by Mark A. Rayner
Monkey Joy Press
Publication date: March 12, 2012
Copy received from: Author
There are many times while reading Pirate Therapy and Other Cures that you may find yourself wondering what it must be like to be inside Rayner’s head. Then, you quickly realize that you probably really do not want to know. In this collection of essays, fake e-mails, letters, advice column Q&As, and other snippets of life on the edge, we are given a look at what it must be like to be a skit comedy writer. Answering questions that are never asked, and taking on topics that are never discussed, this is a collection that will have you laughing out loud and thinking of one word: irreverent. If you never really knew what the word meant, this book provides a perfect definition.
With selections telling us the truth about unicorns, letters from his future self about the coming alien invasion, and Jesus’s fight against the dinosaurs, Raynor leaves nothing untouched. We even finally find out about how the wise man drew the short straw of gifting myrrh to the baby Jesus.
Pirate Therapy reads like an episode of SNL or Crank Yankers, with a bit of Monty Python and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy thrown in. It is strange. It is absurd. It is wholly unnecessary. It makes very little sense. It is hilarious. If you want a read that will make you ask “WHY?!” for an afternoon, this is sure to do it. By the end, it may also give you a headache either from laughter or befuddlement. Either way, it is unlikely that you will ever fully understand this collection- not that that is a bad thing.
For more about Mark A. Rayner, visit his website.
This book can be purchased at Amazon.com, as well as your local independent bookseller.
[This review is also published at LuLu Book Review.]