
20. Birds Without Wings by Louis De Bernieres
21. There Is a Bird on Your Head! by Mo Willems
22. Bird in Hand by Christina Baker Kline
23. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
24. Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young
25. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

July 31, 2010

Papa Can You Hear Me?

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Whatever you think of Ernest Hemingway, the idea of a Hemingway Look-Alike Society is still pretty damn funny.

June 28, 2010

From The New York Times: Top Talent Under Age 10

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Read this clever op-ed response to The New Yorker’s 20 under 40 list.