Monday, February 20, 2012

Book Review: Supervillain The Concise Guide by Ras Ashcroft

So you want to be a supervillain?  Want a chance at World Domination?  Ras Ashcoft has written the perfect manual for you!

According to Ashcroft, the Patron Saint of Supervillains is former President Richard Nixon.  In fact, a lot of things Republican are labeled supervillanous, such as Fox News and Newt Gingrich, though he is noted as having failed.  It's a little much.  One knock here or there is fine, but it's a complete jab at Republicans.  It's not funny.  There's not really a mention of a liberal or a Democrat.  The political side is not needed and it takes away from the humor of the "self-help" book.  

The book does give helpful insight on every step one needs to take to become a supervillain.  It's a very detailed guide.  Ashcroft seems to know what he's talking about.  Does he have "secret" ambitions on becoming a supervillain? 

One of the last chapters consists of interviews with supervillains.  The answers, while possibly helpful, feel forced.  The characterization doesn't feel quite right.  The interviews don't really flow with the rest of the book very well.

There are a few small grammatical errors, but they are easy to overlook and don't take away from the rest of the writing.  It's decently written and does have it's humor.

The Author's Note at the end is nice.  It's cool to find out why the author wrote the book, but it takes away from the book itself.  It takes away from the humor.

I give the book 3/5 stars.  I read it as a review request from the author using the Kindle app, but all the opinions are my own.  I was not paid for this review.

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