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How to Succeed in Evil (English Edition)

How to Succeed in Evil (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Patrick E. McLean
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(Editor's Note: 3rd edition, professionally edited, updated 1/7/2012)

How to Succeed in Evil is the story of Edwin Windsor, Evil Efficiency Consultant. He tries to help supervillains be more villainous. Or at least more profitable and sensible about the business side of Evil.

Along with his very proper and English secretary Agnes and his hench-lawyer Topper, he struggles to make the world of superpowered people make sense. But this is very difficult because, while Edwin’s advice is excellent, all of his clients are too egomaniacal to listen. There is, it must be said, a bit of comedy in this work.

Edwin struggles with a cast of characters including, Dr. Loeb, a trust fund child who desperately wants to be an Evil Genius, but has none of the talent. Dr. Loeb’s hideous mother, Iphagenia – who’s evil scheme is to foment a second Southern Rebellion, beginning with Lower Alabama. And the Cromogoldon, a brute with forehead villainous low and quite possibly the strongest creature on the planet.

Inevitably, Edwin’s unique clientele lead him into direct conflict with the greatest superhero of them all, Excelsior. And so, the quiet, restrained intellectual is pitted against heroic force.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 453 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 375 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0983097615
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: good words (right order); Auflage: 3 (12. Dezember 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00589W1DM
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A very goof satire of the superhero universe 17. Januar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I kind of stumbled over this book and bought it because it look interresting. I am very glad i bought it, because i read it in one go.

The first half of the book centers around Edwin and Dr. Loeb. Loeb is a rich guy who want to build a giant laser in space to subdue the earth with it. Then Edwin meets Loebs mother and the situation goes from bad to worse. For the reader it just gets better and better.

The second half of the book brings a new caracter, Barry. He is super strong, super tough and super stupid. With him the story takes a new format and will get more serious, because it is the prelude to the upcomming conflict between Edwin and Excelsior (the greatest hero ever). It is still funy, but in a different way.

I can advertise this book to anyone who like satire and storys out of the viewpoint of the evil guys. I had a realy good time reading it.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Witty, hilarious and with an evil grin 2. Juli 2014
Von Sethai
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The author depicts two opposing characters on their way to profit from evil schemes to subdue the world. The two advise, defend andprotect evil geniuses in a most severe and yet funny way. The book made me laugh and smile several times. However, I have to deduct one star for the amount of mistakes made by the author.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Walking the Middle Ground 31. Dezember 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
"How to Succeed in Evil" is a story about... well, about those caught between the Good Guys and the Bad Guys. Edwin Windsor, a "criminal genius" is not evil as such, but offers his genius to anyone who can pay his prices (which appears to be limited to evil-doers in general so far). The story is primarily humorous, but also has a few sadder moments, including loss of life, limb, and innocence. While reading through Edwin's misadventures i kept thinking, "i'd like to see this made into a film," (in a good way) until i got to the end and thought, "okay, that ending is not something most movie-goers want to leave the theater with." Not that it was bad, but the ending is a bit surprising and somewhat unsettling... without being truly evil. This story, it seems to me, is more about living in the middle-ground between Light and Dark, and the decisions one must make to maintain a balance. Not in a Jedi sort of way (because, let's face it, Jedi are all about Light, not balance!), but in a pragmatic sort of way.

The editing of the book could use a once-over - it's got 5 or 6 spelling mistakes/missing words (and i don't mean in Dr. Loeb's dialog) and one particular two-sentence passage appears to have been the victim of "mark text, drag text, drop text randomly" mangling. The present-tense style takes some getting used to (apparently also for the author, as evidenced by the occasional lapse between mixed tenses), but is nonetheless readable. And i never in my life thought i would see an author have the juevos to insert a BASIC program into his prose and expect the reader to know WTF he's talking about (kudos to Mr. McLean on that).

i see now that Mr. McLean has written at least two more books in this series, and i will be checking those out presently...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Great concept, feels unfinished 29. August 2011
Von Brooks Talley - Veröffentlicht auf
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The premise is irresistible: a consultant for supervillains. Add some great characters, some hilarious would-be villains, a fast-and-loose style where literally anything can happen next, and some wonderful action sequences, and you've got a book that should be a classic light read even if it isn't great literature.

Unfortunately, the whole thing feels like a first or second draft. Copy editing errors abound -- I suspect someone flipped a coin to decide between "its" and "it's" every time, and there are some really strange wrong-word errors. But there are also bigger structural issues, such as a bit-part character suddenly turning into the emotional lynchpin and life-long companion of the protagonist. And then there's the ending, in which the characters all seem to arbitrarily act differently than they ever had.

How to Succeed in Evil is a fun read, and for the price, I definitely recommend it. It's a fun beach or airplane book. However, it could have been much, much better with professional editing and another revision.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very tongue in cheek 7. August 2011
Von A Guy - Veröffentlicht auf
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Everyone's familiar with a popular super-villain issue: why, with their super-intelligence, strength, telepathy, whatever, would they ever do something illegal that's less profitable than legal (if morally suspect) use of their talents and resources? That's Edwin's question, and ultimately his quest - get these villains acting rationally rather than stereotypically. McLean's novel is a tongue in cheek investigation of the heroes and villains' motivations. It's laugh out loud funny (both setting and dialogue), and the overall plot of Edwin's run in (as supposed evil-mastermind) with Excelsior (a Superman type hero) furthers the overall message while being entertaining in and of itself. Semi-frequent typos in the initial release have since been fixed; the effect of this admirable effort on the author's part, combined with the hilarious story, result in an easy "5 Stars". Recommended to anyone who reads superhero fantasies, as well as anyone looking for a fun, funny way to spend a few hours.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Refreshingly original 29. Juni 2011
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I followed the early chapters of How To Succeed In Evil in its former incarnation as a podcast series, and was hooked from the first installment. Having read the whole thing, I can tell you that the rest did not disappoint. Brimming with anarchic wit, this book is a refreshingly original antidote to the reams of identikit superhero stories that have marched relentlessly across our pages and screens over the last few years. The well-paced, artfully crafted prose draws you into a world of extraordinary characters - from the cool, calculating protagonist Edwin to his manic henchman Topper and the misguided evil mastermind Dr Loeb. If, like me, you've always preferred your arch-villains to tight-wearing goody-goodies like Superman and Captain America, then this is the book for you. In his own, inimitable style, McLean weaves a rich tale that truly allows his bad guys to shine, and that'll keep you guessing (and chortling) to the last page. Highly recommended.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Great concept, bad writing, plot difficult to locate 11. September 2011
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I bought this on Amazon's recommendation, and I'd like a refund of the few hours of my life that it wasted. The book's concept is interesting--an Evil Efficiency Consultant, trying to convince super-villans to concentrate on profitable schemes and skip on the meglomania. More destroying things to profit off of stock market schemes, fewer giant space lasers.

Unfortunately, this book doesn't really do anything useful with the concept. It completely lacks interesting characters, good writing, or much of a plot. I kept expecting the oddly stilted writing style to be a setup for some sort of humor, but it never really developed. I ended up forcing myself to read the last 75% of the book, in the misguided belief that all of the 4 and 5 star reviews here had *some* rational basis. Oh well.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Yay Story! Boooo editing! 22. August 2011
Von Andrea Davis - Veröffentlicht auf
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I will keep this review brief. I love the story and characters. Excellent dry wit. If you like urban fantasy you will love this book. The editing, however, makes it almost unreadable. There are so many grammatical errors that the book is almost ruined. Glaring errors and added or missing words and phrases. It is a testament to the author's outstanding story that I finished it. Yes buy this book. Do know what you are getting in to though.
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