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147 Things: A hilariously brilliant guide to this thing called life Hardcover – 5 Oct 2017
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A hilariously brilliant and very personal guide to this thing we call life, from YouTube superstar Jim Chapman.See all Product description
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I persisted for as much as I could but couldn't finish - it's what my husband would call a toilet book. I think it would be a perfect book for my nephew but there's too many adult references.
You just never know when you’re going to need to know that penguins can jump up to three meters high or that it is illegal to hunt and kill camels in Arizona. Really? How many camels are there in Arizona that they need a law to protect them?
Essentially this is what 147 Things is about. A collection of odd facts connected via witty commentary. I don’t think I am going to get over the whole kangaroo fact, now every time I look at one I will be wondering about what is hidden in that pouch.
To be completely frank the concept of a book of random facts could be considered a wee bit boring after a while, and that exact thought crossed my mind just a few facts or chapters in. Then the book took a slightly different direction and became more personal. Specifically from Thing 19: Some people aren’t bad, they just do bad things, onwards.
The element, which I believe redeems the book, and makes it not only an entertaining read but also a heart-warming one, is the part of himself Chapman puts into the book.
He lets the reader take a close look at his memories and what is in his heart. He lets us in to take a snapshot of what has shaped him as a child and as a young man, and this is what makes this more than just a book about odd and interesting facts.
*I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley.*
Well, I'm sorry, Jim, but your book just didn't do it for me. The balance of seriousness with sheer stupidity (the amount of times your penis was mentioned just wasn't funny, particularly when juxtaposed beside the story of how a major father figure in your life died) doesn't gel. And as for the amazing facts and stuff? Well... meh. There wasn't even anything that new there. I mean: there were a few things that I didn't know specifically, but nothing to make me get too excited about. Apart from that, they were facts that, well, everyone knows. Apparently not Chapman because he presents them as though he's the bringer of some amazing new piece of science that will really shock you. But it's mostly GCSE level type stuff, it's not ground-breaking.
I only finished this book, to be honest, because I wanted to give it a fair review. And I have. Unfortunately, slogging through every single one of the 147 facts didn't change my mind.
Two stars, purely for the fact that I did go and watch about half of one of Chapman's YouTube videos (I switched it off because it was boring), so I must have been a little more intrigued than I realised. Now, I'm even more confused. Why do people find him so interesting on YouTube? I could walk around with a camera all day too, y'know...
Nothing personal about Jim Chapman; he seems like a really nice bloke. I imagine if you follow his YouTube channel, you'll enjoy this book because it appears to be along the same style. Not one for me, but (this sounds weird) I wouldn't mind meeting Jim Chapman. I think he'd be an interesting conversationalist.
Just - unfortunately for us - not an author.
Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC copy to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
EDIT: The fact that the numerous perfectly legitimate one star reviews for this book are gradually disappearing (including my own, which I have had to repost), would seem to suggest something underhand is occurring. l can only imagine that the author's team are "reporting" unfavourable reviews in order to maintain that precious five star rating. Ironically, this only serves as proof that the book is a shameless exercise in publicity, rather than a serious foray into authorship.
If you are going to call yourself an author and have your work published, bad reviews are part of the deal. You don't get to delete and curate the criticism that is aimed at you, as if this was a YouTube video.
Amazon reviews are an independent platform for honest feedback and I find it utterly shameful that this is being violated so flagrantly.
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