Official Review: 101 Things To Do with a Dead Body

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Official Review: 101 Things To Do with a Dead Body

Post by bookowlie » 04 Jun 2018, 10:27

[Following is an official review of "101 Things To Do with a Dead Body" by Jason Blake.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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101 Things to Do with a Dead Body is a non-fiction collection of funny cartoons by Jason Blake and Emily Caesar. It turns a normally sad subject, dead bodies, into a cause for “reuse and recycle.” Each black-and-white sketch is labelled with another constructive use for a dead body, such as a surfboard, a speed bump, and a dartboard. In the same vein as the 1989 film Weekend at Bernie’s, a dead body can come in handy when the need arises for a person to be present at a meeting, dinner party, etc. I mean, no live person in their right mind wants to sit next to your crazy, drunk uncle at Thanksgiving dinner.

As you may have guessed, this book is a quick, humorous read. It is basically all artwork and no story, although there are lessons to be learned in the latter sections. Since each cartoon is a standalone based on the main theme, the pages don’t have to be read in any order. As such, the book is a good choice to read while in a doctor’s waiting room or parked in a school carpool line.

The concept is very inventive, but I expected a bit more to the book besides a short title for each sketch. It would have been more interesting if an intriguing remark had been included with each sketch, in the style of The New Yorker magazine’s cartoons. In a few instances, there is a comment in the form of a speech bubble, but nothing too thought-provoking. Also, the text inside the speech bubbles is so tiny that it is almost unreadable.

Many of the uses make practical sense. A crime might be prevented if there is a person seen through the window while you’re away on vacation or if an extra security guard is visible at the mall. However, the concept of using a dead body as a casket model is positively cringeworthy. Can you imagine a bereaved family member being shown a casket with a person inside, dead or alive? Even within the boundaries of dark humor, some visuals cross the line into bad taste. On the other hand, the cartoon about leaving a dead body on your ex’s doorstep (instead of a bag of dog poo) is hilarious.

I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. It is an entertaining read with quite a few creative ways to “recycle” a dead body. I would recommend the book to fans of bathroom-style humor and silly hijinks. The book is ultimately uplifting, although that depends on your sense of humor. I can’t say you will learn anything of great educational value. Still, laughter is supposed to be the best medicine, so there is great value in that.

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Post by arcie72 » 04 Jun 2018, 23:11

This humorous book sounds right up my morbid alley. I occasionally enjoy books with no educational value. The joy of just being entertained is a nice getaway from thinking and I am okay with that. Laughter is good medicine. Thank you for your honest review. Another addition to my bookshelf.

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Post by Laura Bach » 05 Jun 2018, 00:23

Funny books are relaxing and are quite good if you want to take a break from the serious books. Nice review!

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Post by joshfee77 » 05 Jun 2018, 01:36

A fairly dark idea for a humorous book of cartoons, but that can have its own off-colour charm! I am pretty open-minded about humour as long as it doesn’t cross TOO far into the realms of bad taste! Thanks for your review.

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Post by gali » 05 Jun 2018, 01:51

Lol, what an interesting concept! A book detailing things to to with a dead Body sounds original. Too bad it lacks substance. It isn't real my cup of tea, but I am glad you enjoy it. Thank you for the great review!
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Post by Kashosi » 05 Jun 2018, 04:41

I am not much into cartoons but i enjoy humor for i can always think of that what made me laugh when i am sad and that's problem solve. I will read the book just to laugh and i know in humor there is more frequently the most powerful lessons to learn.

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Post by Riszell » 05 Jun 2018, 05:18

I'd love to read this too!

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Post by JR Mercier » 05 Jun 2018, 05:21

My dark sense of humour is delighfully intrigued. This sounds like something I want to read at a family dinner just to see what reaction I'll get.
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Post by liftedbooks » 05 Jun 2018, 05:45

Great review. Totally not my kind of book but I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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Post by Supergirl1 » 05 Jun 2018, 05:59

I read the title of this book and thought: “what could you possibly do with a dead body except dispose of it?” This author must have a great sense of humor. I find myself smiling after reading your review, especially the part about leaving the body on your ex’s doorstep. Thank you for the cool review.
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Post by SamSim » 05 Jun 2018, 07:28

Weekend at Bernie's is one of my guilty pleasures, and this weird book may be my next one, although I agree with your recommended changes, like more thought-provoking captions for the cartoons. Thanks for the great review!
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Post by kandscreeley » 05 Jun 2018, 08:00

I love the idea of this book. It could certainly be very funny if, as you say, a short remark was included with each drawing. Still, it might be worth a look. Thanks for another great review!
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Post by kfwilson6 » 05 Jun 2018, 08:58

This sounds quite humorous and simultaneously a bit disturbing. When I saw the cover I immediately thought of Southpark and think fans of the show might enjoy this type of humor. Great review; I like the examples you provided of what to expect.

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Post by MsTri » 05 Jun 2018, 09:29

arcie72 wrote:
04 Jun 2018, 23:11
This humorous book sounds right up my morbid alley. I occasionally enjoy books with no educational value. The joy of just being entertained is a nice getaway from thinking and I am okay with that. Laughter is good medicine. Thank you for your honest review. Another addition to my bookshelf.
THIS! And also, I LOVE illustrated books - which is probably why I like children's books so much - so the idea of pictures being used to illustrate *lol!* the point really has me ready to go get this. Like, now!

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Post by Naheed2018 » 05 Jun 2018, 10:24

:lol2: was it's wonderful it's seem to like that a fun of the book it has been used many thinks with a fun of reality.

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