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5.0 out of 5 stars A Lucky Find, 21 April 2009
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This review is from: Joined-Up Thinking: How everything connects to everything else: How to Connect Everything to Everything Else (Hardcover)
This is a really enjoyable and interesting book. Each chapter (round?) is a complete circle of connected facts, working from a starting point through a barn-full of weird and wonderful miscellanea, and ending up back where it started. For example, chapter 22 starts with Torchwood and Doctor Who and travels via the Star Wars (both George Lucas and Ronnie Reagan versions), The Flintstones and Scottish band "The Proclaimers", Hallmark Cards, Frankincense, and ending up back with Torchwood. If you love trivia (as I do) or are riveted to each episode of QI (as I am), then you will enjoy this journey that tries to draw lines connecting all the quirky facts to each other.

Thoughtfully, Stevyn Colgan has even provided a "joined-up index" that will let you find individual strange facts later, which will surely make this the oddest reference book on your shelves? Colgan is obviously deeply disturbed, and I commend him for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the way forward, 10 Nov 2008
This review is from: Joined-Up Thinking: How everything connects to everything else: How to Connect Everything to Everything Else (Hardcover)
Just when I was getting bored with the miscellany's and such - this is a brilliantly inventive and fun book which traces the connections from one curious piece of information to another. Each "round" reads like a curious and adventurous essay. I picked this up because of the quotes from the "QI" bunch and I can see why they were so enthusiastic about it. Great stuff. And hoping for volume II.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's All Connected!, 19 May 2012
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Charles - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Joined-Up Thinking: How everything connects to everything else: How to Connect Everything to Everything Else (Hardcover)
This book is a amazing fact book with each chapter beginning with a fact leading to another fact that leads to another eventually returning back to the original fact.

Here is a simplified example:

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime-time TV in America were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

The Flintstones was made by Hanna-Barbera who also produced Scooby Doo.

The Name Scooby Doo was taken from an ab-lib by Frank Sinatra in his song Strangers in the Night.

Frank Sinatra appears as a singing sword in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

In Who Framed Roger Rabbit cartoon characters can pull objects out of thin air.

In The Mask Jim Carry pays homage to cartoons by pulling a huge multi-barrelled gun, bazooka and hundred of items from his pockets when searched.

In early Superman comics Superman stored his Clark Kent business clothes in a pouch in the inner lining of his cape.. yet his cape never bulged or hung heavy.

An animated Superman and Jerry Seinfeld appeared in an advert for American Express.

American Express was founded by John Butterfield, Henry Wells and William Fargo. Wells and Fargo also had banks which appeared in lots of movies.

The film "Wells Fargo" was directed by Frank Lloyd.

Frank Lloyd was one of the founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards the Oscars.

In 2002 the Oscar for best actress went to Halle Berry.

Hallie Berry appeared in the 1994 live-action Flintstones movie.

Something about how the writer links things together gives me a headache. I think that some of the links based on same name or numbers are not really all that meaningful and remind me of how conspiracy theories link unrelated things together.
The entire book can be read in a short time because it seems to use bigger print than most books. This is a very interesting book to read, at a absolute bargain price and I liked it a lot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Good!, 29 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Joined-Up Thinking: How everything connects to everything else: How to Connect Everything to Everything Else (Hardcover)
A very funny and enjoyable book I could not put down, creative and innovative, I have read nothing like this style before. Brilliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Journey through factual links, 14 Oct 2008
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This review is from: Joined-Up Thinking: How everything connects to everything else: How to Connect Everything to Everything Else (Hardcover)
Great book. I really enjoyed this one. I challenge anyone not to read it in one sitting!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 4 Nov 2008
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This review is from: Joined-Up Thinking: How everything connects to everything else: How to Connect Everything to Everything Else (Hardcover)
A witty, well constructed book. Excellent read from Mr Colgan. This book does the remarkable and links the benal to the ridiculous!!!! I think this wil make a superb gift at Christmas - it certainly has been handy for my relatives this year.
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