Book Rhi-view: Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth: And Other Pop Culture Correspondences

Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth: And Other Pop Culture Correspondences by John Moe

Humor, Pop Culture
Ebook, Paperback, Audio (304 pages, RANDOM HOUSE)
“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.

Insert Dad Jokes Meme Here (1 star)

I like to think I've got a decent sense of humor and I love tongue-in-cheek teasing when it comes to pop culture. As a geek who loves to see their fandoms painted in humorous ways I couldn't wait to see what Moe could do with everything from Star Wars and The Walking Dead to Nirvana and Fleetwood Mac. After all don't we all have moments where our favorite song lyrics seem really ridiculous when read or some dramatic moment in a favorite show is so far fetched it begs for satire?

Alas, Moe managed to write an entire book of pop culture letters and such that managed to be about as funny as watching paint dry. He tries, oh boy does he try, so very hard to be funny... so hard it's downright painful to read at times. Other times he doesn't know the source material sufficiently to make even remote sense. I wouldn't quite go so far as to say this felt like a book of dad jokes but... nope... I'm going that far. It's just not funny though I'll admit to finding a couple of the the chapters mildly amusing enough I could appreciate his effort in at least trying.

I wouldn't recommend this one to anyone who actually liked pop culture or has a sense of humor. If you're looking for a door stop or a gift for someone with no sense of humor or maybe if you suffer from insomnia and want something to put you to sleep...

Notes: Review copy received via Blogging for Books review program.

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