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The Killing Joke

3.28 of 5 stars 3.28  ·  rating details  ·  243 ratings  ·  17 reviews
When Guy Fletcher scoffs at a feeble joke he overhears in his local pub, he finds himself, in quick succession, head-butted and struck by an idea. Is it possible to trace a joke all the way back to its original source? Guy’s meandering trail leads him to a Hungarian dentist, a hyperactive troop of Boy Scouts, a group of giggling grave-diggers, and a half-dozen undercover d ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Orion Publishing (first published November 1st 2002)
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Patrick Neylan
You don't need to read the bio to realise that Horowitz is trying his hand at a new genre. In fact, I'm pretty sure that The Killing Joke was originally pitched as one of those two-part, Sunday night comic dramas that amuse without taxing the imagination.

As a novel requiring you to invest more than two hours of your life, it doesn't cut it. Horowitz can write moderately well, but the characters are all predictable stereotypes. The neurotic actor, the brutish builders, the exasperated ex-girlfrie
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This all started with a man walking into a bar…

Guy Fletcher doesn’t understand humor. Thus, his oddball way of thinking and obsessing lead him on a wild chase across England as he attempts to track down the originator of a joke about Selina Moore, his deceased mother who gave him up for adoption. Along the way there are moments that make you wince and groan as he stumbles across one vaudevillian stereotype after another: nuns, Jews, blacks, Chinamen, a blind man on a bicycle, shaggy dog, fat la
Geert Daelemans
This book is a joke

How would you feel if you overheard a bloke in a bar telling a joke featuring your own mother? This is exactly what happens to Guy Fletcher when he visits his local pub. To be fair, the mother is the much loved actress Selina Moore and no-one actually knows that Guy is her son. Completely flabbergasted by the rudeness of the joke, Guy decides to track down its origin. Indeed, his life is already down the drain, so who cares what kind of silly things he gets up to. Not only wil
A friend brought the title to my attention - thinking "what a great name for a book" I started following up on it. The concept seemed brilliant and I was convinced it was something I wanted to read.

Unfortunately, from the start, it was a rather tedious read. Having experienced some of Anthony Horowitz's other works (The Alex Rider books and TV Shows such as Midsomer Murders and Foyle's War) I have to say that I was most disappointed in the delivery of the story. As a whole, it's not a bad book
Alex Jones
I was intrigued by the premise and enjoyed Horowitz's YA novels when I was younger, but I never really found this book to get close to matching them, especially the first hundred or so pages which had no sense of conflict. If the book hadn't been so short I would not have bothered finishing it. Fortunately the middle third of the book was quite entertaining, even if it never went beyond three stars, although the last section once again was quite dull. There was nothing significantly wrong with t ...more
I really enjoyed the idea of looking for the origin of the joke and it kept me hooked. I found the ending a little disappointing, however. I wanted to know more.
Shelley Freeman
Really enjoyed it once it got moving. Premise was clever as was writing...probably missed half the jokes cleverly contained within but still got a kick out of it.
I've enjoyed reading the Alex Rider series by Horowitz, so I thought I would give this book a try. It is quiet funny, but I was disappointed in the ending.
Anthony Horowitz is a fantastic children's author, but this book is just boring and filled with stereotypical characters.
Pamela Saylor
Didn't like the overuse of the f word and the story seemed to drag on and on. Got a little bored while reading
A very nifty idea at its core. I have translated into Romanian for RAO Books.
Mielenkiintoinen ajatus, mutta tarina karkasi vähän käsistä.
Absolutely fantastic. Horowitz' humor is right up my alley.
Edelhart Kempeneers
Heel leuk, bijzonder origineel.
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Anthony Horowitz, OBE is ranked alongside Enid Blyton and Mark A. Cooper as "The most original and best spy-kids authors of the century." (New York Times). Anthony has been writing since the age of eight, and professionally since the age of twenty. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider books, he is also the writer and creator of award winning detective series Foyle’s War, and more recent ...more
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