Santa vs. Satan
Jake Kalish
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Santa vs. Satan: The Official Compendium of Imaginary Fights
Jake Kalish
Three Rivers Press
288 pages
July 2008
rated 3 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Stuck trying to buy that perfect gift for the nephew, brother-in-law or teenaged boy in your life? Look no further - this book will be an instant hit, even as the women in their lives cringe at its crassness.

Locker Room humor at its best, Jake Kalish’s Santa vs. Satan is a very amusing tome of dream fights between all things that interest the average guy. Kalish documents these fantastical fights with contenders of such stature as Bruce Lee vs. Mohammad Ali and Adam vs. Charles Darwin to such trivial matches as Captain Crunch vs. Tony the Tiger and Gandalf vs. Obi-Wan Kenobi.

To make these fights even more legitimate, each section includes a blow-by blow account of the fight, complete with expert opinion of who should be the clear winner, based on completely subjective opinions of experts as varied as the subject matter.

For example, in Donald Duck vs. Daffy Duck,

“Donald smacks Daffy's beak around his face, then blows it clean off with a rifle. Daffy attempts to attack Donald with a quarterstaff, but instead hits himself in the face with it...”
It wouldn't be fair to give away the ending, but it’s a lot of fun thinking about how much I would have enjoyed this cartoon if Warner Brothers and Disney had collaborated.

Some of the fights may make you cringe - Virgin vs. Whore or Married Gay Couple vs. Divorced Straight Couple come to mind. But the author really leaves no stone unturned with this compendium, providing equal opportunity fodder for all social, political, economic and ethnic groups.

Don't be surprised after reading this book if you find yourself coming up with your own imaginary matches - Julia Child vs. Martha Stewart, maybe, or how about Mom vs. Mother-in-law?

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Lisa Ladd, 2009

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