A Method to the Madness gets 5-stars at Goodreads
A Method to the Madness: A Guide to the Super Evil
by Jeffrey a Hite (Editor), Michell Plested (Editor)
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. 🙂