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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Book Review: 101 Things To Do Before The Apocolypse by Jon Hanson

They say that the best things in life are meant to be savored.  Like a fine wine, a sip at a time, stretching the experience out over time.  Unfortunately, I'm not a fine wine afficianado, and the things I might possibly savor I end up consuming in gulps anyway.

What does this have to do with the new E-Book I've been reading?  Well, a book is something I do like to savor (as long as it's not a mystery), but I promised I'd post a review "within a couple of weeks. " So I sat down with book (well, with computer screen), and pen and paper.  After two weeks of reading and taking copious notes writing down a few thoughts, I have made it to...

...#45.

And as I looked at the notes I had taken, I found that I was doing this fine work a disservice.  The whole point of this novella is to find the simple ways to enjoy the rest of your life before the Mayans destroy everything, and here I am taking notes!

This is a story to be savored, much like the "Uncle John's Bathroom Reader" series, where you read a couple of stories (as necessary) at a time, getting the most out of each one as they draw away the stench of life.  Many of these are things, in our impishness, we have already done, such as stealing the mall cop's seguay, or running for president.  (Oops, that was the list for, "things that you've seriously considered.  Please paste in "buying yourself Christmas presents" and "finding a great elevator to sing commercial jingles in".)  Others are a bit more risque, like playing elevator roulette or using your dog to pick up chicks.  Oh wait, that's in the "things I've attempted" category, too!

What this book won't allow is for me to rush to a conclusion and truly enjoy it.  I suppose I could leaf through the table of contents and cherry-pick the best ones, but that would only hurt myself- much like all the book reports we did in high school.  (see "Stretching a three-paragraph dust-cover synopsis into a 1,000 word report for idiots".)  I have already spent far too little time meditating on topics such as "Going to work in a gorilla suit", "stop picking up after your pet", and "bathe in your neighbor's sprinkler system".

So perhaps the best compliment for this tome is that I cannot read the whole thing and review it in 2 weeks.  I can read 44.5% of it in two weeks and give you 34.7 % of a review, though, and can highly recommend it.  You will laugh, you will cry, and you'll only kiss $1.99 goodbye!  Find out more here, including how to order and how to get your for free!

Just in case you thought I was making this all up...

3 comments:

  1. Excellent review... and I can assure you the other 55 items on the list will be no less rewarding and thought provoking then the first 45. Maybe that's not saying much, but at least it's good for some laughs.

    SD
    (aka Jon Hanson)

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  2. CWM:
    Wow, that's one of the books I was looking at for SANTA (ahem) to get me...!
    And I do prefer the hard copy (or paperback), because I have "lighlighters"...LOL!
    Sounds decent so far.

    Keep your thoughts on this coming.
    (no mention of Zombies, right?

    Stay safe up there.

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  3. Excellent review indeed. I think my copy is pending my lazy arse logging in an updating my credit card info. Arg! I know I will get to it soon enough though, now I'm just dying to read it even more. :)

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