Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
|Print List Price:||£18.49|
Save £14.50 (78%)
The Internet is a Playground Kindle Edition
|Length: 218 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled|
Kindle e-ReadersKindle Fire TabletsFire Phones
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Sadly, that's the funniest one he appears to have done, so the other emails contained in the book, whilst amusing, don't match it.
The bigger problem is the guff between the emails: a series of musings and outright odd pieces that just seem to be trying too hard to be funny and come across as being, for wont of a better word, daft. And not funny.
The emails are more amusing but derivative: pick on a employee, send them emails containing one-part sense and two-parts nonsense and watch them struggle. By the end of the book I was siding with the recipients of these emails - people doing their job and having to spend working time replying to facetious provocation. To their credit, many people don't snap until the fourth or fifth stage of correspondence.
Yes, some people are idiots and almost ask for a good skewing-by-email. Others, however, aren't and there's little real pleasure to be had from the author's approach.
I am a pretty avid reader. I also ordered Thorne's other book "I'll Go Home Then; It's Warm and Has Chairs" at the same time. I won't bother even opening this up. Heresy, I know.
Thank the Papua New Guinean Mud God for David Thorne!
The Internet Is a Playground: Irreverent Correspondences of an Evil Online Genius is a tangible, portable version of the 27bslash6 website with never before seen content, content too rude for the internet! Ok, that's not actually true; it's more likely it was deliberately neglected for online content in the hopes to one day make a profit by releasing it on some sort of paper object for people to buy.
David Thorne's ability to trivialise the most serious of scenarios, yet maintain the relevance to the subject matter is astounding. Read David's (sometimes cringe worthy) responses to outlandish allegations and statements, and feel somehow empowered by his capability to get things done and identify shortcomings of inept institutions.
One of my favourite email correspondences is between David and Simon Edhouse, in which, David explains to Simon that his idea was fundamentally flawed as it was essentially created 3 years ago in Facebook and Twitter. For those who have read Martin Lukes: Who Moved My BlackBerry?, it would be David telling Martin Lukes where he can shove his "creovative" idea!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Funny as heck, highly recommended if you have a dry sense of humour.Published 1 month ago by StephenLowe1979
Laugh out loud tears streaming down your face likely to let a bit of wee out funny!Published 2 months ago by Helen Williams
It would be The Redemption of Althalus by David Eddings. But I digress. I would certainly recommend this book for anyone who wants to laugh at the inanity of humanity and to see... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Calum Corby