- Publisher: Jeremy P Tarcher
- Format: Paperback | 368 pages
- Dimensions: 153mm x 229mm x 25mm | 476g
- Publication date: 28 April 2011
- Publication City/Country: Los Angeles
- ISBN 10: 1585428817
- ISBN 13: 9781585428816
- Edition: 1
- Illustrations note: illustrations
- Sales rank: 655
`There is usually a fine line between genius and insanity, but in this case it has become very blurred. Some of the funniest and most clever writing I have read in years.` (Terrance Fielding, `WIRED` magazine) `I laughed so hard and uncontrollably I could hardly breathe. Reading this on public transport is not a good idea.` (Penthouse magazine) `Brilliantly funny.` (Jezebel.com) From the notorious Internet troublemaker who brought the world the explosively popular `Next Time I'll Spend the Money on Drugs Instead,` in which he attempted to pay his chiropractor with a picture he drew of a spider; `Please Design a Logo for Me. With Pie Charts. For Free,` which has been described as one of the most passed-on viral e-mails of all time; and, most recently, the staggeringly popular `Missing Missy,` which has appeared everywhere from `The Guardian` to `Jezebel` to Andrew Sullivan's `The Daily Dish,` comes this profoundly funny collection of irreverent Internet mischief and comedy. Featuring all of Thorne's viral success, including `Missing Missy,` `The Internet Is a Playground` culls together every article and e- mail from Thorne's wildly popular website 27bslash6.com, as well as enough new material, available only in these pages, to keep you laughing-and, indeed, crying-until Thorne's next stroke-of-genius prank. Or hilarious hoax. Or well-publicized almost-stint in jail (really).
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By Twisted_Joker 03 Jun 2011
I bought this book after reading some of David ThorneÃ??Ã?Â´s material on the internet. It begins with the famous spider email and itÃ??Ã?Â´s hilarious. however, itÃ??Ã?Â´s all downhill after that. The rest of the book just isnÃ??Ã?Â´t funny. Really. There are 1 or 2 other funny email conversations (the missing cat and the gym), but essentially, the book is full of smart-arse emails where heÃ??Ã?Â´s just trying too hard to replicate the humour in the famous spider email. ThereÃ??Ã?Â´s a lot of padding, where David introduces people in his life and tries make fun of them, but it doesnÃ??Ã?Â´t read well, itÃ??Ã?Â´s awkard sarcasm and he actually comes across as being more arrogant than humorous. I wouldnÃ??Ã?Â´t recommend this at all!
By Marika Upton 23 Mar 2011
David Thorne is hilarious - quick witted and an amazingly imaginative... I'd buy anything he'd written.
By Maggie 10 Mar 2011
I was laughing out loud every page. On several occasions I had to put this book down and walk away gasping for air. Seriously funny writer. Quite cruel in places, touching in other places, hilarious throughout.
Publishers Weekly Galley Talk: ` `David Thorne's `The Internet is a Playground` (Tarcher) is the funniest book I've read in years. I had to stop reading it repeatedly because I was laughing so hard. I called people I know and read parts out loud over the phone. Thorne, who is equal parts social cartographer, psychologist, and sociopath, stays true to his name by poking fun and puncturing the egos of strangers and friends alike. With just a simple push, even the simplest of situations explodes into the wildest and most outrageously funny exchanges. Interspersed throughout are Thorne's razor sharp musings on random bits; sucker punches both juvenile and brilliant. If you can make it through the story of `Missy, The Missing Cat` without cheering out loud at the author's sheer bravado, you miss the point of this wildly entertaining book completely. Wicked, breath-taking, irreverent, and absolutely contagious, `The Internet is a Playground` is an effortless handsell: just start reading out