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Patrick F. McManus's gently comic stories about outdoor life have earned him millions of fans worldwide. With Kerplunk!, McManus delivers a collection of folksy, wonderfully wise depictions of country life worthy of Mark Twain.

In these tall tales, McManus and his buddies learn how not to net a fish, why you should never get your hair cut by someone who's mad at you, what to do when a deer wanders into camp but your sleeping bag has frozen shut, and how to avoid bird-dog flatulence.

Traveling the highways and byways of the Pacific Northwest, the delightful backcountry characters of Kerplunk! understand how a life of hunting and fishing -- and its inherent potential for misadventure -- can resonate with larger meaning. McManus's characters know exactly why it costs $500 to make a fly lure that retails for $2; why installing a boat trailer hookup can lead to divorce; and, most important, why you should always listen for the sound of your fishing line hitting the water -- because in life as it is in fishing, you don't know you're in the water until you hear the kerplunk!

These wry, curmudgeonly tales appeal to real outdoorsmen and the armchair variety alike. Often nostalgic, occasionally philosophical, and always funny, the stories in Kerplunk! reaffirm Patrick F. McManus's reputation as an American classic.
Published: Simon & Schuster on Nov 6, 2007
ISBN: 9780743298520
List price: $11.99
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This was actually kind of a disappointment. I would unreservedly recommend Kerplunk to anyone who hadn't previous read McManus, but it's not as good as his other short story collections. He's recycled a lot of stories (just told them in a slightly different way) and many of the new stories don't seem to be as funny as previous ones. That said, I did get many laughs out of this book (especially the Lewis and Clark story).read more
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Humorous stories from magazine articles. The best ones are at the beginning. Later on, they get more tedious, perhaps because the subject remains always hunting and fishing and nothing else.read more
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McManus' early humor essays were priceless reminders that the outdoors -- and the people who inhabit them -- are random, interesting, potentially hilarious.

His latest -- Kerplunk -- isn't his best work, but McManus fans will no doubt find plenty in here to smile about.

Those who have never read his zany outdoor humor essays would be better served by reading his earlier books, though Kerplunk is a solid addition to his bibliography.
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This was actually kind of a disappointment. I would unreservedly recommend Kerplunk to anyone who hadn't previous read McManus, but it's not as good as his other short story collections. He's recycled a lot of stories (just told them in a slightly different way) and many of the new stories don't seem to be as funny as previous ones. That said, I did get many laughs out of this book (especially the Lewis and Clark story).
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Humorous stories from magazine articles. The best ones are at the beginning. Later on, they get more tedious, perhaps because the subject remains always hunting and fishing and nothing else.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
McManus' early humor essays were priceless reminders that the outdoors -- and the people who inhabit them -- are random, interesting, potentially hilarious.

His latest -- Kerplunk -- isn't his best work, but McManus fans will no doubt find plenty in here to smile about.

Those who have never read his zany outdoor humor essays would be better served by reading his earlier books, though Kerplunk is a solid addition to his bibliography.
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