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1.0 out of 5 stars First draft to The Deeper Meaning of Liff, save your pennies, 1 Sep 2004
This review is from: The Meaning of Liff (Paperback)
I am deeply disappointed that both books are still in circulation. The Deeper Meaning of Liff (TDMOF) is an updated edition of The Meaning of Liff (TMOF), it contains all the definitions found in TMOF and a significant number more. So why oh why is TMOF still being sold???? Don't make the same mistake I did, I bought both together.
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Initial post: 18 Jul 2009 15:19:50 BDT
F. Wight says:
I have to thank you for this review, as I was just about to order both books!

Posted on 24 Sep 2009 21:29:23 BDT
Daymz says:
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Posted on 11 May 2011 03:33:26 BDT
Bentley says:
Well, I've had both books for years. I bought The Meaning of Liff when it came out, and I LOVED it. From this, I bough The Deeper Meaning of Liff when that was released. I HATED it. The original is far better. The new meanings aren't as good as the originals, and although the originals are included, they aren't as funny now because - weirdly - the typeset isn't as good... somehow the dryness of the humour is lost in the updated version. This change in typeset for the newer, "Deeper" book killed a lot of the comedy for me. The illustrations aren't very funny either and are unnecessary. The "Deeper" version loses a LOT of the charm of the original, pocket-sized gem. That's another thing - the size of the original meant it was a book that can be carried about anywhere in a pocket or bag. Not so with the "Deeper" version, which is too large for most pockets

My advice would be (to anyone who has not read either) to get the original first, read it, love it, then if you feel you need more, get the "Deeper" version but be prepared to be disappointed. You might not be, but I was.

Posted on 15 Oct 2013 12:05:53 BDT
I may be wrong, but I have both books, and I could have sworn that they left out some of the words from the original in the follow-up.
I would still recommend people buy the original, as it's smaller, uses smaller print and thinner paper, so is much more pocket-able. If you think it's as funny as a lot of us do, you might end up buying the newer coffee table version anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Dec 2013 14:45:49 GMT
J. Simpson says:
I agree completely with your suspicions about the follow-up. I've owned both volumes and the one that really hits the mark is the original.
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