Mr. Taffle's Pants of Insanity

Fiction - Humor/Comedy
230 Pages
Reviewed on 04/11/2023
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Author Biography

ABOUT Daniel Finkel

I suck at almost everything. Seriously, it can be embarrassing. But thankfully, I do have one superpower. I've been coming up with trippy, original and hilarious shit my entire life.

I graduated with a degree in advertising, where I learned that I didn't want to work in advertising. So I moved to LA to work in the entertainment industry, where I learned I didn't want to work in the entertainment industry. But I got to read screenplays by writers with big agents that were horrible. So I started to write my own screenplays that were also horrible. And it worked! I started to option and sell them... eventually selling the biggest piece of crap I ever wrote to MGM. But then my brain literally went on strike. I was supposed to write this script with a big time commercial producer and I literally couldn't think of anything.

My brain forced me to write only ideas that I was passionate about. So I co-wrote and directed my first feature film Everything Will Happen Before You Die. The cast was amazing and I got to direct major league talent like Academy Award Nominee John Hawkes and Marc Boone Junior (Sons of Anarchy). It was a dream come true.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tilmer Wright Jr for Readers' Favorite

Mr. Taffle’s Pants of Insanity by Daniel Eric Finkel tells the story of a man oppressed by a life he repeatedly describes as a brutal pain machine with rechargeable batteries. It sure seems like that. Mr. Taffle is bad at his job, has a complicated and uncomfortable relationship with his mother, and has been dumped by the love of his life. When he encounters a strange pair of leather pants that have a most bizarre origin story of their own, his life begins a rollercoaster ride through a surreal landscape filled with tiny Vikings, malicious mimes, cloned farmers, and the ghost of Alex Trebek. It’s even stranger than it sounds.

Daniel Eric Finkel’s Mr. Taffle’s Pants of Insanity is pure escapism at its best. Finkel describes the book as “Douglas Adamsesque” and while the book does indeed recall the style and delivery of the work of Douglas Adams, it seems unfair to classify it in that manner. It defines its particular level of insanity and runs with it, blissfully unfettered by any box I tried to place it in. Pop culture references abound and are placed with impeccable timing throughout the story. There have been precious few times in my life when I have read something that made me laugh out loud. This book accomplished that feat on numerous occasions as I navigated the course set for Mr. Taffle by The Pants. Leave your expectations at the door of the never-ending dinner party and guard your baby toes. You’ve not read anything like this before, but you’ll be glad you did.