- Audio CD: 6 Seiten
- Verlag: Random House Audio; Auflage: Unabridged (4. Februar 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0804164738
- ISBN-13: 978-0804164733
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,8 x 2,7 x 14,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 637.107 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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"It isn’t easy to make a reader laugh out loud. Even when confronted with the sharpest, funniest prose, many people will respond with nothing more than a quiet chuckle. . . . Whatever the reason, all I can say is good luck chuckling quietly during One More Thing, the wonderfully cockeyed, consistently hilarious debut from B.J. Novak. . . . Given his background in TV comedy writing as well as stand-up, it’s not surprising that Novak knows how to stick a great line or milk a funny premise with the right amount of squeeze. What’s more striking is the wild imagination he brings to these pages, taking familiar narrative constructs — a woman and a man on a blind date — and infusing them with the unexpected. . . . His style is part Steven Wright and part Charlie Kaufman, married with a sharp ear for (and satire of) contemporary pop culture. . . . . A gifted observer of the human condition and a very funny writer capable of winning that rare thing: unselfconscious, insuppressible laughter.”--Jen Chaney, The Washington Post
“In one of the longer entries in his very funny debut collection of stories, B. J. Novak describes a writer and translator named J. C. Audetat, who has a gift for ‘the off-the-cuff vernacular of his day’—or what might be called ‘the poetry of everyday conversations.’. . . The same might be said of Mr. Novak, whose athletic imagination and ear for ‘the language of his own time and place (that is, the vernacular of that 21st-century genus of young, hip Americans, known to frequent urban habitats on the East and West Coasts) are showcased in this volume. . . . Mr. Novak has an idiosyncratic voice that’s distinctively his own, though One More Thing will also produce lots of comparisons to other writers. His more fully developed stories have a sense of the absurdities—and sadnesses—of contemporary American life reminiscent of George Saunders’s short fiction. Others will more likely elicit comparisons to David Sedaris’s books (without the curmudgeonly persona), Steve Martin’s prose pieces (with less conceptual strangeness) and Woody Allen’s Without Feathers and Side Effects (with less emphasis on big, existential questions). . . . Mr. Novak is nimble at showing how easily the ordinary can morph into the extraordinary and adept at making us see the surreal in the everyday. . . A funny writer with a great ear, but also as a genuine storyteller with an observant eye and finely tuned emotional radar.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“B.J. Novak meets--no, exceeds--expectations in ONE MORE THING, firmly establishing him as one of the best humor writers around. . . . The varied length of the stories adds to the pleasure--it's like sampling a multicourse meal instead of gorging just on pizza. . . . Novak's writing mirrors his acting in that both rely on dry wit and dead-pan delivery. His influences run from celebrated New Yorker humorist James Thurber to Steve Martin to the Harvard Lampoon style of comedy (no wonder, as Novak was a member of the publication in college) to stand-up comedian Steven Wright. But he synthesizes those influences and has delivered something wholly original. . . . The longer stories avoid easy laugh-out-loud punch lines in favor of quirky, offbeat twists that showcase his skill as a storyteller. . . . Novak has found success as an actor, screenwriter and producer, but it turns out that the “one more thing” he added to his résumé--author--might be where his greatest talent lies.”—Andy Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter
“Novak’s high-concept, hilarious, and disarmingly commiserative fiction debut stems from his stand-up performances and his Emmy Award–winning work on the comedy series, The Office. . . . Accordingly, his more concise stories come across as brainy comedy bits, while his sustained tales covertly encompass deep emotional and psychological dimensions. An adept zeitgeist miner, Novak excels at topsy-turvy improvisations on a dizzying array of subjects, from Aesop’s fables to tabloid Elvis to our oracular enthrallment to the stock market. . . . Writing with zing and humor in the spirit of Woody Allen and Steve Martin, Novak also ventures into the realm of George Saunders and David Foster Wallace. . . . Baseline clever and fresh, at best spectacularly perceptive, and always commanding, Novak’s ingeniously ambushing stories of longing, fear, pretension, and confusion reveal the quintessential absurdities and transcendent beauty of our catchas-catch-can lives.” —Booklist, starred review
“Novak’s debut contains a buckshot 64 fun and funny short stories crammed into a single volume. Part Etgar Keret, part McSweeney’s, these tidy tales from the alum of TV’s The Office depart from the ‘how I became famous’ comedian’s biography for a decidedly more literary turn. . . . The bulk of Novak’s stories are comedic, and more than a few are surprisingly tender. . . . Written by an author in complete control of his craft.”—Publishers Weekly
"Everyone knew that B.J. Novak was smart and sexy, but funny, too!? Wow, screw that guy. I haven't laughed at words this hard since I read."—Joshua Ferris author of The Unnamed and Then We Came to the End
"ONE MORE THING is a funny and inventive debut collection, infused with a deadpan absurdist wit reminiscent of Woody Allen and Ian Frazier. B.J. Novak's stories are sly and playful, but they can pack a real emotional wallop." —Tom Perrotta, author of Nine Inches
"I am so relieved that I had not read B.J.'s book before I worked with him. I would just have spent every day at his feet instead of doing my job." —Emma Thompson
"Dark and hilarious, like the fudge Grandma used to make during her 'special' period. Deliciously funny!" —Jack Handey, author of Deep Thoughts and The Stench of Honolulu
"B.J. blew me away. He just keeps kicking short fiction in the rear, making it run ahead clutching its ass, and then he runs up and kicks it some more, and the result is one of the most aggressively, insanely awesome debuts in a while." —Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
B.J. Novak is a writer and actor best known for his work on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning comedy series The Office as an actor, writer, director, and executive producer. He is also known for his stand up comedy performances and his roles in motion pictures such as Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks. He is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in English and Spanish literature.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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These pieces cover a vast range of places and themes. To do justice to each in addition to his own entertaining narration we’re treated to readings by Lena Dunham, Jenna Fischer, Mindy Kaling, Julianne Moore, Carey Mulligan, B. J. Novak, Katy Perry, Jason Schwartzman, Emma Thompson and Rainn Wilson. Each performance is a praiseworthy original.
Enjoy this rousing yet spot-on sensitive collection then share it with your friends - they’ll thank you for it.
- Gail Cooke
Inside, reader can find around seventy short stories, some of them more like anecdotes told in sentence or two, while some others go up to fifteen or so pages, without some common theme that characterizes the entire collection instead ranging from SF and love stories to the interesting satire and contemplation of youth.
Novak manages to surprise the reader while his stories are written in different styles and narration - sometimes being over-romantic, sometimes simply playful and silly – providing unexpected actions from his characters and behaviors that could not be foreseen. His writing certainly will not appeal to fans of classic stories, but it seems that this fact does not bother him too much because his stories are intended for the new generation, accustomed to obtaining quick and concise information.
And although I cannot say that I liked all the stories in collection, far from it, even that all of them are funny, few of them such as "Kellogg's" are truly excellent and will remain in the memory of the reader after closing the last page.
Novak has a talent for humor, and in which direction it will continue to take him in terms of writing, it remains to be seen. But what is certain is that with “One More Thing”, his first collection of stories, B.J. Novak made a good entry into the literary waters therefore making his collection recommended for reading.
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And I suppose I also had expectations about the kinds of stories that would be contained in the collection, or about the style of writing. The very first story, "The Rematch," took those expectations and shook them up. It's a sly story about a rematch between the tortoise and the hare. That's all I want to tell you about it.
There is a humorous slant to these stories, but they're not just funny. There's a perspective to them that's creative and unique. They're well written, clever and are exactly as long as they need to be. None of them run out of steam before they are done and, just as importantly, none of them feel like they're ended just to be done with them. (The shortest ones are hit and miss for me, but I don't really have an appreciation for micro-fiction as it is. Perhaps in time.)
I wouldn't say there's a common theme throughout the collection, although some of the stories do relate to each other in subtle, fun ways, and many of them end with a satisfying punch or punch line. I feel like many of these stories began with a musing (some of the musings you, yourself, may have had before, and some you'll wonder why it hadn't ever occurred to you) and were deconstructed in order to be presented in a fresh way.
As I continued reading, I was frequently wowed with the subsequent stories. And then I came to "Kellogg's," a story with a long subtitle about a boy who wins $100,000 from a box of cereal and goes to collect his prize. This is my favorite in this collection and, instantly and undeniably, one of my favorite short stories of all time.
Drop whatever expectations you may have. Just start reading and let yourself sink into short fiction heaven. Or would it be "rise into short fiction heaven?" Whichever.
Some of the pieces are just a line or two. They appear to be things B.J. Novak said to his friends off the top of his head and then recorded in a notebook for possible future use. For example: "I was sad that summer was over. But I was happy that it was over for my enemies too." The title for that one, The Walk To School On the Day After Labor Day, is almost as long as the piece it introduces.
Short story collections rarely get five stars from me because each story varies so much in quality and subject. Did I love everything in this book? No. There were some that fell flat for me, and some I just didn't get. But I was always eager to read the next one, and the next and the next, just to see where else Novak's nutty mind would take me. I laughed and I gasped and I found myself inspired to think more creatively. And THAT is worth five stars.
It was a good way to spend the time on these rainy days we've had lately.
But, I had to admit as I read more and more that the stories I did enjoy were very moving, diverting, engaging, or amusing indeed. Sometimes, they even exhibited a combination of these qualities. I believe the overall effect is marred by the presence of subpar stories. You'll be riding a wave of emotion or respect for the intention of the author, and then then next 'story' (some are genuine stories, but there are often just a handful of sentences, representing more of a thought or dare I say it even a skit) would be throwaway, or at the very least not an appropriate contrast to the previous entry. Balance in a collection is excellent. Unartful choking off of the previously developed feeling is not.
I for one had no objection to the presence of the shorter pieces, when they were good. I found the format of this book to be sound. It's just that some of the pieces think they are more clever than they are. There is a really disparate quality level here. And I think you can place the blame for the collection being in the form it is at the feet of the current mainstream publishing industry. First off, it's amazing a collection of short pieces got published, as that's a form of writing that is not heavily represented these days. But the problem is that even these collections have to be 'novel-length.' You won't find novellas published singly by anyone who isn't Stephen King these days.
This collection would have been a sublime and powerful novella-length work that I would have gladly given five stars to. In fact, I suspect removing just fifteen of the pieces would have made this collection uniformly good, and taking out twenty or so would have made it genius. It's hard to express, if you haven't read it, why some of the pieces have such a net negative effect on the whole, but in my own estimation they did.
Novak is a writer who is not afraid to use celebrities as characters. At one point, even the aforementioned Stephen King (my favorite author) makes a cameo. The stories are really enjoyable for the most part, when they are. There's a lot of emotional stuff, hilarious stuff, and interesting stuff. There is also, unfortunately, a lot that is full of itself.
For example, we are forced to read a piece where the oft-muttered idea 'If I had a nickle for every cup of coffee I spilled, I'd be rich!' is taken to its extreme conclusion. We are supposed to be dazzled by the thought-power that went in to working out this concept, or something. But for me at least, it was jarring, placed as it was between two pieces that actually did something for me.
I think, what it comes down to, is character. Pieces focusing on people and their emotions or reactions to the world frequently had the power to move or dazzle. Pieces focused on witty concepts or turns of phrase, which merely used characters as pawns to advance the wordplay and/or concept, fell flat for me most of the time.
Anyway, this isn't the longest book in the world and I think you should at least try to give it a go. There's a lot of great work in here, along with some other stuff.
This book contains over 50 shorts, all with varying degrees of humor. Some of the stories are plays on existing stories - the first story, titled "The Rematch", is another look at the Tortoise and the Hare tale. There are some clever stories here: I really enjoyed "Diary of the Man Who Invented the Calendar". Also, anyone who has been driving long enough can identify with the story titled "Pick a Lane". And in just 2 pages, "Wikipedia Brown" perfectly points out a few of the downsides of the internet culture.
I first knew of the author BJ Novak from his role as Ryan on the TV series "The Office". Turns out BJ also was a writer on that show, and through both "The Office" as well as his book "One More Thing" he demonstrates considerable talent in comedic writing. While I gather his primary goal is to make the reader laugh, I think there is more to it than that. Sure, some of the stories are shallow plays at humor; but I saw others as having deeper themes. As with all fiction, I guess you get out of these stories whatever you put into them. Just because they are short does not mean they are devoid of substance.
I would recommend this book.