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VINE VOICEon 6 October 2014
A trip through the work of Jon Ronson is like submerging yourself in some of the weirdest cultures in human existence. Real superheroes, UFO conspiracies (with Robbie Williams of all people), born again Christian hardcore rappers, from Jon Ronson you'd expect nothing less.

The interesting viewpoint you get from some of these stories is the openness with which Ronson explains how the subject tries to spin his story, sometimes to the detriment of themselves. There are a couple of stories where no one comes out of it well, and you wonder how much his reputation has gone before him, and how much that has coloured the tone of the article.

Of course, if you are a huge fan of printed (or online) media such as GQ or the Guardian, there's a very big chance you'll have read all of these, but if not, you are in for a treat. Ronson approaches the weird and wonderful with all the style of Louis Theroux, but with none of the smarm.
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on 27 March 2018
This is a well-written and funny book but if you've already bought OUT OF THE ORDINARY by Jon Ronson and WHAT I DO this is just a collection of the same pieces of writing with a couple of added extra features. I kept on reading it thinking: "Hey, I've seen this chapter before.."

I felt a bit ripped-off after buying it, to be honest. Although the feature on Sylvia Browne is fantastic and this isn't included in the other two books.
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on 18 August 2015
It's a fun read when you've 30 mins spare and want to wind down with some interesting content. However, the articles are just too short! You get in to them then they abruptly end with one of the author's mundane comments about how that person/people/organisation applies to or affects his life and family, and no closure to the actual story at hand. Frustrating!

I'd strongly recommend Louis Theroux's Weird Weekend book instead. It's the same concept, and even has one or two character crossovers, but is a lot more in depth and better written - Ronson's penchant for simple present tense really grates (in my view) and makes it read like the witterings of a madman more often than not.

Don't get me wrong, I am enjoying this, just often left feeling cut short at the end of each and every chapter.
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on 23 July 2015
An amazon Christmas bargain and as I don't have either of the books it draws on the material was all-new to me.

Jon Ronson is my faux-naif investigative English journo of choice. I was particularly impressed that he even sustained the attitude when he name-checks the main UK-based opposition. Louis who?

If you like extended essays on slightly oddball topics this is just as good as "Them", and given the range of stories and shorter lengths probably slightly better that "The Men Who Stare at Goats".
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on 11 May 2015
A collection of writings by Jon Ronson,an author I really enjoy. He seems to find special people and special circumstances and tells the story in around 15 pages which makes the book easy to drop in and out of. In this book he looks at the TV show Deal or No Deal, it's contestants and Noel Edmonds. Robbie Williams and his interest in alien beings. The tragedy of people in debt which can lead to suicide ect. Ronson manages to get into people's lifesand extract amazing,weird and interesting "stuff" about them. If you've read him before this is as good as his other books,if you hav'nt this would be a great way to start. Loved the book !
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on 22 January 2015
I discovered Jon Ronson when I was recommended "The Psychopath Test" which I thoroughly enjoyed. This is another quirky collection of observations that will resonate with a lot of readers. The author manages to find the strange side of life and presents it in an amusing way.
If you are looking for something a little out of the ordinary you will enjoy.
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on 31 March 2016
I've just started it but as usual Ronson shows, from the very first page, his amazing skill in making everything the most compelling and interesting topic! What can I say...I'd buy any of his books, especially in these Picador beautiful-covered editions ;)
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on 12 April 2017
Some extremely interesting stories, Ronsons's style is very engaging and highly enjoyable to read. The only negative point is that the stories seem rather disjointed when compared to the strong themes which connect the stories in 'Them' and 'The Psychopath Test'.

Definitely recommendable for any Ronson fans or lovers of quirky journalism.
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on 24 June 2015
What a great collection of intriguing stories this is. Jon Ronson seeks out the quirky and the strange, and tries to get to know them and understand what makes them tick, without being overly judgemental - he just allows their own words and actions to show how strange they are, so we can draw our own conclusions. Very enjoyable.
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on 23 August 2017
An entertaining read, brings out the humanness of being human !
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