Review of Weirder Than Marshmallows – Karen

Karen

Recently, I was given the chance to do a eBook review of Weirder Than Marshmallows Book of Essays by Dan Fogg. I really didn’t know what to expect from reading just the title, I guess, something that would be, well, weirder than marshmallows. If that was even possible.

Well, apparently it is.

If you want to see what I am saying you can check them out here: Weirder Than Marshmallows. Dan really put it out there. Said what most of us think and put it down on paper.

Parts of the book that were my favorite dealt with the “Don’t Stop On Tracks” signs. Common sense to a lot of us, but people still do it. You know those warnings have been put in place because someone has done it. Kind of like one that I always remember on a hair dryer “don’t use in tub.” You know someone has done it at one time or the other, so people have to intervene and put up signs or put little warnings on, well hairdryers.

Weirder Than Marshmallows is non-fiction and deals with real life occurrences to people. Dan talks about it all and rather bluntly, no one is safe, not even his Dad in this book.

There are times when you’ll be shaking your head at what you are reading and other times you’ll be laughing out loud at some of the things that people do “finkin’ pink.”

I enjoyed it, it was an easy read, but there are parts that are a bit dry, but they balance out and I think that you would enjoy this eBook as well.

Sadly, Dan passed away in 2002 but his Mom is making sure that his stories get out there to us and I thank her for that, and to allow us to read what Dan wrote.

Check it out, you won’t be sorry that you did.

Now I will leave you with a quote:
“People have ideas all the time, ambition is just the stubbornness to follow through.” – Daniel Fogg, 2001

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Review of Weirder Than Marshmallows – Allison

Allison

What is weirder than marshmallows? Well according to writer Dan Fogg, there are lots of things weirder than marshmallows. Fogg writes about the little weird things in life in his book Weirder Than Marshmallows. This is a book of short stories designed to make you laugh. And laugh you will…..

You never know how well things come across in a blog without tone and facial expressions. So I wonder how many people have figured out that I am extremely scarstic. Now some people think that scarscam is mean and harmful and to those people I say don’t read Weirder Than Marshmallows.

This book is hilarious! There is no other word that I can use to describe it. My favorite section is Do Not Stop on Tracks. I always read warnings and wonder who on Earth needed that warning? Warning-coffee may be hot. Really? Get out of here! No really get out of here if you’re too stupid to know that coffee isn’t hot. So needless to say, this chapter really spoke to me and my sense of humor.

En Mass is my second favorite sections. I won’t spoil it for you, but you HAVE to read the story about the Green Bay
Packers! I was laughing my little bottom off over that one. It was probablly a little more funny to me since I have the Packer game on in the background while I’m typing.

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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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Review by Julie

I like weird stuff. If something can be described as strange or bizarre, there’s a good chance that I’ll like it at least a little bit. So, when I read the description of Weirder Than Marshmallows- “Stories that are, like marshmallows, strange, mind boggling… hard to explain, impossible to ignore”- it appealed to me.

Weirder Than Marshmallows contains true stories and essays by the author, Dan Fogg. Most of the essays are humorous, but some are more serious and personal. Much of the humor is based on human stupidity. Fogg addresses topics such as seemingly unnecessary warning labels (i.e. “highly flammable!” on lighter fluid), technological malfunctions, and people who don’t know the difference between “lose” and “loose”- that’s a pet peeve of mine, so I can relate! The more serious essays deal with issues such as the aftermath of Columbine and the 2000 Presidential elections.
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Review by Erin

As everyone knows I love to read. I love to read books about everything and anything. When asked to review Weirder than Marshmellows, I was amazed to learn the author is disabled (just like me)! I was also saddened to learn that the author had passed away, meaning this would be something I would truly treasure because I wouldn’t be able to read anything more by Dan Fogg!

The reason I was drawn to this book is because not only is it full of funny (TRUE), interesting, and abnormal stories but because it gave Dan’s account of living life in a wheelchair. It gave his honest approach to life as a person with a disability, his message is simple “Everyone would like to be included and treated like a human being” (my words not his).

I truly believe this book would be great for any person, it make lights of several things that people think but rarely speak about.
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Review by Brandy

I recently had the chance to review this book published by NightFire Publications. This book is a great easy read about those little things in life that are like “duh”. . . In the book it says “Weirder Than Marshmallows showcases tales of stupidity and ignorance in the hopes of making people laugh.”

Once I started to read this I couldn’t put it down. It was so funny reading some of the stories in the book that I found myself busting out and having my kids give me a strange look. Some of the things written are like “DUH” or “DINK DINK DINK, we have a winner”. It’s those stories you hear online or see on TV that just makes you think about what were they truly thinking when this happened.

I love reading books like this that just real easy reads that I can pick up through out the day and it doesn’t matter how long it was since the last time you read it, you can pick it right back up. I would recommend this book as just one of those funny little books that would be great to read anytime or anywhere.
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Review by Alice

“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 had the opportunity to review the ebook entitled “WEIRDER THAN MARSHMALLOWS” written by Dan Fogg. This ebook is actually a compilation of essays about the author’s observations on just about every random thing.

Those lines that I quoted from the book perfectly captures the overall tone of the book. It, not necessarily celebrates, perhaps highlights, the bizarre things around us that we probably just ignore. Say for example, a sign that says “Do Not Stop On Tracks” pertaining to railroad tracks. The author pokes fun at the fact that there are people who actually stop on railroad tracks that a sign had to be put up for something that should actually have been really obvious.
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Review by Zabrina

My opinions of the book:
First of all I want to say, I absolutely loved this short book. I laughed so hard at some points. I am sure there are those who would not like the profanity through out, but I am open to however someone wants to express their self. I found myself chuckling and enjoying the humor he found in the situations. I also enjoyed the situations that were true to life, about Daniel’s feelings and outlook on certain things. There is definitely a great message through even the sarcasm. It is truly sad that his life was cut short, and we are unable to receive more writing from him. I recommend this read to anyone of a mature nature that would be understanding to the sarcasm, not offended by a few cuss words, and willing to be open minded.
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Review by Marilou

A serious take by the author about weird senseless things around him… stupid warning signs. Seriously funny! Take precaution and read those signs. The marshmallows doesn’t have to do about it!

This book is published by NightFire Publications. I had just read it and it makes me laugh! I had been seeing stupid warning signs about it, then telling myself if those signs are really needed. If you see some warning signs are stupid, then you’re on Dan Fogg’s side. Dan Fogg (1980 – 2002) is the author of Weirder Than Marshmallows. He died young.

Actually, useless warning signs should be for children, because children are somewhat still senseless. But would children read the signs? No. Then these warning signs are for adults? Useless warning signs for adults?
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Review by Karla

I recently received the book Weirder than Marshmallows to review and can highly recommend it. It reminds me of the books that kids love – Goosebumps, but even better it is true stories. It reminds me a lot of the show 100 Ways to Die or the World’s Dumbest shows that are currently on television. It’s currently available in Kindle format.

My son is looking forward to reading this book next. I love when kids get excited about books and spend their time reading instead of in front of the television or playing computer games. My middle son is great about taking a book everywhere! This book is filled with great non-fiction stories that will make you stop and think.
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