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Bogus to Bubbly: An Insider's Guide to the World of Uglies

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Bogus to Bublly is pretty-making!

This was an awsome book! I enjoyed reading it and it has a lot of fun info from Uglies!

posted by JessicaDay on October 23, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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Sometimes, when a book series gets really popular, writers will try to cash in by writing unauthorized guides to the story or books about the "science" behind popular fantasy titles. Then, rarely, you get a book like Bogus to Bubbly: An Insider's Guide to the World of U...
Sometimes, when a book series gets really popular, writers will try to cash in by writing unauthorized guides to the story or books about the "science" behind popular fantasy titles. Then, rarely, you get a book like Bogus to Bubbly: An Insider's Guide to the World of Uglies (2008) that was actually written by the ultimate insider: Scott Westerfeld.

Uglies is a series of books (one trilogy and a companion book) about a world in the future where in order to prevent war and strife everyone gets plastic surgery to be beautiful and live long. Everyone else, by contrast, is ugly. That is the super, super short explanation of the series which is more complex. I don't recommending reading this guide before the series because it contains spoilers and, truth be told, unless you know you like the books this guide will not be that interesting.

Westerfeld explains a lot of things in this book. He discusses where the idea for the story came from, as well as how he thought of skintennas and the Rusties. Parts of the book also explain technology, history, and culture surrounding the worlds created in the Uglies series.

What I liked about the book was that it mentioned a lot about the writing process. While Westerfeld himself notes that it's hard to trace the origin of ideas, this book does try. It's interesting to read how a dentist visit inspired several aspects of the book while, thankfully, we are not the entire inspiration behind the Rusties. Explanations of names and slanguage were also very informative and interesting.

I was less enthralled by the technology information. It was fun to hear about the science of beauty, but the information about magnetic levitation, hoverboards and inventions got a bit, well, technical. Although I fully admit that could be me since Uglies is one of the few straight sci-fi series I read (I usually go in for fantasy which, having dragons and what not, is guaranteed to be less technical). There is also a bit of repetition with the books revealing much of what Westerfeld puts together in Bogus to Bubbly but that is probably inevitable with an insider's guide like this.

Aside from content, I liked the book's organization. It's written like a real guide with cross-referencing between sections and an index. The book also includes illustrations and maps which helped a lot to visualize the city as it was meant to be seen.

While the entire book might not be read-worthy for every fan, it's very likely at least one nagging question about the series will be answered in this book. Mine, for instance, being whether belly sensors were indeed belly button rings or not. Readers will also leave the guide with a new insight into how the writing process might work. On top of that, Bogus to Bubbly also includes a preview of Westerfeld's new series Leviathan.

My only serious regret is that the Awesome Librarian Clique only warranted passing mention (though since they didn't factor in the books at all, perhaps that is to be expected).

posted by MissPrint on February 27, 2012

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  • Posted November 27, 2008

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    I liked it

    This book was pretty helpful for understanding the world of Uglies better. I learned a lot, and really enjoyed Bogus to Bubbly. Good job, Scott!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2011

    Answered All Of The Questions That I Wanted Answered And More. Wouldn't Have Wanted To Buy It However. This Is A Good Book To Check Out From A Library.

    Bogus to Bubbly by Scott Westerfeld, was the complete guide to the world that Tally and Aya live in. I recommend that you read the series, then this. This will answer all of the questions that you have about the gadgets, surgery, and the whole world itself. This is a good book, but you absolutely have to read the entire Uglies series first.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Stupid

    For all of you who botherd to open this page i accually really liked this book and you it should be zane. Swewxw

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    Love it!

    The only thing that's bad is the size/quality of the pictures. I learned a lot about the Uglies world.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2010

    Total Explanation

    I first read the preveiw of the book on my nook. I was utterly dissappointed when I realized I wouldn't be able to finish my "Guide to My Series 9 Hoverboard" until I bought the book... so I did! Yup, it's tatally worth it (If you're totally intrigued) Once finished learning how to work a hoverboard I took a history class on ourselves, (the Rusties) and learned of our "big crash". I have to say, if it weren't for this book the Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras would have been wasted on me. I DEFINITEELY reccomend this!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    To find you're not ugly or pretty, you're just as special as any extra and you just go from bogus to bubbly.

    In this readers guide to the bestseller series, UGLIES, you can see the inside story of everything from the crash of the rusties to the mechanics of the ever envied hover board. Scott Westerfeld informs us of all the little details we coulodn't read between the lines in the series and keeps you just as enticed from cover to cover in this guide as he does in his ever adored Uglies series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    Zane

    I prefer Zane... he sounds much cuter and sweeter than David....

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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