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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Benjamin Parzybok: IMG A Brief History of Video Games Played by Mayors, Presidents, and Emperors

Brandon Bartlett, the fictional mayor of Portland in my novel Sherwood Nation, is addicted to playing video games. In a city he's all but lost... Continue »
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    Benjamin Parzybok 9781618730862


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Children at Play: A Cul de Sac Collection by Richard Thompson
Children at Play: A Cul de Sac Collection

Deadhouseplants, December 17, 2009

In regards to this book, all I can say is this; if I didn't have children, this book would be of no value to me. The content or material of each strip isn't overly funny. As a matter of fact, the majority of the strips garnered no laughs at all. Is this a bad thing? No, because Peanuts isn't funny to me either. Calvin & Hobbes was sometimes funny, but was more or less an enjoyable read. I think that's where I put this book, it's not funny, but the content is charming and uplifting. I was able to read the whole book in one sitting, and never once had the urge to put it down.

Every strip I read, I could relate to some instance in my sons' lives. From how they interact with their friends, to how they view the world in where as adults we really don't see it. One strip in particular has Alice sitting with her friends, and they're discussing the fact the people usually eat a pound of bugs in their lifetimes. To which her friends wonder how a person consumes that many bugs. They come to the conclusion that adults hide it in food that kids like, or foods with raisin in it. Again, not funny, charming in the essence in that that's how a child's mind works.

I would probably suggest this book to someone who is feeling down, or maybe an expectant first time parent. I read this book in about an hour and a half to an hour and forty-five minutes. So I'm pretty sure it's kind of short for a long travel reading.
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