Mike Nelson's Mind over Matters Paperback – Mar 5 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
From Library Journal
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
This book was not written for fans of MST3K, this book was written for anyone that wanted a laugh. At times, Nelson fails to stay away from movie and TV reviews, but in the whole he does a stand up job of offering essays on life today for the average six foot two Midwesterner who happens to be famous.
Among the better essays are his experiences in hotel rooms, a hilarious treatise on mud baths, and even a look at married life. All the essays are short; Nelson is an experienced wordsmith that does not waste space. One cannot but admire Mike's vocabulary and knowledge, however it seems at times he's using big words just for their own sake. Any reader, fan of MST3K or not will love reading this book. It's not a classic, in fact it has nowhere near the literary value of his 'Megacheese,' but it still gets an A- from me.
Go ahead and read this book, it's worth the effort, and its cool blue cover color scheme helps relax the soul.
The book is organized into nine sections. In Part One, Coping With It All, Nelson describes seemingly mundane events and activities that somehow become incidents of high strangeness: shopping trips, hotel stays, trips to a health club brimming with old wrinkled men who seem to enjoy showcasing their frightening nakedness in a locker room setting. In Part Two, But Is It Art? he address topics such as movie-going and watching television; the real gem here is a fairly lengthy recounting of his own experiences in musical theatre. Part Three, This Modern World, returns to the subject of modern life and such issues as computer security, annoying morning radio shows, and weird news reports. He steps outside for a breath of fresh air in Part Four, The Great Outdoors, the pinnacle of which is his well-stated condemnation of leaf blowers.Read more ›
home depots, etc. It's just an exercise in pointless irony; I don't think there was a straight sentence in the entire book.
Also, Nelson sometimes comes off as peevish and hypersensitive when he writes about himself. Torwards the end of the book, as he's writing about a mud bath, I knew by then he was going to spend a paragraph going on in detail about how gross it was that other people had been in it before him. Wasn't dissapointed in that respect. The whole book could be paraphrased, eewwwwwwwww!
All that said, I did laugh out loud a few times while reading it.
It's like an off episode of MST3k, a couple of good laughs, but not worth watching for 2 hours.I think if I'd read almost any one of these essays individually on the internet, I may have enjoyed it, but as a 200+ page book.. It's like eating strawberry bubbaliscious chewing gum for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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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 GLJM
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