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21st Century Dodos: A Collection of Endangered Objects: and Other Stuff

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A fond farewell to the many inanimate objects, cultural icons and general stuff around us that find themselves on the verge of extinction.

We’ve all heard of the list of endangered animals, but no one has ever pulled together a list of endangered inanimate objects. Until now, that is.

Steve Stack has catalogued well over one hundred objects, traditions, cultural icons and, w
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 29th 2011 by The Friday Project
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Petra X
If you are British and over 35, this book is for you. You are going to sit there, just like I did, nodding and smiling to yourself at all the things you remember that are now either gone forever or on their way out. Some you won't necessarily miss - like finding the only working telephone box in miles stinks of piss. Almost all the red telephone boxes are now privately owned and lovingly maintained.

Something to think about. These days we can order everything to be delivered to our home - from on
Dan Schwent
As the title indicates, 21st Century Dodos is a collection of common objects and concepts heading toward extinction.

This was a pretty short book and I don't have a whole lot to say about it. It contains humorous entries about VHS, Betamax, rotary telephones, pipes, typewriters, various extinct candies and countries, telegrams, and other subjects, most notably that white dog poop from the 1970s and 80s you don't see much of anymore.

21st Century Dodos is very much a British book. There were quite
Feb 16, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sandra by: Petra X
Shelves: nonfiction
because of the white doggy poo, I want to know too...
Jul 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, netgalley

21st Century Dodos: A Collection of Endangered Objects is the perfect coffee table read. The book is filled with a plethora of fun, nostalgia inspiring items such as Cassettes, Telegraphs and Milkshake straws. However despite the authors implications that anyone under 35 will get no value out of this books' content, I personally think any 90's kid and earlier will find many fun memories in this book.

My only real issue with this book (and it's not so much an actual issue as it is a disappointment
Oct 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humour, non-fiction
Hands up if you remember cap guns, cigarette candy and the screech of a tape loading to play your favourite pixellated computer game? If so, you'll find this book a nostalgic, fuzzy-feeling and amusing trip down memory lane. If you follow @meandmybigmouth on Twitter, then you'll have a good idea of the style of writing.

I kept reading "if you're over 30" or "readers under 30 won't remember" and thinking, "I remember this stuff" only to remind myself that I will be turning 30 next month. Maybe thi
David Wailing
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you want to feel prehistoric while simultaneously reliving the joys of your childhood, this book is for you! That’s assuming that you were around in the 1970s and 1980s, otherwise much of 21st Century Dodos will feel inexplicably bizarre.

Steve Stack has assembled a collection of things that are either now extinct or rarely seen these days. These aren’t just limited to gadgets, foodstuffs or TV adverts they don’t make any more, but also include activities, ways of doing things and even concept
Nik Perring
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved it, and I sailed through its 230 plus pages of nostalgic cap-tipping to all those once familiar objects we rarely see any more (or see rarely as their numbers are so few) with both a smile on my lips and a wistful look on my face. It’s nice to be reminded of good things. It’s nice to be reminded of bad too. But what Stack manages admirably to do, is make you sigh and laugh, almost at the same time. I like, too, that certain things I’d not heard of (duocans anyone?) were explained. The bo ...more
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
I might be a bit below the target age for this one -- I remember some of these things, like cassettes and candy cigarettes and Jif, but other stuff was on its way out before I got there. I'm about to turn twenty-five, so I'd guess I'm about ten years behind some of this nostalgia stuff.

It's not a very substantial book, but if you feel like a bit of nostalgia and an opportunity to go 'I thought I was the only one who remembered that!', then this might be for you.

Some of it hasn't yet gone the way
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
How can it be so hard to review a book that had me sighing and nodding in agreement all the way through? A book that started so many conversations in this house .... "Oh, do you remember ......"; "bloody hell, I've not thought of those for years ....."; "now I'm craving ....."

This is not a story, it's not fiction, nor is it a history book ~ well, I suppose it is in a way. I defy anyone over the age of 35 to read this without exclaiming in joy at least ten times throughout.

I remember EVERYTHING i
Jessica Patient
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Steve Stack's new book 21st Century Dodos, published by The Friday Project (an imprint from Harpercollins) is an affectionate farewell to the many inanimate objects like your beloved VHS player and collection, cultural icons like your local lighthouse keeper and other general bits and bobs like minidisc players (I literally saved up my pocket money for months to buy one only to be told by the guy in the local record shop that no produced albums on minidisc) and Smash Hits Magazine. Most items ar ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

If you remember sliding your home made mix cassette tape, recorded in silence from the Radio Top 40, into your Walkman and strapping your calculator watch to your wrist before disappearing to play unsupervised in the local park until dinner time, then the nostalgic appeal 21st Century Dodos will be a source of nostalgic appeal.

Subtitled "A collection of endangered objects (and other stuff)" this is a light and humourous tribute to the end of an era. At just forty it seems almost obscene that so
Dec 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
You really do have to be over thirty to get the most out of this book, though my fourteen-year old remembers some of them. I'm just shy of fifty and will admit I was unaware of some of the toys in here, but yes, I remember Sinclair Spectrums, sweet tobacco (it never encouraged me to smoke) and 8-track stereos. I still think snickers are Marathons, Starbursts are Opal Fruits and G00d God! My daughter tells me Bounty bars have changed their name now, too! I loved Texan bars and Old English Spangle ...more
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
a fun read for sure.
makes me feel like a dodo myself, since I remember almost all of the items described in this book. It's a fun ride along nostalgia lane, where you feel a little twinge of sadness for things gone by the wayside, a chuckle at the funny way they are explained, and then a sigh of relief that some of them have gone the way of the dodo bird.
Jo Barton
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book - it was laugh out loud funny and full of those bewildering memories that you hoped you'd forgotten, but when prompted they all come tumbling back and time slips by in the blink of an eye.
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book has the author lamenting the loss of such things as ring pulls, white dog poo, nuns (apparently there aren't as many as there used to be), directory enquiries, milk deliveries, and more. Unnecessarily more. It feels a bit like:

Hey, remember how kids played in the street before everyone got scared about pedos? Remember cap guns, boys (because, he says, girls won't remember these)? Oh and remember corporal punishment? I'm not saying we should beat kids, but a clip round the ear might be
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
3 stars for the content, an extra star for the nostalgia it invoked! While not a very detailed book, I found myself nodding along to most of them, even if they weren't something I can remember myself (not sure on Texan bars).

And agree totally on Marathons and Opal Fruits.
Anika Eibe
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it
God, I feel old!! :-)
Enjoyable and easy read, of course not everything is relatable, if you don't live in the UK, but still.
And what is it about the white dog poo? That made me giggle out loud. :-)
Niels Philbert
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Great framing of a book on a last farewell to different products. A bit too focused on the UK to earn the fourth star. Fun book - and I even learned some things.
Bufo Calvin
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The topic of vanishing pop culture is one that fascinates me.

It used to be that what was popular tended to be ephemeral: most of it simply came and went. Consider this:

* The original copyright term in the USA was 14 years, renewable once if the author was still alive
* The original cast of Gilligan's Island got no royalties from syndication. Typically, the thought was that a TV episode would run once, and have perhaps two re-runs...and that was the end of its value
* Some television shows were rec
Oct 13, 2014 rated it did not like it

.5 because all things that exist should get a little nod

The premise of this book was intriguing. It suggested a look at things that remain on the bottom of that cardboard box in your garage, basement, or safety deposit box because you are silly enough to think that Michael Jackson's Thriller will be worth something someday—it probably will, so smart move, because I tossed mine a decade ago.

A list, basically, but in paragraph form that looks at things we are suppose to have forgotten, bu
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t read a lot of non-fiction, something I always feel bad about, so when the publisher contacted me and asked me to consider 21st Century Dodos I jumped at the chance. I like funny non-fiction books that I can dip in and out of so this looked like it could be a good match for me. The only slight concern I had was my age – I’m in my early 30s so whilst I expected I would be able to identify with a good proportion of the Dodos in the book there were likely to be plenty that had reached or nea ...more
Charlotte Jones
I received this book from NetGalley. This book is a real trip down memory lane for the reader. There are some things in here that I am not old enough to remember but many things I really miss! Basically this book is a collection of things that have gone extinct or are endangered, things like VHS, Marathon bars and blackboards.

Many things were nostalgic for me such as the change from Opal Fruits to Starburst in 1998, the extinction of dial-up internet with that crackly tone and "I need to use the
A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

Sub-titled "A Collection of Endangered Objects (and Other Stuff)", this book looks back fondly at items, brands and advertising that has either gone the way of the dodo or are just about dead and buried. From Rotary Dial Telephones, Candy Cigarettes and and Calculator Watches, this book has nostalgia by the bucket-load.

I quite enjoyed this trip down memory lane. While it is true that a lot of the products etc

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you!

I couldn't resist a book that has 'dodo' in the title and features one on the cover. It's a collection of short entries about 'endangered things'.

I think this is book that's best for people who are a bit older than I'm and preferably British, as there are some chapters on British shops and television. However, even if you weren't alive in the '80s nor British, in other
Alan Taylor
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Maybe it's because I am of a certain age (similar to the author), but I found this a fantastic read and it brought back many fond memories for me.

I was smiling and chuckling most of the way though the book at the stories and the feelings that were brought back as I remembered the objects.

That said, it should not be looked at as just a book for men in their early forties or over, but has a very wide appeal to the younger generation too. My daughters look at me in disbelief when I tell them there
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is delightful. We always are reminded of animals going extinct or being put on the endangered list this book brings us inanimate objects we don't see anymore. This brought memories of things I would never even think of.. Answers on a postcard --- I remember every week my mother would cut out and scotch tape a crossword puzzle from the newspaper to a postcard to see if she could be the winner. Remember when the next big thing was betamax and laser discs? How about countries that no long ...more
Heather Brown
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the updated paperback version of "21st Century Dodos". I hadn't read the hardback edition, but I do know that this one is highly amusing. I had always wondered as a child, why dog poo was white, and now I know. Is this useful? Probably not, but I still love this book for telling me! This was such a humorous look back at things that we had for ages, but now have gone by the wayside. I will say, that as an American, I was truly surprised just how many things I could still relate t ...more
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a great collection of all those things that you fondly remember from your childhood (yes even a young whipper snapper like me found plenty to part the fog of memory) that are either no longer in existence or rapidly on their way out. Each item has its own little entry with each separated into separate categories from home and school to the cinema and newsagents. Entries range from cassette tapes and mini discs to chopper bicycles and roller skates (skates not blades). This is a great tri ...more
Mar 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Have read the first chapter on the cassette tape and it brought back so many memories. Even though this books is very British, it is still a good read so far - some Americans might have trouble relating to it, but Australians shouldn't have too much of a problem.

I ended up skimming this book through to the end, as it is due back at the library. I found that the majority of the book was heavily skewed towards British products and areas, so at least half of the book was irrelevant to me. It was an
Artur Coelho
Extinto por evolução tecnológica. Já há quem não se lembre de cassetes, computadores spectrum ou outros produtos que caracterizaram épocas mas que se tornaram obsoletos poucos anos depois. 21st Century Dodos é uma pouco profunda reminiscência à inglesa destes objectos esquecidos, que inclui coisas tão díspares como autocarros de dois andares, idas a pé para a escola ou as eternas cassetes. É com nostalgia que este livro me fez recordar das reparações ad-hoc que se faziam ao eterno problema da fi ...more
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