‘Thing Explainer’ by Randall Munroe

‘Just Didn’t Get It’

Score: 3/5

I really like XKCD. Really. I like the way it doesn’t go for a broad appeal - sometimes going for jokes that only a few geeks will get. It’s a lot of fun.

I didn’t really enjoy this though. It’s from the same author, it’s clever, it’s funny in places, but it just didn’t work for me.

The gag is that the book is written entirely using only the most common 1000 words in the English language. You can get across quite complex thoughts if you stick to simple words, goes the thinking. Well, maybe. I spent too long trying to translate from the simplified description to the actual term for it to be fun for me.

Tags: 4 Word Book Reviews
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