- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,991 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.Read more ›
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you've ever wanted to know how to strike it rich, make it to the top, gain popularity, or be the master of your universe, Supervillain: The Concise Guide has it all mapped out... Read morePublished on July 1, 2012 by Succotash
Supervillain: The Concise Guide by Ras Ashcroft
This book had me at "Dictionary-industrial complex". I knew as soon as I saw that sentence that this was the book for me. Read more
While I understand that this book is a spoof on self-help guides, I found it a little forced. I kept thinking that maybe the window-cleaning might work for a while - many... Read morePublished on March 25, 2012 by BruceMc
This was definitely an entertaining read. It is a guide-book on how to become the best super-villain you can be. Just the premise is hilarious. Read morePublished on March 22, 2012 by V. Cano
" Supervillain: The Concise Guide was short and sweet. It's perfect for planning your next takeover of the world. Read morePublished on March 19, 2012 by Liz
Hehehehe!! This one was cool!! A simple guide to be a supervillain. Simple, understandable and funny. Read morePublished on March 8, 2012 by Yiota G.
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