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I advised The Internet is a Playground to a close friend, and he thought it was brilliant. I also think David Thorne is hilarious and have read most of the posts, if not all, on 27b/6. Which is why I thought I would love this book, I was sadly mistaken. Thorne is brilliant, and although his anecdotes and mail exchanges are hysterical the first time and amusing the next many loose a lot in the retelling. There are some obvious exceptions to this, but I was saddened by the lack of much new material.
Thorne manages to turn most of his personal attacks on people in to humorous anecdotes, turning round the impositions people put on him against the person. Whether it is making graphics, a poster for a missing cat or selling him a pair of bad gloves. Even attacks on him for being petty, bigoted or lazy are turned round against the attackers showing that their attacks stem from their own interpretation. I’d even go so far as to say that their dislike of Thorne stems from a dislike of aspects of themselves.
I would certainly recommend this book to somebody who has not read the posts on his website. I must say that while reading the book my girlfriend asked me to stop laughing multiple times, and left the house. I think she’s jealous of my relationship with David Thorne.
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I found The Moon’s a Balloon, by David Niven, in a box of old books. I knew David Niven as an actor, and have seen quite a number of films he starred in, such as The Pink Panther; Casino Royale; Death on the Nile; The Guns of Navarone; and The Prisoner of Zenda. Naturally I was interested to know more about him.
Niven is like a character out of the movies he’s played in, there seems to be little that he hasn’t done or been: soldier; race organizer; actor; and philanderer.
The book immediately opens with Niven’s introduction of Nessie, the 17 year old whore who he lost his virginity to aged 14, referring the reader to a later page in case they would like to skip straight to the sordid details. It continues with war torn London in the First World War and the loss of his father, and replacement with a stepfather. The book chronicles being expelled multiple times from boarding-school. Eventually joining the army, before resigning his commission and going of the the United States to seek fame and glory. Rubbing shoulders with Winston Churchill at the height of the Second World War. Had this not been a true story I wouldn’t have believed it.
A unbelievable and funny read.