Thursday, 22 January 2015

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The 7 Secrets of Awakening the Highly Effective Four-Hour Giant, Today Review


Review By
Patrick Scattergood

Written By
Charlie
Mac
Dennis
Sweet Dee
Frank

Published By
Titan Books

Genre
Comedy, Television Tie In

Synopsis

Friendless?  Poor?  Ugly?

Need help luring the woman or man of your dreams onto a boat?  Hungry for Run Ham but don't know how long to cook it?  Confused as to the legality of keeping birds as pets in your particular home state?  Look no further, loser.  The gang from Paddy's Pub have combined forces to weigh in on life's most important topics.

Relationships, Financial Success and Career, Fashion and Personal Grooming, Health and Diet, Survival Skills.

Grab a beer, throw caution and common sense to the wind, and welcome the most influential working in the history of the written word (or at least since the script for The Nightmare Cometh), The 7 Secrets of Awakening the Highly Effective Four-Hour Giant, Today.

Review

I have to admit that I wasn't all the familiar with the show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia when I was sent this to review so I sat down and binge watched a lot of the episodes.  It's a funny show and one that is worth checking out here and there so I was quite excited to see just where they were going to go with this spin off book.

Well, they went in to a direction that I really wasn't expecting.  They went for a self help book.  No, I'm not joking.  A self help book.

After reading this one, I have to admit that people are going to find this very hit and miss.  If you are a fan of the show then this book will have you in absolute tears of laughter because not only is the book itself funny but there are loads of nods and references to previous episodes.  If you're not a fan of the show then you will be sat there wondering just what the hell you are reading.  That said, if you're not a fan of the show then you probably wouldn't have picked up the book anyway in all honesty.

As someone that has only seen a few of the episodes, thanks to binge watching them like I said earlier, a few of the references did go over my head so I wasn't really all that sure about the jokes there.  That said, the book came across as one that felt the writer (or writers) threw as many jokes in to the book as possible.  That kind of works to the books advantage because if there are references that go above your head or that you don't find funny then chances are there will be another joke or two that will tickle your funny bone.

All in all, this is a book that will either have you howling with laughter or scratching your head in confusion.  If you are a fan of the show then this will definitely be a book that you will want to pick up and add to your collection.  If you aren't then give it a miss.

Story 8/10 (if a fan) 5/10 (if not)
Characters 7/10
Cover 7/10
Recommended 8/10 (if a fan) 5/10 (if not)
Overall 30/40 or 24/40  

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