I got this book for my birthday. Over the next week, I could often be heard laughing/ cackling maniacally/ giggling, and almost without exception the cause was Hyperbole and a Half. The book is a set of cartoons, dealing with a variety of subjects from getting lost in the woods as a child to how dysfunctional her two dogs are to her experience of depression.
The sketch which made me laugh the hardest was The God of Cake.
A representation of me and my love of cake. Only kidding.
It's Allie. Channelling me . . .
I recently posted about a book called Night Shift, a picture book describing depression in images. In Hyperbole and a Half you have a cartoon depiction on this subject, which is bittersweet to read as the author pinpoints the bleak, unrelenting nature of this illness with flashes of humour in her illustrations.
Those of you who have dogs that seem resistant to training/ lack intelligence and common sense/ have personality disorders will also find something in this book to make you laugh. One of my favourite passages is written about the trip home in the car after Allie and her partner have adopted a second dog from the shelter.
It was sort of like being the taxi-driver character in a Bruce Willis movie. You try to make small talk with Bruce Willis on his ride home from prison, where he spent the last nine years becoming hardened and vengeful, but he is finally free to pursue his plan and he doesn't give a shit about small talk.
Does it get better from there? Depends what you class as 'better'...
My favourite book of the year so far.
9 out of 10 Allie cake fiends