Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Publication Date: June 10, 2014
Source: Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this book in no way effects my opinions below.
“Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth is proof that a funny book on pop culture doesn't have to be snide and nasty. I loved everything about it.” —Jim Gaffigan
We all know how Darth Vader shared his big secret with Luke Skywalker, but what if he had delivered the news in a handwritten note instead? And what if someone found that letter, as well as all of the drafts that landed in the Dark Lord’s trash can? In the riotously funny collection Dear Luke, We Need to Talk. Darth, John Moe finally reveals these lost notes alongside all the imagined letters, e-mails, text messages, and other correspondences your favorite pop culture icons never meant for you to see.
From The Walking Dead to The Wizard of Oz, from Billy Joel to Breaking Bad, no reference escapes Moe’s imaginative wit and keen sense of nostalgia. Read Captain James T. Kirk’s lost log entries and Yelp reviews of The Bates Motel and Cheers. Peruse top secret British intelligence files revealing the fates of Agents 001–006, or Don Draper’s cocktail recipe cards. Learn all of Jay-Z’s 99 problems, as well as the complete rules of Fight Club, and then discover an all-points bulletin concerning Bon Jovi, wanted dead or alive—and much more.
Like a like a bonus track to a favorite CD or a deleted scene from a cult movie, Dear Luke, We Need to Talk Darth offer a fresh twist on the pop culture classics we thought we knew by heart. You already know part of their story. Now find out the rest.
Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth is a fun collection of various pop culture references taken to the next level by making them fun everyday normal occurrences. The references are taken and written as letters, reviews, and postings about things that seem relatively normal but have that added flair of ridiculousness. I very much enjoyed this book and it was easy to read since it was broken up into 3-6 page items. I would read a few on breaks at work and I read a good portion of it on a plane.
A few of my favorites were the realtors letter to the B-52s about selling the Love Shack and the flaws that it has, including glitter everywhere - I was laughing out loud with that one as I was singing the song in my head. I also enjoyed Jay-Z's list of 99 problem which were both funny and strange all at the same time.
I found a few of the items to be boring, but I think it was for my lack of interest in the speaker/ pop culture reference, like the It's a Wonderful Life section or the Sweaters and their assault on Bill Cosby - that one was more creepy than anything.
I think that this book is a fun one if you know the pop culture it includes, I knew most of them but some I had to think about more in depth. I found a majority of it to be entertaining, some of it to be overly weird and creepy, and there were a few instances that I wanted to move to the next section, but overall it was a easy read and it did make me giggle.