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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (February 9, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312284861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312284862
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #522,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Repeating their British-style title epithet so often that it loses any pejorative value, the authors ("both fire signs") offer firmly tongue-in-cheek characterizations of men, organized by sign, for the date-weary hetero woman. Witness "The Libra Bastard": "The poor, confused bastard. It's not his fault. Life in the modern world is getting more and more complex and there are so many decisions to make. He now has to decide between gel and mousse to style his hair every morning. The stress is unbelieveable."

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About the Author

Adele Lang was born in London, but moved to Perth, Australia when she was 16, living mostly in Melbourne after that, and finally she moved back to London in 1997. She also began her career as an advertising copywriter, but segued into TV scriptwriting (in Australia), magazine columnist, newspaper feature writer, and author. She has had several books published, including Bosstrology, The Best Book of Girls Behaving Badly... Ever and How To Spot a Bastard by His Star Sign. Currently Adele is the astrology columnist for Marie Claire.
 
Susi Rajah has been an art director, copywriter, and graphic designer, and has won numerous awards including the covered advertising CLIO award (1997). But all the while she has had an abiding interest in everything "new age", particularly astrology. Originally from Malaysia, Susi lived most of her life all across Australia and New Zealand, and she and her husband recently moved to California.

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This is a great, funny and entertaining book.
M. St Germain
Ladies, if you've just been dumped or if you have a sneaking suspicion that the one you're with is a bastard, then this is the book for you.
Cedric's Mom
As soon as I picked it up and flicked through I felt compelled to read it cover to cover - that very night!
Anna-Louise

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Cedric's Mom VINE VOICE on June 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book defies categorization. Astrology? Humor? Relationships? Vitriol? All of the above, which is what makes it so fun. Ladies, if you've just been dumped or if you have a sneaking suspicion that the one you're with is a bastard, then this is the book for you. This absolutely unapologetic volume of man hatred takes the done-to-death astrology motif and applies it to defining a man's most despicable traits with frightening accuracy. Forget Linda Goodman's Love Signs. It's the bad stuff that can hurt you, and Lang and Rajah have detailed all of it in brutal honesty and high hilarity.
This is the kind of book I want to throw away as soon as I've exorcised the demons that accompany my broken heart (and hurt pride), but that would be a waste, because I'm bound to need it again, even if only for some good old male-bashing fun. It's a must have for gen Xers, nexters, boomers, and any woman who engages in the dating war. It's well researched, well written, and well, it's just flat out a lot of fun.
Compatibility tests are included to find out which bastard suits you best. After all, we still can't live with them or without them, bastard status notwithstanding. Guaranteed to perk up the crestfallen and the downright despondent.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "kelp_lostinla" on January 31, 2002
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Why can't a man be more like a woman? How can I at least learn to understand them? It may help to know that men are packaged into 12 types: by their star signs. How to Spot a Bastard by his Star Sign helps you to understand how each type ticks!!! I had a ball leafing through the star signs of ex-boyfriends, finding their personality quirks described to a T in all phases of the relationship from first glance to the back end of the slamming door. No wonder I was so frustrated dating Leo Bastards. I even read aloud to my current Taurus boyfriend his own sign and we both had a good laugh. 'I don't do that, do I?' He kept saying. A great pick me up when feeling down and confused by the opposite sex, this humorous description of each man's star signs in relationships is a great read by yourself, but better with a group of girlfriends.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Aliza Mansolino on October 31, 2002
Format: Paperback
...I recognized every man I'd ever dated. I'm sure there's some poor bastard somewhere (probably a Capricorn, they have no sense of humor) picking up this book in his local Borders and thinking to himself "Hey, that's not true!". Well, I'm here to tell you that it is - these ladies know their stuff. This is fun reading. Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Jiles on June 16, 2003
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This one is so on the money, it's scary!! I read it to my fiancee, and he actually thought it was a book COMPLIMENTING his zodiac sign! And it's funny! Too funny, in some cases! Good for when you first meet a guy. Even better to read at the END of the relationship. Better cure for a broken heart than Ben & Jerry's!! You'll LOVE it!! Enjoy!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By trw lawler on February 6, 2002
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These two must have dated a whole load of guys to get it so right. OK, I only know first-hand about Pisces - the most lying, conniving, two-timing compulsive massagers of truth in the entire zodiac - but other (male) friends tell me theirs is pretty spot-on too. How do they know how men are really? We never let on until you've dated us for a while. Hence my first observation. Chicks, save yourself a world of heartache and read this cover to cover. Then get your defense in first.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 2002
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This has got to be the funniest book I have read in a long time. Not only was I howling with laughter after the first paragraph, I have recommended it to all my friends. The descriptions of every sign are right on the money; and even though they describe the sun sign, if you know what his moon sign is, make sure and read that sign as well! The two together will describe him to a T! This is THE perfect book to read after a breakup, because you will be laughing so hard, you'll realize you aren't missing a thing in letting that bastard go! So even if you THINK you are in a happy relationship, buy this book for yourself and all your friends. Open a bottle of wine, sit around and disect every star sign you have ever dated, and learn which ones to avoid like the plague.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Anna-Louise on February 5, 2002
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There's only one word for this book and that is 'genius'. As soon as I picked it up and flicked through I felt compelled to read it cover to cover - that very night! Everyone, even the non-believers among us, has a sneaky peek at our own star-sign or that of the man /woman we have in our sights (well, I know I do!) every now and again and this book just goes one hilarious stage further advising us who, astrologically, we might want to watch out for and why. And it does it in an effervescent, hilarious, dry and witty way. How To...takes a fur covered pussy cat paw swipe at the male gender and their shortcomings and it does it to absolute perfection with sparkling wit and subtle sarcasm. These girls actually know their astro stuff too and could no doubt spot a bastard (and his star sign) for fifty miles. I had such a laugh reading this with my girlfriends, (the general opinion being "If only we'd had this book 10 years ago!") and even my husband, whose Taurean discription in the book was so scarilly accurate he thought I was making it up! How To Spot A Bastard By His Star Sign is a harmless, hilarious, superbly-written and entertaining guide that, once you've stopped laughing along with it, could make you stop to realise that it actually has a real point. No girl should be without it!
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