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READING THE TBR, DAY 240: How to Archer (2012) by Sterling Archer

I have a love-hate relationship with the TV show Archer. On the one hand, it is often hilarious, this cartoon about a foul-mouthed, casually cruel and selfish spy who works for a dubious private espionage organization and is an alcoholic and womanizer and has more Mommy Issues than that guy from Psycho.

On the other hand, it is is a cartoon about a foul-mouthed, casually cruel and selfish spy who works for a dubious private espionage organization and is an alcoholic and womanizer and has more Mommy Issues than that guy from Psycho.

And everyone else in the show is pretty hateful, too.

But, funny. Admittedly, pretty damn funny. And this book, “written” by the enduringly sexist, racist and jerky Archer, is pretty damn funny too, damn it all. The conceit of the book, that Sterling Archer mistakenly signed a contract for a certain number of words and hates writing the book and wanted to include a whole chapter on cobras and has a very real disdain for his “editrix” at the publishing house, and so provides pretty much no useful information on anything — except the cocktail recipes — somehow doesn’t pall, and there were a few instances where I quite literally laughed out loud at one of Archer’s snide cracks. Though I groaned at his often terrible puns even more, of course.

It’s all very silly, but it’s probably the best possible tie-in to Archer that could have been produced. Whether that’s a compliment or not, I am honestly not sure. 

SCORECARD

TBR DAY 246: How to Archer: The Ultimate Guide to Espionage and Style and Women and Also Cocktails Ever by Sterling Archer
GENRE: Media Tie-in, Humour
PUBLISHED: 2012
TIME ON THE TBR: 4 years. 
PURCHASED FROM: Minotaur Melbourne.
KEEP: Absolutely!

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