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Robin Ince's Bad Book Club: One Man's Quest to Uncover the Books That Taste Forgot Paperback – July 1, 2010

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About the Author

Robin Ince is an award winning comedian and writer. He won the Time Out Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy for his show The Book Club which was also nominated for a British Comedy Award and hailed by The Observer as 'the outstanding literary event of the Edinburgh Festival'.
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Sphere (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847442692
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847442697
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,016,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book showcases many cheesy old novels, memoirs and other types of writing that sold well at the time despite being pretty bad. I like his description of short paperback horror novels that made up a bulk of his reading as a teen.

As a sci-fi nut myself, especially during those formative years, I'm surprised he didn't really talk about bad sci-fi novels, of which there are many. The sixties and seventies especially produced a glut of cheap sci-fi paperbacks and the covers were the strangest, by far, of any genre. I also was confused about his decision to air his political and religious views with some vitriol and little humor. I agree some political and religious books are obviously ridiculous or trivial, but I expected the focus of the humor to be on the books themselves.
As far as the structure of the book goes, it is divided by genre with many asides by the author.

There are a lot of good leads on books you may be able to find that are strange, ridiculous and/or cheesy. Keep in mind this is a UK book and if you are from the US you may not recognize all the public figures referred to and you might not be able to find these particular books. We have gems of our own though. As the proud owner of three Balzan of the Cat People books, I can assure you this is true.
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