How to Be a Villain: Evil Laughs Secret Lairs: Master Plans and More!!!

by Neil Zawacki | Humor |
ISBN: 0811846660 Global Overview for this book
Registered by chich of Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears/Islas Baleares Spain on 4/28/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by chich from Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears/Islas Baleares Spain on Saturday, April 28, 2007


A very funny little book that enabled me to perfect my evil laugh, choose an evil lair, recruit my evil army and find my perfect evil outfit:) Beware, for world domination by Chich is only but a few months away! This complete step-by-step guide is an absolute must-have that will delight all my fellow villains in the making! The "evil plan generator" at the end of the book proves particularly helpful and Neil Zawacki even came up with a web site to help those who want to join the forces of darkness: So You've Decided to Be Evil. Villains of the world unite!


Synopsis:
Villains may not win, but they sure have more fun. Holed up in a creepy underground lairs, hatching master plans for world domination they have a ball. A delightfully evil gift, How to be a Villain is a step-by-step guide to joining the forces of darkness. Whether you are a Criminal Mastermind, Mad Scientist, or Corporate Bastard - or you just want to be, this handbook teaches how to perfect the evil laugh, find the correct henchman, and jumpstart your wicked career.

Journal Entry 2 by chich from Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears/Islas Baleares Spain on Saturday, June 09, 2007
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Starting an evil BookRay, PM me if you want to join!

Shipping order for would-be villains:
1) Sissyrun, US (CA), US/Canada shipping.
2) NMReader, US (NM), US shipping.
3) reulte, US (Texas), US shipping.
4) LadyKnightNiko, US (TN), US shipping.
5) Cyberkedi, US (GA), US shipping.
6) emmagoldmanzine, US (PA), US shipping.
7) Disphora, US (PA), US shipping.
8) gorydetails, US (NH), US shipping.
9) randomelement, US (MA), can ship anywhere.
10) elle311, US (VA), US shipping.
11) innae, US (CO), can ship anywhere.
12) silvia-pco, Portugal, Euro shipping.
13) RonOren, UK, UK or Euro shipping.
14) iliotropio, Belgium, can ship anywhere.
15) LeishaCamden, Norway, can ship anywhere.
16) RockDg9, Australia, can ship anywhere.
17) lmn60, Australia, can ship anywhere.
18) prollacct, US (PA), US shipping.
19) sunfi, US (OH), can ship anywhere.

20) mozette, Australia, can ship anywhere. **book is here**
21) synical, Malaysia, can ship anywhere.
22) Simson-Shilitoe, France, EU shipping preferred.
23) jacksmum2004, UK, UK posting preferred but int'l ok.


...you?



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Journal Entry 3 by chich from Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears/Islas Baleares Spain on Tuesday, June 19, 2007
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Here we go my evil friends!

Book sent to Sissyrun today, enjoy!

Journal Entry 4 by Sissyrun from Modesto, California USA on Friday, July 13, 2007
Arrived safely a couple of days ago from France.
I've started the book and I'm enjoying it.
Picked out my evil name: Mistress Black Fury.

Journal Entry 5 by Sissyrun from Modesto, California USA on Monday, July 23, 2007
Lots of wonderful ideas for being evil!!
I'm not quite ready for world domination; but I will be the evil coffee maker at work. Everyone will be drinking decaf for the next couple of weeks and then I'll switch to espresso! muhhahahahahah!

On it's way to NMReader today.

Journal Entry 6 by NMReader from Herndon, Virginia USA on Monday, July 30, 2007
Arrived in today's mail. Can't wait to perfect being a villain

Journal Entry 7 by NMReader from Herndon, Virginia USA on Saturday, August 04, 2007
I read this book in two brief reading periods. It made me laugh and it made me realize how much villains have in common.

I think I have perfected my laugh and I think my plan is in place but I am having a horrible time chosing minions and a style for my clothes.

Ah, well now that I have read this book soon there is nothing evil I won''t be able to to do Bhawheha.

Thanks for sharing.

Journal Entry 8 by NMReader at Post Office in by mail, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, August 04, 2007

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This book will be making its way to VA and reulte.

Thanks for sharing Chich. I wonder is it ok to say that a book called How to be a Villain was delightful?

Journal Entry 9 by reulte from San Antonio, Texas USA on Thursday, August 16, 2007
I'm looking forward to being a villain . . . I have the laugh down pat. Bwa-ha-ha-ha!!

(later) Definately a fun, quick read. I particularly enjoyed the henchmen options. I'll think I'll go for Ninjas to go with my Mountain Lair!

On its way to LadyKnightNiko 8/31/2007.

Journal Entry 10 by LadyKnightNiko from Liberty Township, Ohio USA on Monday, September 24, 2007
This arrived today- I'll read soon, because I really need a good laugh.

Journal Entry 11 by LadyKnightNiko from Liberty Township, Ohio USA on Monday, October 01, 2007
I just finished it a few moments ago, and while it was funny, I only really laughed out loud once.

Thanks for sharing!

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Journal Entry 13 by Cyberkedi from Atlanta, Georgia USA on Friday, October 05, 2007
Just received as part of a book ray.

Journal Entry 14 by Cyberkedi from Atlanta, Georgia USA on Sunday, October 14, 2007
A fun and quick read with charming retro pictures. If you have ever dreamed of being a heavy, this guidebook can help you pick a wicked-sounding name, decide on the appropriate villainous career, select your baddie wardrobe, choose the kind of goons and weapons you will use to spread mayhem and thwart the good guys, and more. This book covers only the basics of villainy, and I have seen a lot of this material on websites - but I still got a kick out of it.

Journal Entry 15 by Cyberkedi at Sent in the mail in Atlanta, Georgia -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, December 08, 2007

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Finally got this bad boy in the mail to Rebekah in Philly. Sorry for the wait! Guess I was being a villain. :D

Journal Entry 16 by emmagoldmanzine from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA on Friday, January 11, 2008
I think this got lost in the mail at my PO during the holidays. I finally got the notice, but it looks like it's been there since December 17th!! Ugh! Anyway, it's here now and I will hopefully have it read and sent out in the next week or two.

Journal Entry 17 by emmagoldmanzine from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, January 21, 2008
I finished this book and now am prepared to take over the world. I had to read it on the bus so i could make sure that people gave me my space. i have some goof ideas for how best to implement my evil plans. now that i'm prepared to complete my lair and create a mutant race of henchmen i'm ready to send this off to Disphora tomorrow.

Journal Entry 18 by Disphora from Scranton, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, February 18, 2008
So I have the evil laugh down and the evil name, but it seems like henchmen are hard to find.

Nearly finished and I'll be sending out to gorydetails by the end of the week.

Journal Entry 19 by Disphora from Scranton, Pennsylvania USA on Thursday, February 28, 2008
Very funny book overall. I loved the illustrations as well. I must work on building an army of minions.

Sending off today.

Journal Entry 20 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, March 04, 2008
"Oh frabjous day! Calloo, callay!" I chortle. [I haven't read the book yet so I can't do the "BWA-Ha-ha-ha" bit yet. Soon, though.] The book arrived safely in today's mail, and I'm looking forward to learning a thing or two before passing it along to randomelement!

Journal Entry 21 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Friday, March 07, 2008
Quite amusing, and (dare I say it?) inspirational; I mean, who hasn't wanted to be "a ray of darkness in an otherwise unbearably sunny day"? [Especially if one has been the recipient of one too many "Have a nice day"s at the mall.]

Among the bits that made me chortle, and sometimes cackle aloud: the suggestions for enhancing one's undead forces with cardboard reinforcements or a large curtain painted with a trompe l'oeil scene - Villains Do Stagecraft? And the description of the dungeon (as a lair-location) remarked on the risks of the "tiresome antics" of bands of adventurers, "as well as the constant sound of dice rolling in the background." Hee! And to continue the gamer-geek thread, I think *my* henchmen will be computer programmers.

Favorite line of all: "Remember, spandex is a privilege, not a right."

Despite the humor, there are a few truly evil concepts here; the page on "marketing executives" gave me cold chills, and the bit on "mass media" even more so: "People will think they are free, but in reality, they are slaves, mindless and controlled by the very entertainment they pay to see - world domination for the new millenium." [This would bother me more if I weren't so eagerly awaiting the start of the next "Top Chef" series. Oh, wait... I'm doooooomed!]

Oh, and I spotted a typo: on page 9, among the suggestions for getting started, there's the line "Release a demonic hoard on a peaceful township." Should be "horde," methinks. [Pause for evil laughter from... Vocabulary Scourge!]

The book will be on its way to BCer randomelement in Massachusetts tomorrow. Thanks for sharing this one!

Journal Entry 22 by randomelement from Lynn, Massachusetts USA on Friday, April 18, 2008
This book has safely arrived. I will read it as quick as possible and pass it a long.

Thank you!

Kecia

Journal Entry 23 by randomelement from Lynn, Massachusetts USA on Saturday, June 21, 2008
Hello,

Sorry its taken me so long to read and pass this along. I've PM'd the next person and will mail this as soon as I can.

Thank you!
Kecia


Journal Entry 24 by randomelement from Lynn, Massachusetts USA on Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Hello,

This was mailed to elle311 today.

Nice fun read. Thanks for sharing it. :-)

Journal Entry 25 by elle311 from Suffolk, Virginia USA on Sunday, July 06, 2008
From all the previous comments, this is one of the books I had highly anticipated reading and it arrived in the mail yesterday! This book will also help me to cross "Z" off my list in the Author's Challenge. I have received several bookrays at the same time, but promise to read this in a timely manner, then pass it on. Thanks chich for including me in this bookray, and randomelement for sending it to me.

Journal Entry 26 by elle311 from Suffolk, Virginia USA on Monday, July 14, 2008
I read this book in one evening, how delightfully devious it is! I was proud/embarrassed of the fact that I knew just what the author was talking about when he mentioned succubus, orcs, and other creatures that would make nice henchmen. I laughed out loud when I read the description of the dungeon as a fine location for a lair..."The only problem with dungeon lairs is the scarce supply of adventurers intruding to explore them. When they do show up, be prepared for their tiresome antics, as well as the constant sound of dice rolling in the background." This was especially funny since my dear husband is a dungeon-dweller fanatic! I would love to own an orbital mind-control laser since I am the mother of two sons that claim they never hear what I say (Did you put away your clothes? Don't you touch your brother! It's time for your nap!) Then I could just make them do my bidding.

I kept this book a little while longer because when my son saw the cover, he immediately wanted to read it and started laughing maniacally (Bwa-ha-ha-ha!!!). His review:"It was AWESOME and COOL! I love the book and want to keep it...do not give it away!" I knew I should have bought it on Amazon when they had it for $2.49!

Thanks chich for sharing with me ;) PM'd innae so this book should be traveling soon...

ETA: I swear I did not read Gory's entry before doing mine...guess going to gaming conventions and living with a miniature lead figure collector/hoarder has made me a geek girl gamer at heart!

Journal Entry 27 by elle311 from Suffolk, Virginia USA on Tuesday, July 15, 2008
On its way to innae...Happy travels, little book!

Journal Entry 28 by innae from Aurora, Colorado USA on Sunday, July 27, 2008
This arrived while I was away in New England. Sadly I have a TON of rings right now, but I will endeavor to get this book read as soon as I can!!

Journal Entry 29 by innae from Aurora, Colorado USA on Thursday, September 25, 2008
I was perusing my TBR books, and this one showed up, but I clearly remembered mailing it out. So....

I looked, I show I mailed it out on 8/25. I did enjoy the book, quite humorous, and might be helpful if you decide to join the Evil League of Evil...
ELE with Dr. Horrible and friends.

Hopefully this will show up in Portugal soon.

Journal Entry 30 by silvia-pco from Murtosa, Aveiro Portugal on Saturday, October 18, 2008
It's with me!

Journal Entry 31 by silvia-pco from Murtosa, Aveiro Portugal on Monday, December 22, 2008
This books is hilarious. It took a while for me to start reading it, but once I did I finished it in a heartbeat. Amazing, and an excellent choice f you want to relax between two of those "heavy" readings.

Journal Entry 32 by RonOren from Stockwell, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, December 31, 2008
This just arrived; thanks very much! I've started it already and have been chuckling most of the time; I'll write some more when I've finished it.

Journal Entry 33 by RonOren from Stockwell, Greater London United Kingdom on Friday, January 02, 2009
Chuckle rather than laugh out loud, but I did really enjoy this one. I liked how the book reads as any self-help/training book, notwithstanding its, let's say not quite standard topic. And I loved the "spandex is a privilege, not a right"!

Thanks very much for sharing this, chich! Nothing like a good chuckle to start up the New Year :-). I'll get in touch with iliotropo and get the book moving as soon as I can.

Journal Entry 34 by RonOren from Stockwell, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, January 19, 2009
I do apologise for the long wait, but the book is now finally on its way to iliotropo. Hope you like it!

Journal Entry 35 by iliotropio from Bruxelles / Brussel, Bruxelles / Brussel Belgium on Sunday, February 01, 2009
I had some...evil laughs, but after finishing this entertaining little book, I´ve understood that I don´t really have what it takes to be a genuine villain (apart from the fact that I´m a lawyer, but I´m afraid it´s not enough...).
Already on its way to Leisha Camden. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 36 by LeishaCamden from Alna bydel, Oslo fylke Norway on Sunday, February 08, 2009
This book arrived in the mail on Friday, but I'm only getting around to journalling it now, sorry. It looks like a very intriguing read!! I'll no doubt devour it to learn all the details I need to start my new life as an evil villain. Just as soon as I finish my current read ... I will soon be ready to unleash my reign of evil on this unsuspecting city!!

Journal Entry 37 by LeishaCamden from Alna bydel, Oslo fylke Norway on Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I've read this book now, actually a couple of weeks ago ... I'm just such a slow journaller. But I had fun reading the book ... it's quite clever and well written (except that awful typo that Gory already mentioned). I was also quite struck by the mass media/entertainment industry bit that she again already pointed out :-) ... a great example of how humor can actually say a lot about serious things.

Everyone else already said everything so I'm not sure what more I can add. :-) A very fun read, I will certainly take away some valuable lessons from this book. Mwahahahahaha!!!!

I've PMed RockDg9 for an address, so hopefully this book will be on the road again soon. Thanks for sharing, chich!!

Journal Entry 38 by LeishaCamden at sent by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Monday, March 23, 2009

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I got this book in the mail to Australia tonight. Happy travels, little book ... ! and RockDg9, I hope all your villainous plans will come true ... !! ;-)

Thanks again for sharing, chich!

Journal Entry 39 by RockDg9 from Toowoomba, Queensland Australia on Monday, April 06, 2009
This arrived yesterday, and I read it last night.

It's a villainous little book! I loved the retro artwork, I think without the art this book wouldn't work. The author seems a little passive-aggressive at times, but that's what makes it so fun.

PMing lmn60

Journal Entry 40 by RockDg9 at Toowoomba, Queensland Australia on Wednesday, April 08, 2009

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Journal Entry 41 by winglmn60wing from Spotswood, Victoria Australia on Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Arrived safely in the villainous hamlet of Spotswood in the evil empire of Australia! I shall cease my own nefarious activities as soon as possible in order to perfect my own naughtiness by perusing this volume.....

Journal Entry 42 by winglmn60wing from Spotswood, Victoria Australia on Thursday, April 30, 2009
I have emerged from my fake mountain to unleash my mutant race of ninja robot warriors on the world... thanks to chich and this handy guide!

A fun little read - and I must agree that the retro art work really adds to the experience! A nice chuckle was had - and a good 'relax read' between some weightier tomes that are weighing down Mt TBR!

Thanks for sharing this one... I've PMed prollact and will forward it on when I have an address!

Journal Entry 43 by winglmn60wing from Spotswood, Victoria Australia on Sunday, May 17, 2009
Oh the mortification of it all! I only just re-discovered this book when tidying up my study, er, evil lair! I actually received prollacct's address a couple of weeks ago, but totally forgot to send it off. My bad... I mean my evil!

I'll put this omission down to my evil scheme to drive other bookcrossers insane by making them wait for books, rather than the blonde senior moment it probably truly reflects, and send this off tomorrow!

Journal Entry 44 by winglmn60wing at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, May 24, 2009

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Fly free little bookie!

Journal Entry 45 by sunfi at Dayton, Ohio USA on Thursday, November 18, 2010
How odd, this copy just arrived at my house today. I thought I had it on my shelf to read and I checked and I do. It appears that this lost book has resurfaced. It was mailed to me by someone from Philadelphia, PA. I'll contact chich to see how she would like me to proceed.

Update: 19 Nov 10 - I've contacted the organizer this original book will be sent on the rest of the original ring journey and the replacement copy will be released as a RABCK after my husband reads it. Now for the review: I finally finished this one, it was a great quick read, I'm already developing my evil plan, though I haven't come up with an evil name yet. I've already received mozette's address, so I'm planning on mailing this book on in the next couple of days.

Journal Entry 46 by sunfi at Dayton, Ohio USA on Friday, November 19, 2010

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Sent off to Mozette, with the distance (from the USA to AU) it should arrive within the next month or so.

Journal Entry 47 by wingMozettewing at Logan City, Queensland Australia on Wednesday, December 01, 2010
*Lurks in the darkened background as my evil laugh echoes around and fades*... okay, I've had my evil laugh for a while. But I think I have to make sure I have everything else right too. Thank you so much for including me in this bookray. I'll have a look at it in the next few days as it's pouring rain here in Brisbane and there's nothing else to do otherwise.

Journal Entry 48 by wingMozettewing at Logan City, Queensland Australia on Friday, December 17, 2010

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I loved this book and had a good laugh over all the funny little things it took to be completely evil from picking my evil name to my evil career to the location of my evil lair. If you'd like a full review (it's got spoilers) check it out on My Reading List ( http://continuousreader.blogspot.com/ ) along with other books I've reviewed recently.

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