The Big Book of Top Gear 2011
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The Big Book of Top Gear 2011
BBC Books
128 pages
November 2010
rated 3 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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If you're a car nerd, you've most probably seen the Top Gear television show. The stars of the show bring humor and a witty, edgy sarcasm to the program. The show digs into every nuance of every automobile they appraise, ranging from the most modern of super cars to ancient, beat-to-death relics of yesteryear. In many respects, the cars are merely a backdrop for the three hosts to engage in their very British brand of humor.

However, you won't find that same wit and incisive humor in this book. Again, if you've purchased this book, you've already seen Top Gear. Chances are. If you aren't familiar with the TV program, this will come across as if it's written in a different language. You will not understand the premise for many of the bits and facts presented here. This book is clearly the result of material not translating across different vehicles (pun intended) of communication. The book tries to push the edges, and there are moments - but for the most part it fails. Bits and pieces and thoughts and stories are thrown everywhere, and consequently much of it is hard to decipher.

All that being said, Top Gear fans will probably welcome this as another piece of memorabilia. This book won't recruit any new fans to the Top Gear culture, but as it is with most things in life, if you're a follower and a fan, another piece is always welcome.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2011

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