Allen Baird

Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,653
Helpful votes received on reviews: 84% (435 of 519)
Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland
In My Own Words:
I run a business book club in Belfast called BookCamp. I'm using Amazon to post my reviews prior to each event.

I've got an interest in Nietzsche, mythology, self-help and game studies. And I've published a novel called The First Jedi.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,653 - Total Helpful Votes: 435 of 519
Comedy: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Intr&hellip by Matthew Bevis
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A good book grows on you. It makes you want to read it again, to refer to it, to chew over parts of it. And it takes you to places you didnít expect. This is what this very short introduction to comedy did for me. Its eight main chapters are short and cover a lot of ground, cleverly sequenced in a rough, chronological order. So we start with the ancient Greeks and end with eschatology. Generous use of illustrations, photos, quotes and further references enhances the reading experience.

My intention was to summarise each chapter, but that would be silly, since you can deduce their contents from the Contents page. Instead, Iíll offer you the insight which struck me the most,… Read more
Humour: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Intr&hellip by NoŽl Carroll
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
So what did I want from an introductory book on humour? Four things: (1) to provide me with a summary of theories on humour; (2) to take a peek into some of the philosophical issues surrounding humour; (3) to provide me with some taxonomies on types and techniques of humour; and (4) to make me laugh.

Of these four, the first and the third were the most important. The second was relatively important to me, only because I have an interest in philosophy, and only then in a small dose. And I want to laugh when I read a book like this because it is not a textbook, it is supposed to be a stimulating, yea entertaining, introduction to a new subject, a subject which after all is… Read more
The Ambiguity of Play by Brian Sutton-smith
The Ambiguity of Play by Brian Sutton-smith
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
There are books on play, then are books on play studies, then there is this. Stuart Brown has an excellent book on the science of play, Huizinga wrote a pioneering work on play theory, but Sutton-Smith (SS) has outplayed them all.

Let me be Frank. This is a textbook. It reads like a textbook. It contains technical terminology, schema and classifications, definitions, references and all the usual academic tools. Some parts require serious brainpower to appreciate. The list of primary and secondary sources is massive and most impressive.

But itís more than a mere textbook, much more. Hereís what it does for you.

It gathers together all previous… Read more

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