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The Complete Far Side
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83 of 83 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2003
This is a great book, literally as well as figuratively speaking. It weighs in at about 19lbs (according to my unreliable scales), so you'll want to be home when it arrives...picking it up at a depot could be a painful exercise! It consists of two lovely hardback books (glossy pages) encased in a high-quality cardboard cover. The quality of the books partly explains why the price is so high.
The book contains enough Far Side cartoons to keep you going for months, well, days if you're a real fan. I wasn't really impressed by Steve Martin's foreword, but the introductions to the chapters are good. The bit I like best (apart from the cartoons themselves) are the letters to the editor that are included next to some of the panels..absolutely brilliant!
All this makes the steep price tag well worth it. If you're a fan, buy it now! If you know any real fans, buy it for them and they'll love you forever.
Oh yes, downsides. Well, as the previous reviewer says, it's too heavy/bulky to take to the loo or read in bed comfortably. It's also a tad difficult to read on public transport. If you're giving it to somebody else beware: there's a white bit with the price on it printed on the top of the case (inside the plastic wrapper). I haven't quite worked out how to camouflage that yet. On the other hand, it's a good (although not too subtle) way to show how generous you've been (especially as it says £100, and you'll get it for £70 here at Amazon)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2006
Awesome! In size, weight, and quality, this collection is 101%. This is the complete Gary Larson - team it with "The Prehistory of the Far Side" - and you have it all. If you are amused or curious about looking at life from a different angle, then don't hesitate. This is for you. There was nothing like Larson before he appeared and there are NO pretenders to the throne. I am at least glad that future generations in my family will know what made me laugh. Do cows stand up when the cars have gone past? Look and see!
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on 11 March 2004
THE COMPLETE FAR SIDE is a two-volume collection of every Far Side comic ever created. The volumes are beautifully bound, and the reproductions are first rate - perhaps better than they've ever looked anywhere. Most are black-and-white, but there are several color reproductions as well. Creator Gary Larson has arranged the comics year-by-year, occasionally providing a brief preface for a section, as well as a few letters he's received from readers over the years. The most hilarious preface concerns Larson's fear that a certain item in a drawing chosen for a book cover (the old lady's head on the cover of IN SEARCH OF THE FAR SIDE) looks phallic. The most unusual letter is from a member of the Sons of Italy (a group in the United States that fights defamation against Americans of Italian descent), complaining about a comic where a sandwich named Luigi is sent to "sleep with the forth graders." Just a small taste of the diverse reactions this comic genius has elicited from people.
This one's definitely going on my wish list! :)
Andrew Parodi
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
when gary larson 1st appeared it was with a sigh of relief from all who mourned the sad passing of the truly inspired chas addams.Larson effortlessly stepped into those too long vacated shoes.

this collection is a superb roundup of some of the finest subversive, perverse & downright odd humour this self righteous planet has ever seen. cows plotting mans downfall,neanderthal mans greatest cock-ups,evil rhino's,what dog's are actually saying & sarky wildlife are just the tip of this wildly spinning iceberg.
you'll not tire of returning to them time & again and with this beautifully presented boxset,you'll be laughing your head off in real style & with amazons generous reduction what else are you waiting for? If you've not seen larson before then get stuck in here you lucky lucky person!its worth every last penny.
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83 of 87 people found the following review helpful
on 23 October 2003
This is not a book for fans of the Farside. This one is strictly for the "Fans". But if you are not put off by a £70 price tag I guess you know which category you belong in anyway. The picture does not do this book justice. It is HUGE in every sense. It is very heavy. The postman almost ruptured himself when handing it to me. It requires a desk and comfy chair to sit down and read it in comfort. You won't be taking this one into the bathroom with you. Not unless losing circulation in your legs doesn't bother you. Both the books and the slipcase are of a quality that does the cartoons justice. The pages themselves are all high quality high gloss paper. The sheer physical construction is excellent, and I can't imagine this one ever falling apart with use. And you will keep going back to this again and again. If you are a fan and are worried at the prospect of spending this amount of cash on a book....don't be. It's well worth the price for an item of this quality. And to have every single Farside cartoon in such a good quality edition? Cheap at half the price. You won't be disappointed with this in any way.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 2014
I received this product later than expected, however this situation was addressed by Amazon. I used to look at my nan's Far Side books when I was younger and I really wanted the complete set as I always remember how much I enjoyed looking the comic strips. I saw the hardback version but it was too expensive but when this came out at a lower price I had to by it. I have only looked at the first 30 pages or so and I have chuckled at every comic. So glad I brought this. It's very heavy I'm keeping mine on the floor by my bed my book case is not sturdy enough for these bad boys. These definitely aren't books you are going to take out and about with you, unless you're looking to work on your upper body strength. Enjoy. :-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 28 September 2010
Gary Larson was of course a genius. I loved his Far Side cartoons in the 1980's, and even today miss that Far Side greeting cards appear to now be a thing of the past. His work in a single panel - just a handful of square inches - was always excellent. The joke might be obvious, or subtle (or both). Reality and absurdity juxtaposed together. I'd love to say that the Far Side was a thinking man's (or woman's) comic, but in fact it was everyman's comic.

This is then the complete collection of the Far Side comics, in two hardbound volumes surrounded by a slipcase. There is an introduction by Larson, and then every Far Side comic he ever drew...well, had published, anyway. The only thing missing is the content of Prehistory of the Far Side - but how do you work that into a collection like this organically?

Its expensive, but like the Complete Calvin, cheap at the price. Also, its large and weighty - not the kind of thing you can read on public transport.

This is the definitive Far Side collection, and will last forever. Probably, millions of years from now, the last copy will be preserved in a museum, being read by intelligent giant cockroaches and presumed "to have been used...for ritual purposes". How right they will be.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 13 December 2003
Don't be put out off by the price - this is a high quality item.
It is very heavy, but that just shows the quality of the item. The slip case, binding and glossy paper used internally all justify the price.
Another review mentioned the price being stuck on the slip case -mine simply peeled off without a problem
My only real complaint is that the images could have been made bigger. Mostly there are four to a page, sometimes three. Two to a page would have been more impressive.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2010
It is very useful that a set of two books can not only give you a complete compendium of Gary Larson's jokes but can also be used for serious weight training.

Outside of the original King James Bible I don't think I have ever seen bigger or heavier books. Promotional pictures do not give a hint of quite how massive they are. I am a relatively fit and strong male but I find they can only be read comfortably by being laid on a very sturdy table.

No problem with the content - hilarious as expected, but I might just suggest to the publishers that a set of 6 smaller books would be more practical.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 December 2014
I received at least 3 copies of The Far Side Calendar as Xmas Gifts for about 8 years. I was already giggling in anticipation of getting this Monster (Heavyweight) Collection delivered.

People who buy this are probably devout Larson fans, and know (or think they do) how Larson's mind works. For most people, I'd say THEIR minds work just like my own and Gary's as well. For those who AREN'T familiar with it, you had better beware ! Little shakes of the head - in response to Gary's lunacy, suppressed giggles at the sudden realisation of what the Cartoon is portraying, and great guffaws when his well-known characters present a still-life image of a moment in time, a well-known phrase or a situation in life that perhaps you'd never even considered. The pictures say it all, and if there IS a caption to go with it, it is usually unnecessary.

It is pure genius... loaded with sarcasm, severe intelligence and something for everyone !! Gary is a Cartoon Master of Human (and Monster) expressions. It adds the subtle touch that sets off your chuckle muscles.

I don't have ONE favourite... but the Lady with a Basket of Eggs looking oddly at..... (no I won't spoil it)
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