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Maphead by Ken Jennings
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Nov 28, 2011

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bookshelves: trivia, geography
Read from August 16 to September 30, 2012

I wanted to like this book so much -- highly recommended, great subject matter, well-written, etc. The subject matter itself was great. It just skirted a little too far from its map roots for my taste.

What doomed it in the end was what it wasn't. There were few maps; none worth looking at. Instead, it was a series of vignettes about various geographic topics. I had expected this, I know, but I still found most of the book rather dull. I enjoyed doing my own research to expand upon the trivia and anecdotes more than reading the book itself. In fact, that's why it took so long to finish -- I'd leave and look something up, and never return. (Though I think this says more about me than it does about the book.)

I think I'm also losing my taste for a lot of "string of anecdotes around a particular topic" non-fiction... I think I need to head back toward the more research-based works I abandoned during college. This, instead, just felt like fluff.

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David!! I'm reading this book too! It's hilarious.

message 2: by Dan (new) - rated it 3 stars

Dan Yeah, it's been really funny so far. Lots of non-sequiturs and good one-liners.

message 3: by Amar (new)

Amar Pai ooh let me borrow this when you're done

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