First Contact-Or, It's Later Than You Think (Parrot Sketch Excluded) #2020

First Contact-Or, It's Later Than You Think (Parrot Sketch Excluded) By Evan Mandery First Contact Or It s Later Than You Think Parrot Sketch Excluded What a hilarious ride the bersurreal meets The Daily Show Tim Dorsey author of Nuclear Jellyfish In the bestselling and rightfully cult inspiring tradition of Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams comes Fi
  • Title: First Contact-Or, It's Later Than You Think (Parrot Sketch Excluded)
  • Author: Evan Mandery
  • ISBN: 9780061749773
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Paperback
  • First Contact-Or, It's Later Than You Think (Parrot Sketch Excluded) By Evan Mandery
    First Contact-Or, It's Later Than You Think (Parrot Sketch Excluded) By Evan Mandery What a hilarious ride the bersurreal meets The Daily Show Tim Dorsey, author of Nuclear Jellyfish In the bestselling and rightfully cult inspiring tradition of Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams comes First Contact an hysterically funny satire about Presidential politics and intergalactic misunderstanding This smart and biting novel by Evan Mandery an author equally wel What a hilarious ride the bersurreal meets The Daily Show Tim Dorsey, author of Nuclear Jellyfish In the bestselling and rightfully cult inspiring tradition of Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams comes First Contact an hysterically funny satire about Presidential politics and intergalactic misunderstanding This smart and biting novel by Evan Mandery an author equally well versed in the lives of the U.S presidents, existential philosophy, and the Simpsons offers much food for intellectual thought along with an all you can eat buffet of laughs, as it chronicles the first close encounters between earthlings and a vastly superior extraterrestrial race from Rigel Rigel As the subtitle of First Contact so presciently informs us, It s Later than You Think.
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    • Evan Mandery

      Evan Mandery is the author of three novels Dreaming of Gwen Stefani, published by Ig Books in 2007, First Contact Or, It s Later Than You Think published in 2010 by HarperCollins, and, most recently, Q He has also written two works of non fiction The Campaign Westview 1999 , a funny chronicle of his year as research director on Ruth Messinger s doomed 1997 mayoral campaign, and Capital Punishment A Balanced Examination Jones Bartlett 2011 , a textbook on the death penalty He is a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and recently completed a history of two seminal Supreme Court death penalty cases from the 1970s, which will be published by W.W Norton in the summer of 2013 You can visit Evan at evanmandery or at poker clubs and bowling alleys in the greater New York area.

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    • Hilarious, intelligent, and wildly thought provoking, FIRST CONTACT is a classic of our modern times, and much timely than perhaps even it knew it was back when it was released in 2010 Like the harbinger of a coming orange doom with tiny hands and bad hair, this book so perfectly satirized our delicate democracy in the 21st century with razor sharp wit, insight, and self awareness If there was a time to read Evan Mandery s novel, it s now We may have missed his important message when it first c [...]


    • Didn t finish this one Made it about 40 pages in and got fed up The characters are all buffoons and not likable buffoons , the omniscient narrator keeps breaking in with useless data in a way that tries far too hard to be like Vonnegut or Douglas Adams, but just comes across as glib and smarmy I really wanted to like the premise, but sadly, it just doesn t deliver Read Scalzi s Agent to the Stars instead of this one, it s a vastly better work.


    • Some books just do it for you, and for me, this was one of them First Contact is like if Douglas Adams and Kurt Vonnegut wrote a book together and Woody Allen decided to direct the movie based on the book and added some of his own insights and thoughts High praise I know, but once you start reading First Contact you begin to realize where the author has decided to take his story.This is sci fi in the way most of Vonnegut s work is considered sci fi, which means not really Sure there are aliens, [...]


    • I m sorry to say that I was very disappointed with this book Evan Mandery s novel Q is my all time favourite book so maybe my expectations were a little too high, but I hardly managed to finish this boom as I d just completely lost interest in the story at the end The only reason I managed to muddle through the last chapter was because I don t like leaving books unfinished if I do that, every time I see the book I feel like I should finish it, even if I stopped reading it years ago I really feel [...]


    • In this frenetic farce, which plainly owes much to Kurt Vonnegut and Douglass Adams, First Contact offers a unique premise Aliens from Rigel Rigel arrive on earth for brunch with the President They are enlightened, laid back lovers of Woody Allen and Bundt cake, who wish to share their knowledge One problem they are greeted by a President who is a shallow, science doubting, underwear obsessed idiot, who assumes partially on the basis of it being brunch that the aliens must be Jewish Well, I neve [...]


    • It s like Vonnegut, but without the occasionally creepy treatment of women and minorities This was seriously fun There are alien con men and a president obsessed with his underpants and a cheerful bludgeoning of the fourth wall It s clever and funny and sort of slyly about stuff Now I only wish it were an easier sell I managed to briefly get it onto the bestseller list at our store, though at the very bottom, and this only through very nearly physically forcing it into customers hands I generall [...]


    • I like to read before bed, and I go through a lot of books What s rare is that I turn to my spouse to say, this book is really good That s what happened with First Contact Evan Mandery has created a fun read that still gives you food for thought and makes you feel a connection with the characters while never taking itself too seriously.The author goes off on tangents that wouldn t work anywhere near as well if tried by a less skilled author Instead, in this book, they add to the lighthearted fun [...]


    • I found this book on the librarians recommended table at the central branch of my my local library system I have picked many books from this selection and have most often found nothing to my liking, not to say there are not probably many good books to choose from, just i am not as open minded about literature genres as maybe i d like to be So giving five stars and even writing a review of a book i found this way is a first.This book had me laughing out loud a few times, giggling some , thinking [...]


    • I was fortunate to have met Evan at Sean Ferrell s book reading a few weeks ago where he signed a copy of First Contact for me On the long train ride home, I began reading it aloud to my son The train was extremely crowded and a few paragraphs in, I realized the crowd had quieted somewhat to listen to me read The first chapter opens with a presidential aide trying to inform the President that aliens have made contact The President, however, is having underwear issues The passengers on the train [...]


    • I decided to buy a few books off a Huffington Post Summer Reading list I just finished one of their picks First Contact Or, It s Later Than You Think, by Evan Mandery I absolutely loved this book The novel is a witty, engaging, face paced read I initially picked the book because I m a fan of Kurt Vonnegut First Contact incorporates first person narration where Mandery enters the novel as a commentator The author s insightful and humorous observations had me laughing out loud But under all the fu [...]



    • It s not often that I put down a book in the middle, never to return to it There are books that I lose interest in, sure, but very, very rarely will I consciously step away from a book Even less so when it is the only book I have available on an hour plus long car trip and the alternative is staring out the window on a fairly boring stretch of I 96 through Michigan I suspect that you have guessed that this book is in that category If not, then you may well enjoy this book I could not, largely be [...]


    • Need a little thoughtful, funny, poignant, hopeful, heartbreaking, political and existential satire Go no further Mr Mandery has written a book that has it all a practical joke involving rabbinical haberdashery interstellar physics an occasional digression on famous Gordons an homage to Vonnegut tips of the hat to Python Adams a little love story and the most disturbingly true sentence about PTAs that I ve ever read If you ve already plowed through Vonnegut, Adams, Wallace, and Pratchett, I can [...]


    • Vonnegut lovers will celebrate I picked up First Contact because the author, Evan Mandery, billed the work as a conscious homage to Kurt Vonnegut As a Vonnegut devotee, I was skeptical, but Evan Mandery really delivers Like Vonnegut, Mandery takes on weighty topics like tolerance and censorship with graceful, gentle satirical thrusts The narrative, which is skillfully rendered, also accommodates Mandery s personal commentary on what s going on The book is hilarious and extremely engaging I reall [...]


    • First Contact is a side splittingly funny novel that screams to be made into a movie I can see SNL comedians and A list actors clamoring for roles One of the funniest moments in the book is when the bumbling President who can not find comfortable underwear tries on a pair of his young attach s , Ralph, jockey shorts that Ralph unwittingly left in the oval office after a tryst with his girlfriend The president is so pleased with the fit that he appoints Ralph 949th in succession to the presidency [...]


    • Wonderful, witty, hilarious novel that lives up to its billing of a mix of Vonnegut and Douglas Adams Mandery makes no bones about styling his work after those giants of the satire genre, going as far as to mention it in the novel itself First Contact is a well constructed satire that pokes fun of everything including itself It had me laughing out loud I highly recommend it to any Vonnegut fan On the other hand, if you re a Vonnegut hater stay away Many of the techniques that people find annoyin [...]


    • I was enjoying this a lot in the beginning, as it was reminding me of Christopher Buckley s style, in particular Little Green Men , but about half way through I got bored and irritated with the author s self insertion It was funny at first, but got old fast and the plot kind of mostly stopped short I haven t read Vonnegut nor am I a Woody Allen fan, so probably my lack of appreciation was my own fault Humor is subjective and this got me at first but then lost me.


    • Funny stuff I liked it a lot Mandery used to be a lawyer And you can tell But I mean that in a good way, which is to say that he seems to delight in word play and thinking about interesting issues His actual treatment of the issues existentialism, religion, ethics, etc can be a little unoriginal unexciting but the story is light and fun And the end of the novel was actually nicely sentimental and sweet at least if you like me are the kind of person who gets choked up at the end of sappy movies. [...]


    • Brilliant, funny, touching, joyful, pure Mandery First Contact Or, It s Later Than You Think is a wonderful novel not only for its story, which is Woody Allen injected into STAR TREK, but for the sense of hope you get from the author Infused with an authorial presence that is both charming and funny, the book is less about funny situations than the author s as both author as a character and Author as the person who put words on the page vision of how the world maybe ought to be And that vision i [...]


    • Perfect for fans of the Hitchhiker s Guide school of wacky space travelling science fiction Yes, wacky space travel and aliens, as well as political satire and post modern narrative techniques Not for people who only like hard science fiction and serious storytelling Not that the author doesn t make some thought provoking observations about life, the universe and everything, but he never takes anything too seriously Altogether a thoroughly satisfying read.


    • Just finished reading Evan Mandery s new novel First Contact or It s Later Than You Think I thoroughly enjoyed his well crafted writing that is filled with humor and at the same had me reflecting upon what is important in life His dialogue with the reader is totally engaging and filled with incredible references to our culture It is a fast paced read that you will not be able to put down.


    • Laugh out loud funny Mandery writes like a mash up of Christopher Buckley and Kurt Vonnegut, droll wit mixed with plain but funny insights into the human and not so human condition.This book may not be for everyone, but he nailed any demographic I might belong to.Set in the near future, it is, as stated in the title, a book about first contact between humanity and an alien entity, an unceremonial one, with a sense of humorhilarity ensues.


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    • Clever, confusing, and a lot of other things Reminded me of philosophy tutes at uni, fun and infuriating.


    • Channelling Vonnegut, Mandery uses absurdism to illustrate life and to mock those who take everything so damn seriously.




    • Unitarian payback A self indulgent romp through the universe, where coincidences and bad jokes abound We should all leave each other be, but the author is still going to be sure he gets to annihilate his Personal bad guys Guess it s better than getting a gun.


    • Picked up from a thrift store because the cover suggested it was like The Daily Show, Kurt Vonnegut, and Douglas AdamsHighly entertaining with a few nice sticking points, but not as good as Vonnegut The author breaks the fourth wall often, which to me feels like a genuine participation method than Douglas Adams, who uses the story to pound his ideas subtle y than this author s directness It s funny that Mandery often directly states his opinions on pop culture and moral quandaries as being the [...]


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