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Such a disappointment,
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This review is from: A Billion Jokes (Volume 1) (Kindle Edition)
I'm a huge fan of Peter Serafinowicz's work, loved his TV show, have followed him on Twitter for the last couple of years, and was delighted to hear he was releasing a book. The title itself made me laugh - clearly a joke in itself - and when I saw that the Kindle edition had such a low price I couldn't resist it, crossing the book off my Christmas list.
If you've been following Serafinowicz on Twitter for some time you'll have seen many (most? Maybe all?) of the jokes in this book before. The jokes themselves are all very short, and in truth are more puns than anything, and each is accompanied by a large picture - an old-fashioned etching-type image - which means that you have one joke per page, so it is an extremely quick read and I easily finished it in a single sitting with a cup of tea in bed. It is worth pointing out that on the Kindle some of the text doesn't resize if you change the font etc. so on the pages where the joke is encapsulated within a box or a frame of sorts the text is extremely small and hard to read, and cannot be changed.
Have a look at the product description as it contains five of the jokes from the book (the "Muhammad Dali" one was one of the better ones in the book) and if you like them, you'll like the rest of it. Personally I didn't laugh at any of it I'm afraid, smiled a few times, but on the whole found it all rather tiresome and, as a follower of his on Twitter, all too familiar. A big disappointment for me.
(A footnote: You may notice that the hardback edition of this book has a lot of reviews, most of which are accompanied by Twitter account names. This is because the author asked for his followers to write reviews on here, and in return he would follow them back on Twitter.)