Category: Non-Fiction

Charlie, Mac, Dennis, Sweet Dee and Frank – The Seven Secrets of Awakening the Highly Effective Four-Hour Giant, Today [REVIEW]

Title: The Seven Secrets of Awakening the Highly Effective Four-Hour Giant, Today

Author: Charlie, Mac, Dennis, Sweet Dee and Frank

Type: Non-Fiction/Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 236

Rating: 4/5

This book was a Christmas gift to me from my better half, Shay – so thank you, Shay.

If you recognise the names of the authors of this one, I can only assume that you watch It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Here, we have a humorous take on the usual bs-filled non-fiction fare that we see all over the place, but with an Always Sunny twist.

The concept is that Charlie got an editor drunk and managed to convince them that he was a self-help guru. They signed him up for a book deal, and this thing is the result, even though the publishers tried to block its publication and recommend not bothering with it, unless you want to help them to recoup their losses.

I’m not sure whether this was written by the same people who write the scripts for the show, but I feel like it isn’t. It’s still super funny though, and if you like the humour that we see in the show then it’s definitely worth picking this up, whether or not you have an amazing girlfriend who’ll buy it for you. You might be surprised by its epic profundity.

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David Mitchell – Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy [REVIEW]

Title: Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy

Author: David Mitchell

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 264

Rating: 4/5

This is basically a collection of articles that Mitchell wrote for his newspaper column, and that means that we’ve got a lot of different topics to take a look at here. It’s basically the usual fare that you’d expect from him, railing at the injustices of the world and the bizarreness of everyday life.

I should point out that this is David Mitchell the comedian and not David Mitchell who wrote Cloud Atlas, although both of them are worth reading. Comedian Mitchell is one of my favourites thanks to both Peep Show and That Mitchell and Webb Look, and it’s interesting that it doesn’t feel dated even though it was written before the pandemic, which changed half the things that he talks about here.

If you like Mitchell’s sharp and acerbic take on things then you’re going to find quite a lot to enjoy here. I particularly enjoyed it when he was writing about art and artistic form, such as when he was musing on why the chairs on theatres are so unnecessarily uncomfortable, especially given that they don’t stop people from falling asleep.

All in all, then, if you’re up for an easy-to-read piece of non-fiction then I’d recommend checking this one out. Just be warned that because it’s a collection of newspaper articles, it’s not as though it has a particularly natural rhythm to it. It stops and starts, and that’s just fine. Happy reading, folks.

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