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Interesting, but hardly hilarious
on 17 October 2002
As a fan of "Fever Pitch" and "Things can only get Better" I bought this book hoping for another funny and moving tale of obsession (and I also hoped to get some tips to improve my Scrabble). I was a little disappointed, since the stories aren't that funny or moving, and the only tip I could pick up seemed to be "learn the dictionary".
The book reads more like a series of magazine articles, giving short biographies of all the top Scrabble people, one after the other, and detailing the occasional tournament. Reading these, you do get the impression that top Scrabble players are all a little disturbed, and it is interesting to see the lengths people go to to be the best, but the stories are all a little too matter-of-fact, and don't engage the reader.
Having said that, I did find myself becoming more interested in the game. I have learnt the 2s and am now learning the 3s!