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2.0 out of 5 stars Ludic rocity title, 22 Oct. 2011
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What an absurd title for a book! And the sub-title is even worse. I had a look through this book in a shop today, and just wondered if it is another in the 1000 things to read/see/do/eat/drink tome. Then I thought I should get it via Kindle because it does appear interesting and readable. And then I opted to wait and see what review a serious historian might write about this tome. I don't blame the writer (compiler); the publishers have done the man no favours by allowing this corruption of the English language on the cover of this book. It seems interesting, but how can anybody take it seriously if the publishers don't?
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Initial post: 24 Oct 2011 10:00:36 BDT
Caviglia says:
I agree about the use of this non-word for the title. However, I disagree with judging a book without having read it and think it unfair to award two stars simply because of not liking the book title.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Oct 2011 10:43:25 BDT
Pat45 says:
I happen to think that the title is a clever one. I hope to get this book. The review published is unjust as the reviewer hasn't read the book. Good thing I read the uninformed criticism as just looking at the 2 stars might have deterred me from ordering ATROCITOLOGY.

Posted on 24 Oct 2011 17:13:02 BDT
Citizen A says:
I also strongly protest against this review. Don't comment on a book if you can't be arsed to read it. Awarding only two stars to what might turn out to be an important book on a serious subject amounts to vandalism.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2011 19:51:05 BDT
Patrick Hunt says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 31 Oct 2011 13:07:11 GMT
Deeky24 says:
God, I bet you're one of those irritating people who stand in front of the magazines reading them instead of actually buying them, when folk like me would actually like to get past you and take one! Good job the book industry doesn't hinge on folk like you.

Posted on 31 Oct 2011 15:12:19 GMT
JA Polonsky says:
you really are a complete penis

Posted on 1 Nov 2011 08:57:37 GMT
M Buckley says:
What? you're giving a book you didn't buy 2 stars because you didn't like the title?

Wow. hah, well the spite you bring up in me has just inspired me to buy the book :)

Posted on 1 Nov 2011 20:29:39 GMT
T. D. Welsh says:
Silly man, don't you understand that the publishers have already accomplished their objective? By your own admission you stood and read the book in a bookshop - not once, but twice! That is the main purpose of titles, covers, and blurbs - to make potential readers pick the book up. If you are not inclined to buy it, well the publishers have still done their best.

Incidentally, don't be too hard on new words. Shakespeare is full of them: sometimes it seems he made up every third or fourth word. Many words that you take for granted and use every day were violently controversial, and rejected by many scholars, as recently as the 19th century.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2011 13:27:36 GMT
Patrick Hunt says:
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Posted on 7 Nov 2011 16:00:39 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Nov 2011 16:01:11 GMT
People who write reviews of books they've not read should be put in a corner of society where they can't benefit from the good will and hard work of other people.

I do, incidentally, agree that the title is silly. But I want to hear from someone who's read the book!
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