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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; 1st Paperback Printing edition (17 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349115109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349115108
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,440,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very funny, considering he isn't meant to be in the country (Jack Dee)

Only marginally less threatening than it is funny. Ideal reading material for killing those long hours while being held hostage by enraged Montana militia-men (Christopher Brookmyre)

Recalls the deliriously bathetic fiction of Woody Allen (TIME OUT)

Priceless ...You guessed it: I laughed out loud (SCOTSMAN)

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* A brilliant, inspired book of humour from a comic genius

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BACK WHEN I was a kid my grandfolks, who lived in Eastern Tennessee, owned and operated a small nuclear plant - nothing fancy, mind you, just a little 'mom and pop'-type operation, featuring one of those old-fashioned uranium-rod reactors you hardly see anymore and a little cooling-tower, which Granpa painted a cheery blue and yellow. Read the first page
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gryph on 19 Feb. 2003
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This collection of bizarre, surreal, satirical, but more importantly very funny short stories and anecdotes is the funniest thing I've read for a long while. Rich Hall's wry humour touches on subjects such as Neil Diamonds love for hard hats, his grandparents nuclear power plant, london estate agents, and a brilliant satirical spoof of Andy McNab featuring references to Dubya and his fight against the Axis of Easy Listening.
There are approximately forty of these quips on offer in 'Things Snowball', most being under five pages long, which as much as anything makes it an easily digestible read. Very much worth checking out.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Collier VINE VOICE on 5 Sept. 2003
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"Good word using" was how Jonathan Ross summed up Rich Hall's book when he had him on his radio show, generously allowing him to use that quote on future prints. And the book does have 'good word using'.

It's a collection of completely disparate short stories written in various styles. Hall is an extremely accomplished and stylish writer, with superb, economical use of language and imagery. He reminded me at one minute like Harry Hill: latching onto a surreal concept and taking it to it's most illogical conclusion, and at another like a trailer trash US version of John Shuttleworth finding joy in the most mundane daily irrelevance.

There's nothing really linking the stories together - they all come out of left-field - but through them he pokes observational fun at the Brits (especially Aberdeen) but reserves his most cutting humour for his fellow countrymen...like Michael Moore but funny and disarming. The stories are witty, whimsical and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny.

It's a book you will dip into and have a meaningless 10 minutes of fun from time to time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Parkman on 21 Dec. 2003
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A very, very funny book. Most of it you can really relate to (estate agents, suburban boredom and nuclear powerstation operation) other things you can only dream of (drinking in Utah).
I've seen a little of his humour before on TV, but felt I'd give it a bash after reading most of it in the book store. It was definitely worth it. The bite size stories are off centre with a slant that will make you think whilst you imbibe.

Oh, and his review of Aberdeen is spot on. Like.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "conor74" on 20 Nov. 2002
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There are parts of 'Things Snowball' that will have you laughing your head off on the Tube. There are other parts which really make you question the way you live your life. For this book is a perfect travelling companion - a collection of short essays and opinion pieces which have absolutely nothing to do with each other. Rich Hall has made much of his 'American lost at sea in Britain' persona and it reflects really well here. From the difficulties he faced looking after his grandfathers 'family run' nuclear power plant as a child to the ludicrousness of the over-careful user instructions for loft ladders, this book really is bizarre. But funny, often hilariously so. I don't believe a word of it ever actually happened (he even admits it) but oddly this seems to add to its charm. It's certainly unique -and a refreshing display from a stand-up comedian who can actually write. Oh - and by the way, I wouldn't recommend Estate Agents buy it - you may not like what you read...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lovetoread on 1 Sept. 2007
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I'm a fan of Hall's humour and I could hear his voice as I read the stories. The chapters can be hit or miss, but overall the book is funny with some perceptive comments about Brits and Americans. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on Aberdeen, New Zealand and ladders. An easy read, one for dipping in and out of.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Nov. 2002
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When I was young, I thought James Thurber was the funniest writer I had ever read. Now at last I have found a worthy successor - in fact some-one even funnier. I laughed out loud in the bookshop when I dipped into this book!
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By MJ on 7 Oct. 2010
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Rich Hall is one of the most talented stand ups doing the rounds these days. It's reasonable to be sceptical when a comic moves into print, some of the things that work in their live shows can get lost along the way.

Luckily with this Mr Hall has correctly kept it light, each comic antidote is kept to a short, sharp chapter, but that isn't to say that there isn't some great stuff here.

It's at its best when he's being really creative with imagery and ideas. There is one particular bit when he talks about being a literally misunderstood bluesman. He introduces what at first seems to be a typical blues ode to the familiar folksy subject of the crossroads, which then turns out to be a song about Heathrow aiport.

Unfortunately due to it not really having a subject matter, the stories can't rely on plot or narrative, so when the comedy fails the text quickly becomes tedious. However it isn't long before the writer introduces a new idea, and inevitably a great gag.

I think this book is best read in small doses, a little light side salad of comedy fun for when the going gets tough. For the meaty bits, watch his standup.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Smith on 21 Nov. 2005
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Can't believe this book doesn't have an overall five star rating yet. There is no book I have ever encountered that I know I can return to with confidence knowing I'll laugh every single time.
The book is pokes fun at all and sundry - British, American, New Zealander, estate agent, Aberdonian, Rich's "family", Neil Diamond, Bill Gates, crypic crossword fanatics... no one is safe. Perhaps the only drawback is you can't escape the feeling that even you the reader are being made fun of while reading it. I guess life is funny, it just takes someone like Rich Hall to point it out sometimes.
I think David Letterman's quote on the back sums it up:
"We say a lot of people are funny. He's the real thing."
Genius. Buy this book and never use a stepladder again!
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