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101 Places Not to Visit: Your Essential Guide to the World's Most Miserable, Ugly, Boring and Inbred Destinations Paperback – March 1, 2007

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About the Author

Adam Russ is an actor and writer who lives in London. His previous books include Revenge Seekers' Handbook.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Anova Books; New edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861058586
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861058584
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,743,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I don't usually comment on other people's ratings of books or reviews but feel I have to with this book as the previous reviewers have completely missed the point of what this book obviously is. It obviously is not a travel book for the backpacker or hotel staying traveller who wants to plan their next trip to Europe, Australia, North or South America, Asia etc. It is clearly instead a parody of those types of books. Which is why it includes every continent, even Antarctica. The title even gives this away for the person finding it on a shelf as it is a play on the successful travel book 101 Places to See Before You Die.

If the author has or hasn't been to these destinations is completely irrelevant as the point of the parody joke is that he is intentionally not putting in the positive aspects of each destination and is instead playing on the negative stereotypes and uneducated myths that are out there, and they are out there! If you've ever travelled you'll come across them. I think another point of this book is that it is highlighting the stupidity of these actual beliefs that these "bad tourists" actually believe, who give other travellers and their fellow countrymen a bad name, known and resented by locals as "Typical Americans", "Loud Cocky Australians", Whingeing Poms" and so forth. Maybe the fact that these negative reviewers are upset that their favourite city is in this book and shouldn't be categorised with the other bad destinations probably means they are in one of those aforementioned categories that this book is making fun of anyway.

Sure this book makes fun of lots of great places, I've visited and loved plenty of the destinations in here, they are all worth going to, in fact I live an hour away from one of them, but hey I can take a joke.
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I think several of the reviewers missed the point entirely. This is a book of humor. It is a parody of other travel books whose authors may or may not take themselves too seriously. Personally, I loved this book and laughed out loud most of the way through it. Sure, the author makes factual errors and plays upon cultural stereotypes that some may find offensive. Lighten up! He pokes fun at places that I happen to love, but that didn't stop me from laughing at his wit and clever turns of phrase. My only complaint is that the type font is quite small and a strain on the eyes.
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The majority of reviewers of this delightlfully catty, satirical book clearly fall outside the realm of intended readers--those who hate to travel. To those who have misunderstood the book's intended audience, I would suggest Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal."
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I think this guy just found a 'catchy title' to try to flog a few books and make a name for himself. He hasn't even visited any of the places he mentions in here - Adamstown in Pitcairn Island? How on earth can he possibly deem to know it, and for any normal person to be able to visit there are near impossible as it is. Yet he deems it appropriate to write it off saying "the most dangerous thing is turning down a marriage proposal"....its all very glib and disparaging without wit and intelligence. I realise that it is supposed to be amusing but it all comes across as being rather arrogant.

As to the rest of the book, it really defies reviewing. Like others have said, he hasn't visited any of these towns and so has just followed stereotypes which he has found written in other books or on the internet. It seems extraodinary that he should set himself up as an expert on what to and not to visit, it simply means that he has an opinion, but to try to give it credibility by publishing it - shame on you!

I'd recommend P J O'Rorke if you want to read something by a truly sardonic writer who has visited some of the worst places in the world to visit - its called Holidays in Hell - and another difference is O'Rorke can actually write.
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I picked the book up from the library and thought it would be a fun read. I looked for his reviews of my home state (SC). I have a sense of humor about my home state, which certainly makes it into the 'news of the weird' often enough. Lost all value to me when he reviewed Charleston (SC), and put Myrtle Beach and also the former Jim and Tammy Baker "Christian theme park" there. The theme park has been gone for decades, and is near Charlotte NC (nowhere near the coast). Myrtle Beach IS a horror, but is the upper coast region. Both are several counties away from Charleston. I can't understand why either would make an appearance in a review of Charleston. The author simply hates everything/everyone. Why bother reading it if he has no idea where the supposedly horrible destinations are. His reviews are just mindless blather.
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