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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  2,064 ratings  ·  134 reviews
Karl Pilkington's third book, follow-up to bestselling The World of Karl Pilkington and Happyslapped by a Jellyfish, is a voyage through some of the most curious facts and fictions about our world. Drawing on what little he learned during his days of education, Karl explores the world of knowledge through a school curriculum, with chapters devoted to biology, history, art, and English, among ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 17th 2008 by DK (first published October 1st 2008)
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Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I think the problem with this book is, in order to appreciate Karl's humour, you probably have to have listened to the Ricky Gervais podcasts or the old Xfm radio shows, but if you HAVE listened to those, you probably will have already heard most of the anecdotes/contemplations in this book. There were a few things I really did enjoy though:

- The additional "What I've learnt" tidbits from people such as Noel Fielding, Russell Brand, etc.
- The illustrations
- The whimsical
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Le Petite Prince has grown up.
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I like reading Karl's thoughts and perspectives of different concepts. It was a very funny book.
Jay Kerr
Nov 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Karl Pilkington is a fascinating human being. After listening to every XFM show he produced with Ricky Gervais and Steven Merchant, I moved onto the globally popular podcasts they created shortly after they left XFM in 2005. After this, I scrounged up every interview, mini-podcast, and video blog I could find in which Karl could be found. Finally, I moved onto written media. Karlology is that book.

If you're a fan of the radio shows or podcasts, but haven't read this book, add it to y
Sam Quixote
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Karl's third book! He's written as many books as he's read! Well, he's done it again. Another corking book filled with the drivel we've all come to love to read on the can.

Some of the genius is missing as Ricky and Steves' voices are absent and when the three are together the drivel reaches bold new heights of idiocy. But Karl's lone voice speaking his theories uninterrupted without Ricky's voice saying "Karl, Karl, Karl - where did you get this from? What do you mean the monkey drove t
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Karl never fails to make me laugh.

This might be an outlandish thing to say, but could Karl be considered a genius? Like Ricky Gervais once said, "You're one of the cleverest blokes in some ways, that I know. It's like you follow the sub-plot, which is quite an interesting thing." Karl's perspective on any subject always differs greatly from anybody else's and whilst his responses are usually dismissed as nonsense, when returning to what was said in hindsight Karl's answer is, actually, quite true.
Jan 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Brian Stanton
Karl Pilkington, the nation's favourite idiot, attempts to expand his knowledge and mostly comes up flummoxed.

As funny as it is stupid, this provided welcome relief after some rage-making reading material with me interrupting my boyfriend at least once every couple of pages to read stuff out to him, sniggering all the while.
Brian Stanton
Oct 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Very funny and stupid in equal measures. Karl's theories and thoughts on the world and his stories are brilliant. From the state of his school and education, to his observation of his holiday rep trying to sell him day trips to the leather shop and the cheese shop Karl is brilliantly funny. Definitely worth a read and it won't take you long.
Graham Watts
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved hearing the inner workings of Karl's mind and his unique and honest outlook on life - very enjoyable book
May 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Come on, let's be real - you don't expect this to be a masterpiece, right?

If I were to recommend this book to someone, I'd choose every person I see on the Facebook group dedicated to the Ricky Gervais Show. In case you were unaware, the show has garnered a cult, and yes, I'm part of it.

To sum it up *very* briefly, I'd say this: are you also annoyed every time Steve interrupts Karl during the show? Well, he is free to talk about everything and anything in the book, and it
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF about 3/4 of the way through. I'm only reviewing this because I kinda just want it off my shelf after all this time and I don't see myself revisiting it. I picked this book up because I'm a huge Karl Pilkington fan and had ran out of available content with the podcasts / idiot abroad show. Unfortunately this didn't cover any new territory and just regurgitated what I had already seen into paper form. I guess it's perfect for those who aren't into downloadable radio, I'm just not one of those ...more
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Really easy read, I read large parts quickly in chunks on breaks at work so that was handy. A couple of bits are amusing and you do read it as if he's saying it. I dunno though, the book is a collection of witter and I think his witter is better suited to An Idiot Abroad/Moaning of Life TV show because you actually see his expressions too. Do like Karl though and he comes out with a load of things that I agree with or makes you go "eyyy??" so overall, good easy read but not amazing.
Shaun Owen
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Quite funny in places, felt a little forced throughout, like he was struggling to find stuff to write about. Probably explosions why it was only 165 pages. Come on Karl you can do better than this!
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can you say about Karl!

A funny and easy read full of Karl's special insights on life and visitor attractions!

Nice to have his views without the sniping and mocking of Gervais and Merchant which I find rather uncomfortable.
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is a video of Karl, Ricky, and Steve—the cameraman/interviewer was reading them quotes by fans, and they had to guess which one the quote was about. For example: “I would go gay for him”—obviously this was for Steve Merchant (they guessed right). A fan quote that he is the funniest and cleverest comedian alive (obviously Ricky). But as soon as the interviewer read: “I just want to lick him from head to toe,” Ricky knew right away that this had to be a fan quote about Karl. Yup.

Karl is the
Shane Vontelin Van Breda
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Easy read. Good for a laugh
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like Karl Pilkington you’ll like this book.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A book that wastes your time to read. It's not funny, it's not educational, it's nothing that I enjoyed reading..althought I think he actually knows how to write, which not everyone is able to do.
Rob Gardner
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
The ramblings of a mad man.
Alex Laycock
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
just what the doctor ordered, a bit of light hearted reading nonsense to fill my head :-)
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not as good as Happyslapped By A Jellyfish, but still really good
Raphael Dormer
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Fun little book full of typical Karl thoughts. As Ricky says 'He's always looking at the subplot'. Some really fun stuff in this short little book. Deffo recommend it.
Jonathan Roberts
Aug 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I've always found Karl Pilkington many times funnier than even my favourite comedians. As I write this, I'm working my way through his old Xfm shows and podcasts co-starring Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant - a journey I've been on more times than I'd like to admit. Karlology has been sitting on my bookshelf for about five years, and I finally committed to reading it last week. While it may seem that Karl's biggest fans would enjoy his books more than the general audience, I don't think this is the cas ...more
I find Karl Pilkington fascinating and I loved all his 'Idiot abroad' books (and TV shows) but Karlology seemed a bit weak in comparison. I guess it's one of his earlier books and that it suffers by comparison because it lacks the element of discomfort that Idiot Abroad imposed upon KP. In this book he just rambles about a bit, getting a brain scan, going to the London Aquarium, Tate Modern, the Tower of London and the Natural History Museum and generally noting his observations about just how o ...more
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Karl Pilkington is one of a kind. He is both an idiot and a genius.

He's an "idiot" in the same way an innocent child is an idiot: he lacks some 'book smarts' and occasionally makes uninformed statements which could, conceivably, cause offense to those who are overly sensitive. BUT it's all very endearing because he's so genuine and well-intentioned. His idiocy is a product of him being a simple guy and wanting to stay in his comfort zone.

He's a genius because of his one-of-a-kind pe
Mohammad Ali Abedi
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
As he always proclaimed on the radio show and the podcast, Karl is into knowledge. He loves knowledge. Sure, it just usually seems to be interest facts he here, and sure, most of them might sometimes not be true, and if true, it usually becomes misshaped in his head after he hears it, that it bears little resemblance to the actual fact.

But so what.

Getting knowledge from Karl might not be 100% truth, but it is certainly more enjoyable than knowledge from other sources. Thi
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Karl decides he wants to broaden his intellectual horizons. And so, through a series of events (including trips to a dinosaur museum, the zoo, the tate modern and even a library) he is able to present us with this light hearted and funny insight into his own head.
I find the funniest thing about Karl is his insistence on featuring material about the irrelevant things that occur around him during his quest for knowledge. Odd situations and strange people seem to punctuate his life! More so,
Dec 26, 2013 rated it liked it
"All the restaurants in Chinatown try to tempt you in by dangling food in their windows, but the problem is, their window display skills aren't the best. They just seem to hang up all their food stock, to the point that you can't see in the place. It's like they use the squids for curtains. Some of the chickens have been hanging there for that long that they have a tan. The Chinese offer some really odd stuff to eat - scorpions, crispy spiders, snake meat and battered bugs. You'd feel daft compl ...more
Mark Oconnor
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I had previously read "Happyslapped by a Jellyfish" and while this is not quite as good, it is still a more enjoyable read than his first book which is merely transcripts from the Ricky Gervais show. Even though Karl's observations and ridiculous thought processes are completely inane I find myself laughing time and time again, particularly when he starts talking about brains originating on another world! He invariably follows this sort of wild speculation with the phrase "It's just a theory", s ...more
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Karl Pilkington is a Sony Award-winning English radio producer, poet, podcaster, raconteur and author, best known for producing and co-presenting The Ricky Gervais Show on London radio station Xfm from 2001 to 2005 and later in the form of podcasts and a television show on HBO. In October 2006, Pilkington's first book The World of Karl Pilkington was published, featuring original ideas and drawings by Pilkingto ...more
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“There are more idiots in the world than bright ones, but it’s the odd good one that makes a big difference.” 5 likes
“Cher sang the song “If I Could Turn Back Time” about how she wished she could turn back time just so she could stop an argument that she’d had. If this is the sort of stupid thing people would be doing with time travel, I don’t think we should encourage it.” 2 likes
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