Two years, 75 games, 2, correct answers, and over $ million in winnings later, Ken Jennings emerged as trivia’s undisputed king. Brainiac traces his rise. One day back in , Ken Jennings and his college buddy Earl did what hundreds of thousands of people had done before: they auditioned for Jeopardy! Two. Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs. Ken Jennings, Author. Villard $ (p) ISBN.
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The moment warranted the utterance of at least one wow and a couple of whoas. Jennings has already admitted that there are some insufferable know-it-alls in the world of trivia.
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Interspersed with the tale of jenniings experience on Jeopard In the acknowledgments, Ken Jennings calls his book, Brainiac, “lightweight and mediocre”. Along the way, Jennings provides some backstory–his interest in trivia since childhood, his participation in college contests, and his maniacal preparation for the show.
I was watching when, in Final Jeopardy! Uproarious, silly, engaging, and erudite, this book is an irresistible celebration of nostalgia, curiosity, and nerdy obsession—in a word, trivia.
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Entertaining look into the history of trivia, it’s current forms and festivals, and a behind-the-scenes viewpoint of Jeopardy!. But trivia, he has found, is centuries older than his childhood obsession with it.
He alternates between trivia history and his own Jeopardy experience. May 20, Sarah rated it liked it Recommends it for: Jul 13, Mac rated it it was amazing.
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Always double check your math. To be fair, the book was about Trivia, and, dispersed throughout, was about his stint on Jeopardy. This book takes you behind the fascinating scenes of Alex Trebec and the Jeopardy subculture.
So if “Enjoyable Reads” is the category and Alex says, “This book is an interesting story, written in a very approachable style by a computer programmer,” I’d press the buzzer and say, “What’s Brainiac? Mar 25, Alex Daniel rated it it was amazing Shelves: I still can’t believe he is a Mormon. So you may be thinking “Why the hell would I want to read a book about this guy bragging about his conquest? Uproarious, silly, engaging, and erudite, this book is an irresistible celebration of nostalgia, curiosity, and nerdy obsession—in a word, trivia.
A great, fun circus of a book. He tells the tale of his Jeopardy experience, obsession with trivia, the history of trivia and trivia and more trivia and it’s a really fun ride. Maybe it’s just because I’m a nerd, but I really enjoyed this book.
Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs
It’s really a historical and cultural study of trivia. You’ll laugh a ton, and you’ll learn just as much. Today, almost everyone is an obsessive, well-informed aficionado of something. Well, Jeopardy also picks for personality, and is probably the most generalist quiz tournament jenjings there.
But trivia, he has found, is centuries older than his childhood obsession with it.
And Jennings went on to have a fun life, it seems like, and a decent brxiniac as an author. And is trivia just a waste of time, or does it serve some not-so-trivial purpose after all? But along t One day back inKen Jennings and his college buddy Earl did what hundreds of thousands of people had done before: Ken’s first book is titled Brainiacand lest you think the title immodest or an infringement upon long-standing DC Comics trademarksit also bears the unwieldy subtitle Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs.
He talks about trivia a lot. The book ends with a trivia timeline for readers who might enjoy this tidy reference list.
I loved the book, though for some reason it took me quite a while to finish. The content is the story of Jennings’s audition for Jeopardyhis narrow victory in the first game, his long successful run, and his ultimate loss. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jacobs author of The Know-It-Allmost questions led to long discussions of how we learned, remembered, or deciphered the answer and its place in the big picture of life.
Jennings doesn’t give an authoritative answers, but he does give his brainiqc on the subject, mixed with interviews from a host of quirky individuals. Jacobsauthor of Keh Know-It-All: Worth the read, not only for followers of the Jeopardy! Briniac traces his rise from anonymous computer programmer to nerd folk icon.