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The impression I picked up from the book is that death is, like many things, incredibly unpredictable and can happen at any time to any person. There's no such thing as fate, destiny, luck or any such thing as karma, just really unfortunate coincidence or a negative coalescence of random events.
The only negative thing I would say about this book is that, apart from about a dozen brief assorted top ten lists, there isn't any grouping together of any of these deaths, say by location, misfortune, idiocy or timeframe. This leads to the book feeling very much like one really long list that you could easily skip pages and not particularly miss out on much other than a sense of completion. For what it does, great. As a piece of entertainment, okay. Nov 25, notgettingenough added it Shelves: haven-t-read-but.
I can't help observing that lately Australians have been dying in very odd ways. There is the girl who died scuba diving in Queensland. Her American husband had evidently been planning this for some time. He'd been hassling her about getting a life insurance policy and so most recently, knowing she hadn't but wanting to say whatever would get him off her case, she said yes she had. And so he murdered her in a way will never happen to me. Honestly, take note now.
If I am ever found dead scuba divi I can't help observing that lately Australians have been dying in very odd ways. If I am ever found dead scuba diving I have been murdered. Please investigate. He is in gaol in Australia but is being extradited to the US, one hopes to a worse gaol term than he got here. Last week Australian twins were at a shooting range in the US and fell out of their booth simultaneously with gun shots to the head. It turned out to be a suicide pact but one of them took better aim than the other.
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Because they were identical the authorities couldn't even tell which one was dead. Eventually the one that shot badly came to consciousness in hospital. She is pretty irritated at how things have turned out. The girls were in their late twenties and to all intents and purposes normal, whatever that means.
Evidently they had a particular interest in the Columbine massacre. Zarah, the poor sweet thing. Her mother gave her up early to her husband. Then it was discovered she had serious cancer which resulted in deafness and an artifical leg. Her father met an American woman on the internet, took Zarah with him to take up life with this woman in the US.
The step-mother has, I gather, chopped Zarah up into pieces and then pretended to police via a fake ransom note that she was kidnapped. At least the others were old enough to know what they were doing and have some control over their lives. Doesn't your heart go out to Zarah, though? A horrible life followed by a horrible death. I wonder if it is just coincidence that there is an American connection to all these things?
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When you find a book published in that has two people you knew in it, That's a keeper. Feb 10, Mr. D rated it liked it. Was an alright book. Nothing really stood out. Feb 09, Rat rated it it was ok. A quote on the front of the book described it as "Hilarious" - it wasn't. But, it was relatively interesting and there were one or two smirks to be had; and I did find it to be an interesting read overall, just not quite what the cover quote would have you believe.
If you do ever read this, please note how many times someone from Wales is mentioned, because and this may be blue mini syndrome on my part I'm sure the Welsh featured in a disproportionate number - it'd be nice to get some genuine A quote on the front of the book described it as "Hilarious" - it wasn't. I'll end this with a snippet from the intro, which I think is entirely sensible given the potentially depressing topic.
Rather than focusing on the obvious negativity that talk of death might generate, it enables us to view the matter as enlightening, freeing and ultimately positive - believe it or not Sep 01, Sam rated it liked it Shelves: humour , proper-books. On a par with the Darwin Awards books this was an entertaining collection of tales covering accidental and deliberate ways of meeting your maker. All of the stories have been verified and confirmed which makes some of the stories all the more surprising and morbidly entertaining.
The best had to be the death by sprout which is a lesson to everyone to chew your food, thoroughly, or to just not eat sprouts lol. The tale of the man killed by getting stuck to a pool drain was also quite amusing espe On a par with the Darwin Awards books this was an entertaining collection of tales covering accidental and deliberate ways of meeting your maker. The tale of the man killed by getting stuck to a pool drain was also quite amusing especially when you find out he didn't drown for those who have seen the new Final Destination movie, you'll have a fair idea what happened.
This book basically shows that although Death may not be stalking you the Cosmic Joker certaintly is. Unfinished - I try to finish every book I have started, so this is a big indicator. As Southwell states in the title, these are rather unbelievable ways for one to die.
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Moreover, his choice of word "ridiculous" already foreshadows what the tone is like. Unbelievable or not, it is ridiculous to be describing them as "ridiculous", further reinforced by his rather callous, jeering tone in the book, as well as his constant repetition of the word "idiot". The lack of respect is rather appalling. Moreo Unfinished - I try to finish every book I have started, so this is a big indicator.
Moreover, as some would have pointed out in the comments, this is a huge catalogue of deaths, and with such a long list ! Dec 12, Cornerofmadness rated it it was ok. This is one of those morbid and tasteless books on how we manage to top ourselves. I was hoping for something a little like the Darwin awards since there is that schadenfrauden of looking at total idiots and how they meet their end.
Those were tragic and probably didn't deserve to be made into a joke. To balance those, there were plenty of absolute idiots that leave you wondering WHY they thought thei This is one of those morbid and tasteless books on how we manage to top ourselves.
To balance those, there were plenty of absolute idiots that leave you wondering WHY they thought their actions were a good idea. Jan 24, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: reference , comedy.