Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Book of Lists 3

1983, Bantam edition from later that year
Amy Wallace, David Wallechinksy, and Irving Wallace
The Book of Lists 3
Original price $4.95, purchase price $2.95
Very worn paperback

About as good as the first book, not as good as the second.  Pretty much more of the same, including the chapter "Encores," which updates popular earlier lists.  As they observe in the introduction, there had been some spin-off books by other people, not just the "rock" one.  The intro also says, "Like our previous books, The Book of Lists 3 tries to provide a balance between the lighthearted and the serious.  It is fun to read a list of...murder victims who were the hardest to kill."  If that's the Wallaces' idea of lighthearted fun, I'm surprised these books aren't more disturbing.

As far as topicality goes this time, there's of course a lot more of Reagan, and M*A*S*H makes the favorite TV series lists for Lucille Ball, Dick Van Dyke, and Phil Silvers (who also of course pick their own shows).  My favorite trivia is that "Let's get out of here!" is the most common line of movie dialogue, which may still be true.

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