Book Review: The QI Book of the Dead By John Lloyd and John Mitchinson

bookofthedead3Title: The QI Book of the Dead

Author: John Lloyd and John Mitchinson

Year written: 2009

Publisher and year: Faber and Faber Ltd., 2010

ISBN Number: 978-0-571-24491-1

I have a few QI books and they’re good books to pick up and read a bit or to learn some unusual facts about whatever topic is in the book. This one has various chapters with themes about people in history. Most of them are famous, I’d heard of a lot of them, but then there are some that are more obscure and you’re not likely to need to know about them at any point in your life apart from maybe a pub quiz or to throw into a conversation.

This edition is in paperback, I have never seen the hardback version but apparently it was released a year earlier. This paperback version is one I bought on eBay as part of a lot of QI books and probably cost around £1 if I worked it out but it’s one I’ve seen in second hand book stores, though QI books in general seem to be appearing in charity or second hand stores less recently that I’ve seen.

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Book Review: The Noticeably Stouter QI Book of General Ignorance by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson

QIgeneralignorance1Title: The Noticeably Stouter QI Book of General Ignorance

Author: John Lloyd and John Mitchinson

Year written: 2009

Publisher and year: Faber and Faber, 2009

ISBN Number: 0-571-24692-2

I don’t know how popular QI is in other countries but in the UK it’s a popular TV show hosted by Stephen Fry (until the next series) with Alan Davies and other guests who answer questions about pretty much anything as long as it’s quite interesting. It’s pretty much a show full of questions that you think you know the answer to but normally the answer you think is right is wrong. The Book of General Ignorance (first published in 2006) is a book full of answers to these kinds of questions, quite a few of them taken straight from the show directly.

This Noticeably Stouter version of the Book of General Ignorance includes more of these questions, a different cover and a list of the episodes to the date of publication (the F series in the alphabet) but most of it is the same content. I bought it as part of a big lot of QI books on eBay so it probably cost be around £1 or less given the overall price and number of books and it’s one I’ve seen in second hand and charity shops a few times, both versions. It’s a sort of pick up and put down book or a coffee table book that’s a bit different and you can open any page at random and read something rather than having to read it in order.

As I have both of the versions of this book I’m going to review the newer one to start with and then do a bit of a comparison as there are definitely plusses for both versions over the other and then you can see them side by side.

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Book Review – And Another Thing… by Eoin Colfer

andanotherthing3Title: And Another Thing…

Author: Eoin Colfer

Year written: 2009

Publisher and year: BCA, 2009

ISBN Number: 978-0141042138

This is another of those books that’s been on my shelves for years, though not as long as the last one. I think I pre-ordered this one so it must have been 2009 I got it, though I haven’t been able to read it properly until now. I remember starting it but didn’t get that far so this time I’ve given it a proper go. It’s still available on Amazon for £8.99 though I don’t think I paid that for it new so might be worth looking around if you want a copy.

And Another Thing… is written as a sixth book in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Or Hitch Hiker’s, as some of the originals have on the cover), series by Douglas Adams written by Eoin Colfer, who I had heard of because of the Artemis Fowl series. I can’t remember the last time I read the five originals by Douglas Adams so it may be a direct follow on, it does start at the end of the world in a small club in London which I think is the end of the previous book having glanced at the last few pages.

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