Night of the Crash-Test Dummies by Gary Larson

:  Night of the Crash-Test Dummies:  A Far Side Collection

Author:  Gary Larson

Illustrator:  Gary Larson

Paperback:  104 pages

Publish Date:  January 1995

Publisher:  Andrews and McMeel

ISBN:  99780836220490

Miscellaneous:  The Far Side is a popular syndicated comic strip.

The Far Side by Gary Larson

I have loved The Far Side since the first time I saw an inky panel in my hometown newspaper’s comic section.  Quirky and often irreverent, Larson drawings almost always make me laugh, and often accompanied by the “swallow my tongue” effect.  The strip’s sense of humor is dead-on me.

The Far Side by Gary Larson

“So! Planning on roaming the neighborhood with some of your buddies today?”

One of my favorite Far Side funnies was of a cat hurdling to the earth, a look of terror on her face, and the caption read “After falling 2000 feet, Fluffy suddenly realized it didn’t matter if she landed on her feet.”

Occasionally Larson makes a political joke in his strip, but usually they are play-on-words, or he connects two totally unrelated concepts (i. e. “Python escapes local zoo!” headline on the newspaper S. White is carrying as she walks up to her house.  Unseen by Miss White is a snake slithering out the back window, seven separate dinner-lumps along its body).  Sometimes the joke jumps right out at you, other times the incongruity dawns on you, and almost always, sooner or later, you laugh.

The Far Side by Gary Larson

Night of the Crash-Test Dummies by Gary Larson is a 104 page collection of humorous comics that’ll take your mind off the harder, more pressing things.  Laughter is a strong medicine, and Dr. Larson provides a great relief 🙂  I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

The Far Side by Gary Larson


Finding a video to go with this was kind of difficult, the only other one I found was for a Far Side book the person had on Ebay. I don’t really get the joke in it, but according to the videographer this video is based on a Far Side comic pic.

BTT- A Sick Little Gargoyle

Suggested by Janet:

The opposite of last week’s question: “What’s the best ‘worst’ book you’ve ever read — the one you like despite some negative reviews or features?”

I’ve been sick with a stomach flu, so this will be short and sweet. Andrew Davidson’s The Gargoyle did not fare well when it went on sale. Some have suggested this is because it may be too far fetched, too out there, for the average person. It could also be that it is rather graphic in describing the burning flesh and the whole experience of skin grafts, healing process, etc.

However, I think it was one of the best books I read last year, best first author book last year, and is on Mt. TBR Hall of Fame list in the sidebar. I’ve been thinking about re-reading it, even!