Pirate Therapy and Other Cures

Pirate Therapy and Other Cures Ever wondered what might happen if your therapist was replaced by a pirate Or how disquieting it would be to receive postcards from your future self If William Shatner was elected President of the Uni

  • Title: Pirate Therapy and Other Cures
  • Author: Mark A. Rayner
  • ISBN: 9780986662782
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ever wondered what might happen if your therapist was replaced by a pirate Or how disquieting it would be to receive postcards from your future self If William Shatner was elected President of the United States, what would his inaugural address sound like Mark A Rayner tackles these, and stranger, questions in his collection of short stories, essays and flash fiction tEver wondered what might happen if your therapist was replaced by a pirate Or how disquieting it would be to receive postcards from your future self If William Shatner was elected President of the United States, what would his inaugural address sound like Mark A Rayner tackles these, and stranger, questions in his collection of short stories, essays and flash fiction that thrum with the absurd and hum with alienation, all to a humorous beat Jesus contends with dinosaurs Marcel Duchamp describes what happens to a Dadaist who has a monkey s tail grafted to his butt Whether he is explaining how Anne of Green Gables destroyed the world, or outlining Thor s new PR strategy, Rayner entertains with wit, humor and an imagination that is one step short of certifiable.

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    1. Book Info: Genre: Humorous short storiesReading Level: AdultRecommended for: Canadians; those who enjoy surreal short stories, fans of Rayner’s blogDisclosure: I picked this book up on when I noticed it one day because it sounded like something I would enjoy. I am reviewing it because I want to. All opinions are my own.Synopsis: Ever wondered what might happen if your therapist was replaced by a pirate? Or how disquieting it would be to receive postcards from your future self? If William Shat [...]

    2. Obviously, I'm biased, but I am pleased with how this book came together.It's a collection of drivel (some pure, some quite tainted with meaning), that I've written over the past six years or so. Some of the short pieces have appeared in online magazines, and some in my regular blog, The Skwib. Many are original pieces, too.

    3. As you might expect from Rayner, I had quite a bit of fun with this one. "The Amadeus Net" is still my favorite (I like to see Rayner try to keep up the weirdness for long periods of time), but this was still some really good stuff. Rayner definitely thinks up some odd thoughts and has a great sense of humor. I'm glad he decided to share it all.

    4. Mark Rayner is a genius! No, wait. Maybe not genius. Mark Rayner is hilarious! Much better. Well, maybe more like mostly hilarious partial genius. Yeah, that works. Needless to say, I really enjoy his writing. And thanks to his generosity, he emailed me and asked me if I would like to receive a copy of his new book to read and review. Yeah, that’s like asking a Red Wings’ fan if he’s interested in a ticket to a playoff game. DUH!In all seriousness, I want to thank Mark for making the offer [...]

    5. ‘ claims the unicorn is a mythological creature, and this just proves how unreliable the website is as a source.’Mark Rayner has a unique view of the world, and I’m indebted to him for sharing it in this book. ‘Pirate Therapy and Other Cures’ is a collection of essays, flash fiction and short stories which addresses important issues including: ‘How do you deal with wrap rage?’(Wrap rage is ‘the rising rage and dementia that you feel when you are unable to open the shiny new thing [...]

    6. It's not often you come across a book that was seemingly designed to appeal specifically to you, but when I was kindly offered a free download by the author, that's what happened to me.A selection of writing on a wide variety of topics (postcards from your future self, an alternative history of unicorns and a rant from Batman are just a few of the things awaiting you inside), this was chock full of imagination and wit, with only a small short one not doing anything for me (and then, only because [...]

    7. Pirate Therapy and Other Cures had me hooked after the very first piece. It’s a collection of short stories and essays, many of which are less than a page. The pieces are clever and humourous, but some show Rayner’s more serious side – a rare occurrence in this book.I’ve devised a list of a few of my favourite pieces in Pirate Therapy. This may mean absolutely nothing to you, but I highly recommend these pieces if, for some bizarre reason, you find yourself unable to read the entire coll [...]

    8. LOL! So many times I found myself laughing out loud while reading this book. Sometimes I would have to wait until I cleared away the tears, and of course, do a quick read aloud to my husband so he could see why I was laughing so hard. Then back to reading. I did use the text-to-speech feature and the mispronunciations added to my giggling. Then the snark value and the tongue-in-cheek humor would double me over. LOVED THIS BOOK! Next time I'm feeling down I will pull this out and read it again.Ma [...]

    9. It all started well. I laughed for the first part of the book but then really I could not take it anymore. I finished it because I had to.I can enjoy reading one or two deranged stories but reading a whole book, well it is just not my cup of tea. So if you want a fully loaded, utterly surreal, twisted beyond recognition science fiction and insane alternate history short story telling, then go ahead this book is for you.Maybe it is just me that I am not so DNA morphed to enjoy the all of it.

    10. I was so disappointed with this book =( It looked like it would be hilarious but it wasn't. =(I was debating whether or not to give this book 1 or 2 stars, so I'd say 1.5 stars.I found most of the book very boring and not funny save for about 2 or 3 stories. Hardly any of the stories held my attention, and I struggled to read most of the stories. Sometimes I'd start reading them and end up skipping them.I did finish this book in the hopes it would get better, but it didn't. Such a shame really a [...]

    11. Mark Rayner gave me a copy. but forgot to warn me that I may crack a rib. A laughing applause for General Lang.Flash Fiction including Advice from General Lang, Clown Apocalypse, The Device and Pirate Therapy. The side affects of Lucidiva is funny I always make up my own side effects for all those medicines on the market.Mark explaining the horror of taking Barbie Doll outta of package. is a must read.

    12. Loved this book! Highly recommended! (I admit I originally planned on selling this book once read, but it's so damn funny I'm keeping it to re-read later on.)It's hard to pick my favorite passages in the book, but I'll try:- Lucidiva - From what the book describes, I look forward to seeing this drug on the market :) - Jesussic Park. - Restraint.- General Kang's advice column - sprinkled throughout the book.

    13. Hahahahaha! Man, this book is chock full o' some seriously hilarious bits. I love General Kang in particular, but the whole thing is priceless. The author's got some pretty twisted interpretations of history and everything else. More times than I can count, I caught myself laughing right out loud, something I very rarely do when reading. Great stuff!

    14. These flash fictions are so creative and really funny (and some times really bizzare, but in a good way). It's great if you're just in the mood to read a couple of quick pages and be really entertained. I might try out one of his novels now.

    15. Published in Western News. Scroll all the way down to the last one (but not last in terms of goodness!)communications.uwo/western_

    16. Not all the stories were funny, and some parts of it made me cringe for various reasons, but over all, it was LOL-worthy enough.

    17. Mark A. Rayner and I have a lot in common. I mean, we're both Canadian, we both write speculative fiction, and weumwell, that is, we both.Hmmm. Okay, so we don't have a whole lot in common, but we do have this--we share a twisted and absurd sense of humour. I'm a regular visitor to Mark's blog, aptly advertised as containing "scribblings, squibs, and sundry monkey joys"--or in other words, generalized nonsense. But take note: generalized nonsense of the highest order.Which brings me to "Pirate T [...]

    18. So many hilarious short pieces in this new book from the author of Marvellous Hairy. It features robots, zombies, pirates, monkeys, interstellar overlord and advice columnist General Kang as well as the return of Dr. Tundra. Lots of laughs here in a collection of bizarre sci-fi stuff. Great bathroom book - highly recommend!

    19. This is akin to a collection of B-sides that compliment Rayner's primary works. With such a large number of short stories and blog posts, he is free to experiment with bizarre concepts that couldn't have stood on their own. That's both a blessing and a curse, leading to a hit-and-miss collection. However, it's more hit than miss, and definitely worth a read if you're down with Rayner's strange style of humour.

    20. While some parts of this book were highly amusing, original, and entertaining, various sections were verbose and lacking umph. I never knew whether what I was about to read would be worth reading to the point I considered not even finishing it.

    21. So-soThese look like self-training of a writer - and they should have stayed with the writer. I really liked his "Fridgularity", but this one should not have been published.

    22. This book surprised me by being so engaging, it was funny all the way through but it also had a whimsical dream-like quality that was endearing.

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