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The Mammoth Book of Comic Quotes: Over 10000 Gems of Wit and Wisdom, One-liners and Wisecracks (Mammoth Books) Paperback – 23 Sep 2004

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson; UK ed. edition (23 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841197521
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841197524
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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Book Description

Over 10,000 gems of wit and wisdom, one-liners and wisecracks

About the Author

Geoff Tibballs is the author of numerous bestselling humour titles.

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By R. F. Stevens HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 8 Nov. 2009
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A modern set of humourous quotes including some of the latest material from radio, stage, TV and films. Many old chestnuts are in here as well. I find it amazing that there are so many different quotes that can be quite so amusing. Some fail to hit the mark precisely, but I think all can justify being included here.

The quotes are arranged alphabetically by topic to help you find the one you are looking for, and then attributed to the speaker, and, where relevant, also to character being played or context. But often when looking for something appropriate when I don't know the most relevant topic, just part of the quote or joke, then this indexing is not so helpful.

Fortunately it is sufficiently consistently funny one could easily just sit down and start reading at the beginning, and work through the thousands of quotes and one-liners. After a week or two the end might appear, but by then with brain overloaded it is time to take a rest before returning to the beginning again.

I find the organisation of The Everyman Dictionary of Quotations and Proverbs much easier to use, but sadly that is quite old and out of date, and most of its material is anything but funny.
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This collection is more electronic media oriented than other similar books, with the introduction acknowledging dozens of TV shows for their contribution to it. Less emphasis on quotations from the fields of Politics, Literature, History, Poetry and so on.

Needless to say, there's nothing wrong with that...

Although published in the UK it has a slightly more American aroma to it.

For example, it has dozens of quotes from the likes of The Simpsons, Rita Rudner, Jay Leno, SNL, Seinfeld, MASH whereas contributors such as Lewis Carroll or Lord Byron have no foothold here, as they do have in the Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations (4th Edition) [Hardcover], where almost none of the aforementioned contributors appears.

It does, however, contain many quotations from "Monolithic" contributors like Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Mark Twain, Winston Churchill and many others that no worthy compilation can do without.

Content : 5/5
Most quotes are consistently funny and of good quality.

Indexing: 4/5
Thematic 20 page table of contents and a contributors index at the end. No keyword index and no numbering for quotes on page for easy reference.

Extra Info: 4/5
Rare and minimal extra info such as who/ to whom / on what occasion.

Overall a very good book. If you consider only purchasing one or two quotation books this should be high on your options list.
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This is quite a substantial paperback, full of funny quotes from famous people. It is divided into chapters to make browsing easier. Well worth the money.
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Bought as small extra pressie for 14 year old who spends too much of his time in the loo! Ideal for that difficult age when you've no idea what to get.
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A real bargain, the sort of book you can dip in and out of. Some really classic quotations, I heartily recommend this entertaining book.
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Many familiar and even more unfamiliar quotes from a variety of people, some of which I've never heard but still funny. Well worth a read and a source of comments to amuse.
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I have owned this book for over a year and still find myself dipping into it at random when I have a few minutes to myself. There are some wonderful quotes, one-liners, gags and similes in here. I must admit I have used some in conversation to make myself look cleverer than I really am. Some are clever, some thought provoking and some just funny. This book was really quite cheap and I highly recommend it. It does seem up to date with a wide range of contributors.
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very good book for dipping into whenever you have sometime to spare.Had previously read some of the quotes but still enough new ones to raise a smile.I dont think it should be tackled all in one go.
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