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“Seriously funny… funnily serious” - Jonathan Sale, The Daily Telegraph (UK)

“Our favorite book of the year so far… time to face the future, feel the fear and laugh in its face.” —Time Out (London)

About the Author

Steven Appleby is a cartoonist and illustrator whose work has appeared in newspapers, books, exhibitions, on radio, television and even the stage. He lives among his eccentric and extended family in South London. Art Lester is a writer, journalist and Unitarian minister. In past lives he has owned restaurants, bars, travelled with the carnival and there are reported to be several countries he hasn't lived in yet. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Original edition (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452298660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452298668
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,177,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love it. Its witty, creative, and makes being paranoid fun. Some of the more scientific wording gets me caught up, but I love to learn, so when I come across anything I do not understand I research it. Everyone should read the Coffee Table Book of Doom. Its a eye opener and will make you really look at the world, while it lasts!
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If you have a dark sense of humor and are interested in apocalyptic possibilities (or know someone who does/is), then this is a good choice. Hardly something you can't live without, but clever, amusing, and thought-provoking.
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If someone is throwing rocks at you, it is not a bad assumption that they are out to get you. Only a couple of days ago we were excited that a meteor was coming our way and was even entering the zone in which our satellites zing around our little planet, and then, Bang! a meteor with a booming shock wave exploded in Russia. We escaped with no damage from the first encounter and minor damage from the second, but the universe is going to keep throwing rocks at us and one of them is going to be our doom (unless we really get our act together and develop ways of deflecting every one). "Asteroid Strike" takes up 5 of the 200 pages of _The Coffee Table Book of Doom_ (Plume) by writer Steven Appleby and cartoonist Art Lester. If the asteroids don't get us, there are in these pages over fifty other forms doom could take for us, not all as inevitable as the asteroids, but all just awful. And the authors invite us to have a good laugh over every one. After all, there are sources of doom we might do something about, but even these we are tending not to, so what can you do but enjoy the comedic prospects of a terrestrial wipeout?

In the asteroid section, you will find the sort of insouciant humor to be seen on all of these pages. There is, for example, a scale of asteroid sizes ("Not to scale"): Paperweight, Dog Walker Whacker, Car Cruncher, Species Snuffer, All Life Extinguisher, and Galaxy Hammer. Of course, long before the Sun inevitably burns out, we may have suffered contagions from space, solar storms, or alien invasion, all described here. If we aren't doomed from above, we are doomed from below. Yellowstone is overdue for another super volcano eruption that will make Mount St.
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