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Includes the name: Robin Ince

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Obras por Robin Ince

Associated Works

The Atheist's Guide to Christmas (2009) — Contribuidor — 355 exemplares
Dodgem Logic 04 (2010) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Thought X: Fictions and Hypotheticals (Science-Into-Fiction) (2017) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares


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The book is not funny enough, not scientific enough, not journalistic enough... but an ok mix of all three. While it offers a warm perspective and strong concept it doesn’t quite do its job.

The science needed more science, the comedy more humour, the meeting with other conedians more interviews.

The last part of the book is much more interesting and comes with valuable insight and deep consideration.
yates9 | 2 outras críticas | Feb 28, 2024 |
I liked it, but it wasn't as wonderful as I'd hoped, possibly because the author's taste in books to look for while book-hunting isn't the same as mine. It was, though, fun to hear about some of the oddball books he picked up.
I liked this passage because it describes one aspect of we who prefer to read: The comedian Arthur Smith once summed up the perfect amount to earn as being enough to buy the books you wanted, have a drink in the pub and still be able to afford a taxi home.
I liked this fun passage because it reflects what I find best about bookshops, which is stumbling across books you didn't know you needed and maybe never knew existed but have to have: There is an Oxfam shop directly on my way from the station to Brendon Books. I need a book of photographs of London in the 1980s with a picture of Francis Bacon on the Tube, and I need one on psychoanalysis and art - and as luck would have it, the shop had both.… (mais)
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ReadMeAnother | 1 outra crítica | Oct 27, 2023 |
I chose Bibliomaniac with some trepidation, having yet to find a book about books that doesn’t revere long dead white men and assorted tedious classics, so I was pleased to discover Ince’s taste tends to be rather more eclectic, if not eccentric.

“I pick up a book by Houdini about psychic mediums; something about the quest for the Holy Grail; a Jungian guide to grotesques in literature; and Yukio Mishima’s The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea”

Bibliomaniac is not a reading guide though, it’s a travelogue of sorts that tells of Robin Ince’s post-CoVid lockdown adventure as he travels the length and breadth of Britain to speak at 111 independent bookstores in 100 days to promote his book, The Importance of Being Interested: Adventures in Scientific Curiosity.

Each chapter, prefaced with a sketched map that roughly shows a particular leg of his journey, is essentially a collection of anecdotes and observations told with thoughtfulness, humour, and enthusiasm. Ince writes of his travel experience (he relies mostly on public transport), his impression of the stores he visits, their owners and their patrons, and of course, the books he finds and adds to his collection. Ince also muses on his relationship to books and reading, and occasionally wanders off on idiosyncratic tangents.

“I think I love books more than I love reading. Their company means there is always the possibility of something to be discovered, waiting for me between the covers, which hasn't even entered my imagination yet. A small but pleasing change in my reality is waiting on every shelf.”

A book for booklovers by a booklover, Bibliomaniac is an entertaining read.
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1 vote
shelleyraec | 1 outra crítica | Aug 8, 2023 |
On the surface, it’s a book about stand-up comedy and comedians - but underneath that it’s really about all of us and what makes us what we are. Lovely written, getting more and more powerful with each page, and very funny.
espadana | 2 outras críticas | Mar 28, 2023 |


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