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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
GREAT BOOK!July 26 2001
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This book is one of those books that only comes along once in a while. Why doesn't anyone write parodies any more? Who doesn't like a good parody? This book is great. Windows for dumbells, Having our lay, Mars and Venus in the bathroom... and all around the house, The farm, Iron Tom, Jurrasic Pork, "S" is for supercalifragilisticexpealodoious and The "you're Hot, baby" zone are just some of the gut busting parodies in this book. and who can forget the parody that is the title of the book: 7 habits of highly defective people, which is the 18 page classic right in the middle of the book. I recommend this book to everyone. I bought it for 7 bucks when it came out. Buy it for one dollar now. What's a buck to you? 117 pages of pure parody, what more could you ask for?
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I Couln't Stop Laughing!June 19 2000
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Format: Audio Cassette
This is simply a hilarious audio casette. You will laugh so loud that you will disturb the neighbors. I have listened to it five times. And each time, it becomes funnier and funnier. If you are hypersensitive, I wouldn't buy this cassette. The authors really lampoon so many of our favorite icons. Order this audio casette and have the time of your life!
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not funny to meJan. 7 2011
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I was expecting funny but this book wasn't for me. First, I would like to preface by saying that I hate doing negative reviews because just like those outstanding 5 star rating who is to say that I am just being over the top. Plus, people love positive and it is hard to explain a hatred of a book which is a matter of opinion especially if the person has not read it before. Like when you go to the movie and a person wants to know details but you don't want to be labeled as spoiling the movie by telling the whole thing. In this review I will explain as much as I can the reason why I was underwhelmed by this book without giving the entire book away. I also welcome comments and I will respond as quickly as I can.
As you already know the book is a parody of self help books. As a person who reads self-help books I thought this should be hilarious. Plus the two 5 star reviews helped. Maybe I should question a book that only has 2 reviews. Hmmmm?
The 7 habits of defective people is the first section they touch on. The other bestsellers are just other topics such as love, oedipus complex, installing windows and many more. First, in The 7 habits of highly defective people the use of vocabulary is incorrectly used, for example prophylactic is supposedly a person that is opposite of proactive. Which I did not find amusing-maybe it is for others. Paradigm is used many times however that word is used as the masses would use it and it is stated in the beginning that it will be used often. Which didn't effect me any. Interdefective is a made up word that is used. Nothing hilarious about that word. For the record these examples focus on the section of The 7 habits of highly defective people since that is the main title of the book. Additionally, they go over the 7 defective things by first telling you why the effective qualities don't work. You have the great listener who ends up losing his job and dies by choking on brown rice in the end. So it is best not be a good listener. They had description of the 7 dwarfs, happy had attention defecit disorder etc.
Next in the book, since the the 7 habits they made were pretty simple and quick they had 9 stupid things women do to mess up their wardrobe. A few examples are Women eat(the point made is the clothes are stained and also how women gain or lose weight) the action plan is to not eat. Women cook, (clothes gets messed up or smells like onions) so microwave, or eat raw veggies. Women have children (kids mess up the clothes) you guessed it, don't have kids.
I quickly read through the rest of the book because I hate starting a book and not finishing. I almost closed it but I was hoping that maybe it would redeem itself which it didn't.
Maybe I have seen too many comedy stand-up shows, and movies to truly find this book amusing. I am not sure but this parody of self help books is far from funny for me. I borrowed it from the library so it was free and I am glad I did not waste any money on it. My opinion is to stick to watching parodies on comedy central. This book actually reminds me of a bad skit on "Saturday Night live." All in all, we all of different sense of humors and one may find this book hilarious while another does not. However, it should at least be amusing? Or at least that is how I felt so that is why I gave it one star. Anytime I am rushing in a book because I feel like I am being punished is not my ideal of a a good waste of 2 hours. The only positive is the stories are short, and the book is a quick read even though for me it seemed brutal.