Monday, May 7, 2012

Review: 'I'll Go Home Then, It's Warm and Has Chairs: The Unpublished Emails' by David Thorne

If you've never wasted scary amounts of time during work or school, you've obviously never been on 27b/6.  It's a collection of David Thorne's...encounters across the internet and in real life. Some of them seem too absurd to be true, but I'll assume they are because a) who am I to question Thorne's honesty, and b) as funny as the stories are, they're even funnier to picture happening in real life.

I'll Go Home Then, It's Warm and Has Chairs: The Unpublished Emails is just that: emails and anecdotes that weren't published in Thorne's first book.  Some of the entries are available on Thorne's site but it's nice having them in one place.  Most of the book is in the form of email exchanges, many at the expense of poor co-worker Simon, periodically interluded by the "Bill tries to buy cheese" series, and a number of reasons from Thorne's life about why he should be dead.  It's all topped off by a few Photoshopped images, mostly of cats, for good measure.

One of the funnier stories in the book involves the book itself.  While Thorne has self-published this book, his previous effort was published through Penguin.  So, of course, the original cover had the Penguin logo giving the finger.  After a few cease-and-desist letters, the cover has evolved into one including, of course, cats.  The best part is that the letters and cover trials are included in the revised versions of the book.  If you were lucky enough to get one of the "illegal" covers, you now have a collectable that you can sell on eBay for probably downwards of $20.  Good luck!

I'll Go Home Then, It's Warm and Has Chairs has everything you'd expect from a David Thorne book, with snarky comments, irreverent correspondence, and pop culture references sprinkled throughout.  If you're familiar with his work, you'll have a good time revisiting some classics; if you're not, then you're in for a treat.

I'll Go Home Then, It's Warm and Has Chairs: The Unpublished Emails is available now in print or eBook format through Lulu.

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