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Amazon Review Contest
Last month I promised that I would send a free book to whomever posted the most creative review of Hippo Eats Dwarf on Amazon.com (the time limit being the end of March). I didn't forget! There were some great ones, which made it really hard to pick a winner. So I narrowed it down to my favorite five and then randomly picked one. And the winner is Arthur Hippo for his "Totally Useless Cookbook!!!" review:

While I admit that the recipes in this volume can be daring, absolutely no guidance is provided as to the initial preparation of the dwarf, or any hints as to where to procure one in the first place. Also, would it kill the author (or authors - really, how obvious a suedo... psuden... soodoen... fake name is "Alex Boese"?) to provide some suggestions for side dishes? "Herbed Roast Dwarf With Spiced Applesauce" is all well and good, but what sort of vegetable should I serve with the dish? What bread? Not even a wine suggestion! Not recommended.

I particularly like the 'totally useless cookbook' one-liner. I'm thinking of adding it to my ad for Hippo Eats Dwarf in the left-hand column of this page. Unfortunately, however, whoever wrote this review managed to conceal their identity very successfully, so I have no idea where to send the prize.

If I can't figure out the real identity of Arthur Hippo, I'll send the free book to David Rattigan for his "Hip Poe At SD Warf" review. (I was amazed to realize that the title spelled out this phrase.)

Oh, and now that the contest is over, feel free to post real reviews of the book on Amazon (or continue posting fake ones... whatever tickles your fancy).
Categories: Miscellaneous
Posted by The Curator on Tue Apr 04, 2006
Comments (7)
Ummm.. it was me! Yeah.. umm.. really! Glad you liked the review, which I like, totally wrote. Me. Yeah. *innocent whistle*


(why do I suddenly hear a bunch of people claiming to be Spartacus?)
Posted by Robin Bobcat  in  Californian Wierdo  on  Tue Apr 04, 2006  at  09:01 PM
That would be me. I've activated the e-mail link over on A. Hippo's Amazon profile if you'd like to send him a message to confirm.
Posted by Joe Littrell  on  Tue Apr 04, 2006  at  10:29 PM
If you say that you're A. Hippo, Joe, I'll trust you!
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Wed Apr 05, 2006  at  01:25 AM
Oh, thanks, matey! Now I'm secretly hoping Arthur Hippo fails to turn up. Heh.
Posted by Dave Rattigan  in  Liverpool, England  on  Wed Apr 05, 2006  at  03:33 AM
No, I'm a hippo!
Posted by outeast  on  Wed Apr 05, 2006  at  03:47 AM
I'm HIPPO!
Posted by Rocco6025  on  Wed Apr 05, 2006  at  12:33 PM
I'm Brian!
Posted by Splarka  on  Thu Apr 06, 2006  at  02:40 AM
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