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Posted November 2, 2006
The Guys Hit Another One Out of the Ballpark!
The two guys are back and better than ever! I actually found this book more personally relatable than TGRMD because death, more than Moby Dick, is something we must all deal with. This was an especially good read for me is because it actually made me stop and think about death in a quiet, contemplative way, not with the abject discomfort and mental shut down I usually devote to the topic. And, on top of that, the book is just plain hilarious. These guys are funny and in many parts of the book I found myself laughing out loud at their silly, unique senses of the absurd. I also like the inclusion of two very different voices ¿ Terry, the intellectual, lateral thinker and comedian, Steve, down-to-earth, the philosopher on a quest for the meaning of both life and death. Their combined voices provide a discourse that pulls the reader in and makes you question your own feelings on the topic. And, any book that makes me think about death with grace, thoughtfulness and humor is top-notch to me! Read it, you¿ll love it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 8, 2006
This is the funniest book about death I've ever written!
In Two Guys Read the Obituaries, authors Steve Chandler and Terry Hill turn their off-beat minds to dead people. The awaited follow-up to the acclaimed Two Guys Read Moby-Dick has the two long time friends commenting on a calendar year¿s worth of obituaries from a variety of newspapers and the internet. They write about the Grim Reaper¿s usual harvest -- the famous, the infamous and the fascinating. As in Two Guys Read Moby-Dick , however, they refuse to be corralled by format and wind up writing about ¿ well, basically whatever their minds bump into. The collision is always interesting and often irreverent. They are engagingly susceptible to digression. The two authors approach the book with separate goals. Terry wants to use it to explore the personalities and times the two friends have lived through. ¿The people dying now are our contemporaries, the shapers of our era. I see the book as a scrapbook for a whole generation.¿ Steve, on the other hand, looks at the death of contemporaries as foreshadowing. And he wants to use the project to find out, and explain to his readers, what The Big D is all about. ¿I think it¿s important to let people know what¿s coming and what to pack for the trip. How many people, for instance, forget to be buried with nail clippers?¿ he says. ¿The book also reveals for the first time where you go after you die.¿ The book also tells us why piano players outlive drummers. Who was the last living flying monkey from the film ¿The Wizard of Oz.¿ And discusses the sanity of Civil War re-enactors.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.