On Sunday, January 28, I dropped 162 envelopes in the mail. Each envelope contained a single page from Sir John Hargrave's literary masterwork, Prank the Monkey.
Hundreds of volunteers stood by their mailbox, ready to help with this massive project: Reviewing an entire book.
The first reviews are in! I'll eventually put these into the proper order by page number, but for now, I'll leave them in the order I receive them.
Pages 303 and 304 contain the beginning of the acknowledgments section. It might be the entire acknowledgments section, but since I don't have access to page 305, I don't know. I usually skip the acknowledgments section of any book I read, and I would recommend that you skip this one. Unless you think you might be acknowledged, or you like reading lists of names and inside jokes you don't get, it's a waste of time. - Dan Bock, Durham, N.C.
Page 65. Closes a section of the book by describing what appears to be spam? Draws some semi-comical comparisons between the rich in general, and infamous rich people.
Page 66. Begins a section in which the author apparently is trying to track someone down. Not much else to base a review on.
From the two pages I've seen the book, appears to be humorous, although its hard to discern the intended categorization of it entirely. Andy Gray - Indianapolis, In.
I have never heard of ZUG, or the pranks that they do, but as a firefighter and President of the very first chapter of the Firehouse Association of Ridiculous Tomfoolery (F.A.R.T.), I like to think that I know a thing or two about pranks. I was looking forward to a book of pranks to play on your friends, something that I might learn a thing or two from, so when I received my envelope from Rob I could barely contain myself. I poured myself a glass of port, lit my cigar and proceeded to rip open the envelope. This caused me to stumble headfirst into a section titled "Congress is a Joke". In this section, the author has apparently sent a number of letters to different congressmen and women asking them their favorite jokes. Page 237 had a rather lame response from one senator while page 238 shows that some politicians actually may have a sense of humor. While this was obviously not the kind of book I was expecting, but instead a book about more large-scale pranks, I still think that Prank the Monkey is worth a read. I will definitely be looking for this book in my local bookstore.
Pages 111 and 112 contains an answer to all those irritating credit card apps with postage paid envelopes. His goal was to have the "heaviest, most expensive credit card app in history." He was able to insert a portion of a chain in the envelope and get the weight up to 1 pound, 9 ounces. He received his credit card in a few weeks. Page 112 started to address the wonderful use of lead in an envelope.
This was fun Chris DiDio, Woodland, CA.
Book Report for "The ZUG Book of Pranks", pages 99 and 100
By Bad Z
Pages 99 and 100 of The ZUG Book of Pranks by Sir John Hargrave are two funny pages that both entertain and inform readers. These pages start out with the title of the chapter, which is "Chick Juice", and the subtitle of this section, which is "Hard Science." "Hard Science" is a double entendre, because this section is about sexual dysfunction medication. The author tells the readers a little bit about a new drug, PT-141, and then transcribes a phone call he made to the drug company in order to try to obtain some of this medication. He also asks the scientist various questions about the drug. This transcription takes up the majority of my two pages.
I liked pages 99 and 100 for three reasons. First of all, Sir John does an excellent job of thinking of ridiculous questions to ask the scientist. It makes me wonder if he has been trained in "improv"-style comedy. Secondly, I also found myself wanting to give kudos to Sir John's (or Sir John's editor's) editing skills, because this transcript is free from interjections like "uh," "um," "uh-huh," "oh," false starts, interruptions, and other bits that make transcripts hard to read. And the last reason I liked pages 99 and 100 was that Sir John made the humorous implication that he wasn't currently having a lot of sex. Oh, Sir John, how could that possibly be true? In conclusion, I found pages 99 and 100 to be entertaining, and I hope the rest of the book is at a similar high level of quality.
Page 95 "Chick Juice" and Page 96 "Spammers" Easy to read, yet hilarious writing style. I'll be buying the book as soon as it's released. ~Paul Christian
My one page (page 221 and 222) was hilarious. I really wish I had the next
few pages. I think I might have to buy it.
thanks for letting me help. I attached a few pics just for good
Stinging commentary on high-profile celebrities and their various causes.
Commentary amplified by involving the celebrity who is, in fact, called
"Sting." Nice observation on the inverse relationship between the
number of names in the celebrity and their sense of self-worth (i.e. Bono,
with one name, obviously has more of an inflated ego than David Lee Roth and
his three names). Bonus points for using the word "twatwaffle." --
Chris and Linda Gleason
Prank the Monkey is now on the shelf at a bookstore near you.
Stacy and I checked at the Borders bookstore on Fair Oaks Blvd., and there was ONE on the shelf, squeezed between "Get a Laugh" and "Uncle John's Great Big Bathroom Reader".
Here is a close-up.
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