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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dey Street Books (Feb. 21 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060936142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060936143
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 13.4 x 20 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #515,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Faced with a choice between two doors, behind one of which is a pack of ravenous tigers and Siegfried-and Rov (!)-and behind the other a pleasant stay in a hotel room for several days, I'd have to say, "Bring on the big cats-just please keep those German guys away from me." Read the first page
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Format: Paperback
I have been on a quest for the past year to find comedic books that are actually...well...funny. Laugh out loud funny, not just "oh, that was amusing" funny. I finally found it and it was under my nose all the time. This book had been on my wish list for years (I was a huge MST 3000 fan and liked Mike's other book) but I never got around to ordering it. I am so glad I did. Mike really shines in this book and there is chapter after chapter of hilarious essays on everything from his fear of Hotel rooms to his inability to make a password that he remembers. Sure there are a few that miss the mark but there is so much gold I can forgive that. This is my type of humour. Absurd, silly, and very clever. I am trying to compile a list of top ten books (I have only found 6 so far) that make you laugh out loud and this will be number one.
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By A Customer on Nov. 22 2003
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Bottom line: if you like MST3K, you will love this book. Mike Nelson has never been funnier. His essay topics range from the hell that is shopping at Radioshack to a hilarious account of his ill-fated theater career. I would recommend this to any MST fan and everyone, in general. My wife has only watched the show a few times and she absolutely loved this book.
Kudos, Mr. Nelson.
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This book is a bit more uneven than Mr. Nelson's first book, Movie Megacheese, but it was humorous and clever nonetheless. A few chapters are a wee bit slow unless the subject matter happens to be a pet topic for the reader, but overall I enjoyed the book a great deal and found it worth reading.
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By "solid117" on Sept. 23 2003
Format: Paperback
I cant praise this book enough.
While other authors write about parenting, or airplanes, Mike Nelson has a style all his own. Authors like Dave Barry will go on and on about how tough and silly it is to raise children while Mike Nelson will wonder why his wife needs so many types of moisturizers.
The topics in this book range from the very common, (Getting help at hardware superstores) to the very uncommon (why the humming bird shouldn't be considered an animal). Mike Nelson has pet peeves, like everyone else, but his are ones that you wouldn't necesarily think about.
Some people seem to have had problems reading this book, but I cant see why. If you have lived for 80 years, or for five, you will relate to this book.
This book is a fresh spin on observational comedy, a genre that has been made completely stale by commedians like Jerry Seinfeld or Dave Barry. I hope for more of the same from Mike Nelson in the future.
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By Owen on Sept. 7 2003
Format: Paperback
What you need to know about Michael J. Nelson: The head writer and star (for 5 years) of "Mystery Science Theater 3000. From Wisconsin. Lanky. Living proof of the permanent damage being a student of musical theatre can do. Funny as all get-out. What you need to know about this book: Humorous Essay format (50 in all). Easy to handle trade-bound softcover. Again, funny as all get-out. As many have mentioned, you don't have to be a fan of "Mystery Science Theater" to enjoy the bizzare insights within. If you're a fan of Dave Barry or The Onion (also from the Midwest-hmmm...), you won't be dissapointed with the 196 pages of funny you'll find here
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There are so many things I'd like to say about this book, but it all boils down to one thing -- this man is durn funny. His comic genius is astounding and his writing style is perfect for his genre. I will say that this book is not for the stupid -- Mike's a smart man and he makes references that might make some say, "What the?". On the other hand, if you do get the obscure references it's immensly rewarding and usually laugh-out-loud funny (which is why you probably shouldn't read it in a public setting). I can't tell you what my favorite part is because I'd virtually have to rewrite the book. It's that funny. From a dead-on depiction of single men and their penchant for moving couches, a thought-provoking diatribe on the usefulness of animals, to a stirring call to end the madness that is Radio Shack, this book WILL make you laugh, even if you're not a MSTie. If you don't laugh at all whilst reading this work of brilliance, I'm sorry to inform you that you're dead.
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By timmy on Aug. 25 2003
Format: Paperback
Back when Mike Nelson was doing Mystery Science Theater, he actually had wit. Bad movies was his niche, his forte (if I'm using the right words), and his heckling made for some very funny, often hilarious, observations. Sometimes he would throw in an absurd pop culture reference here and there, but it was okay, because if we didn't get it he'd simply try again with another. Like the movie Airplane!, his humor on MST3K was hit or miss, with a lot of hits.
The problem with Mind Over Matters is that Nelson takes some of those "missed" jokes and devotes whole chapters to them. True, there are also whole chapters devoted to the "hit" ones, too, such as Mike's wife-stalking and reflections on high school drama. But the good material is thrown right in with the bad, confusing bits of humor that maybe one or two people in the world would understand. Maybe if one took some effort to "get" some of his observations would pay off, but if you have to make an effort to get a joke, what's the point?
For Michael J. Nelson fans only. Others may want to try his Movie Megacheese, where he stays in his genre, so to speak.
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