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Wendy Northcutt – The Darwin Awards | Review

Title: The Darwin Awards

Author: Wendy Northcutt

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 288

Rating: 7/10

 

Wendy Northcutt - The Darwin Awards

Wendy Northcutt – The Darwin Awards

 

First off, I feel like I need to explain what the Darwin Awards actually are in case you somehow haven’t heard of them. The idea of a Darwin Award is that it’s a posthumous accolade that’s given to people who have removed themselves from the gene pool – therefore acting as examples of the theory of evolution and natural selection in action – by dying in unusual or idiotic ways.

And thus the Darwin Awards were born, and whilst it originally built up momentum as a mailing list at Stanford University, it moved on to becoming a fully fledged website soon afterwards. In fact, it was one of the earliest examples of a viral website on the internet, which is why I get annoyed when people haven’t heard of it – it’s like they missed out on a geeky bit of history.

This book was written by the woman who launched the site, and it gathers together “180 bizarre true stories of how humans met their maker”. Now, it did admittedly feel a little dated, because it was published in 2000 and because each of the entries had their date listed, but it wasn’t so dated that it was inaccessible.

In fact, it was pretty well done, and I’m impressed that there’s a book this old that was created due to an internet phenomenon – it must be one of the first books of its kind. My only problem with it is that it actually started to get depressing – after all, you’re reading about the deaths of real people. It’s entertaining, but also sad to think that people have lost their loved ones.

 

Darwin Awards Meme

Darwin Awards Meme

 

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R. L. Stine – Invasion of the Body Squeezers (Part Two) | Review

Title: Invasion of the Body Squeezers (Part Two)

Author: R. L. Stine

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 126

Rating: 7/10

 

R. L. Stine - Invasion of the Body Squeezers (Part Two)

R. L. Stine – Invasion of the Body Squeezers (Part Two)

 

Here we have the denoument to Stine’s two-part Goosebumps 2000 books about the body squeezers, evil aliens that are trying to take over the planet by spreading from person to person and taking over their bodies. Their victims try to further the invasion by tracking down other potential victims and hugging them, so that the alien hosts can be passed from one person to another until the whole city is taken over.

It’s a decent read and works as a standalone, which begs the question: Why does the first Invasion of the Body Squeezers book even exist?

 

R. L. Stine

R. L. Stine

 

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