Title: The Second Q.I. Book of General Ignorance
Author: John Lloyd and John Mitchinson
Page Count/Review Word Count: 349
If you’ve read my review of the original Q.I. Book of General Ignorance then you ought to know roughly what to expect. Lloyd and Mitchinson, the two men who were behind the show’s creation in the first place, are back again to debunk some more of the myths and misunderstandings that plague our modern society. If you’re anything like me then you like to be correct, and this book is the perfect book to help you be just that.
I mean, this really is just an extension of the first book – it’s as simple as that. There’s so much material out there for the authors to choose from that they could continue to write General Ignorance books almost indefinitely, and so it’s kind of a relief to know that they’ve tried a few different ideas, like the Q.I. Book of the Dead and the Q.I. Book of Advanced Banter.
Because of that, I felt compelled to give this book a slightly lower rating than the previous one, purely because other than the fact that my copy of the second book is a hardback in contrast to the paperback I own of the first book, they might as well be exactly the same. They say that when you’ve hit upon a winning formula, you should stick with it – whilst that’s true, I feel as though a couple of changes could have helped this book to stand out, and not to be overshadowed.
So put simply, if you haven’t read the original Q.I. Book of General Ignorance, you might as well read that instead of this. Then you can move on to this one if you just can’t get enough of it – the content of both books is certainly interesting enough to keep you going. Plus, you can always read it aloud to yourself in your best Stephen Fry voice to make it feel like you’re actually on the show!