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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Fontaine Press (1 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980672929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980672923
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ronan Smith on 9 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback
If you've never visited David Thorne's website 27b/6, don't go there just yet. Buy The Internet is a Playground, and then visit the site once you've consumed every page of this hilarious book.

The Internet is a Playground comprises "the complete collection of articles and emails" from Thorne's infamous site. So there's little here that you can't already get for free on the website, but Thorne's material really does deserve a place on your coffee table.

Thorne shot to fame in late 2008 when he tried to settle a bill with a drawing of a spider. The resulting email correspondences were posted on his website, and word quickly spread around the internet.

The book consists of the spider piece along with a number of similar--and no less hilarious--emails. Thorne invites himself to his neighbour's party, turns the tables on a strict teacher and weasels his way out of paying a late fee for some rented DVDs. But summarising these emails could never do them justice. You just have to read them yourself. Read one and I guarantee you will be hooked.

Unfortunately, the "articles", which feature on Thorne's website and form a large part of the book (much more so than the emails), aren't anywhere near as funny or engaging as the emails. Many of these articles see Thorne writing in the name of people he knows--such as colleagues--and essentially parodying them to the utmost of his ingenious abilities. These articles have their moments, but generally I found myself racing through them in order to get to the next email piece.

Make no mistake about it, the emails featured in this book are comedy masterpieces. Like hidden camera TV shows, half the fun is seeing how people react to Thorne's absurd emails. And Thorne never fails to reply to each email with clever arguments, witty observations and downright off-the-wall logorrhea .

If you like the writing of Maddox, then you'll love The Internet is a Playground.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By WABH-J on 13 Jun. 2011
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'The internet is a playground' by David Thorne is without a doubt the funniest book I have ever read. His text is extremely edgy, taboo and at times completely out of order, which is perhaps why I like it so much. What Mr.Thorne has done is achieve two principle things. The first is to write a rip-roaringly funny book, I had read some of the articles before on his website but I think if anything I laughed more reading them for a second time. The second achievement of Mr.Thorne's may well be completely inadvertent. What he has managed to do is create a a book that flies in the face of unnecessary and completely overzealous censorship. In an age where so many writers choose to conform to what is essentially becoming a predictable and somewhat 'nuclear' read, Mr.Thorne's book is a breath of fresh air. The book is in no way written to offend, nor should it be seen as a text which will 'corrupt' the youthful generation. In short Mr. Thorne's book tests and tries social acceptability and norms, and finds them stead fast and in place, without the need for any book burning!

Five Stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crookedmouth on 28 May 2012
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David Thorne is an Australian and a designer. Those two facts seemed so relevant when I read "The Internet is a Playground" but right now I can't for the life of me work out why that should be.

Having received a letter demanding payment for something or another, David responded with a drawing of a spider and then posted the exchange his 27b/6 blog. The episode went viral and he developed his brand of humour from there.

This book is basically a compilation of his blog entries, based on humourous email exchanges with unsuspecting dupes (irritating work mates, friends and neighbours, lawyers, business concerns etc) in a similar vein to the spider-drawing-episode, interspersed with more abstract musings and ramblings. It's slightly spoiled by the gradually building suspicion (confirmed elsewhere) that David is not being entirely honest with us: many of the correspondences are almost certainly doctored by him for added comic effect and it's possible that some probably started life with no comic content at all.

Still, taken at face value, it's good for a laugh. The humour is a little childish, in the vein of phoning someone up and asking them if their fridge is running ("well you'd better go and catch it then!" har har). It is also hit or miss: when he's funny, he's very very funny, but it doesn't always work and the rest of the time it's just amusing.

As for buying it as a paperback? Don't. Most or all of the content can be accessed via David's blog and the book is currently hugely over-priced.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Barmee on 30 Nov. 2010
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The emails that are printed in this book are very very funny (like many I came to David Thorne as a result of his 'spider' email).

However beware ... the book also contains several articles (usually about seemingly invented individuals) these sections are usually long and convoluted and far less funny than when he is taking the mickey out of biggots and those who can't see past 'red tape' etc.

Very funny in some places - a bit dull in others! Sorry to confess but I tended to skip the articles so I could get to the next amazing email chain.

A Tip: If you like this book, or this sort of humour (by which I mean the emails to unsuspecting members of the public), then you'll love 'The Timewaster Letters' by Robin Cooper.
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