Reviews - What do customers think about Green Jello & Red Punch: The Heinous Truth! About Utah!?
disappointing Mar 15, 2006
While some of the anecdotes are quite humorous, a large portion of the commentary sounds like it comes directly from the mouths of some bitter ex-Mormons/Latter-day Saints. I didn't want an entire book of Mormon/Latter-day Saint jokes--I was looking for commentary of Utah at large. Also, a lot of the tongue-in-cheek humor would be misunderstood by those not 'in the know,' giving a perverted view of the Utah I know and love to make fun of.
This book is garbage Dec 25, 2005
Here's a quote from the back-cover: "Author C.L. Crosby... now lives with his partner of ten years in San Francisco Bay Area"... so what we have here is a highly morally enlightened homosexual (literally) who seems to think he's the expert on Mormon Religion and somehow thinks this qualifies him to insult everything good that they stand for. He states in millions of disclaimers put into the book that he's never been in Utah and knows nothing about the thesis he's written for the book, but it's obvious he's educated on what he's talking about and stretches every topic into a fabricated lie and manages to be extremely insulting. I personally am not a Mormon, which the book mocks, but I am from Utah and this "Heinous Truth About Utah" doesn't exist. The only truth about Utah that you need to know is that there aren't many Religious Fanatics, despite what uneducated people say. It's a nice place to live with scenery that's to die for. The people are trustworthy and it lasts. That's all you need to know. Don't buy the book.
Funny and interesting. Dec 8, 2004
Having lived many years in several cities in Utah I found the book rather entertaining. The lighthearted, humorous look at the eccentricities in the government, the people and their often unusual behavior was a nice reminder of what we loved and loved to hate about Utah. I disagree heartily with "offcenter" who sounds a bit defensive and appears to have expected an academic treatise rather than a lighthearted look at an unusual state-which appears to be what the book is actually about. What is suspicious though, is the need to question another reader's motivation for liking the book. Correct me if I am wrong, but royalties for this book would not go to Dr. Stern no matter who publishes her books, and therefore the unnecessary suggestion of unethical motivations is inappropriate.
Old Stuff Nov 9, 2003
I'd hate to ever find myself being an apologist for Utah, but this book is just full of trite, recycled stuff. If you just laugh yourself to death over those "you might be a ( fill in the blank) books and howl over Galleger videos, then call me a snob and ignore this review. I'd suggest any Robert Kirby or Pat Bagely books if you want a little more insightful humor about Utah. I also have to note that the Dr. Sterns rave review is a little suspect seeing that she wrote a book for the same publisher as the author.
If it can even make foreigners laugh out loud... Aug 15, 2003
Well, I've just spent two of the most fantastic weeks in Salt Lake City and the state Utah, and just before I left, a dear friend of mine gave me a copy of this book. Back home I read it and just couldn't stop laughing, it's all so recognizable, witty and to the point.
The power of this fantastic book lies in repeatedly naming everyday stuff, but in a way that is so sarcastic that it hurts you stomach from laughing out loud all the time.
A must buy for everyone who's ever set foot in Utah, or intends to do so...