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A Method to the Madness: A Guide to the Super Evil
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If you enjoyed "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," or the movie "Despicable Me," you will enjoy this book.
The humor is fun, and the writing is great.
Look no further, because I have the book for you!
A Method to the Madness: A Guide to the Super Evil is a collection of papers for aspiring ne'er-do-wells, written by those who have succeeded in the world of evil.
And if you're not aspiring to a life of evil, you might pick this up to see what the junior high kids down the road are really up to...
On a more serious, less tongue-in-cheek note, I chuckled and howled my way through this book. I mean, see if you don't grin a bit just looking at these chapter titles:
- Being Evil in Normal Ways, by Dr. Evil-n-Carnate, Frequent Flyer, Grocery Shopper and Overlord of Cubical Block 3257J
- Lairs: A Conversational Tirade on Functionality, by Minion's Employer
- The Genius of Being Fashionably Evil, by Dr. Markus Mefistofoleez
- The Importance of Date Night to the Married Super Villian, by The Dark Lord
- Public Relations Tactics for Supervillains, by Jack Dickerson
- Human Resources in the Evil Organization, by Dr. Ignatius Duplicitous
This is an entertaining read, and if you even remotely enjoy essays, you have it here. I thought at first one person had written all of them, and I marveled at how very different the voices were. Come to find out (at the end) that it was in fact written by a host of different writers, all assuming a personality.
If you're looking for good beach reading, here you go. If you're ambitious, you might notice themes throughout that are slightly troubling...like, wait a minute, are certain government officials taking this advice?
All too often, I get really stuck in being serious and finding the deeper meanings. It's not bad to have a fun book like this to fall back on.
Unless, of course, it's true. :)
This book will tell you everything you need to know to be an evil super villain. It includes articles on how to choose an evil henchman, how to dress to take over the world, how to cross-breed minions, how to decorate your secret lab and how to be evil in normal ways. Several Evil masterminds have gotten together to give people like me, who dream of being evil, a guidebook to make things easier.
There is a lot you can learn in this book, such as the pros and cons of having zombies as henchmen, how to get your own Igor and the problems you run into with creating an army of super robots. I would recommend this book to anyone with plans on world domination because there is a lot of good info in here. Keep in mind though when you get this book that it is a self-help book and not really a novel.
The people who will really enjoy this book our the people who like to read comics and root for the bad guy. A Method to the Madness really gets into how a super villain would think if there really were super villains. There are 24 articles in this book about being super evil. Each article is by a super villain with the writer behind the villain given at the end of the book.
There were some really funny parts in this book. My favorite part was learning that evil masterminds were running the health care system. Considering how much it is to visit a doctor, I guess I should have figured that one out. I also liked the sections on choosing a henchman. I laughed out loud at one of the villains saying how creepy it is watching his carnival freak show minions just sit there. Other sections I enjoyed were public relation tactics for super villains and why giving ultimatums don't work.
While I do want to recommend reading A Method To The Madness I have to say that this isn't the kind of book that you would enjoy reading all at once. This book is more like a manual then a series of short stories and if you read it all at once you may get bored. It gets a little dry in places and some of the ideas get repeated. You would enjoy A Method To The Madness much more if you read one article every other day and not all at once. Keeping that in mind, I think for any fan of super hero literature, this book is a must have.
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Reading Level: MG on up
Recommended for: Those who want to be a super villain, or a supervillain for that...Read more