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Guinness World Records 2008 Hardcover – 2007


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Guinness (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904994199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904994190
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 2.5 x 30.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #261,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Guinness World Records 2008

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Format: Hardcover
I recall the days when the Guinness Book of World Records was a thick paperback that came out year after year. It had many old fashioned black and white photos and extraordinary feats from every conceivable place in the universe; planet Earth and the living things upon it. Amazing!

The 2008 Guinness Book is interesting; great for mature children and young adults. Fun as a coffee table novelty read.

I found the book, cartoonish and a bit gaudy.

If I could have given it a 3.5 stars I would. It has glow-in-the-dark pages (they really do glow). Fun for a younger crowd.

Get a used copy if it's available, you'll be just as pleased with that.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
I miss... Oct. 13 2007
By Reading Junkie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I miss the old Guiness record books. The big, thick paperbacks from the 1970s and 1980s filled with words AND pictures. These new books are produced for a generation of page-flippers, not readers. And that is so disappointing.

Sure, it's a nice coffee-table book if you like those kinds of books. Many of us like books for the content, not the presentation. Substance more than style.

I wish Guiness would offer two versions: this version for the page flippers, and a more complete, thorough book for true fans of reading about world records.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Good Coffee-Table Material Sept. 9 2007
By Loyd E. Eskildson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"Guinness World Records 2008" doesn't have every record, by far. But we do learn how tall the tallest living man is (8' 5.5" - in the Ukraine), the most phone books torn in half within 3 minutes - 55, each 1,044 pages, the location of the largest void in deep space (700 million light years away, though the direction was not given), the most power particle accelerator (located in Switzerland, 16.7 miles long and requiring 120 MW of power and 91 tons of helium cooling), the largest HDTV screen (located at a Japanese race track (37'X218'), and of course the usual largest horse, chair, chopsticks, bed, etc., etc., etc.

Those wanting to start an argument can also find out which nation has the highest proportion of prisoners (the U.S. - about 7.4X the rate of most Western nations), while those setting career goals can determine eg. how long the longest-working accountant has been on the job - 78 years. And then there's no end of sports and strength records.

So, get your copy, display it proudly on the coffee-table (it's shiny), and read it whenever you get tired of watching TV.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good if You're New to Gaming April 7 2008
By S. Rhodes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Guinness World Records Gamers Edition marks Guinness's first romp into the gaming culture. The gaming culture is bigger than it's ever been before. For the casual gamer, this book is like a starter kit to getting you into the gaming scene. There's a lot of good information scattered throughout the book. However, for gaming aficionados, there's not a lot of stuff here that you probably don't know. Just the same, it's not a bad book.

By the looks of the Guinness World Records, you'd probably think right out that this was a book for the younger gamers. The page layout and design is similar to those World Almanac for Kids books that became popular among the youth. While this may bother a few other gamers, it does show that the book is very inviting.

It begins with a lengthy introduction chapter. This will show some of the highlights of 2007, including talking about some of the heavy hitting games like Halo 3, Super Mario Galaxy and Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. Again, though, if you're big on the gaming scene and you keep up with the news, this is nothing new to you. Even a lot of what they mention is stuff that has been hammered into most gamers head time and time again.

After the introduction, there is a history of gaming. This showcases everything from the Magnavox Odyssey all the way up to the current generation involving the XBOX360, Playstation 3 and Wii. Afterwards, it goes into talking about some of the more mainstream consoles on an individual basis starting with the Nintendo 64 and Gamcube and ending with PC gaming. This section may have better had the consoles been talked about in the chronological order they were released. It is, after all, a history section. At least for all the hardware it gives you all the specs and a few factoids and some trivia concerning each console. These sections are also accompanied by crystal clear screenshots. At the end of the hardware history section there is a list of the top 5 bestselling games on each console. After all this is over with, we finally get into some of the records and trivia on some of the biggest selling gaming franchises in some of the industries most popular genres.

In the Record Breaking Games section is where the book can quickly become redundant for long time gamers, but a treat for newcomers to the gaming scene. It talks of some of the most popular games in the industry such as Halo, The Legend of Zelda, Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario Bros and Sonic as well as several other franchises that have made a huge impact in the gaming industry. Each section presents a few factoids to the series. Telling you things like whether or not it was the fastest selling in the series, the number of copies the bestselling in the series, etc. Perhaps the most interesting is when it shows you speed record completions for certain games. And despite all that, it isn't quite enough for some of these franchises. They only get two pages a piece. However, there are some interesting facts presented for many of them. This portion of the book spans through out several genres. From the Action/Adventure to the Puzzle genre.

As this section progresses there are also interviews, timelines and historical dates noted. It's also is decorated to the brim with pictures and screen shots.

After all this information, you get to see them count down the 100 best arcade games and then you see charts of high scores. The book ends with an index that'll help you find anything you need.

The biggest problem with the guide is, as I said earlier, that a lot of this information is not new to the experienced gamer. Much of the sales records and trivia has become common knowledge amongst most gamers. However, for many, I'm sure there's still a lot of information that's new to them.

You couldn't possibly expect the book to cover everything. There are many books with more comprehensive history and more trivia. But for what you get with this, it's detailed. It's not the Ultimate Gamer's Manual, but it serves as a great introduction and start for anyone curious to the video gaming culture.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Big,Awkward,Not Nearly The Detailed Info As The Paperbacks! Feb. 17 2008
By C. Hall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I got this from my library,and was so dissapointed! The book is so big and awkward to hold,and the info is no where near as detailed as I remember the paperback editions being. They can keep their 'Glow In The Dark' issue,I'm not the least bit interested in this direction,these formerly great books are now headed.

I wouldn't want this book if it was given to me free,let alone consider buying it!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The gamers bible? March 18 2008
By John Jacobs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
No, it's not a book of biblical proportions. The Guiness Gamers Edition is actually a very slick and easy to dip into book on gaming records. However it's not all sunshine. Many of the records featured really seem to be clutching at straws and seem more like tibits of trivia than genuine world records. The whole affair seems more aimed at kids and casual gamers than longterm gamers and really if you read it cover to cover you'd be done in no time at all. I don't think its in the same league as the current heavyweights Kent's The Ultimate History of Video Games and Fox's The Video Games Guide, but I give it 3 stars for the quality of the presentation and the interesting facts.


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