It may be surprising to many, but there are a lot of human behaviors that are actually quite strange when put into more literal terms. In many writing courses I took in college, writing about everyday life as though you were an alien from another planet was an exercise I had never been great at but was fond of nonetheless. Strange Planet by Nathan W. Pyle is basically the equivalent of someone taking that prompt and running with it for as many daily-life activities one can think of. And it’s pretty brilliant.
I crave star damage.
Honestly, there are so many wonderful gems within the confines of this book that I couldn’t possibly even know where to begin with it all. From children and pets to friendship and entertainment, this book takes your normal activities and flips them on their head. Showing you how odd some of the things we do might really be or simply might seem when given the right phrasing. For example, something as simple as getting a sun-tan, Pyle uses his fantastic alien characters to refer to it as “star damage.”
Strange Planet isn’t the funniest book I’ve ever read or anything, but it’s a wonderful read if you’re in the mood for a laugh. While I’ve never really been the sort of person who has coffee table books, the sort that you leave out for guests to peruse through when they come over, I have to say that Pyle’s Strange Planet makes a wonderful coffee table book.