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In the tradition of Mike Nelson's Movie Megacheese, which featured endless takedowns of Hollywood glitterati, comes Mike Nelson's Mind over Matters, some 50 short essays covering up everything from "Portal to Hell: The Radio Shack Experience" to "Grumpy Floppy and the Flo-Flo," or the pet names of friends for their loved ones. Michael J. Nelson, head writer of Mystery Science Theatre 3000 for 10 seasons (and its host for five), has an endless supply of good-natured bile, and here turns it on the annoyances and idiocies of everyday life.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
Nelson (Mike Nelson's Movie Megacheese) is perhaps best known as the brains behind the cult classic television series Mystery Science Theater 3000. In this collection of more than 50 offbeat essays, he shares his observations about everyday matters such as the media, education, food, and family life. His humor is a cross between that of Dave Barry and of Jerry Seinfeld, and his highly personal style he includes remarks about his wife and his children will delight some readers but annoy others. Nelson also tends to dwell on the obvious. For example, in one essay about modern life he opines about the sounds of autumn, pointing out that fall used to sound like the gentle swish-swish of leaf raking but is now dominated by the cacophony of leaf blowers. In short, this collection of humor is uneven at best. Though some will find it funny, it will likely disappoint many MST3K fans, as it lacks the sardonic repartee for which Nelson is most celebrated on his television series. Recommended primarily for public libraries where demand dictates. Joe Accardi, William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2011 by Michael Emond
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... Read morePublished on Nov. 22 2003
This book is a bit more uneven than Mr. Nelson's first book, Movie Megacheese, but it was humorous and clever nonetheless. Read morePublished on Oct. 30 2003 by Valnastar
I cant praise this book enough.
While other authors write about parenting, or airplanes, Mike Nelson has a style all his own. Read more
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. Read morePublished on Sept. 7 2003 by Owen
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. Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2003 by Jimmy Price
This is a collection of essays by somebody I think could be the next great American humorist -- stop your giggling, OK. Read morePublished on July 4 2003
I'm a fan of MST3K, and a huge fan of humor writing, but Nelson's book left me dissatisfied. He's got some sparks of truly funny stuff, but ultimately, I wish I had gotten the book... Read morePublished on May 21 2003 by Paul Manion
hands down, the funniest thing I've ever read. My girlfriend kicked me out of bed because I was laughin so hard I was shaking the bed and keeping her awake. Read morePublished on March 12 2003 by Ryan Thomas