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The World's Worst: A Guide to the Most Disgusting, Hideous, Inept, and Dangerous People, Places, and Things on Earth Paperback – May 5, 2005
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Mark Frauenfelder is the author and illustrator of Mad Professor (0-8118-3554-5) and has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times, LA Weekly, Wired, and Playboy. Co-founder of the popular bOING bOING weblog, he lives in Southern California.
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I bought it at a bargain price and still feel like I wasted my money.
"The World's Worst" is light, fluffy, entertaining and a quick read. And it's very sequel-friendly--the next volume(s) will no doubt be just as amusing.
My only complaint was that the format was extremely limited. Perhaps in keeping with the jocular tone of the work the author didn't want to get into too much detail, but detail is precisely what makes many of these things fascinating.
If you have a friend or acquaintance who is discouraged, this would be an excellent gift. Perhaps we have an innate need to constantly reestablish that things can always be worse.
The writing style is light and generally amusing but not laugh-out-loud funny. The book is likely to appeal most to pre-teens and teens because of the grossness (content is PG-13 in places), but adults can enjoy it too.
Aside from the fact that it could be funnier, my main objection is just that it's really short, what with the small page size, low page count, large number of title pages (one per chapter) and drawings. I read it in a half hour, and would have been happy to read it longer had there been more to read. But I passed it on to the rest of the family, and so we got some collective value from it. If longer, it would have earned four stars; call it 3.5.