Title: The Internet is a Playground
Author: David Thorne
Publisher: Fontaine Press
The complete collection of articles and emails from 27bslash6 such as Overdue Account, Party in Apartment 3 and Strata Agreement plus articles too litigious to be on the website. Look for yourself.Never before have I been occasioned by the inner conflict to give a book either a rating of one or five. Common sense would dictate that I rate it a 3, but a 3 states 'it's okay' which does not, sufficiently, depict the juxtaposing feelings this book aroused.
I am going to start with the negatives: I feel like I have been scammed out of the £5/6 I spent on the digital edition of the book. Usually, I will not spend more than around £3 on a Kindle book so just that I was willing to pay the price speaks volumes.I would argue that a great majority of the content is available on the website; admittedly, it does not make a secret of that: some content may be familiar. But, to the extent it is? I wouldn't have thought it. I would, quite literally, spend hours upon hours reading and rereading the contents on the website.
I did not need to read them again. All is not lost, however.
The reason why I decided to brand this book with a rating of 5 is because I believe David Thorne is, irritatingly, genius. The way he lines e-mails with faux anecdotes has me howling, and I can just feel how annoyed the recipients of the emails must be. A particular favourite of mine is the one concerning a party and a disgruntled resident of the same apartment complex (I think that is what you call them - over the pond, that is). If I had not known about the website prior to reading the book it would be a rating of 5 without any further deliberation.