Effin' Birds
Effin' Birds is a new volume in the grand and noble profession of nature writing and bird identification. This book contains more than 150 pages crammed full of classic, monochrome plumage art paired with the delightful but dirty aphorisms (think "I'm going to need more booze to deal with this week") that made the Effin' Birds Twitter feed a household name. Also included in its full, Technicolor glory is John James Audubon's most beautiful work matched with modern life advice. Including never-before-seen birds, insults, and field notes.

Effin' Birds Details

TitleEffin' Birds
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 22nd, 2019
PublisherTen Speed Press
ISBN-139781984856289
Rating
GenreHumor, Nonfiction, Animals, Birds, Art, Comedy

Effin' Birds Review

  • Anima
    January 1, 1970
    Funny and smart and sweet and adorable - absolutely memorable!‘INCOMPUNCTIOUS OWL This owl’s large size and dominating personality allow it to do basically anything it wants. habitat: Wherever it wants to go. identifying characteristics: An alarming lack of empathy.“WEARY JACKDAW ..., habitat: Twitter, Facebook, whatever is next. identifying characteristics: Despite being horrified and mentally spent, the weary jackdaw is unable to stop browsing social media.”
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  • Mimi
    January 1, 1970
    Friends who know me well know that I rarely swear and never say f*** but those who know me really well know that I have a secret vein of irreverence. Effin' Birds is a direct shot into that vein. A friend at Ten Speed Press sent me a stack of books which I promised to share but once I saw this page I absconded with Effin' Birds. You may notice that I've read a number of books about having hard conversations this year (more reviews coming on more books in this theme which I have found Friends who know me well know that I rarely swear and never say f*** but those who know me really well know that I have a secret vein of irreverence. Effin' Birds is a direct shot into that vein. A friend at Ten Speed Press sent me a stack of books which I promised to share but once I saw this page I absconded with Effin' Birds. You may notice that I've read a number of books about having hard conversations this year (more reviews coming on more books in this theme which I have found invaluable). If the birds in this book had to have a hard conversation it would go something like this:You: Can we have a quick rumble? (as Brene Brown calls it)Owl: F*** you I'm not sorry.It also brought back high school memories of the yearly Mr. Waxdeck Bird Calling Contest. I never competed because imitating birds takes a lot of whistling and to this day I cannot whistle. If only I had known that this was what all those bird calls meant back then, it would have made the contest even more funny. What most impressed me was how Aaron Reynolds paired his hilarity with some Audubon quality drawings of real birds. Wait, I just checked and these are actual John James Audubon drawings of birds. Is that considered plagiarism? I do believe Aaron Reynolds is the Incompunctious Owl of the book world (see owl quote above). Gift one to a friend and bask in their uncontrollable laughter. Laugh a lot yourself until you realize one of these birds sounds just like you ... or is talking to you (I am dying to know which of you find this to be the case). Leave a picture of one of these birds on someone's desk as a passive aggressive way to initiate a hard conversation. This book is best used for frequent reference rather than read in one sitting. You're welcome. *Some may find this book offensive, partway through the swearing may feel excessive, and definitely not for kids. Read at your own risk.
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  • Paul
    January 1, 1970
    Nature writing seems to be the in thing to be reading at the moment. Wander into your local bookshop and you will find lots of recently published books by people who have recently discovered the healing benefits of nature, or who are extolling the virtues of putting the screen down and looking at something else.When you have ventured outside, it helps to have a guide to the things that you might see. These have always been popular, especially when it comes to identifying the LBJ’s (little brown Nature writing seems to be the in thing to be reading at the moment. Wander into your local bookshop and you will find lots of recently published books by people who have recently discovered the healing benefits of nature, or who are extolling the virtues of putting the screen down and looking at something else.When you have ventured outside, it helps to have a guide to the things that you might see. These have always been popular, especially when it comes to identifying the LBJ’s (little brown jobs) that make up a large number of small brown passerine birds, many of which are notoriously difficult to distinguish, even for experts.This though is a guide with a difference. It is filled with beautiful sketches that are so much like the art of Thomas Berwick, but rather than having details of regular birds, Reynolds has gathered details of birds like the Hipster Pelican, the Enervated Eagle and Buff Petrel, not forgetting the Snub Gull and the Fatalistic Falcon.Astute OwlsAs much as you don’t want an astute owl to be correct, the astute owl is correctHabitat: Lurking nearby whenever you make a mistakeIdentifying Characteristics: An unnerving sense of timingAs you might have guessed from the above, this is a humorous bird identification book. It gives a peek into the characteristics of these new birds and a fairly (ok, very) broadminded insight into what they might be thinking. I really liked the imaginative bird names and the thought he’d put into their habits and characters. The images are excellent too, in particular, the colour ones, they portray the bird and also show the aloof, contemptuous or angry look that the artist and author were aiming for. There is a lot of swearing in here, which might not be everyone’s cup of tea.
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  • Rachel Bridgeman
    January 1, 1970
    What can I say about this book?(apart from apologising profusely to the author, publisher and blogtour organiser for putting thewrong date in my diary...I was both a month ahead and behind myself, top organisational skills there!)It is both stupendously awesome, beautifully made and pant wettingly funny. It makes you look clever to the unitiated -it appears to be a reference book from a distance so is unlikely to scare Great Aunt Margaret unless she gets close enough to read the swears!This was What can I say about this book?(apart from apologising profusely to the author, publisher and blogtour organiser for putting the wrong date in my diary...I was both a month ahead and behind myself, top organisational skills there!)It is both stupendously awesome, beautifully made and pant wettingly funny. It makes you look clever to the unitiated -it appears to be a reference book from a distance so is unlikely to scare Great Aunt Margaret unless she gets close enough to read the swears!This was everything-it does not purport to teach you the ways and meanings of the language of birds, it says this right at the start. But what you somehow, magically, leave 'Effin Birds' with is this impression, that by an odd osmotic effect, you are somehow closer to the very creatures that are telling you to fuck right off.And keep on fucking off.Yes you, over there, keep it going until we cannot see you any longer...and...perfect!It even worked this mornign on our 'wherever we can fit them in walks on the beach'-not a single damn bird was there! Not even Zoltan, the possibly a crow, definitely a blackbird, (see I told you it wouldn't really teach you the species of flying bastards!)who always lurks by our car was gone. I ran up and down the beach and not a single bird could be heard! I was brandishing the book and everything!My long suffering book widower of a husband has gotten used to random peels of laughter as I am reading, and no longer checks if I have finally toppled over into insanity, he was absolutely delighted to see me chortling loudly but reminded me that hand gestures in cars are inevitably thought of in a negative manner by other drivers, who responded to my gesticulations with ones of their own.Ahem.So, we have this searing analysis-it is filthy rich in swear words, hilarious, beautifully illustrated and narrows the gap between human kind and the avian race somewhat. It's lovingly rendered, bloody funny and a totally brilliant Christmas present. It will keep your favourite book blogger quietly laughing in a corner but will not stop them thrusting random pages into loved ones faces with exhortations of 'LOOK!!!''Effin Birds' is, in short, effin marvelous, effin funny and effin wonderful.Effin read it.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    I’m adding this to my “read” pile as if flipping through a foul-mouthed picture book could possibly count towards my 30 book challenge.
  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    It's like an Audubon, if he included relatable captions.
  • Karen Mace
    January 1, 1970
    I may be a little biased as I was one of the 1,800 who pledged to get this book made via Unbound, but I loved this book! It's flipping funny, very sweary, beautifully illustrated and not for those who are easily offended!But if you're looking for a book to escape the misery of the world we live in nowadays , it's a total blast! And I won't ever listen to birds chattering away in the garden in the same way again, knowing they are probably saying many of the phrases in this book! Rude birds!! From I may be a little biased as I was one of the 1,800 who pledged to get this book made via Unbound, but I loved this book! It's flipping funny, very sweary, beautifully illustrated and not for those who are easily offended!But if you're looking for a book to escape the misery of the world we live in nowadays , it's a total blast! And I won't ever listen to birds chattering away in the garden in the same way again, knowing they are probably saying many of the phrases in this book! Rude birds!! From the wise and insightful to the downright rude, it's perfect escapism, hilarious and I loved every single effin' page of it! More please!!!
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  • Lel Budge
    January 1, 1970
    OH MY, this is one of the funniest, sarcastic and oh so relatable book of nonsense I’ve ever read. Full of fowl language and just hilarious. This is beautifully illustrated, with vintage illustrations of the birds, even including some stunning Audubon pictures too.I can see this being used as memes everywhere as so many resonate with life, work and dealing with stupid people….I love it.Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for OH MY, this is one of the funniest, sarcastic and oh so relatable book of nonsense I’ve ever read. Full of fowl language and just hilarious. This is beautifully illustrated, with vintage illustrations of the birds, even including some stunning Audubon pictures too.I can see this being used as memes everywhere as so many resonate with life, work and dealing with stupid people….I love it.Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials, and a free copy of the ebook. (I also own a copy via sponsorship on Unbound). This is my honest, unbiased review.
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  • Andy Angel
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, this was so much fun. You'll never look at a bird or listen to it's song in the same way again
  • Sofie
    January 1, 1970
    Again, I read this during a workshift at my store and it's nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards so I'm marking it as read.
  • Danielle McCament
    January 1, 1970
    Is this book childish and somewhat vulgar? Yes.Is it funny and enjoyable? Yes.10/10 on enjoyment, I’ve waited quite a while for this book and it was worth it completely!There were a couple things I didn’t like as an overly particular bird nerd, but rest assured this didn’t lessen how much I liked the book overall. 1, Names of birds should be capitalized like proper nouns. I know that’s not the correct like editing way to do it, but it makes things much easier to understand. There’s only one Is this book childish and somewhat vulgar? Yes.Is it funny and enjoyable? Yes.10/10 on enjoyment, I’ve waited quite a while for this book and it was worth it completely!There were a couple things I didn’t like as an overly particular bird nerd, but rest assured this didn’t lessen how much I liked the book overall. 1, Names of birds should be capitalized like proper nouns. I know that’s not the correct like editing way to do it, but it makes things much easier to understand. There’s only one species called Yellow Warbler, but there are quite a few yellow warblers. 2, some birds matched with their captioned images, i.e. a grebe picture was for a species called grebe, but others were different, such as a wren image named a hawk. Again, just being picky, lol. I also wish there were fun binomial names. I just hope we don’t have to wait for a second edition as long as we had to wait for the Sibley v2 app.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Essential field guide for corporate birding. Shelved right next to my Peterson.
  • Celeste
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely hilarious. I am so glad I bought this book. I identified myself so many times, as well as many other birds I know. Made me laugh so hard I could not put it down.
  • Sonya Alford
    January 1, 1970
    I was really looking forward to reading 'Effin’ Birds'. I am totally fascinated by birds and have always wondered what exactly they are saying when they talk. I love all the different sounds and the way they communicate with each other. I actually used to wish that I could take a course in bird language so that I could understand their language and maybe even communicate with them. It would make my trips to the park so much more worthwhile. I could talk to the ducks and the herons.I found this I was really looking forward to reading 'Effin’ Birds'. I am totally fascinated by birds and have always wondered what exactly they are saying when they talk. I love all the different sounds and the way they communicate with each other. I actually used to wish that I could take a course in bird language so that I could understand their language and maybe even communicate with them. It would make my trips to the park so much more worthwhile. I could talk to the ducks and the herons.I found this to be a very amusing and light-hearted read. I really liked the cover and I thought the pictures of the birds were lovely. I especially loved the pages that were in colour. Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. What a great idea for a book. This book is split into two parts with descriptions of the birds including their habitat and identifying characteristics. To me it was as if different people were being described and a lot of it actually rang true. I never even realised that birds can be found literally anywhere including in supermarkets or in offices and now I will be keeping an eye out for them. Perhaps I should carry this guide around with me so that I can identify the birds quickly.It seems that virtually every bird when they are talking are basically saying to go away in one way or another, only their language is much more colourful. Naughty birds! Where did they learn those words I wonder? Perhaps it was when they started going to school or hanging around with their mates. This guide actually has got some very good tips because I’m sure we all feel like the birds do at times.I read this book from cover to cover, but it is the sort that can be dipped into at any time and is a great stress reliever.'Effin’ Birds' may not be for you if you don’t like swear words. However, if that doesn’t bother you then I can guarantee that you will enjoy it.
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  • Michelle Ryles
    January 1, 1970
    As soon as I saw the cover of Effin' Birds, I knew I had to read it and what a refreshing change of pace this was in my reading schedule. Described as 'pictures of birds with curse words', I sniggered and snorted my way through this book as it really appealed to my sense of humour. I have to say, it really doesn't have a lot to do with birds so if you're an ornithologist, look away now. There are indeed lots of pictures of birds with curse words but there are also some funny descriptions of As soon as I saw the cover of Effin' Birds, I knew I had to read it and what a refreshing change of pace this was in my reading schedule. Described as 'pictures of birds with curse words', I sniggered and snorted my way through this book as it really appealed to my sense of humour. I have to say, it really doesn't have a lot to do with birds so if you're an ornithologist, look away now. There are indeed lots of pictures of birds with curse words but there are also some funny descriptions of fictional bird breeds, describing their habitat and identifying characteristics. I bet I wasn't the only reader trying to identify themselves or their colleagues in some of these hilarious sections. If you're wondering, I'd be a Peevish Ringneck as I do like a good eye roll now and again.Joking aside for just one moment, the illustrations are absolutely breathtaking and it makes the cursing even funnier as Aaron Reynolds imagines what the birds are thinking. I mean have you ever wondered what a peacock was thinking as it strutted around shaking its feathers? Well that mystery and more have now been solved.Anyone who has a sense of humour will love this book; it's more of a snort your drink through your nose than a big belly laugh kind of book but it's highly entertaining. If the first thing you did in French class was look up the rude words in the dictionary then you must buy this book. I couldn't get enough of Effin' Birds and I'm delighted to see more illustrations on Twitter at @EffinBirds so make sure you follow Aaron Reynolds too!Hilarious in its vulgarity, Effin' Birds reawakens your inner giggling schoolchild and puts a smile on your face. It would make a fabulous gift for that impossible-to-buy-for person, as long as they have a good sense of humour.I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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  • Nicola Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Where to begin..... I'm not sure I know! This is such an unusual and unique book.First of all, this is a beautifully presented book. The cover is a delight and each and every page holds a fabulous illustration. Most are in black and white but there are two sections of absolutely gorgeous colour illustrations too. All the illustrations are taken from three well known natural history publications.Effin' Birds is A Field Guide to Identification but if you're expecting serious bird watching facts Where to begin..... I'm not sure I know! This is such an unusual and unique book.First of all, this is a beautifully presented book. The cover is a delight and each and every page holds a fabulous illustration. Most are in black and white but there are two sections of absolutely gorgeous colour illustrations too. All the illustrations are taken from three well known natural history publications.Effin' Birds is A Field Guide to Identification but if you're expecting serious bird watching facts then this is not for you. Instead this is an alternative guide to bird identification, where the author has given us an insight into what each bird is thinking and it ain't pretty!Each bird has its own particular put down or offensive comment and it really made me laugh to imagine birds thinking (or maybe tweeting) these rude comments. And then on most pages there is a species of bird with a bit of information about it, what its habitat is and any identifying characteristics, again all very tongue in cheek.This is a book of many parts. It's pretty enough to be a coffee table book, it's funny, it's informative if you take it with a pinch of salt. The combination of the language with the vintage illustrations makes for an attractive combination. It's a book you can read from start to finish or just dip into when you feel like some light humour.I'll look at birds differently from now on and may just shrivel up under their glare and the knowledge of their scathing thoughts!
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  • Donna Maguire
    January 1, 1970
    https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/...I thought that this book was excellent!I have worked with a lot of the "birds" mentioned and met a fair few of them in real life too - I loved the way that the book was set out and the descriptions used on the images. The book is easy to read (as long as you are not easily offended) and I read the book from start to finish in around an hour or so. I liked the addition of the colour images too and do wish that there would have been quite a few more.It is https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/...I thought that this book was excellent!I have worked with a lot of the "birds" mentioned and met a fair few of them in real life too - I loved the way that the book was set out and the descriptions used on the images. The book is easy to read (as long as you are not easily offended) and I read the book from start to finish in around an hour or so. I liked the addition of the colour images too and do wish that there would have been quite a few more.It is not a serious book (as you might have guessed) but it is a fun read and I thoroughly enjoyed it - 4 stars from me for this one, a quick and easy read that is plenty of fun!!
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    A pretty coffee table book with a vulgar twist. What if you could read a bird's mind or translate it's song? This book gives you the answer and apparently birds aren't too happy with us. This book attributes the qualities of some of the most annoying humans to birds and has them tell you to f*ck off.
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  • Joanna
    January 1, 1970
    It's not that common for a social media phenomenon to work well in book form, but this is certainly an exception. The bizarre juxtaposition of ornithological art and filthy sardonic social commentary translates well into print, but what makes this exceptional is the beauty of the book design. This was a delightful read.
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  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    After all the years scientists had put into studying birds, it turns out what birds are really saying is fuck off. Maybe. This funny, profane, artistic “field guide” is full of beautiful artwork and descriptions.
  • Ayushman
    January 1, 1970
    The world is indeed a shitbarge. But it’s made nicer by Aaron.
  • Sarah Brillinger
    January 1, 1970
    Hilarious and awesome Hilarious and awesome 👍
  • James
    January 1, 1970
    A humourous comparison between birds and their human counterparts, and particularly apt in some of its observations!
  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    An collection of artsy pictures of birds with sweary captions. What more do you need in a book?
  • Courtney LeBlanc
    January 1, 1970
    Fun and vulgar and perfect.
  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    The best possible use of “fowl” language
  • Tynan
    January 1, 1970
    The perfect book
  • Randi
    January 1, 1970
    Very enjoyable and funny at first, but it was too long, so I found the humor style to grow stale as it went on. Not bad, but not hilarious either.
  • Ron S
    January 1, 1970
    A goddamned glory!
  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Hilarious!
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