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Discovering Scarfolk Hardcover – 16 Oct 2014

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (16 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091958482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091958480
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
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"Discovering Scarfolk is a hilarious novel filled with so-creepy-it’s funny illustrations and a relentlessly silly back story...The entire thing is a well-deserved and cunningly observed parody of modern Britain, reminiscent of Jonathan Swift at times...The discomfort simply makes the gags funnier and the result is a book that is genuinely laugh out loud funny but also makes you wonder what is wrong with you. The laughter will stay with you for some time, as will the commentary."
-Starburst Magazine

"The parodies are so accurate you'll never look at the real thing in the same way again....A 'Must Read'."
-SciFi Now Magazine

"Beautifully realised."
- SFX Magazine

"The clever perfection of the parody images, combined with the Pythonesque word play and riffs on the stranger aspects of British culture, are a masterpiece in absurdist horror."
-The Daily Grail

From the Back Cover

Welcome to Scarfolk...

Imagine you and your family are held captive in a town that is forever locked in the 1970s.

If you cannot imagine it, just think what it would be like.*

*For more information please re-read.

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What a brilliant book, so funny, so sick, just my sense of humour. Perfectly printed twistedness.
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Bizarre, dark, funny and reminiscent of the 1970's public information films
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Recently my wife and I traveled and, having enjoyed ourselves thoroughly, decided to read a travel guide to remind us of the good times. While we have visited several places, we did not want a guide to one of those towns because we had already been there. Instead, we opted to "Discover Scarfolk", as it were. Initially I was both excited and frightened by the cover of this book due to the promise of a free map and rabies hand wipes. I was thrilled at the prospect of adding a new map to my map collection (up to nearly 8 now!) but quite fearful of the rabies wipes. My wife assured me that these were wipes meant to free you of rabies, not to give you rabies, but I remained cautious. I was happily disappointed upon receipt of the book to find that the notice of a map and wipes were just another "come on" you see so often, like airline peanuts or the Child Tax Credit.

The book itself is beautiful. It is sturdy and does an excellent job killing insects and spiders, and the cover does not absorb stains from smashed insects and spiders. The color plates, which are plentiful, are color-fast and hold their ink regardless of the number of times you lick them. The writing is clear and strives to down-play any occult themes or origins. It is refreshing to see very little violence or incest depicted, unlike other popular books such as the works of Stephen King, the Game of Thrones series, or the Bible.

Most important of all, this book has convinced my wife and me to visit Scarfolk. We are saving up now so that we can go immediately upon her death as I recently learned (LifePro Tip!) that the deceased get in to England free (I am not sure if that is true of Britain)! Add that to what you save by your spouse flying cargo class and you are seeing significant savings!
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Early copies of this great book were unfortunately printed in error with a low image quality. It has been very quickly reprinted and now looks as it should have done - sharp and great quality. Everybody who's got a bad one should get in touch with the publisher Ebury on scarfolk@eburypublishing.co.uk and they will organise a replacement, like they did with me - very smooth.

Finally! The marvellous idea that is Scarfolk is now available to peruse IN YOUR SWEATY HANDS!

Can't wait for the next one.
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Not sure what happened here. If it was intentional, if the images were printed from low resolution files, or if it's just a bad batch. All the images (with the exception of pages 45, 55, 105, 127 & 148) are slightly pixelated. The actual text is fine. For all the work that went into creating these beautifully strange images it's a real disappointment. I'll attempt to contact them to see what they say. Hopefully it's not intentional and the next batch will fix this issue but I suspect that it has something to do with the resolution of the original files. If anyone knows more, please leave a comment here. I'd buy a second copy just to have the clear images. For more information please reread...
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Lasted all of 10 mins before my Staffordshire Terrier chewed a hole in it. She isn't particularly chewy either. Its a tough ball but not tough enough for me.

The search for a durable ball continues!!
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Read the whole thing in one evening, very clever, very funny, the sort of thing you wish you were deviant enough to come up with.
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I will not be lured into an attempt to write a funny review. Do not drink milk whilst reading this book; it will come out of your nose at some point. All I will say is this is the funniest book I have ever read (even funnier than 'Catch 22', Richard Ayoade's 'autobiography' or Gideon Defoe's Pirate books. I didn't think 'Confederacy Of Dunces' was that funny.).
But it will only appeal to people, preferably people 'brought up' in the 60s and 70s, with a particular sense of humour. I think the adjectives used most frequently to modify 'sense of humour' are 'dark', 'sick', 'warped'.
I suggest you look at the extensive Scarfolk website before purchasing this book (which is a pale reflection of the magnificence of the website, but does not require the use of a PC to access its treasures).
I'm only sorry that the book is not a better product; the work deserves better presentation than it has recieved. Cramped layout, inferior binding and rather nasty paper. It looks like something made in the 1970s...ah, I get it now. Buy several copies, in case of theft, abduction or breakages
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