Top critical review
would be 3.5 stars if allowed
Reviewed in the United States on March 10, 2014
B. J. Novak sets forth some very funny, or at least clever, concepts, starting with the rematch of the tortoise and the hare, an account of what Heaven might be like, and even having Mandela kill at a roast of him. Unfortunately, the moments of comic insight and revelation, so original and thought-provoking, are diluted amongst ponderous swings and misses that go on and on. It won't kill you to skip the unfunny ones; you'll know them soon after you start (I'm lookin' at you, 'Rithmetic) so you won't waste a lot of time, but there are enough gems here to keep sifting through. He has a lot of talent, but it would be a better book without the losers. I was happy, in the end, to have finished it, all double-meanings intended.