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"It's a unique blend of nostalgia and childhood.  I was laughing like an idiot at the simple brilliance of this very unique dichotomy."
  Obsessive Book Nerd (03/18/2014)
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"I've never been so lied to by a book's title and yet been so pleased about it."
  Silent Evil Reviews (11/03/2013)
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"You just laugh out loud at the sheer banality of life. Unusual, amusing, not really boring and worth a look especially."
   Indie Bookwork (09/10/2012)
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"But more exciting experiments are afoot... The Most Boring Book Ever Written is a Choose Your Own Adventure-style literary piece for adults.  The story isn't simply experimental in form - with several distinct narrative strands, all resolving quite differently depending on the choices the reader makes along the way - but experimental in technique too, with the authors using virtually no transitions (to interesting effect)."
   David Gaughran (Huffington Post 09/17/2012)
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"Like the 'choose your own adventure' books from childhood without the adventure!"
  Ed Kirchoff (Amazon.com review 01/23/2013)

Product Details

  • File Size: 594 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bowness Books (April 25, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 25, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Y0P18K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,092 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Rudolf Kerkhoven is the author of three novels, "Love is not free. The price is 99 cents", "The Year We Finally Solved Everything" and "A Dream Apart." He is also the co-author of the choose-your-own-adventure(ish) comedy novels, "The Adventures of Whatley Tupper", "The Redemption of Mr. Sturlubok," "The Most Boring Book Ever Written" and "Can Stuart Henry Zhang Save the World?" (with Daniel Pitts). He lives in the greater Vancouver area of British Columbia, Canada. He does not have a dog or a cat. But he does have a daughter and sometimes she acts strangely similar to that of a dog or cat.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Gaughran on September 6, 2012
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In a way, this *is* the most boring book ever written. The writer uses no transitions whatsoever, so you get, for example, the full teeth-brushing session - no skipping to the juicy bits. However, without giving anything away, this is very deliberate and adds up to quite a clever effect by the end. In fact, there are multiple endings. Each choice leads you off onto a different narrative strand. Some weave back to the same place, but others go in a very different direction leading to multiple possible endings (and resolutions). I really enjoyed this.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Fudgeman on December 16, 2012
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I knew from the title that I needed to get this book ASAP. I knew it would be boring but that's what makes it funny. It (if you make the right choice) has a line that repeats itself over nd over! made me laugh! don't even think interested buyer! I can't complain about a free book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By flygirltaylor on December 24, 2012
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remember in the 80s' when you read the Choose your own adventure books? This is the same thing except for adults (nothing dirty, just no options for playing with a skateboard versus taking grandma to the library) It is a boring book but it will pass the time in the grocery check out line.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Força Porto! on February 28, 2013
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The title is a little (a very little) misleading... the book is not actually the most boring book ever written. That honor would go to one of the texts I was assigned in high school, although I'm not sure which, as I can't seem to remember any of them-- only the ennui. However, this is different: it's at one and the same time a book hardly worth reading, and one which should be read again and again.

I realize that my last sentence may appear nonsensical, but it's not. This is a book of choices, which send you to different pages and sections of the book. If each time you read it you make different choices, you'll end up reading different books. None of them will be exactly scintillating, but at least they're different.

Despite its remarkable lack of great literary merit, I'm going to go ahead and say:

Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christine C Olyer on December 12, 2012
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This book allows me to choose the direction of the character and it's true -- it's boring, but satisfying. I do intend to go back through the book and make exactly the opposite choices to see where it ends up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vega Boralis on July 5, 2013
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I've never been so lied to by a book's title and yet been so pleased about it. I'm glad I picked up this silly little thing.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Wax on February 7, 2013
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This book is hysterically funny if you find dry, cynical things to be humorous. If you remember the "choose your own adventure books" from your 80's childhood, this book is like that but is not juvenile. Every few pages you are forced to make a choice. If you try to make any decisions that are intended to be exciting, spruce things up, make the story more interesting, you will find that the author somehow always prohibits your intention from being realized. The main plot of this book seems to be geared at helping middle class Americans understand how pointless and boring their every thought and action in their boring little lives really are. The author is skilled at this and if you read it aloud to the right friend with the right personality, you may, like me and my friend, end up laughing your head off. I fully recommend the experience.
Warning: you may find yourself monitoring your own boring self-talk as you go about your daily life more intently after reading this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew T. Medlock on August 24, 2014
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Maybe stupidly brilliant. Or brilliantly stupid. Who can say? It's pretty much exactly as advertised. It's the Seinfeld concept of a "show about nothing" in book form. Only instead of the characters getting caught up in humorously ironic situations fueled by their own neuroses and obsessions with the minutae of day-to-day existence, this book is just about the mostly random, exceedingly dull routines of a person's day. From brushing teeth to selecting neckwear to driving to work, it's all in here. And it's all utterly boring.

Intentionally so, of course. There is a playfulness to the language that offers a decent share of dryly humorous moments. But this is still basically a one-joke premise milked for all it's worth. And once you navigate through this day a couple of times (it's written in an interactive/choose-your-own-adventure style), there's not a tremendous urge to seek out the remaining "narrative" threads. As a cursory read, it's definitely worth exploring just for that one joke, but don't expect to cherish revisits. After all, it happily promises to be the most boring book ever written. Though I'm sure people who aren't enamored with Joyce, Dostoevsky or Pynchon would eagerly disagree.
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