January 2nd, 2020

Book 5 - 2018

Book 5: Strayapedia by Dominic Knight - 232 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
Patriotically basted in the goon trough of Australian values, this book is as fundamentally Strayan as bowling your final over underarm, not asking awkward questions about what's in your meat pie, and naming a swimming pool after Harold Holt.

Conveniently omitting all areas not relating to Australia, Strayapedia provides definitive alternative facts about Tony Abbott, AC/DC, Canberra, Kylie Minogue, the Hills hoist, Bob Hawke, Hey Hey It's Saturday, Ned Kelly, koalas, Akubras and Shane Warne - among many other certified dinky-di topics.

If you want to pass a citizenship test, or win a trivia night hosted by Cory Bernardi, Strayapedia is as valuable as a tiny apartment in Sydney.

Written by one of the people behind The Chaser, I expected this to be much funnier than it was. Basically exactly as it describes itself to be: a rip-off of Wikipedia with jokes thrown in. Covering a variety of topics with regards to Australian geography, culture, society, politics, food etc, this book never quite hits a high enough water mark for its humour, and would be absolutely useless to the average non-Australian (unless it was written along the lines of the old Drop Bear myth, i.e. perpetuating myths about Australia - the downside being that there is no entry on Drop Bears). A quick read, a light read, entertaining but never quite as good as it could have been. I might also be a little upset about the entry ripping off my home state of Queensland, but Knight would probably say that's because I'm a Queenslander!

5 / 50 books. 10% done!

1661 / 15000 pages. 11% done!

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