I first met Chuck Sambuchino on July 5, 2008. Editor of the Guide to Literary Agents
books, he was guest speaker for a special meeting of Lake Writers. I blogged about the meeting here;
he blogged about it here
on his Guide to Literary Agents
He seemed so normal. I'd never have guessed that he would write a book that was so, well, weird
. And funny. Really funny.
Garden gnomes are not among my current objects de yard arte
. But if they were, Chuck Sambuchino's tongue-in-cheek how-to book, How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack: Defend Yourself When the Lawn Warriors Strike (and They Will)
, might make me a little worried.
The book is written so straightforward that it seems believeable. And helpful. And—well, words fail me. But the book is a hoot that appeals to my dry sense of humor. Check out some of the illustrations:
The gnomes pictured above are so adorable, aren't they? Who could image that they might lurk in your bathroom, hide in your hall, or invade your bedroom with the intent to kill you. Sambuchino imagines these scenarios, that's who. He divides his book into handy sections—Assess, Protect, Defend, and Apply—to help the reader stay focused on the steps that need to be taken to avert a gnome attack.
You can read some excerpts from the book at Scribd
. There's an author interview with him at Jessiemac.com
and an AOL story that's classified as weird news
. (Gee, I wonder why?)
How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack: Defend Yourself When the Lawn Warriors Strike (and They Will)
is perfect to display on a coffee table. Think of the fun you'll have when your guests notice it. Will they look around to see if diminutive creatures are sneaking up on them? Will they look at you as if you're totally nuts. At any rate, fun will ensue.
The book would also make a great gift for a gardening enthusiast—especially if the gardener already has some garden gnomes. Or bundle the book with a garden gnome and let the recipient really wonder about you.
Here's the How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack: Defend Yourself When the Lawn Warriors Strike (and They Will)
Thanks to this book, I'll henceforth check my mailbox before sticking my hand in (Oh, wait! I already do that!), keep a weapon in every room (I live in rural America where I think this required—but I don't have a hockey stick among the arsenal), and practice rising from the bed in attack mode (Difficult to do when I'm surrounded by cats, but I'll give it a shot.).
Anyhow, if you're looking for a laugh, I recommend this book.
Labels: humor, reading