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Guinness World Records 2008 2008th Edition

4.1 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1904994190
ISBN-10: 1904994199
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Guinness World Records
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Guinness; 2008 edition (August 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904994199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904994190
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Reading Junkie VINE VOICE on October 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I miss the old Guiness record books. The big, thick paperbacks from the 1970s and 1980s filled with words AND pictures. These new books are produced for a generation of page-flippers, not readers. And that is so disappointing.

Sure, it's a nice coffee-table book if you like those kinds of books. Many of us like books for the content, not the presentation. Substance more than style.

I wish Guiness would offer two versions: this version for the page flippers, and a more complete, thorough book for true fans of reading about world records.
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"Guinness World Records 2008" doesn't have every record, by far. But we do learn how tall the tallest living man is (8' 5.5" - in the Ukraine), the most phone books torn in half within 3 minutes - 55, each 1,044 pages, the location of the largest void in deep space (700 million light years away, though the direction was not given), the most power particle accelerator (located in Switzerland, 16.7 miles long and requiring 120 MW of power and 91 tons of helium cooling), the largest HDTV screen (located at a Japanese race track (37'X218'), and of course the usual largest horse, chair, chopsticks, bed, etc., etc., etc.

Those wanting to start an argument can also find out which nation has the highest proportion of prisoners (the U.S. - about 7.4X the rate of most Western nations), while those setting career goals can determine eg. how long the longest-working accountant has been on the job - 78 years. And then there's no end of sports and strength records.

So, get your copy, display it proudly on the coffee-table (it's shiny), and read it whenever you get tired of watching TV.
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Guinness World Records Gamers Edition marks Guinness's first romp into the gaming culture. The gaming culture is bigger than it's ever been before. For the casual gamer, this book is like a starter kit to getting you into the gaming scene. There's a lot of good information scattered throughout the book. However, for gaming aficionados, there's not a lot of stuff here that you probably don't know. Just the same, it's not a bad book.

By the looks of the Guinness World Records, you'd probably think right out that this was a book for the younger gamers. The page layout and design is similar to those World Almanac for Kids books that became popular among the youth. While this may bother a few other gamers, it does show that the book is very inviting.

It begins with a lengthy introduction chapter. This will show some of the highlights of 2007, including talking about some of the heavy hitting games like Halo 3, Super Mario Galaxy and Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. Again, though, if you're big on the gaming scene and you keep up with the news, this is nothing new to you. Even a lot of what they mention is stuff that has been hammered into most gamers head time and time again.

After the introduction, there is a history of gaming. This showcases everything from the Magnavox Odyssey all the way up to the current generation involving the XBOX360, Playstation 3 and Wii. Afterwards, it goes into talking about some of the more mainstream consoles on an individual basis starting with the Nintendo 64 and Gamcube and ending with PC gaming. This section may have better had the consoles been talked about in the chronological order they were released. It is, after all, a history section.
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I got this from my library,and was so dissapointed! The book is so big and awkward to hold,and the info is no where near as detailed as I remember the paperback editions being. They can keep their 'Glow In The Dark' issue,I'm not the least bit interested in this direction,these formerly great books are now headed.

I wouldn't want this book if it was given to me free,let alone consider buying it!
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I'm a gamer and I found most of the world records in this book to be very interesting. I'd say if you're a gamer that chances are great you'll enjoy this. If you're not much of a gamer I'd stick to the regular Guinness Book of World Records, which are great.
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No, it's not a book of biblical proportions. The Guiness Gamers Edition is actually a very slick and easy to dip into book on gaming records. However it's not all sunshine. Many of the records featured really seem to be clutching at straws and seem more like tibits of trivia than genuine world records. The whole affair seems more aimed at kids and casual gamers than longterm gamers and really if you read it cover to cover you'd be done in no time at all. I don't think its in the same league as the current heavyweights Kent's The Ultimate History of Video Games and Fox's The Video Games Guide, but I give it 3 stars for the quality of the presentation and the interesting facts.
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My nine year old son ASKED Santa for this book for Christmas and was VERY excited to get it on Christmas morning. He loves the bright red sparkly cover and immediately placed his hands around his eyes and tried to squish them to the cover to see if it "glowed in the dark."

The facts for the world records continue to be amazing and outrageous, just what any super energetic little boy wants to read and dream about in his youth. Perhaps on day I will see my son's name on one of those pages. The book is captivating, holds his rapt attention for long periods, which is difficult for almost anything to do, considering he is so impulsive, and rarely sits still for any length of time.

My son and I recommend this book for any one who has a fascination for the facts of world records that people have personally managed to accomplish over the years past and present. The ideas people have come up with to decide to do to make a world record is also fascinating and amazing, and kind of like the wild frivolous law suits of the current era most of the world records are ones I would NEVER, COULD never imagine on my own, lol!
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