User reviews for Constable Colgan's Connectoscope

This book has 6 reviews with an average rating of 5 stars.

I read Joined Up Thinking and was hungry for more. Constable Colgan's Connectoscope does not disappoint. This is a humorous, compelling, factually accurate romp through interlinked stats and data that surprises, amazes, entertains and lingers long after. There's even a calculation to estimate the weight that this review adds to the internet. How much? Now you'll HAVE to read the book!
Stevyn Colgan is a man who understands the fundamental interconnectedness of all things. His Connectoscope is a journey through obscure knowledge that gives the reader the distinct impression that they’re only just touching on his peculiar genius. Drawing predominately on life sciences, history, literature and bad ’70’s television, Constable Colgan’s ‘investigations’ take the reader on a meandering, tangential voyage of (probably fairly unnecessary) discovery, before depositing them – dizzy and slightly soiled – right back where they started… (It’s also a terribly funny journey - which, considering I have a laugh like a goat with the croup, has been deeply upsetting for the people around me…) Like Victor Kiam, I liked the book so much I wanted to buy the whole company - but, when that didn’t really work out for me, I had to content myself by buying two copies instead. And, in fairness, they’re both good.
Having read Mr Colgans 'Joined Up Thinking' supporting 'Constable Colgan's Connectoscope" was, for me, a no-brainer. The strange world of 'facts' presented on shows like QI are merely a veneer, Stevyn Colgan scratches the surface and shows us that not only are 'things' peculiar, they are even more peculiar than we could have imagined and that they are able inextricably (& peculiarly) linked to one another in a most peculiar fashion, for example since reading the book I have linked the mosquito to the photocopier by way of Queen Victoria's dress ... In short this book is quite possibly the most fun you can have with your clothes on BUY IT NOW! :)
I came across Stevyn Colgan by serendipitous means on Twitter and we even had a few brief conversations (about Cornwall, since you ask!) before I realised he was the Venerable Bede of QI and felt too awed to continue my fairly banal blathering. I retained, however, a sufficient sense of personal connection to want to buy "Constable Colgan's Connectoscope". I have to say that the only bad thing about the book is that it is too short. The good things are that it is funny, fascinating, elegantly written and clearly the work of a mind that functions in a faintly bizarre but warm and cuddly parallel universe. If you enjoy talking to yourself along the lines of "good grief, I never knew that!" and indulging in wry chuckles, this is the book for you and anyone you want to impress with your immaculate taste in factual writing.
Constable Colgan has done some digging - and the result is a fine collection of copper-bottomed facts. Hidden gems and bizarre oddities abound in a book which joins the dots in search of the bigger picture. As Leonardo Da Vinci once said: “Everything connects to everything else”, and the Connectoscope shows how one thing leads to another. Much as Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon seeks out connections between this actor and any other, Colgan, an experienced QI elf, gathers the evidence and pieces it together a series of “Investigations”: How do you connect the Milky Way to the Three Musketeers? How do you connect dolphins to Dutch courage and the White Cliffs of Dover? How do you connect Blackbeard, Belgium and bipolar disorder? There’s only one way to find out... consult the Connectoscope. From what I gather about his police work, Stevyn Colgan was a tour de force, pioneering projects such as handing out slippers to women leaving night clubs, so they didn’t trip in their high heels and injure themselves. Whichever hat he’s wearing, from policeman’s helmet to thinking cap, one thing I’ve learnt from this book is that he’s rather good at detective work.
I consider myself a sponge for trivia and facts so the idea that everything connects to everything else fascinates me. This book did not disappoint in any way - except perhaps it ended far to soon for my liking. It is humorous and interesting in equal measures and leads the reader on a magical mystery tour of connectedness. If you enjoy interesting facts, webs of intriguing connections and humorous narration then this is a book you will certainly enjoy. How could I possibly award it anything less than 5 stars when it has provided so much fun and interesting discussion between me and my friends?
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Publication date: October 2013
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