Ron’s #4: Ant Farm: and Other Desperate Situations by Simon Rich

I’m not proud of it, but this is my second Simon Rich book in two months. I read the other at the end of 2010. You can read my review here.

Like Free-Range Chickens, Rich has a keen sense of humor that is the perfect mix of pop culture, sarcasm, satire, and goofiness that I love to read. Here is a sampling to see if this book is for you:

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LT. MCDOUGAL: Who among you will carry the flag as we march into battle?

ABBOT: I will!

LT. MCDOUGAL: And if this man goes down?

WALTER: Then I will hoist up the flag and carry it in his place!

LT. MCDOUGAL: And if this man goes down?

HAROLD: Then …I guess …I will carry the flag, sir!

LT. MCDOUGAL: And if this man goes down?

CHARLES: Then … well … I’ll carry it.

LT. MCDOUGAL: And if this man goes down?

JOHN: Then … me? I guess? I’ll carry it?

LT. MCDOUGAL: And if this man goes down?

WELLINGTON: Geez …I guess, then, I’ll carry it. If it comes to that.

LT. MCDOUGAL: And if this man goes down?

MORTIMER: Sir … what kind of forces are we going up against? I mean …don’t get me wrong, if Wellington takes a hit, I’ll carry the flag—

LT. MCDOUGAL: And when this man goes down?

KEARNY: Sir? What do you think our chances are…of winning this battle? I’m not trying to get negative, I’m just… (Sighs.) Look, I’ll carry the flag if he goes down. I’m just starting to get nervous—

LT. MCDOUGAL: And when this man goes down?

BILLINGS: Jesus. Captain, who are we fighting? What’s the situation? Please, just be straight with us.

LT. MCDOUGAL: Who will carry the flag when Kearny goes down?

BILLINGS: Well, I guess me. I mean, I’d be the only one left … in that scenario. LT. MCDOUGAL: All right. It goes Abbot, Walter, Harold, Charles, John, Wellington, Mortimer, Kearny, and then Billings. Forward march.

If you need a funny book to kill a few hours, this is your author, although I recommend Free-Range Chickens over this one. You’ll forget most of the jokes by the next day, but you’ll remember that you laughed when you were reading.

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I teach English and government in Okinawa, Japan. I love reading theology and fiction, and my52books.com helps keep me accountable. Reading with three kids under 5 is a bit of a challenge, but I keep trying to find ways to read more. My favorites writers are C. S. Lewis, Flannery O’ Connor, and Raymond Carver.

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