Denis Leary's Merry F#%$in' Christmas
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For everyone who loves the holidays - and those of us who can't wait until they're over - Denis Leary has a special gift this season: Merry F***in' Christmas. This adult parody of a children's book, in the vein of Go The Fuck To Sleep, takes aim at bad presents, drunk Santas, boring relatives, ugly sweaters, greedy kids and all the other things that make December such a pain in the ass. Just like he did in The Ref - the cult classic Christmas film that skewers dysfunctional families - Denis will have you laughing out loud about just how unhappy the holidays can be.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful.
Denis puts the FUN back in DYSFUNCTION
By Christine Murphy
This book is based on the song of the same name that Leary released several years ago. The illustrations are reminiscent of the claymation Christmas cartoons that were popular back in the 1960s, that we all watched as kids. But don't be fooled - this book is NOT for children. There is much use of the F-word, and Santa is not depicted as a "jolly old elf". So, if swear words bother you, this is not the book for you. There are also a few extra verses that are not in the song, but they add much to the humor of the book. And if you have a smartphone with a QR scanner app installed, you can scan the code on the back of the book and watch the video that goes with the book.
If Christmas sometimes seems that it is more frustrating than fun, because of all the commercialism, obnoxious relatives, etc., pick up this book for a much-needed good laugh. As an added bonus, Denis is donating a portion of the profits from sales of this book to his Leary Firefighters Foundation. He started it about a dozen years ago, after his cousin, a friend, and four other firefighters died while trying to fight a huge warehouse fire in Worcester, MA.
Definitely not your typical Christmas book, but it's wicked funny!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
Expected irreverence - got trash instead
By Lori Hart Beninger
Not long ago, Mr. Leary penned a great article for Entertainment Weekly that was humorous and irreverent, witty and surprisingly well crafted. Just what I expected from a man whose sarcastic realism shines on screen. I'm a Denis Leary fan, I admit. But this book isn't worth a single glance. I expected something somewhat (of course) crude that poked fun at our holiday beliefs and traditions; instead I got extremely crude and tasteless glimpses of Mr. Leary's New York - or what I assume is his view of New York (although no one I know from there seems to have such a jaded and disgusting impression). It wasn't remotely funny. At least the money goes to a good cause - my only consolation for having purchased.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
Proceeds go to Firefighters! So it's a Win Win!
Love Denis Leary and his dedication to firefighters. Ordered this book as a Christmas gift for my husband (Lt. NFR), after seeing Denis on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Google it, very funny). Yes, the book is only big enough to be a coaster, but we love it!!! At our 2012 Christmas family get together, this book was passed amongst everyone with all of us laughing and finding a little something funny hidden in the illustrations...hint, hint! I would assume a reasonable adult could tell from the title, that this is Not a book for children or even very young teens... Adults should enjoy and like I said all the proceeds like many of Denis Leary's projects go to support Fire Fighters, so even if it's not for you the money is going to a good cause.