Sunday, November 15, 2009

Mercury Falls


Too often I find that "humorous" books are bland and boring. They try too hard to make themselves easily accessible, understandable, and unoffensive. Luckily Rob Kroese is not afflicted by that desire. Perhaps it's due to the fact that his humor was honed on his blog: Mattress Police - which is one of the funniest blogs online.

Kroese writes about the end of the world due to the Apocalypse. Mercury is an angel who is supposed to play a key role in the destruction of Earth, but he would rather play ping-pong and build snowmen in Berkley. Christine is a reporter who has sold out her journalistic integrity to write about the endless parade of cults prophesying the end of all that we know. The Apocalypse is governed by a huge legal document negotiated by the angelic and demonic lawyers over thousands of years, and orchestrated by the bloated, heavenly bureaucracy.

I don't know how he did it, but he has found a way to slide in hilarious references to everything from theology to science fiction to evolution to physics and just about everything else. There is a joke in here for everyone - Kroese finds a way to equally offend and entertain. I rarely laugh due to reading something - my mind is quick enough to see what's coming so the surprise of the joke isn't there - except with Mercury Falls. His writing is so quick and witty that he's constantly catching me off guard. I've thrown my head back and deeply laughed several times.

This is the funniest book I have ever read. That isn't hyperbole, it's the fact that I have laughed more from reading this book than any other. Skip the sitcom and pick up Mercury Falls for a great time and lots of laughter.

4 comments:

Ben and Monica said...

Welcome back to the blogging world after your hiatus - we'll have to check this book out! ~Monica

James Wood said...

I haven't stopped blogging, I just focused my blogging energy on a blog about how preachers can use PowerPoint more effectively. This book didn't seem like it would go over well on that blog, what with the class 2 blasphemy and all.

rebecca marie said...

I remember when I used to write funny words down and make people laugh. I miss that girl.

James Wood said...

Rebecca Marie - sometimes we need time for the words to re-surface. For me, it was grad school that sucked all the words out of my life. I'm just now finding them again.