Race Me in a Lobster Suit

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Title: Race Me in a Lobster Suit: Absurd Internet Ads and the Real Conversations that Followed

Writer: Kelly Mahon

Publishing House: Quirk Books

Date of Publication:  March 26th 2019

Rating: 4 stars

Many years ago in Greece, there was a superbly hilarious TV show, a political and social satire. One of my favourite sections in each episode was dedicated to real advertisements found in newspapers and magazine. There was no Twitter or Facebook back then. Those adverts were so illogical, so utterly out of hand that it was difficult to believe they were genuine. And yet, they were. This book by Kelly Mahon brought these memories back to mind. Our current times are even more delirious and out of hand and I am certain that many 30-plus-year-olds who are going to read Race Me In A Lobster Suit will come to think that maybe this world has derailed to the point of no return in terms of intelligence and decency.

Anyway, this quirky little book was fun. Mahon created fake advertisements and initiated the (completely) crazy conversations with the people who were brave (or foolish, it depends on the way you look at the subject…) enough to answer her call. I found out that there are people who are willing to become a human piñata. To play dead for the sake of a couple’s fantasies. To knit a jumpsuit- human cocoon. To organize a fashion snow for 78 snakes. To volunteer for a cryotherapy programme. To provide urine samples. To become a canvas for someone to practise tattoos when that ‘’someone’’ is a completely inexperienced amateur. And many more stories…

This is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. Or one of the most disconcerting. I don’t know. I’ll place an advertisement asking for a decisions helper. Who knows?

Many thanks to Quirk Books and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

 

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Love the title! And it’s amazing how people can be persuaded to do almost anything…

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    1. I agree! Anything for money or a slightly twisted notion of fame. I marveled at the writer’s patience…

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  2. This sounds absolutely adorable. We definitely need laughter in today’s world.

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    1. I couldn’t have said it better!!

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  3. Ha, this sounds like a fun read! 😀 I have to correct you though, there are also many 20+ year olds, like me, who also think the world’s gone insane beyond salvation… Not a day goes by that I don’t roll my eyes at least once per day, reading REAL news about kids using used tampons as an opiate, Christian “missionaries” invading indigenous tribes and getting themselves killed, a man killed by an alligator whilst raping another alligator… Where the f**k is this world going with people like that sharing our precious planet, I’m beyond words at this point… Excuse my language. 🙂

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    1. I am amazed and shocked by the cases you mentioned. 😯 I don’t know, I feel so exhausted with the world lately…I used to be rather optimistic but I don’t think that things will change for the better in the future. Not as long as we choose political leaders that are practically fascists like Trump and May. Not while there are parents who do not encourage their children to read in their free time. This is my main reason for being so pessimistic. We tend to push them into all kinds of sports activities -which is great because they are protected from other kinds of ”activities”- but we forgot to encourage them to practise their minds through reading, to put it simply.

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