- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books Ltd; 2nd Inpression edition (20 Sept. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1843171082
- ISBN-13: 978-1843171089
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.3 x 1.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 230 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 815,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Timewaster Letters Paperback – 20 Sep 2004
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'Cooper's letters are absurd, pointless, and very, very funny' -- Ricky Gervais
'I laughed so much I hurt myself - and others' -- David Walliams
'I thought it was highly original, more highly original than Teenwolf - and Teenwolf Two' -- Avid Merrion
'This is the funniest book I have ever read' -- Matt Lucas
So who is Robin Cooper? Spoon collector, thimble designer, professional fish-fryer and wasp expert, Robin Cooper is all of these things - it just depends to whom he's writing...See all Product description
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The book surrounds relies to emails which are clearly taking the mick but the replies are always extremely professional. It amazing how long he can carry the communication on despite it getting more and more ridiculous with each reply! The difference was that with David Thorne throughout the entire book I laughed out loud and often shared extracts with my partner as he was forever asking me what I found so funny but with this book, despite being amusing, I never really felt the need to laugh out loud and only shared a few that were particularly good.
Despite what seems like a negative review I did enjoy the book, and I think I was always going to be slightly disappointed as I was comparing it to something that was more superior but none the less many will enjoy the nonsense nature of this book and will find it very amusing!
Robin Cooper is, in fact, Robert Popper, creator of the truly wonderful comedy series Look Around You (amongst other things) and his distinctive brand of humour is evident here. The Timewaster Letters is, of course, no more than the prank phonecall committed to paper ("Is your fridge running? Yes? Well you'd better chase after it then!"), a more developed form of knocking on someone's door and running away, and many will consider it childish, peurile and a cheap laugh at best. Indeed it's a little hit or miss - sometimes the humour IS just silly and often the target of Mr Cooper's correspondances simply reply with a brief, polite request to stop writing to them. Overall it's not unlike David Thorne's The Internet is a Playground (which Timewaster predates by quite a few years).
However, many of the episodes ARE funny - very funny - (at least to me) and a few had me literally crying with laughter (much to the irritation of my wife - don't read it on a train).
So, do be careful before buying this as it's very much a matter of taste.
This book is basically a series of 'hilarious' letters written to annoy organisations.
I think they could have cut about 20-30% of the letters, mostly those from the drawn out ping-pong matches of correspondence he has with certain organisations.
You will not want this book to end, but sadly it end it does. There is a follow up to this, which isn't yet avaliable digitally! Please fix this! 5 well deserved and honestlty marked stars.
It's impudence and off-the wall humour will find grateful readers in Daily Mash fans.
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