Review of Weirder Than Marshmallows – Melissa T.

Melissa T.

Who doesn’t love marshmallows? You can toast them, make cute crafts and yummy treats with them. But now you can enjoy marshmallows in a different way. Read the E-book, Weirder Than Marshmallows, by Dan Fogg.

This book of essays is an E-book for your Kindle reader. It will be available in other formats in the future.

If you like humor that makes fun of the stupid things other people do, then Weirder Than Marshmallows is for you. Lets face it we all do stupid things every now and then, but some do it more often than others. Things that no one should ever need to be told not to do. You know what I am talking about. Like the tag on the blow dryer that says keep away from water. Is that something we really need to be told not to do? Obviously because if someone hadn’t done it, the tag wouldn’t be there. Do you think someone really attempted to put a blow dryer in water, or do you think someone has a really cool job sitting around thinking up dumb things people will do with their products? I think it is the first.

These are the types of true stories told in, Weirder Than Marshmallows. I won’t give too many details, because I want you to read the book for yourself. You will laugh, scratch your head, and even wonder if something you ever did belongs in this book. I am sure I could qualify for a couple. Like the time I rode on a four wheeler with no helmet, shorts on, and no shoes. Yes, I crashed and my legs looked like burnt toast. It is things like that, for which all these safety stickers, signs, and funny books are made of. So get some tissues, you will need them from laughing so hard. These are all unique essays, of really dumb things people have done. I have never heard of these, that is how new and dumb they are. It is also not too long, so you won’t get tired of laughing at others. I had a good laugh at the expense of others, you can too. It can be our little secret.

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Review of Weirder Than Marshmallows – Jonathan

Jonathan

The products keep piling up, here at The Daily Serge, so expect a lot of reviews in the next few days! Today’s is another book entitled Weirder than Marshmallows. As a compilation of short stories, Weirder than Marshmallows brings light the observations of Dan Fogg, who passed away in 2002 at 22 years old. What I enjoyed about reading these stories is that he speaks of the everyday truths we see all day. Heck, the first few chapters are about the idiocy of signs like ‘Do Not Park On Railroad Tracks’ or ‘Harmful if Swallowed’ while referring to gasoline…

There is pretty good humor sprinkled in, too. You wouldn’t feel like you’re reading a book, but rather listening to a friend while at Happy Hour after work. Each story is only a few paragraphs long, so he gets to the point, hits you with some humor, and leaves it open for your response…if this guy was at a party, everyone would want to sit near him to hear what he has to say next.

All around, I really enjoyed reading this. It is just long enough to be worth the read, but short enough so you’re never let down. It is like Seinfeld: Finishes on top….and not like The Office, which reuses ideas and should have ended four seasons ago……

Therefore, I feel compelled to give Weirder than Marshmallows 5 out of 5 Thumbs Up!

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Review of Weirder Than Marshmallows – Nikki

Nikki

This book is a great read, it is humorous, insightful and the book says what we are all thinking at some time or another but don’t actually want to say it out loud! It is a fun read and I recommend it to anyone that is looking to relax and read a book that isn’t complicated to read! I am a fan of books that are easy to read because most of the time I am reading when my crazy boys are making a lot of noise, which was the case with this one as well but it was fun and I was able to read through it without any issues understanding it.

I have to say that I am sad that the writer passed so suddenly and that it is nice that his mother has released some of his work. The story behind the book is also included in the book at different areas throughout and I appreciated the inside look at what Daniel’s life was like, who he was, and what happened to him. It makes the book more personable, I think.

Overall, a great read!

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Review of Weirder Than Marshmallows – Allison L.

Allison L.

I have been reading a lot lately I don’t want to give you examples because I want you to read this. Dan has some great thoughts, observations, and discussions that you should read. I guarantee you that you will have conversation points as well from this book.

I decided to read and write my review before checking out what other people had to say about the book. Turns out we are almost always in a clear consensus: This book has great stories & has good flow, excellent writing. I recommend it.

I am honestly heartbroken to become a fan of Dan Fogg’s work knowing that he has passed. I look forward to other publications of his work, but based on his style of writing and frank honesty, I would have easily been a lifelong fan, anticipating his continuous work.

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Review of Weirder Than Marshmallows – Krista L.

Krista L.

I was recently sent “Weirder Than Marshmallows” to read and review.
I have to say this is a very funny and amusing book written by Dan Fogg.
It showcases some of the stupid things people say and do today in a very humorous and insightful way. You will get a kick out of knowing you are not the only one who ever said something dumb then wished they could take it back.
He very eloquently puts into words what we all think everyday when we hear or see a random act of dumb, but we don’t say out loud.

How many times have you thought to your self “wow, that person has no common sense?” Dan Fogg just puts those thoughts into words.

In this book he also covers stupid technology and even paranormal tales.
Every story in his book actually happened to a live human being. Maybe that is what makes it so interesting to read.

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Review of Weirder Than Marshmallows – Jennee T.

Jennee T.

Do you know what I find weirder than marshmallows? The fact that marshmallows is spelled the way it is spelled yet we call them marshmellows. Why is that? Have you ever wondered about the strange things in life? Been in awe of the stupidity of humanity? Been easily amused? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then I have a solution for you.

Weirder Than Marshmallows is a collection of essays and observations by Dan Fogg. The collection was put together by Deborah Carney. Ignorance, lack of common sense, and downright inhuman stupidity run rampant in this country and around the world. I watch people, and I hear stories, and they beg, beg, beg to be mocked and ridiculed. This excerpt and thought really gives the vibe of the essays. The categories covered in the collection start with Weirder than Marshmallows and end somewhere around Weird Stuff. Each categories has little blurbs about something stupid or strange. In Technology Sucks, there is a story about a possessed phone.

I’m sure we have all experienced something similar!

The book is witty and sarcastic. With such fun little blurbs, dare I say that it is excellent bathroom reading! Seriously, this is the kind of book I’d like to find at some strangers house while I visit the lavatory. It’s a short read but just remember that some of these odd observations will come to mind for the rest of your life! I’ve already seen some of the observations and chuckle to myself because Dan’s writing is right on.

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Review of Weirder Than Marshmallows – Melissa R.

Melissa R.

For anyone that has a sense of humor, or likes a good laugh every now and then…this book is for you! I absolutely funny situations/stories and this book truly made me laugh out loud on several occasions. A short, but funny book that truly tells it like it is. Some of the short stories even had me picturing the author as a stand up comedian 😀

Humor aside, the author also does a great job of sharing what life with a disability is like. Dan Fogg was in a wheelchair and he knew first hand what it was like to live with disability for most of his life. And he also made a great point, by stating that we all want to be treated like equals – and you know what, everyone deserves it too. It is so sad that this young man died at such a young age, due to a car accident.

I would highly recommend this book to ages young adult and up. Its funny, corky and sometimes downright witty.

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Review of Weirder Than Marshmallows – Amanda

Amanda

Dan Fogg is a great writer. It’s a great loss to us that he passed away in 2002, but his amazing Mother has given us the ability to read his words and see the person that he was. Weirder Than Marshmallows takes to heart all the things you wish you could say, but never do. The stories are at times raw and amusing, but the fact that they make you feel is the sign of a good book, plus I love his categories. The Title of the book and the title of these Categories are incredibly humorous.

“Writers write.” It’s a two-word creed spoken by journalists and novelists and screenwriters alike, spoken from all around the world. Writers write, it’s what they do.Not because they want to, though I imagine most of them do. Not because they like to, though I can’t see why they wouldn’t. Writers write because they have to. Writers write because they have no choice.”

There is such a deep sense of honesty in Dan Fogg. Although most of his essays are written to amuse, you can see behind them into the person he must have been. A profound thinker that saw the world realistically and sometimes in ways we want to deny to ourselves that it is; or as an Observer which seems to be what he would have titled it. Weirder Than Marshmallows explores these situations, stupidities and sometimes hard truths in a light hearted manner I think you’ll really enjoy.

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Review of Weirder Than Marshmallows – Connie G.

Connie G.

I was given the opportunity to review the book “Weirder than Marshmallows” by Dan Fogg. This book had me laughing outloud! I’m a huge fan of sarcasm and Dan’s writing style 100% fits the bill!!

It even had Eli my 18 month old grandson laughing… Nonnie can make any book sound like Dr. Seuss! When I laughed, Eli would laugh and clap. Course… you really can’t judge any book by Eli’s laughing… he thought the electric bill was hilarious!

I was in love as soon as I read the introduction of Weirder than Marshmallows: “Ignorance, lack of common sense, and downright inhuman stupidity run rampant in this country and around the world. I watch people, and I hear stories, and they beg, beg, beg to be mocked and ridiculed”.

I applaud Dan Fogg’s mom Deborah Carney, for compiling this truly enjoyable book and getting it published after Dan passed away. Dan’s writings need to be read.

This book is a fun, sometimes sad, quick read. The book is a series of “5 musings” that will make you go “DUH”

Please go check it out you will need this book the next time you want to use lighter fluid. (Dan woulda liked me…. I’m funny!!)

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Review of Weirder Than Marshmallows – Cathi

Cathi

Being a mother of 3 (4 if you include the husband) comes with many ups and downs. Finding time for yourself is often a hard task. I am adamant about taking a few minutes every couple of nights to read. Reading is great for the soul and provides for an escape from this hectic game we call life.

This past couple of weeks I have been reading “Weirder Than Marshmallows”. No spoilers here, but the name itself is intriguing and once you get through the first couple of chapters, our author Dan Fogg, gives us his off the wall definition of this descriptive title.

“Weirder Than Marshmallows” is a compilation of essays that remind us that sometimes we as a society lack common sense. Dan does a great job of incorporating humor into his writings choosing such titles as “Do Not Stop on Tracks” (duh, who stops on the railroad tracks?) and “En Masse” (show casing stories of mass ignorance).
Comparative to the “Here’s Your Sign” jokes by Bill Engvall or “The Rants” collection by Dennis Miller, “Weirder Than Marshmallows” pushes the envelope on some issues that society seems to tap-dance around. From Columbine to the Bush/Gore election screw up, Fogg taps into the reality that some of us would rather not broach. We even read a few stories about discrimination towards people who suffer from certain handicaps. Beware: Fogg never said some of us won’t be offended.

Besides being a bit offensive to some, there are a couple of spots where the reading is a bit slow. We find out by reading this book though that all of the stories in this compilation are Non-Fiction and that sometimes reality hits close to home.

I enjoyed spending time racking Dan Fogg’s brain and hope that you will too. Be prepared to laugh, be prepared to be speechless, but please DON’T BE AFRAID TO FIND YOUR COMMON SENSE!!!!

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