Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tales from the Bookshelf - How to Archer: The Ultimate Guide to Espionage and Style and Women and Also Cocktails Ever Written

How to Archer

So far my goal of reading 50 books this year hasn't started off too great. According to my Goodreads counter I'm already "3 books behind schedule." Wah! Luckily there's still plenty of time to fix that. Anyway, recently I finished reading How to Archer: The Ultimate Guide to Espionage and Style and Women and Also Cocktails Ever Written, written by none other than Sterling Archer himself (well not really, since he's a cartoon character, but you get it). If you've never heard of the TV show Archer, it's an adult animated comedy that follows a spy agency where things always go wrong. Sort of like a 007 parody, but not really? I don't know. The main character in the show is named Sterling Archer, and it's really great.

How to Archer is written in the form of a guide book, except you don't actually learn a whole lot. In the preface, Archer explains how when publishing company Harper Collins contacted him he was under the impression that they wanted him to write his memoirs, which he really wanted to do. In an attempt to seal the deal, he takes the book editor home for some mind blowing sex, where he proceeds to get drunk and signs the contract without noticing that it's a contract to write a guide book, and NOT his memoirs. For the rest of the book he begrudgingly attempts to teach us his ways until he finally reaches the contracted 30,000 word count (which isn't that long, so this is a relatively short book).

The book is divided into six sections, all on different topics: How to Spy, How to Drink, How to Style, How to Dine, How to Women, and How to Pay for It. For the most part, none of these chapters teach you much about the subject, and instead go on tangents of Archer's opinions and adventures. How to Drink was slightly helpful though, if you're not much of a drink mixer ;)

Bottom line: This is a fun, quick read if you're a fan of the TV show. Otherwise, many of the jokes and references will fly over your head.

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