About Comedian Mastermind: The Best of FatCyclist.com, 2005-2007


Comedian Mastermind is the best stuff I wrote in the early years of FatCyclist.com. It’s full of fake news, how-tos, epic (and not so epic) rides, the best cake in the world, the Assos ad teardown, Dr. Lämmler’s reply, my best Lance Armstrong and Tour de France stuff, and a bunch of other stuff that doesn’t fit into categories very well.

But it’s not simply the blog, bound up in book form. No indeed. For one thing, every story has a new introduction, giving extra context — the story behind the stories.

For another thing, I’ve gone annotation-crazy on this book; I’m pretty sure there’s not a single page in the book that’s not loaded with ridiculous new observations in the footnotes section.

For still yet another thing, this book has been edited, which means — for the first time ever — you’ll get to see what my stories are like when they’re not a rushed first draft.

How to Buy Comedian Mastermind

If you don’t need the whole song and dance, here are the links to just go buy the book and get on with your day.

  • Paperback version ($19.95): Click here to buy from Amazon.com (This book is eligible for Amazon Prime shipping, by the way)
  • Kindle version ($9.95): Click here to buy the Kindle version
  • Autographed paperback version, with note ($39.95, no shipping, worldwide): Just type the note you want me to write (unless you want me to make something dumb up myself), click the Add to Cart button and finish paying at PayPal.
    Text for your note:

What’s Next?

Comedian Mastermind is the first of a set of Best of FatCyclist.com books. How many will there be eventually? I don’t know; I guess it depends on how long I keep writing this blog. I’ve got two more outlined, so I hope to do at least that many.

I will tell you, though, that the next book in this set is going to be different than the others. It will be titled Fight Like Susan, and will be a collection of all the stories I wrote about Susan’s fight with cancer, along with a lot of additional new stories, giving details that I didn’t give in the blog.

My hope is that the second book might be useful for people who are going through cancer, as well as for people who are taking care of a loved one with cancer..

Further, the second book will be a two-for-one deal. when you flip Fight Like Susan over, you’ll have the novel Susan was working on as she was fighting cancer. For one thing, it’s a fun book and deserves to be read by more than just a few of Susan’s family members and friends. For another thing, I told Susan I’d get her book published, so this is a good way for me to keep that promise.

I’ll be using the proceeds from both this first and second volume to fund my big dream: writing (and if necessary, publishing) The Cancer Caretaker’s Companion.

You see, back in March 2011, I wrote a post called “This is My Plan and This is What I Need.” Well, the plan is now in motion. And hopefully, I’ll be able to use the money and credibility the sale of a lot of books brings to get The Cancer Caretaker’s Companion the attention it needs.

Meanwhile, though: I’m proud of Comedian Mastermind. It’s a fun book, and all else aside I think you’ll get your money’s (however much it is) worth.

Even if the title does oversell itself just a touch.

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