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xkcd: volume 0
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316 of 331 people found the following review helpful
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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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2010
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2013
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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2010
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2014
Best comic book ever! I know you can look at the web site, but I enjoyed the book in my hands, reading it, savoring it. I was reading it on the plane, and my daughter was just learning to read. She leaned over me and very carefully read out loud from the comic about worrying about everything you say publically, "Fuck That Shit," which was probably the only swearing in the whole book! So now my daughter knows how to read, I enjoyed the book, and everyone on that plane knows that I am a terrible parent.

Seriously, wonderfully book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2012
Mn't y husband gave this to me as a "just because" gift... because he loves me! We're both geeks... of the Linux kind (Ubuntu is our distro), and while some of the comics are kind of difficult to pick up at first, but after a couple of re-reads later, both he and I get an "Oh, I get it" kind of response. One of them was about a Wi-Fi autoconfig, and the smaller text between two panels said "I understand that this a feature in the upcoming Ubuntu release," and and whie my husband and I are diehard Ubuntu fans (yes, we know that it's derived from Debian), while it upset us at first, but each re-read of that comic elicts a laugh thereafter, but Randall knows how to reach his audience. I once found out about xkcd from my husband from the Sudo comic (#149), but this book made us both loyal fans of the comic on the Internet for when we want to look at the new stuff but the book lets us look at the older comics when we don't want to look at them on his phone or on the computer. I wish that more books on xkcd would be published. A dead-tree version of more xkcd comics would be appreciated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2011
It may seem crazy to buy a book of comics that are freely available on-line (it is actually what Randall reminds you of at the very beginning), but for me it was worth it. I took this comic to the off-line world with me, I love reading it when I'm sick or when I just want to have a quick laugh/nostalgia/smirk.

The comics are not in chronological order so it is sometimes hard to find a specific one, however, that is hardly a problem since while looking you find many other comics that you almost forgot were there. There are also accompanying ciphers (in red) that I don't really care for (I didn't put any effort in solving them) but I'm sure some xkcd readers love them and found some secret messages. There is an occasional "behind the scenes" comment which is really nice. And of course the ALT texts are always present, in a small font as not to disturb the reading.

Overall, I got a great book plus I supported my favorite author in his dream.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2010
awesome book, LOVE xkcd, made a great present. There is a section were he tells how he got into making the comics which was very interesting. the scroll overs are in little letters but they are still there and he also put some new notations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2014
I'm a long time fan of xkcd.com and this purchase is a great way for me to just say thank you for all the work Randall has done. This is an amazing collection of comics from his earlier years and many of them are as funny as ever. Randall makes it clear that much of these is available at his website for free, but those of us who hanker for the feel of dead-tree edition will love this none the less. Randall also adds various tidbits to the book that wasn't in the website.

Extra puzzles are sprinkled all over the pages of the book and though I'm not much in terms of solving them, reading the solutions online is surprisingly satisfying.

This is really a no brainer - buy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2014
While most of my XKCD favorites are scattered throughout the later works, this collection of earlier cartoons has so many fantastic gems that made me say 'yes, that's how it is... that's how I am!'. They get at the core of your being. The additional puzzles and hidden bits just made the whole thing more exciting and provided some fun and challenge to owning the book. Let's just say that I treasure it and while Randall shouldn't rush new ones out, I'm sure when they come I'll be waiting with bated breath.
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