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What do people want out of life? Aside from love, obviously. And, the respect of their peers. That goes without saying. And, a job that doesn’t make them want to claw their eyes out with an eagle’s talons. Can’t imagine anybody applying for a job that makes them want to claw their eyes out! And, a sexual partner that isn’t only thinking of his own needs when we –

Okay, we could go on. But, the answer that we’re looking for here is: meaning. Meaning. We want to know why absurd things happen to us in our lives. We want...? Right. Meaning.

Of course, life is a chaotic soup whose recipe is a constantly changing mix of often unsavoury ingredients, and nobody appears to have a copy of the cookbook (although, god knows, many people claim to). Where can you find somebody to help you through the maze of chicken gumbo and cabbage borscht broths? The Alternate Reality News Service, of course! Our advice columnists are happy to help you navigate the incomprehensible menu of bisques, consommes and chowders to find the meaning at the bottom of your personal soup bowl!

In What the Hell Were You Thinking?: Good Advice for People Who Make Bad Decisions, you will learn:

* what to do if your bosses go into a mystery room and don’t come out for three weeks;
* why it may not be a good idea to reveal your online porn viewing preferences to anybody actually online;
* how to act when events you see in your Home Universe GeneratorTM appear to be happening in your own universe;
* what it means when a player in the online girl’s game Cotton Candy Mountain starts talking about jihad, and;
* what people are actually doing when they use a miniature rake on their tongues.

You may not find the meaning you need in your own life (that’s why readers are encouraged to submit their own questions), but at least you’ll be able to laugh at the absurdity of whatever the hell other people were thinking. What the Hell Were You Thinking?: Good Advice for People Who Make Bad Decisions may not be as good as your mom's chicken soup, but at least it won't nag you to tell it when you're going to get married!

Praise for The Alternate Reality News Service’s Guide to Love, Sex and Robots

“This book was so funny that it caused me a couple of sleepless nights, because I couldn’t stop reading the questions and answers.” (Seregil of Riminee, Rising Shadow)

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