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Doctor Grordbort's Contrapulatronic Dingus Directory (Catalogue Edition) Hardcover – 12 Feb 2008

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse; Catalogue Ed edition (12 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593078765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593078768
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 17.8 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,049,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brilliantly-constructed with the same loving care (and by the same people) who brought you the visual effects in The Lord Of The Rings movies, this is a minor steampunk classic. Ostensibly a catalogue, it details all the equipment a self-respecting explorer of other worlds might need in Victorian times. H.G. Wells and Jules Verne would feel right at home.
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By Ashtree TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Nov. 2010
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Well, I must say, this isn't exactly what a chap was expecting.

Yes, it's a nice hardback cover, by Jove, but there's a damnable paucity of inner content when you actually OPEN the dashed thing!

A grand(?) total of about 30 pages. Nice thick paper and all that, but really! And some of 'em are bound so badly that if you open the wretched book properly, the binding tears and they start to fall out!!

The illustrations of the doo-daa's and whatyamacallums are acceptable, no doubt. But the accompanying text is awfully underwhelming. The writer chappie has tried too hard to be humorous and witty, but honestly doesn't seem to have the knack. Same old jokes, over and over. Tedious, I call it.

So there you are. Personally it didn't put any fizz in my G&T. Anyway, watch my kinematic pictorial representation and you'll see what I mean.)

But honestly, what with the poor quality of the binding &c, I'm slightly surprised that the Famous Weta company put their name on this, actually...

Overall, not very good, I'm afraid!
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I ordered this book as the only steampunk style art book I could find. Reasonable price for what you get, but the pages are bound a little tightly, and I had to slightly tear one or two of them to be able to read it properly. The writing style is entertaining and funny, but the real appeal of this book is in the pictures, which are top notch. It also includes a mini-comic at the back of the book entitled "Lord Cockswain's Marvellous Interplanetary Excursions". Well worth a read, I paid about six pounds fifty for it, and for what it is it could be slightly cheaper. But still definitely worth a buy if you're looking for inspiration to your drawings.
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An interesting steampunk item, whimsical in nature, the kind of thing you'll dip into time and time again for a little chuckle or to decide which horrendous weapon you intend to take with you the next time you nip down to the chemists' shop. Amusing and different.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a blast! 19 Sept. 2008
By Quidom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
While this book is small in content, it only leaves me wanting more. There are few times I have laughed so hard over things I've read as I did with this book. Complete tongue in cheek writing regarding the best in steampunk weapons, armor, and doodads. Imagine an early Sears and Robuck catalog written for Flash Gordon and you'll be on your way to understanding this book.

Get it, read it, enjoy it. Highly recommended!
20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Dangerous! 7 Mar. 2008
By Tim Lasiuta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Amazing Doctor Grodbort's
Contrapulatronic Dingo Directory!

How could we have lived without Doctor Grodbort to this point!!!

When the Martian invasion of 2005 started, I found myself saying "If only I had a weapon capable of melting these Martian maniacs into a gelatinous blob!" Similarly, the Plutonian appearance of 1999 (and subsequent election to the US presidency) elicited cries of "Give me a Weapon of extreme destruction!"

No more.

The foresighted Dr Grodbort has created a line of weaponry that makes the most unhinged members of our earth military organizations giggle with delight. Not so only the unhinged, but also members of every country, state, and service group can purchase weaponry such as the Goliathon 83, the Lazoplod 300, the Falconer 6000, and the Destroxulonic Plosive Force De-Stablisizer. The hum drum Smith and Wesson, our old fashioned 45 Peacemaker, and even the classic Winchester 73 are no more. Why merely penetrate when we can percolate the transgressors, trespassers, and instigators of our lives?

Lord Coxwain, in a balanced moment, gives a splendid demonstration of the proper use of his galactic minded firearms on an Easter trip to Venus. Truly inspiring!

Ooh, I could wax eloquently about Dr Grodbort's catalogue edition, but those like minded have already purchased their copy and ordered at least one weapon (and a spare for their sweetie). To be truthful, I am resting comfortably on the Posteriortron 12 with an optional MP3 port.

I know what you're saying. This is only a book. Wrong! This is more than a book, it is a moment of mirth that Greg Broadmore, in an inspired stroke of genius has provided readers with. During my `shopping', the clear almost period artwork, made this not only entertaining, but educational too.

There are many words I could use to describe this Catalogue Edition. Inspired. Megatronically Splendiferized. But, I would rather say this. This is the Mr Rogers Edition for the social outcast, the anger management problem graduate. "Can you say Boom children?"

Run to buy this book. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy has serious competition. [...]

Tim Lasiuta
4.0 out of 5 stars By Jove, What A Marvellous Collection Of Portable Artillery 20 Feb. 2016
By Stephen Mann - Published on Amazon.com
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A combination catalog of fanciful steampunk weaponry and other hardware c/w testimonials and the latest installment of the Adventures of Lord Cockswain on Venus.

Witty, clever and excellently drawn. If you can't afford the weapons themselves (and they are priced for collectors only), you can at least own high quality pictures of them and a description of each weapon's fearful effects. I laughed out loud in a couple of places, especially at the Cockswain story's Venusian bearer's dismay in each picture (you may need to look hard but he(?) is there in all of them, clutching his head in horror.

Physically the book is made of gloss card pages between sturdy card covers. The binding is stitched into three parts, the parts being glued together. Unfortunately, the pages where this happens cannot be opened up wide without ripping the glue off and splitting the binding, so a star comes off.

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cute book. 1 Jun. 2009
By Lightvalve - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book to use as reference for 3d modeling. It has some very nice steam punk style weapons that are fun to model. The content is somewhat limited . It's in the format of a mock catalog complete with descriptions and selling points but no prices. There are some funny descriptions that are worth reading.
4.0 out of 5 stars Slim, but hilarious 3 Oct. 2012
By Ars Legendi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I didn't think much of this at first; it's very short, and looks like a novelty piece or an offshoot of a larger work. I was hooked by the second page, though. The humor alone is worth picking up Doctor Grordbort's Contrapulatronic Dingus Directory.

This is essentially a fanciful catalogue of intricate, highly dangerous ray guns and other equipment for manly men who want to conquer the moon people and impress at social gatherings. There is no story to speak of, beyond the common elements of an alternate retro-futuristic universe where rugged, mutton-chopped adventurers traipse across the solar system, pillaging planets and seducing space vixens. The weapons, gizmos, and robots share a distinct H. G. Wells vibe, and bristle with random tubes, antennae, bulbs, and unpronounceable pseudo-scientific elements. The book is capped off by a richly illustrated vignette of Lord Cockswain's adventures hunting exotic Venusian wild game with even more exotic weaponry.

Even though the book is slim (it's even shorter than it looks, thanks to the thick cardstock pages), there is a lot of content packed into each page. The print is small, and the format perfectly emulates an old-timey pamphlet. There is a mix of illustrations and actual photographs of the products (designed and built at Broadmore's day job: special effects powerhouse Weta Workshop) and each entry comes with both specifications and marketing copy. These little articles are the reason to flip through this faux-brochure; they are drenched in wry, bawdy humor that starts out hilarious and gets progressively more absurd. Offhand descriptions of violent intended use and horrific side-effects sit alongside meaningless retrotechnobabble and meathead slogans that could fit in an advertisement for "natural male enhancement," all with subtle world-building and steampunk-esque gewgaws in the background. It's a rollicking mess that's perfect for reading in bite-sized chunks. The mini-comic at the end doesn't add much, but the artwork is gorgeous, and it presents a nice thematic punctuation mark.

I don't usually offer more than a middle-of-the-road rating for story-light companion pieces like this one, but I bumped it up a bit just because I found it so funny. The sense of humor is reminiscent of the violent buffoonery and bravado of the video game Team Fortress 2; sure enough, as I discovered, you can get "Grordbort packs" in the game for the Soldier, Engineer, and Pyro, with more on the way. Absolutely perfect.
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