Quick Review: The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray by Robert Schnakenberg


I like Bill Murray.  He is an amusing guy and he plays a doofus really, really convincingly well.  I’ve always been under the impression that in person he would be smart, charming and likable.  But I’ve never considered myself a fan.

The coworker (we’ll call him “Kevin”) I share an office with, however, was pretty excited when he looked over my shoulder and saw this book in among the giveaways on booklikes.com, and I caved in to his pressure enthusiasm and entered…

So here we are, me and a big old 271 page (including filmography and bibliography) book, or “Critical Appreciation,” all about the “World’s Finest Actor.”  Have I read it cover to cover?  No.  But skimmed through and dipped in to read here and there?  Yep.  And really, it is one of those kinds of books.  Full of pictures, quotes, little stories and anecdotes (like “The Time He Danced the Hammer with MC Hammer”), and encyclopedic entries in alphabetic order, it appears to be what co-worker Kevin described as “just what you could look around and find on the web.”  It is like having a printed copy of a Bill Murray wiki.  The thorough wiki of an uber-fan.  Though I can’t (ok, won’t) verify this without extensive research.

The writing quality is decent, the production of the book is to the usual high Quirk Books standard (hello, french flaps!) and this would be a fantastic gift for the Bill Murray fan who already owns every movie (though there may be an obscure film or two in here that they’ll want to hunt down).  They’ll love it, though they may be a bit disappointed as Kevin was, that Bill Murray was not in any way involved except as the subject.

So, in a nutshell, if you are a huge fan of Bill Murray, this belongs on your shelf or coffee table.  If you are not a huge fan of Bill Murray, just give it a quick perusal for a bit of fun before wrapping it up as a gift for the huge Bill Murray fan in your office life.

The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray, A Critical Appreciation of the World’s Finest Actor by Robert Schnakenberg | Quirk Books, Sept. 2015 | Paperback  271 pgs | Won in Booklikes giveaway