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Supervillain: The Concise Guide by [Ashcroft, Ras]
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  • File Size: 444 KB
  • Print Length: 90 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: February 7, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0076ZZCIC
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According to his author's note, Mr. Ashcroft set out to parody the sorts of financial self-help guidebooks that contain such painfully obvious advice as "don't spend money that you don't have". He has succeeded with his book Supervillain: The Concise Guide, which lays out the secrets to achieving world domination, one step at a time.

I have to give Mr. Ashcroft credit for his ability to provide enough details to make the absurd somehow believable. The first step on the path to ultimate villainy is none other than opening up your own window cleaning business. He manages to describe how you can turn soap, sponges, and squeegees into a company worth $10 million after 5 years, with the sort of breeze-through-the-details approach that exemplifies the self-help guides he's ridiculing. Mr. Ashcroft sprinkles just enough real-life information throughout the book (everything from the Arctic Svalbard Global Seed Vault to the Soviet 'Almaz' military space satellites) to suggest that he has some idea of what he's talking about, or at least had a good grasp on using wikipedia.

The book's tongue-and-cheek humor leans towards blistering social commentary at times, especially during the "failed supervillain" interviews, which include a discussion with a small-time business crook who is a raving libertarian. The author wisely includes a disclaimer at the end, though not because any normal adult reader would possibly think this book was anything other than satire. However, given the state of the world today, it seems a good addition to a book that describes how the accidental aluminum sulphate poisoning of the water supply of a UK town could be used as a model for larger-scale supervillainy.

It's hard to say who the target audience for this book is.
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This book takes a step by step guide format, and applies it to the important decision to become a Supervillian. The guide is very tongue-in-cheek, and I couldn't help but picture Dr. Evil from the Austen Powers movies in every chapter. I especially enjoyed the section on secret lairs and cats. :) It is important to note there is a disclaimer stating that using this advice would be an extreamly bad idea.
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This of course isn't my usual book, but when I read the blurb, I had to say "yes" to the review request. This book has just the kind of sarcasm and humor and parody that I like. After all, how many books are there that teach you to be a supervillain? (There might be a few, but this is the first I've come across).

I'm not an expert on a self-help or a guide book, but this pretty much follows those formats. It's written with enough "facts" interspersed to actually feel like a real and serious guide. There're a few times when I'm reading I actually took it quite seriously and thinking, hmm, that's pretty good advice.

There's some commenting on real events, such as 2008 financial crisis and Richard Nixon and government regulations, but that's not too annoying. Although, I am now a lot more skeptical of news, not that I wasn't before, but now I'm A LOT more so. Take the following advice for example:

"A non-biased news outlet might create the following headline for this story:
Government launches major investigation into financial sector corruption
This is generally accepted as the concise and unbiased way of producing headlines. However, a typical headline for the same story by your website would read:
Government employs Big Brother-style tactics to infringe on small businesses. Are you next?"

The writing flows well and the advice are concise and easy to understand. Very useful too if your goal is to become a supervillain!

This is a quick and enjoyable read that will make you laugh out loud. I found it super relaxing and quite a break from my usual. Give this a try if you got an hour to spare and enjoy this kind of humor!
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Sometimes we want more out of life. And for some, that includes world domination. Thank goodness Ras Ashcroft has written a step by step guide to accomplishing just that. Of course, you have to become a supervillain along the way which includes cheating, scamming, lying, killing and, of course, a safe haven on the moon. If that sounds like something you would like to do, then definitely pick this guide up.
In this tongue and cheek step by step guide, Ras Ashcroft does more than use his dry wit to teach one how to become a supervillain. Reading between the lines you will find that many of the things he recommends are already happening in the world. Media empires are controlled by the rich. The finance industry is morally and financially corrupt. Businesses large and small are sometimes led by less than upstanding citizens who are looking to get ahead by scamming the average person. It's a scary world sometimes and Supervillain The Concise Guide simply points out some of the scarier parts of the real world in a way that we can laugh about. Though we may feel uncomfortable later that we know this is going on and very little is being done to stop it. Perhaps it will take a supervillain to round up all the less than super villains. It would be much easier if the world only had to take down one.
All in all, this is a well written, funny book that is definitely worth picking up - even if you're not looking to become a supervillain. I thank the author for a review copy and I give the book 4 stars.
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