Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Internet is a Playground by David Thorne Review

Title: The Internet Is a Playground: Irreverent Correspondences of an Evil Internet Genius
Author: David Thorne
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography
Page Count: 224 pages
Book Type: Kindle e-galley
Publisher: Penguin, Jeremy P. Tarcher
ISBN: 9781585428816

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From Goodreads: "There is usually a fine line between genius and insanity, but in this case it has become very blurred. Some of the funniest and most clever writing I have read in years." (Terrance Fielding, WIRED magazine)
"I laughed so hard and uncontrollably I could hardly breathe. Reading this on public transport is not a good idea." (Penthouse magazine)
"Brilliantly funny." (
From the notorious Internet troublemaker who brought the world the explosively popular "Next Time I'll Spend the Money on Drugs Instead", in which he attempted to pay his chiropractor with a picture he drew of a spider; "Please Design a Logo for Me. With Pie Charts. For Free," which has been described as one of the most passed-on viral e-mails of all time; and, most recently, the staggeringly popular "Missing Missy", which has appeared everywhere from The Guardian to Jezebel to Andrew Sullivan's The Daily Dish, comes this profoundly funny collection of irreverent Internet mischief and comedy.
Featuring all of Thorne's viral success, including "Missing Missy", The Internet Is a Playground culls together every article and e- mail from Thorne's wildly popular website, as well as enough new material, available only in these pages, to keep you laughing-and, indeed, crying-until Thorne's next stroke-of-genius prank. Or hilarious hoax. Or well-publicized almost-stint in jail (really).

My Review: The cover on this one is cute! I have a thing for black covers. Once, when I organized my bookshelf by color, there was nearly two shelves of black books.
Okay, I will admit that I haven’t completely finished this book. This isn’t because it is bad, it is just because the galley is on my computer only and sometimes reading for extended periods of time on here hurts my head.
From what I have read, this book reminds me a lot of Chelsea Handler’s books (which I will review soon). David Thorne is snarky and sarcastic. The email exchanges he has with various people had me laughing a lot. Everything he does is so random and crazy that I could never imagine doing them myself. I hopped around from story to story and read the ones that immediately caught my eye. I loved the emails he had with a lady at Blockbuster. So funny!  
This book may not be for everyone. Some may find it offensive and idiotic, but I thought it was quite funny. I’m looking forward to finishing it at some point! 
Thank you to NetGalley, David Thorne, Penguin and Jeremy P. Tarcher for this galley!


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