Book Review: Schott’s Original Miscellany by Ben Schott (2002)

I bought this book as part of my “5 for $5.00” annual rejoining of the Quality Paperback club, which means that after shipping and handling, I only paid $16 total. And it’s hardcover, not paperback. But that’s enough about the pricing.

The book reminds me of The Book of Lists with a little less verve. Schott has collected numerous lists of trivia and has compiled them. No chapters. No themes. Just a hard dose of trivia for some of us to mainline before the shaking starts and our withdrawal begins. Still, I remember a couple of things from the book and I’ll spring them at odd times or to ensure that the North Side Mind Flayers trivia night team emerges victorious.

So do I recommend it? If you can get it cheap, or if you can borrow it, or if you’re into this sort of thing. It’s not a compelling read, but it is something you can pick up during commercial breaks when watching sports on television and can put down again when the action resumes without losing your place.

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