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It Was a Dark and Stormy Night [Hardcover]

Scott Rice
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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The Friday Project Limited (5 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905548605
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905548606
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,014,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars You can't stop the giggles! 17 April 2009
This book is fantastic! I am sure you will laugh at these intentionally bad sentences. I should disclose that I know Scott Rice and am one of the authors (2006 Grand Prize), but just know that all the other people whose silly sentences are in this book were and are my inspiration. I am writing Bart Lasiter - Detective stories now for publication soon. Watch out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 28 July 2013
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I laughed out loud which I almost never do! I even felt compelled to submit a bad entry of my own.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It Was a Dark and Stormy Night 24 Dec 2012
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Supplied promptly in advertised condition at agreeable price. Very funny, although the fact that the entries have all been invented does make the humour pall after a while. If only it had collected genuine examples of dreadful writing, but no doubt that would have upset too many admirers of the writers concerned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brain-frying lines to twist your mind 14 Aug 2012
By Qaan
If you like puns, non sequiturs, and general overall silliness, buy this book. It contains entries from the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest [...] and the entries range from the stupid to the sublime, and on occasion you will encounter the pinnacle of the bad idea for an opening sentence to an imaginary book. Every time I turned a page I'd find at least one sentence that locked up my brain and left me temporarily paralyzed with my jaw hanging open.

A great gift for that weird, nerdy bookworm in your life. You know, the person you only see during the holidays who sits quietly in the corner reading Chess Life. That guy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My Students Sometimes Write Like This (Unintentionally) 4 Nov 2001
By Tracy Davis - Published on Amazon.com
It was a hot and dusty night (for you see, dear review reader, I live in a desert, where the nocturnal temperatures sometimes do not go below 90 degrees -- that is in the height of summer, as when I began this humorous tome I am reviewing) when I sat down to read the submissions of frustrated Victorian 'wannabees' who have more time on their hands than American Vice Presidents (present times excluded, of course) to dish out poorly conceived sentences modeled on that paragon of forgotten 19th Century literature, Bulwer-Lytton, whose flowery prose brings to mind the brain of soap opera producers who don't know when to stop; and neither did I, because this book was so darn funny, I almost wet myself -- therefore, I highly recommend it as a pleasant diversion better than Buffy the Vampire Slayer -- and that's saying a lot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The original collection of Bullwer-Lytton entries. 15 Feb 2001
By James Yanni - Published on Amazon.com
The editorial review claims that this is the fourth collection; I believe that this is in error. This is the first, the original, copyright 1984, with entries from the first year of the contest.
The Bullwer-Lytton fiction contest (named for Edward George Bullwer-Lytton, who is responsible for the novel "Paul Clifford" (1830) which is famous for the opening line, "It was a dark and stormy night...", often spoofed, most famously by Snoopy in the "Peanuts" comic strip) has been an annual contest since 1983, the object of which is to write the worst possible opening sentence to a hypothetical novel. To be honest, this one isn't QUITE as funny as "Dark and Stormy; the Final Conflict", which is the only other collection that I've read yet, but it is still well worth reading if you have the particular warped sense of humor to enjoy parodies of overblown purple prose.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wacky!!! 11 Feb 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book is absolutely hilarious. It only takes a couple of sentences to figure out what it's about and a couple more before you're thinking of your own entry. You'll laugh. Alot.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too much of a good thing 15 Jun 2001
By Robert Beveridge - Published on Amazon.com
Scott Rice, ed., It Was a Dark and Stormy Night: The Best of the Bulwer-Lytton Contest (Penguin, 1984)
It seems like a can't-miss idea, right? Publish the thousand or so best of the myriad entries the Bulwer-Lytton contest got in 1984. And, really, there's a lot of funny stuff here. But two hundred pages' worth does get old. Definitely a bathroon-read kind of book. It does divulge such brilliant bits as "a crowded elevator smells different to a midget," though, so it's worth your time. ** 1/2
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely hilarious 18 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Many of us how to write bad Hemingway. Lots of us can write a bad novel noir, after, say, Raymond Chandler. But just a few pages of this book instruct us in a much broader range of bad writing. This book is a true classic and should be in every library. Or maybe, supressed...
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