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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2009
This is the 3rd Book from the mind of Karl Pilkington and in my opinion the best yet.

For those who aren't familiar with the antics Mr Pilkington, he is one of Ricky Gervais friends who he likes to describe as a village idiot of sorts. The fame started on the radio station XFM when Ricky had his own time slot , in which he featured among other things the ramblings, theories and insights of Karl who was the producer of the show at the time.
More recent mainstream fame was continued on Ricky Gervais Podcast Show , which the insanity continued.

Now Mr Pilkington writes books and I must say there's nothing better to do at the end of the day , than to read his random musings before drifting off at bedtime.

This book focuses on Karl expanding his knowledge of the world.
Laugh and be amused as the bald little Manc continues in broadening his mind and enriching his soul.
Infact I find this book somewhat inspiring since I stopped education long ago and he's writing about his latest endeavors in picking it back up and learning new stuff where he can. Maybe Mr Pilkington has inspired me to take up writing too.

You will enjoy the simple , but thought provoking view points he expresses.
A lot of what his says make sense and a lot of he says will make you smile, because it's all written in good, honest,humble, simple straight forward humanity. ( I like his writing style, as he just writes how he speak it in real life, which makes the books that much more fun to read )
Also he goes off on many funny and random tangents as his mind wanders and many of them will provoke the biggest laughs from you.

chapters include visits to the Natural History Museum, London Aquarium, a day at the Library and many more !
As with Karl's previous written works, there are many sprinkles of visual treats throughout. Including his charming illustrations ( Which I still must say , I think he should go into creating children's books at some point) and collages of photos from his various visits.

My eyes have been greatly opened to see the world in a much more pure , simpler honest light.
A viewpoint like this refreshes the mind and soul.

But the bottom line this is funny and charming reading, you probably won't find anywhere else.
Give it a try and you might be surprised , by adding a bit of Karl Pilkington into your life ,will really make it much more sense.

This is my most enjoyed book of his works so far. I can't wait for the next title, which I hope to be more comedy gold.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2010
I'm new to the world of Karl Pilkington. I was flicking TV channels one night and noticed 'An Idiot Abroad' was on. I watched it and ever since then I've been watching, reading and listening to him. He's one of the funniest thinkers I've ever seen and his humor style is a welcome change.

Karlology is an hilarious read, recommended to all.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 15 October 2008
I've only just started this book and already it promises to be the best book so far. Just a little excerpt I think should be known:

"I have a theory that the brain might have come from another planet where brains ruled. A planet where there was no atmosphere and the brains just floated around thinking about stuff all day. They quickly became advanced because of the amount of thinking being done. Then, somehow, they came to planet Earth but found they were useless because they couldn't move about by floating any more. So one of the brainier ones got into a monkey's head ... and the rest is history. Like I say, it's just a theory."

I dare anyone to attempt to understand the psychology behind that!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2011
Very funny book, I bought it for my boyfriend for Christmas, but when it arrived I had a little flick through and it had me laughing out loud, I just HAD to give him it!
He loves the book, he barely puts it down, and often reads out quotes that put me in fits of giggles.

Karl Pilkington is a genius!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 28 August 2009
This is Karl's third book! He's written as many books as he's read! Well, he's done it again. Another corking book filled with the drivel we've all come to love to read on the can.

Some of the genius is missing as Ricky and Steves' voices are absent and when the three are together the drivel reaches bold new heights of idiocy. But Karl's lone voice speaking his theories uninterrupted without Ricky's voice saying "Karl, Karl, Karl - where did you get this from? What do you mean the monkey drove to Spain?!" make for a much stranger but still brilliant read.

In this book Karl goes for a MENSA test, goes to an exhibition of the human body featuring real life (dead) human bodies, and we get the confrontation we've all been waiting for - Karl meets his brain! And of course, there's also some monkey news thrown in.

If you've been following Karl through all the media over the years (XFM, podcasts, audiobooks, the occasional documentary) some of the stuff in here are things he's already mentioned however here he's allowed to elaborate on his thoughts and also poses some new ones too. His drawings are always charming and the design of this book is really top notch. Suzanne even throws in a touching afterword. "He makes me laugh every day" she says. Long live Karl!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 2008
One of the funniest books I have read in a long time.
Simple humor... You can sometines see whats coming but still make you laugh.
Karls outlook on life and views are so simple, it makes you wonder if he is actually correct in what he says... scary!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2010
Really really funny book. Includes great illustrations and amusing facts throughout. If you like 'Karl's Diary' readings from the Ricky Gervais Show - You will love this book. Karl mentions everyday things but turns them into a whole new perspective, probably without even meaning to. Great buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 January 2011
Karl's voice echoes from the pages - you can imagine the trademark, simian half-grimace as the words trip slowly from his lips. There are some genuine guffaws as he rambles across a wide variety of subjects in the wonderful parallel universe of Karl-world. Well worth a try.
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on 7 April 2014
Don’t under estimate this little book as it is packed with witty anecdotes and even some useful hard facts. Like all successful comedians, Pilkington is a keen observer of people and life, proving that what people do and think is an inexhaustible supply of material for comedy.

Subjects given the Pilkington treatment range from: why we shouldn’t construct too many museums within a short distance of each other, how our penchant for fish makes us hypocritical, how Chinese Karate black belts and Stone fish are similar and how best before dates are causing obesity and a negative evolutionary pressure on the human nose.

Especially memorable is chapter 1 in which Pilkington gives a hilarious treatise on consciousness, the brain and self. The fact acknowledged by his girlfriend later that: ‘he thinks his brain runs him’ is a telling insight into the man. However it is impossible sometimes not to share Karl’s distrust of the brain- it has made fools of all of us on occasions.

Here lies the appeal of much of the book, as a man of a certain age, I cannot help but agree with much of what the author claims. His conjecture that no food is worth eating that takes twice as long to prepare as it does to eat, is one familiar to my partner. Indeed references to ‘Wham Bars’ and cold 1970’s primary school classrooms will resonate with any reader in their forties.

He is ably supported by an eclectic cast of guest contributors including: Johnny Ball, Ricky Gervais and David Baddiel and the end of each chapter includes useful facts such as: the date of the last execution carried out at the Tower of London and an explanation of Cotard’s Delusion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2010
I purchased this book after watching the Ricky Gervais show. Although the book is entertaining, it lacks something and is not as good as I expected. I think it lacks the input from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, and in my opinion falls short of the mark as, they are not there to criticize and poke fun at his comments. There are a few interesting and funny parts but nothing spectacular. Karl's way of thinking is more entertaining when he is part of a team.
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