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Product Details

  • Series: Xkcd
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Breadpig; First Printing edition (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615314465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615314464
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It has a lot more to it, and is a great book for you're coffee table.
Jim
If you are at all a fan of science, math, and humor you should at least check out the web comic….it’s pretty hilarious.
K. Eckert
If you have NOT read the comic online, the domain name is XKCD (as you can infer from the name), go read it.
KAZ Vorpal, aka Michael Karl

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249 of 262 people found the following review helpful By KAZ Vorpal, aka Michael Karl on August 18, 2010
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The author admonishes you, in his foreword, that you must have some kind of poor economic judgement, to be buying this book when the comic is free online.

But that does more to illustrate the kind of wit he has, than represent the truth, because the book is NOT a print-out of the pics you can get online, but is apparently based on the original, pen/pencil drawings (at least in part), giving you a (faint) insight into the process of their creation, plus giving a feeling of something authentic, like buying a cell from some favorite animation.

If you have NOT read the comic online, the domain name is XKCD (as you can infer from the name), go read it. If you'd have liked the book anyway, you'll be back to buy it out of sheer joy for the sarcky satire you've experienced.

Who will like XKCD?

* Anyone who likes Big Bang Theory. This is the one source of "nerd/geek" humor superior to that one.
* All Wikipedians, except the anal-retentive ones who didn't even want us to redirect the word malamanteau to the XKCD article.
* Those who are disgusted with "SyFy" for being ashamed of science fiction. (google "syfy, we disown you")
* The kind of people who hear about MIT pranks and think "I could have done better".
* Problem-solvers who, upon realizing that the a-hole ops of #Linux answer every question with "RTFM", spoof another IP while running a hacked ID validator and give wrong answers to their own questions, baiting the experts into jumping in with corrections. And then go help run #linpeople to answer the questions right.
* People who, having studied linguistics, math/physics, logic, engineering, or some other intellectual discipline, determine that the greatest benefit is all the extra puns it allows them to notice.
* Sarcastic romantics
* Pseudointellectuals...OK, they won't, but they'll feel obligated to pretend.
* I will. Did. Do. And that's what counts.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A. Morgan on August 26, 2010
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This doesn't give you any new comics, but it does have a lulzy introduction that makes fun of you (the reader) for buying a printed version of a free webcomic. Still, if you're a fan of the series it's a must have just for the showcasing reasons alone. Also, whenever I want to introduce somebody to the GLORY that is XKCD, I can now say "here, browse through this!" instead of giving them a web address they'll likely never go to. Also, if you've never bought anything from the XKCD store but have been reading the comic for years (like me), this is your chance to give Randall some money finally!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Richard on December 22, 2010
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I'll keep this short: If you enjoy the XKCD comics online enough to have gone back to re-read many of them more than once, you must get this. It's well made and there's enough cool little stuff everywhere to make it fun even if you know most of the strips by heart. You'll also be helping to support a worthy cause since 20% of the profits go to charity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By carlosfer2201 on June 22, 2014
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You pretty much get what you would expect from a XKCD book. Tnkfully it's not a strip by strip collection, rather the author's favorite picks, so most of the "way over our heads" jokes have been kept out.
I do wish there had been more writing, as shown in the opening words to the readers, but I guess we'll have to wait for his "What if" book coming out this year.
If you like XKCD, it's a no brainer. For those who don't know it, check the site first.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rev. Pee Kitty on May 2, 2011
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XKCD is one of the funniest webcomics on the net, period . . . at least, if you're a geek who's into math, physics, and computer science. And this is a nice collection of some of XKCD's earliest strips. It's not a PERFECT collection -- I questioned a few of the choices made when deciding which comics to include -- but most of the funniest early strips are in here. And it's great to have a version of XKCD that you can read on the toilet. :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Chase on May 1, 2014
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Doesn't really have anything the website doesn't already have, but I've had so much enjoyment out of XKCD that buying this book is an easy way to say "thanks." And it's a fun coffee table book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By itsdevlin on November 27, 2013
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The best way to waste part of your afternoon instead of doing actual value-added work. The whole thing's really well done, and if you have any idea what xkcd is, just buy the book and support the guy drawing it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Puzio on January 19, 2013
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Well, if you haven't visited xkcd.com, do yourself and go there.
I love the webcomics from that website and that's why I bought this book. And I must say I wasn't disappointed!
The best thing about getting the book though is having it out when people come over and having it so accessible.
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