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To list Isaac Asimov's honors, as to list his books, would be excessive. Let it simply be noted that Isaac Asimov was the most famous, most honored, most widely read, and most beloved science fiction author of all time. In his five decades as an author, he wrote more than four hundred books, won every award his readers and colleagues could contrive to give him, and provided pleasure and insight to millions. He died in 1992, still at work.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (February 4, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395572266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395572269
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found this book when I was on a business trip and needed some entertainment in the evening. Most of the jokes and anecdotes lead to a good chuckle and some are hilarious. What appeals to me most about this book is the commentary that Asimov supplies in the way of background to each piece of humor.
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The ONLY humor compilation I've ever seen in which I laughed at almost all of the jokes. Asimov's commentaries are equally entertaining. Much better than the sequel, "Asimov Laughs Again."
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This not only shows you the great jokes of all time,
but also HOW to tell the jokes, with examples and samples.
Isaac Asimov does it again.
For everyone who loves telling jokes, this is THE book to get.
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I have an older edition of this book...it is priceless. I enjoy it whenever I need a break - keep it at work. We all need humor, and Asimov had the kind of quirky sense of humor that enriches our lives....get this book.
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Fantastic book. As a compilation of jokes, it's not necessarily the funniest (although all these sorts of things tend to be hit-and-miss) but that may also be because I tend to read a lot of humour and have seen some of these before. On the other hand, the strengths of this book are not necessarily in the humour alone, but in a couple of unique aspects you won't find elsewhere. Namely, the jokes are all clean - the level of profanity is extremely minimal, which is a rare thing indeed. Despite this the humour level is maintained. The other unique aspect is that Asimov provides an analysis of jokes and joke-telling that is again rare to find in any other publication. Both of these take the book from being merely funny to being an invaluable resource for the humour connoisseur.
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This is a book of wonderful jokes by Isaac Asimov - the man who could write on any subject.

But this is more than a book of jokes. He goes into detail about how to tell jokes to best effect, and exactly what construction makes different types of jokes funny. That makes the book valuable to a writer. I first ran across this book in my High School library. Asimov was considered a "save" author insofar as content suitable for youngsters. That was almost completely true, yet there are a few jokes in this book that it wouldhave shocked the High School Librarian to find in there. LOL

Highly recommended.
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If you love Isaac Asimov and science fiction, the sense of humor in this book is for you.

As an avid reader, I also struggle with social interactions. Asimov to the rescue - besides being fun to read, these jokes have also really helped me relax around others. It's surprising how helpful it is to have a few jokes on hand.

This is a classic, and a great read. You should get it.

Hope you found this helpful,

Todd
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This is an unusual book. Like much of Isaac Asimov's written material, it is not obvious what you are getting into until a little ways into the book. It can be appreciated on many levels depending on what the reader wants to get out of it. At the surface level this is a book full of very funny jokes which are, for the most part, relatively clean and free of meanness. At another level this is a book on how to tell jokes. A lesser writer would kill the humor of the jokes with all the how-to manual stuff, but Asimov is a genius who makes it entertaining. At yet another level this is a book of literary snapshots into the life of the late great Isaac Asimov.

You can get as much or as little out of this book as you want. I read it about two years ago and don't remember a single joke. Nor did it turn me into an any less abysmal joke teller; but that isn't what I was trying to get out of it. I was only looking for several hours of light reading with some laughs thrown in, and that is exactly what I got. Anyone looking to dig deeper into the book can learn how to be the life of any party. And if you so desire, you can even approach this book from an academic (or armchair academic) perspective and learn about the philosophy of humor itself.

What is humor? Why are things funny? If you want to know you can start your investigation into those questions with this book. Or if you just want some good laughs that aren't dumbed down for the sitcom crowd, you will find those here too.
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