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Spam Letters [Paperback]

Jonathan Land
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June 11 2004

From the man behind - featured in Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, and Slashdot - comes a collection of brilliant and entertaining correspondence with the people who send out mass junk emailings (a.k.a. spam). Compiled from the nearly 200 entries written by Jonathan Land, The Spam Letters taunts, prods, and parodies the faceless salespeople in your inbox, giving you a chuckle at their expense. If you hate spam, you'll love The Spam Letters.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny spam? July 17 2004
So it has come to this! Spam is a constant irritation to millions of email users. Most of us just sigh and delete away the infalling detritus. But Land has found a neat way to make money out of spam, distinct from what antispam companies do.
He has compiled a choice selection of spam, and written humourous replies, and stapled these together into this book. Mostly, of course, there were no replies by the spammers to his replies. So the book mostly consists of short conversations.
Though in the case of the Nigerian 419 scams, the contact addresses yielded responses to Land's poker-faced queries. The chapter on this makes for wonderful reading. It also contrasts with the rest of the book. Here, he actually causes some scammers to waste their time in futilely trying to string him in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Turning spam into spammonade July 17 2004
The Spam Letters is an uproaringly funny journey into the twisted, and yet so acute mind of Jonathan Land.
During the journey, one will find Jon's wit and contemporary humor employed against an often foreign,
and clearly culturally incongruous spammer. With each letter, the reader is drawn in to
Jon's side of an awfully unfair game, where the outcome is consistently known at the onset: Jon will make an ass of the
the opponent all for your enjoyment.
Jon's creativity and tenacity have literally turned the lemons of spam into spammonade.
Buy it, read it, revel in it, and then put it on your coffee table for you and your friends to enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A book for people who hate spam July 19 2004
By A Customer
If you get angry when inbox fills with unsolicited messages - pick up this book. Each "letter" starts with real spam - followed by a comical reply.
The "spam letters" treat each offer as a godsend, fulfilling some outrageous need of a twisted individual. This book is laugh out loud funny. Each letter is a rollercoaster of humor.
Sometimes the spammers even reply....
This is a funny book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not funny July 19 2004
By A Customer
I thought I would enjoy someone ridiculing spammers, but the author is much too into doing this just for the book. He ends up insulting each person, as if to score points.
Pointless and not what I call funny at all.
I discoverewd that I didn't want to hear about male enlargement from the spammers or him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! July 19 2004
By A Customer
This book is just too creative and too funny. I've read lots of humor books, but rarely have I laughed out loud as much as I have reading The Spam Letters.
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