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Michael Powell has penned more than 60 titles, and has quickly established a reputation for writing bestselling instructional guides, gift books and comedy titles for adults and children. He has always been interested in doing things that he shouldn't! Despite having several 'questionable' hobbies he lives a surprisingly quiet life in Somerset.
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  • Series: Forbidden Knowledge
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598695258
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598695250
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had high hopes that this would be a "how to" book of obscure, yet useful information. When I opened to chapter one entitled, "Tell if your neighbor is a zombie," I knew to temper my hopes significantly. Split into three primary types of tidbits, this book is a mixed bag at best.

Examples of the Practical:
How to pull of an eBay scam (mostly illegal), beat a speed camera (unlikely but possible), negotiate with terrorists (provided you aren't afraid of death), count cards at a casino (if you want to get your head cracked), have fun in an elevator (if you want to make everyone hate you), and stuff you shouldn't do in an elevator (old news).

Examples of the Interestingly Impractical:
How to stage a coup (interesting for today's political climate), become a Mafia boss (in real life, not on myspace or facebook), build an atom bomb (doubtful), perform heart surgery (only if you like death and inevitable jail time), and bullfight (for fans of puncture wounds).

Examples of the Stupidly Impractical:
See Chapter one and several others like it.

Aside from my successful eBay scam and the money I got posing as an African Prince with financial difficulties, this book didn't really provide me with any useful "forbidden" knowledge. I realize this is a book with its roots in humor, but I didn't laugh that much while reading it, either. It's essentially a bigger, slightly better list that's similar to Cyber Jokes: The Funniest Stuff on the Internet.
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This was a ridiculous book. Item one was "How to tell if your neighbor is a Zombie." Does he crave human flesh? Does his lips appear blue? Most of the articles were either like the first or along the lines of "Do you need to get the safe open? Hire a locksmith." "Do you want to start a riot? Get some people together and riot." This book was a waste of time.
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This is really a horrible book. It's really not funny at all and all of the "knowledge" applies to frat boys and college kids. It's almost all stuff that you would pull in college with little or no real world information. Heck, it's not even informational. It's just junk. If I had this book in the bathroom I would cut out the 6 practical/useful listings and use the rest for something other than reading.
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This book is rather off the wall. It's supposed to be a semi humourous book of secrets or tricks. Most of the subject matter is probably illegal or at least immoral. It's entertaining with a Maxim magazine type of attitude. Some tidbits of useful information. Most of the book's subject matter is not covered thoroughly enough to be useful though. Some of the "tricks" are outdated and don't work. It's worth reading once or twice. Maybe I would buy it used if it's cheap, I actually don't think it's worth buying brand new.
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Was misdirected by the title of the book "Forbidden'. Totally NOT impressed at all. Waste of money. Very general. Disappointed.
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I wouldn't say it's forbidden knowledge, really - some of the stuff in this book is more like 'things you shouldn't do unless you're drunk/high/looking for laughs'. I had high hopes, and they were dashed. Very disappointing. And really, how to tell if my neighbour is a zombie? If I can't tell by looking, I'd say I've got a few problems of my own!
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I originally bought this thinking it was a little more serious about some of the topics covered. Unfortunately it appears to have been written more humorously. With that in mind it is pretty funny at times
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This book is one of the worst wastes of money I have ever seen. The information is, for the most part incomplete or, worse, incorrect. It reads like it was put together by a bunch of drunken frat boys who were bored and wanted to see how much they could get away with. It is definitely NOT for anyone under the age of 18 with chapters on "How to be a Porn star", "How to run scams on eBay", "How to break into a car", "How to pick pockets" and many others that are either illegal, immoral or insane. I love books, but this one is on its way to be recycled or used as tinder for the fireplace.
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