History Horrible / Literature

24th Jun '17 12:25:39 PM Cavery210
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* In the wake of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'''s monumental success, a lot of guidebooks were released to the general market -- some of them good, some of them... not so much. '''''Dragon Ball Z: An Unauthorized Guide''''', by the mother-son team of Lois and Danny Gresh, is the most absolutely WORTHLESS of the lot. A lot of the "jokes" are about Piccolo yelling "Feh! Feh!" followed by Japanese swearing, the section on DBZ roleplaying devolves into a pointless example session involving global warming and styrofoam (!), and the chapter on the DBZ games mentions importing titles... only to completely handwave the fact that U.S. consoles CAN'T PLAY JAPANESE GAMES. Even worse, several of the high reviews on Amazon.com are from "A Customer", and it's pretty obvious that the entire book was marketed towards the younger potential fanbase who hadn't even seen the show, as opposed to those who had (and thus knew better than to go anywhere near this dreck with a 10-foot pole).

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* In the wake of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'''s monumental success, a lot of guidebooks were released to the general market -- some of them good, some of them... not so much. '''''Dragon Ball Z: An Unauthorized Guide''''', by the mother-son team of Lois and Danny Gresh, is the most absolutely WORTHLESS of the lot. A lot of the "jokes" are about Piccolo yelling "Feh! Feh!" followed by Japanese swearing, the section on DBZ roleplaying devolves into a pointless example session involving global warming and styrofoam (!), and the chapter on the DBZ games mentions importing titles... only to completely handwave the fact that most U.S. consoles CAN'T PLAY JAPANESE GAMES.GAMES WITHOUT MODDING THE CONSOLE. Even worse, several of the high reviews on Amazon.com are from "A Customer", and it's pretty obvious that the entire book was marketed towards the younger potential fanbase who hadn't even seen the show, as opposed to those who had (and thus knew better than to go anywhere near this dreck with a 10-foot pole). [[http://thedaoofdragonball.com/blog/book-reviews/dragonball-book-review-dragonball-z-an-unauthorized-guide/ If you want to learn more, here is a review from the writer of the much better Dragon Ball Culture books.]]
22nd Jun '17 10:46:28 PM Josef5678
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* The first published book of the Chilean author Francisca Solar, '''''La Septima M''''' ("''The Seventh M''"), a YA/Paranormal detective novel about the investigation of a series of strange suicides in Southern Chile. The main characters are an [[MarySue impossibly beautiful and talented]] young forensic woman (whom the author calls a "Thanatologist" in one of the worst cases of SeparatedByACommonLanguage in the Spanish language) who has an AmbiguousDisorder and takes medication with vaguely defined and inconsistent effects; a detective with NoSenseOfHumor whose investigative capacities are more of a InformedAbility, and a obnoxious photographer who was intended as a PluckyComicRelief but comes as TheScrappy instead. The [[TownWithADarkSecret location]] reeks of [[ArgentinaIsNaziland Chile is Naziland]], every bad police procedural cliché is played straight, the "mystery" is practically ripped off a ''Series/TheXFiles'' filler episode, some of the very tense situations happen in Hanna-Barbera cartoon style (including what may be the worst attempt on playing the ScoobyDoobyDoors for drama), {{Plot Hole}}s abound, and the IdiotBall is played like a volleyball match. All the former and the [[PurpleProse very purple and pretentious writing]] would make the book [[SoBadItsGood hilarious]] in other circumstances, but here they dogpile to slog the text and infuriate the reader. A sequel (named "El Hada de las Cadenas", "The Faerie of Chains") was eventually written and published, but the editorial decided to release it on digital only...however, [[EpicFail Chile is a region where the purchase of digital content isn't very widespread, and eventually it was forgotten.]]

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* The first published book of the Chilean author Francisca Solar, '''''La Septima M''''' ("''The Seventh M''"), a YA/Paranormal detective novel about the investigation of a series of strange suicides in Southern Chile. The main characters are an [[MarySue impossibly beautiful and talented]] young forensic woman (whom the author calls a "Thanatologist" in one of the worst cases of SeparatedByACommonLanguage in the Spanish language) who has an AmbiguousDisorder and takes medication with vaguely defined and inconsistent effects; a detective with NoSenseOfHumor whose investigative capacities are more of a InformedAbility, and a obnoxious photographer who was intended as a PluckyComicRelief but comes as TheScrappy instead. The [[TownWithADarkSecret location]] reeks of [[ArgentinaIsNaziland Chile is Naziland]], every bad police procedural cliché is played straight, the "mystery" is practically ripped off a ''Series/TheXFiles'' an ''[[Series/TheXFiles X-Files]]'' filler episode, some of the very tense situations happen in Hanna-Barbera cartoon style (including what may be the worst attempt on playing the ScoobyDoobyDoors for drama), {{Plot Hole}}s abound, and the IdiotBall is played like a volleyball match. All the former and the [[PurpleProse very purple and pretentious writing]] would make the book [[SoBadItsGood hilarious]] in other circumstances, but here they dogpile to slog the text and infuriate the reader. A sequel (named "El Hada de las Cadenas", "The Faerie of Chains") was eventually written and published, but the editorial decided to release it on digital only...however, [[EpicFail Chile is a region where the purchase of digital content isn't very widespread, and eventually it was forgotten.]]
22nd Jun '17 1:03:20 AM ZorotheGallade
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* The first published book of the Chilean author Francisca Solar, '''''La Septima M''''' ("''The Seventh M''"), a YA/Paranormal detective novel about the investigation of a series of strange suicides in Southern Chile. The main characters are an [[MarySue impossibly beautiful and talented]] young forensic woman (whom the author calls a "Thanatologist" in one of the worst cases of SeparatedByACommonLanguage in the Spanish language) who has an AmbiguousDisorder and takes medication with vaguely defined and inconsistent effects; a detective with NoSenseOfHumor whose investigative capacities are more of a InformedAbility, and a obnoxious photographer who was intended as a PluckyComicRelief but comes as TheScrappy instead. The [[TownWithADarkSecret location]] reeks of [[ArgentinaIsNaziland Chile is Naziland]], every bad police procedural cliché is played straight, the "mystery" is practically ripped off a ''Series/TheXFiles'' filler episode, some of the very tense situations happen in Hanna-Barbera cartoon style (including what may be the worst attempt on playing the ScoobyDoobyDoors for drama), {{Plot Hole}}s abound, and the IdiotBall is played like a volleyball match. All the former and the [[PurpleProse very purple and pretentious writing]] would make the book [[SoBadItsGood hilarious]] in other circumstances, but here they dogpile to slog the text and infuriate the reader. A sequel (named "El Hada de las Cadenas", "The Faerie of Chains") was eventually written and published, but the editorial decided to release it on digital only. In a region where the purchase of digital content isn't very widespread, that's the kiss of death indeed.

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* The first published book of the Chilean author Francisca Solar, '''''La Septima M''''' ("''The Seventh M''"), a YA/Paranormal detective novel about the investigation of a series of strange suicides in Southern Chile. The main characters are an [[MarySue impossibly beautiful and talented]] young forensic woman (whom the author calls a "Thanatologist" in one of the worst cases of SeparatedByACommonLanguage in the Spanish language) who has an AmbiguousDisorder and takes medication with vaguely defined and inconsistent effects; a detective with NoSenseOfHumor whose investigative capacities are more of a InformedAbility, and a obnoxious photographer who was intended as a PluckyComicRelief but comes as TheScrappy instead. The [[TownWithADarkSecret location]] reeks of [[ArgentinaIsNaziland Chile is Naziland]], every bad police procedural cliché is played straight, the "mystery" is practically ripped off a ''Series/TheXFiles'' filler episode, some of the very tense situations happen in Hanna-Barbera cartoon style (including what may be the worst attempt on playing the ScoobyDoobyDoors for drama), {{Plot Hole}}s abound, and the IdiotBall is played like a volleyball match. All the former and the [[PurpleProse very purple and pretentious writing]] would make the book [[SoBadItsGood hilarious]] in other circumstances, but here they dogpile to slog the text and infuriate the reader. A sequel (named "El Hada de las Cadenas", "The Faerie of Chains") was eventually written and published, but the editorial decided to release it on digital only. In only...however, [[EpicFail Chile is a region where the purchase of digital content isn't very widespread, that's the kiss of death indeed. and eventually it was forgotten.]]
6th Jun '17 11:39:31 AM VAIAZ
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* '''''Dario Ford''''' published two books on Amazon, ''Skywalker'' and ''NDRANGHETA''. They are poorly-written and barely-edited works that desperately try to emulate Creator/TerryPratchett and Creator/TomClancy respectively, without any of the intelligence, charm, and style. His books probably would have gone unnoticed...had he not tried to ''claim that Pratchett and Clancy'' '''co-wrote''' ''these books''. Neither of them wrote a single word for either of Ford's books, and Ford's attempts to capitalize off of their AuthorExistenceFailure with half-assed stories is a disgusting joke.

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* '''''Dario Ford''''' published two books on Amazon, ''Skywalker'' and ''NDRANGHETA''.and'' 'NDRANGHETA''. They are poorly-written and barely-edited works that desperately try to emulate Creator/TerryPratchett and Creator/TomClancy respectively, without any of the intelligence, charm, and style. His books probably would have gone unnoticed...had he not tried to ''claim that Pratchett and Clancy'' '''co-wrote''' ''these books''. Neither of them wrote a single word for either of Ford's books, and Ford's attempts to capitalize off of their AuthorExistenceFailure with half-assed stories is a disgusting joke.
30th May '17 2:10:44 PM MorphinBrony
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* '''''Dario Ford''''' published two books on Amazon, ''Skywalker'' and '''NDRANGHETA''. They are poorly-written and barely-edited works that desperately try to emulate Creator/TerryPratchett and Creator/TomClancy respectively, without any of the intelligence, charm, and style. His books probably would have gone unnoticed...had he not tried to ''claim that Pratchett and Clancy'' '''co-wrote''' ''these books''. Neither of them wrote a single word for either of Ford's books, and Ford's attempts to capitalize off of their AuthorExistenceFailure with half-assed stories is a disgusting joke.

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* '''''Dario Ford''''' published two books on Amazon, ''Skywalker'' and '''NDRANGHETA''.''NDRANGHETA''. They are poorly-written and barely-edited works that desperately try to emulate Creator/TerryPratchett and Creator/TomClancy respectively, without any of the intelligence, charm, and style. His books probably would have gone unnoticed...had he not tried to ''claim that Pratchett and Clancy'' '''co-wrote''' ''these books''. Neither of them wrote a single word for either of Ford's books, and Ford's attempts to capitalize off of their AuthorExistenceFailure with half-assed stories is a disgusting joke.
30th May '17 11:41:23 AM VAIAZ
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** ''Literature/TheLegendOfRahAndTheMuggles'' has so many errors that a full list of its failings would at least double the size of this page, so [[http://www.magespace.net/mugrev.html here are]] [[http://impishidea.com/tag/the-legend-of-rah-and-the-muggles/ a few]] [[http://zelda-queen.livejournal.com/tag/fic%3A%20the%20legend%20of%20rah%20and%20the%20muggles handy plot breakdowns]] should you wish to subject yourself to them anyway. Once news from the lawsuit started spreading, a small-time publisher tried to cash in on NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity and did a small printing run; said publisher quickly went bankrupt. To give a quick summary, the story can't decide what it wants to be at all. It starts with two baby twins who are sent from a post-apocalyptic wasteland by their mother who is [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome never brought up again]]. The twins are rescued by friendly talking sea animals with speech impediments(!) and "spooners of the deep" (which are never explained what they are; even going to the included glossary says they're... "[[ShapedLikeItself spooners of the deep]]"). When they get to the land of the titular Muggles, which are [[UncannyValley grotesquely almost-infantile creatures]] mutated by radiation, they bring the sun back after a nuclear winter. [[MarySue Somehow]]. Throw in wild inconsistencies about the Muggles themselves -- such as one character who keeps changing ages, ridiculous elements such as a "lemonade lake", and the antagonist, one of the twins who is AlwaysSecondBest, [[IdiotBall gets sick from keeping his hideout in a ridiculously-irradiated tree]], and at the end, it turns out that they're literally scared of their own shadows. Rah [[DesignatedHero doesn't care about his brother at all]], the plot focusing on keeping him down instead of trying to redeem him. And to top it all off, it ends by suddenly turning into a fable about where stars come from! Which is it? Dark apocalyptic drama? Sickeningly sweet fantasy? A child's ghost story? A fable? It's as if nothing whatsoever about the story was planned out in advance.

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** ''Literature/TheLegendOfRahAndTheMuggles'' has so many errors blunders that a full list of its failings them would at least double the size of this page, so [[http://www.magespace.net/mugrev.html here are]] [[http://impishidea.com/tag/the-legend-of-rah-and-the-muggles/ a few]] [[http://zelda-queen.livejournal.com/tag/fic%3A%20the%20legend%20of%20rah%20and%20the%20muggles handy plot breakdowns]] should you wish to subject yourself to them anyway. Once news from the lawsuit started spreading, a small-time publisher tried to cash in on NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity and did a small printing run; said publisher quickly went bankrupt. To give a quick summary, the story can't decide what it wants to be at all. It starts with two baby twins who are sent from a post-apocalyptic wasteland by their mother who is [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome never brought up again]]. The twins are rescued by friendly talking sea animals with speech impediments(!) and "spooners of the deep" (which are never explained what they are; even going to the included glossary says they're... "[[ShapedLikeItself spooners of the deep]]"). When they get to the land of the titular Muggles, which are [[UncannyValley grotesquely almost-infantile creatures]] mutated by radiation, they bring the sun back after a nuclear winter. [[MarySue Somehow]]. Throw in wild inconsistencies about the Muggles themselves -- such as one character who keeps changing ages, ridiculous elements such as a "lemonade lake", and the antagonist, one of the twins who is AlwaysSecondBest, [[IdiotBall gets sick from keeping his hideout in a ridiculously-irradiated tree]], and at the end, it turns out that they're literally scared of their own shadows. Rah [[DesignatedHero doesn't care about his brother at all]], the plot focusing on keeping him down instead of trying to redeem him. And to top it all off, it ends by suddenly turning into a fable about where stars come from! Which is it? Dark apocalyptic drama? Sickeningly sweet fantasy? A child's ghost story? A fable? It's as if nothing whatsoever about the story was planned out in advance.
8th May '17 1:37:56 PM mlsmithca
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* '''''Dario Ford''''' published two books on Amazon, ''Skywalker'' and '''NDRANGHETA''. They are poorly-written and barely-edited works that desperately try to emulate Creator/TerryPratchett and Creator/TomClancy respectively, without any of the intelligence, charm, and style. His books probably would have gone unnoticed...had he not tried to ''claim that Pratchett and Clancy'' '''''co-wrote''''' ''these books''. Neither of them wrote a single word for either of Ford's books, and Ford's attempts to capitalize off of their AuthorExistenceFailure with half-assed stories is a disgusting joke.

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\n* '''''Dario Ford''''' published two books on Amazon, ''Skywalker'' and '''NDRANGHETA''. They are poorly-written and barely-edited works that desperately try to emulate Creator/TerryPratchett and Creator/TomClancy respectively, without any of the intelligence, charm, and style. His books probably would have gone unnoticed...had he not tried to ''claim that Pratchett and Clancy'' '''''co-wrote''''' '''co-wrote''' ''these books''. Neither of them wrote a single word for either of Ford's books, and Ford's attempts to capitalize off of their AuthorExistenceFailure with half-assed stories is a disgusting joke.
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11th Apr '17 11:45:20 AM Mineboot45
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* '''''Books LLC's Wikipedia Source''''' series might be an even worse example of published Wikipedia articles than the aforementioned Alphascript and Betascript Publishing. In addition to possessing all their flaws, the books' content seems to have been randomly selected by an automated algorithm, leading to verbal diarrhea such as "Creator/GremlinInteractive Games: Loaded, Fragile Allegiance, Jungle Strike, Series/TopGear 3000, Harlequin, VideoGame/BodyHarvest, {{Utopia}}: The Creation of a Nation" and incoherent descriptions. The presentation also has the barest minimum effort put into it, with most of the covers looking like [[http://www.biblio-moto-books.net/images/motorcycle_manufacturers_of_italy.jpg this.]].

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* '''''Books LLC's Wikipedia Source''''' series might be an even worse example of published Wikipedia articles than the aforementioned Alphascript and Betascript Publishing. In addition to possessing all their flaws, the books' content seems to have been randomly selected by an automated algorithm, leading to verbal diarrhea such as "Creator/GremlinInteractive "Gremlin Interactive Games: Loaded, Fragile Allegiance, Jungle Strike, Series/TopGear 3000, Harlequin, VideoGame/BodyHarvest, {{Utopia}}: The Creation of a Nation" and incoherent descriptions. The presentation also has the barest minimum effort put into it, with most of the covers looking like [[http://www.biblio-moto-books.net/images/motorcycle_manufacturers_of_italy.jpg this.]].
8th Apr '17 3:27:49 AM ArielLightning
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* A book that would've barely been a blip if not for the internet Janine Cross' '''''Touched By Venom''''' (aka ''The "Venom Cock" Book''). "''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'', ''Literature/{{Gor}}'', and ''Literature/ClanOfTheCaveBear'' get thrown into a blender and topped off with extra helpings of pain and suffering (and sex with dragons)" is the closest one can come up with as a thumbnail sketch for the plot. To the author's credit, she creates a CrapsackWorld and never tries to pretend it's anything but. No WriterOnBoard here. And the two sequels are markedly improved (not ''good'', mind you, but not Horrible) and explain many of the baffling plot points in ''Venom'' - like why a society that worships dragons as divine would use them as pack animals, routinely amputate their wings, and eat their eggs as a staple food. The problem here, aside from this book not standing alone, is that Cross takes FromBadToWorse to [[DiabolusExMachina ludicrous degrees]]: the Dragon Temple screws Zarq's serf enclave out of all their worldly possessions on a technicality? Sell Zarq's sister into [[AFateWorseThanDeath sex slavery]] to buy food and supplies. Mom schemes to get her back? Scheme backfires, resulting in Dad's execution and Mom and Zarq's banishment. (Did we mention Mom's pregnant, and they're kicked out immediately after she gives birth to a son she's not even allowed to hold?) They find refuge in a convent that houses old dragons? Just in time for Mom to drop dead! Then Zarq has to undergo [[{{Gorn}} "circumcision"]] to be considered "clean and holy". The nuns hold fertility rites with the old dragons. And all that occurs in the ''first half of the book''. (And yes, it does get worse the damage finally spreads to those around Zarq.)

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* A book that would've barely been a blip if not for the internet Janine Cross' '''''Touched By Venom''''' (aka ''The "Venom Cock" Book''). "''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'', ''Literature/{{Gor}}'', and ''Literature/ClanOfTheCaveBear'' get thrown into a blender and topped off with extra helpings of pain and suffering (and sex with dragons)" is the closest one can come up with as a thumbnail sketch for the plot. To the author's credit, she creates a CrapsackWorld and never tries to pretend it's anything but. No WriterOnBoard here. And the two sequels are markedly improved (not ''good'', mind you, but not Horrible) and explain many of the baffling plot points in ''Venom'' - like why a society that worships dragons as divine would use them as pack animals, routinely amputate their wings, and eat their eggs as a staple food. The problem here, aside from this book not standing alone, is that Cross takes FromBadToWorse to [[DiabolusExMachina [[DeusAngstMachina ludicrous degrees]]: the Dragon Temple screws Zarq's serf enclave out of all their worldly possessions on a technicality? Sell Zarq's sister into [[AFateWorseThanDeath sex slavery]] to buy food and supplies. Mom schemes to get her back? Scheme backfires, resulting in Dad's execution and Mom and Zarq's banishment. (Did we mention Mom's pregnant, and they're kicked out immediately after she gives birth to a son she's not even allowed to hold?) They find refuge in a convent that houses old dragons? Just in time for Mom to drop dead! Then Zarq has to undergo [[{{Gorn}} "circumcision"]] to be considered "clean and holy". The nuns hold fertility rites with the old dragons. And all that occurs in the ''first half of the book''. (And yes, it does get worse the damage finally spreads to those around Zarq.)
7th Apr '17 7:10:05 PM Josef5678
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* '''''Blood: The Last Vampire: Night of the Beasts''''' by MamoruOshii is a continuation of the anime film ''Anime/BloodTheLastVampire'', which stars a vampire hunter named Saya fighting monsters. Given that the film involved a lot of blood, monster-hunting, and gory action, you'd think the book would be more of the same. Instead, the novel is less of a story about vampire-hunting and more of a clumsy collection of essays that fail to form any semblance of a coherent narrative. Rather than focus on Saya, the story focuses on a bland male student who goes from location to location listening to people have philosophical discussions and debates on increasingly uninteresting topics such as body disposal, the hunter hypothesis, and religious conspiracies. Saya, meanwhile, briefly appears only three times in the entire book and barely interacts with the protagonist, if at all. The novel is such an ill-conceived mess that one can only feel sorry for the translator who had to translate Oshii's incoherent and incredibly dull ramblings.

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* '''''Blood: The Last Vampire: Night of the Beasts''''' by MamoruOshii Creator/MamoruOshii is a continuation of the anime film ''Anime/BloodTheLastVampire'', which stars a vampire hunter named Saya fighting monsters. Given that the film involved a lot of blood, monster-hunting, and gory action, you'd think the book would be more of the same. Instead, the novel is less of a story about vampire-hunting and more of a clumsy collection of essays that fail to form any semblance of a coherent narrative. Rather than focus on Saya, the story focuses on a bland male student who goes from location to location listening to people have philosophical discussions and debates on increasingly uninteresting topics such as body disposal, the hunter hypothesis, and religious conspiracies. Saya, meanwhile, briefly appears only three times in the entire book and barely interacts with the protagonist, if at all. The novel is such an ill-conceived mess that one can only feel sorry for the translator who had to translate Oshii's incoherent and incredibly dull ramblings.



* '''''Ghost Hunting 2.0: Breaking New Ground''''' is a book by Chris Bores (yes, [[WebVideo/TheIrateGamer THAT Chris Bores]]) that's supposedly about new methods of ghost hunting that he developed, but in actuality is just another testament to his already [[SmallNameBigEgo famously massive ego]]. The book is plagued with spelling, grammar, and formatting errors, which Bores openly defends as being intentional. Most of the "facts" presented are self-contradicting and have little to no evidence, sourcing, or reasoning other than his own word that the experts are wrong and he is right. The majority of the tools and texts he brings up, which he claims no one else uses, have been thoroughly debunked as useless by professional ghost hunters (including peanut butter baits and the ''Tibetan Book of the Dead'', which is an extremely poorly translated Buddhist self-help guide). He spends half of the book making references to things like Batman and Scooby-Doo. He repeatedly brags about how he was at one point the 55th most subscribed person on YouTube, conveniently leaving out the fact that it was for his videogame review show. And by the end, he declares that he has created a new branch of psychology. On top of all of this, the book has a 3-star rating on Amazon due to the actual critiques being counterbalanced by a flood of 5-star reviews written by the author's own spambots and defensive Irate Gamer fans who admit to not having read it.

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* '''''Ghost Hunting 2.0: Breaking New Ground''''' is a book by Chris Bores (yes, [[WebVideo/TheIrateGamer THAT Chris Bores]]) that's supposedly about new methods of ghost hunting that he developed, but in actuality is just another testament to his already [[SmallNameBigEgo famously massive ego]]. The book is plagued with spelling, grammar, and formatting errors, which Bores openly defends as being intentional. Most of the "facts" presented are self-contradicting and have little to no evidence, sourcing, or reasoning other than his own word that the experts are wrong and he is right. The majority of the tools and texts he brings up, which he claims no one else uses, have been thoroughly debunked as useless by professional ghost hunters (including peanut butter baits and the ''Tibetan Book of the Dead'', which is an extremely poorly translated Buddhist self-help guide). He spends half of the book making references to things like Batman and Scooby-Doo. He repeatedly brags about how he was at one point the 55th most subscribed person on YouTube, Website/YouTube, conveniently leaving out the fact that it was for his videogame video game review show. And by the end, he declares that he has created a new branch of psychology. On top of all of this, the book has a 3-star rating on Amazon due to the actual critiques being counterbalanced by a flood of 5-star reviews written by the author's own spambots and defensive Irate Gamer fans who admit to not having read it.



** In 2010, a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6oa9ifwLmU Trailer]] for a ''movie adaptation'' of the book has been released, and it effectively shows what happens when someone tries to do too much with too little. In an interview, she said that in the near future, she would make a films series that would rival Film/TheLordOfTheRings, and a ''theme park'' inspired by her books.

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** In 2010, a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6oa9ifwLmU Trailer]] for a ''movie adaptation'' of the book has been released, and it effectively shows what happens when someone tries to do too much with too little. In an interview, she said that in the near future, she would make a films series that would rival Film/TheLordOfTheRings, ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', and a ''theme park'' inspired by her books.



* ''Main/MortalKombatDeception'' was a fine game, but '''''its official strategy guide''''' from [=BradyGames=] was almost unreadable. To start with, apparently [[RougeAnglesOfSatin nobody proofread the damn thing]], as typos litter almost every page resulting in colossal examples like, "Dairou will appears, kills the guards and sets you free." Only a ''few'' of the game's Fatalities are given, along with one or two of the suicide moves; it seems the author forgot that half the reason anyone plays ''Mortal Kombat'' at all [[JustHereForGodzilla is just for the finishing moves]]. Ghostly Liu Kang appears as a secret character in the game - [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil this was even revealed in certain previews for the game]] - but the guide goes to a clumsy effort to hide him by including his movelist & suggested strategy while omitting his name & those of his fighting styles & moves. There aren't even any screenshots in this section; indeed, there really aren't any pictures at all. Clearly, the Konquest section was based on an early build; many items are nowhere near where they're said to be, and it goes by a coordinate grid system that clearly changed in development. Even worse, this section is organized by realm, so since you have to go back & forth between realms in the game, you have to flip back & forth between sections in this strategy guide. Furthermore, the Krypt - where the hell is it? At least [=BradyGames=] went to the effort to acknowledge its existence in the ''previous game's strategy guide'' even though it was still left to you to find out what was in each koffin and how much it [[IncrediblyLamePun kost]], but here there isn't even a section for you to write this data in at all. There isn't even a ''chapter'' of any kind for the Krypt, one of the biggest aspects of the game. The book also includes a useless Kombat Kodex that was meant to be used online, though apparently [[WhatCouldHaveBeen whatever they were planning to do with it never happened]]. One "nifty" extra is a fold-out at the end of the book that has character bios on it. It would be kinda cool... if all of them were in fact right: Half of Kobra's is missing and Noob/Smoke's last half is replaced with that of Havik's. Also included is a preview of the comic book series that was never released. The unfinished concept art you see of it in this guide? That's literally all that exists of it. You are holding the entire series, such as it is, in one hand with this guide. Finally, as a strategy guide for a fighting game its usefulness is already pretty limited - it's one of those genres where you would do best to come up with your own strategy rather than trying to read & memorize someone else's ideas for what to do with such-and-such character, but as if individual character strategies weren't enough there's also a section describing each arena in great detail so you know exactly what to look for when it comes to stage traps & fatalities. One section, describing the Courtyard, even admits there's nothing to say about it. Tellingly, [[https://www.amazon.com/Mortal-Kombat%C3%82%C2%BF-Deception-Official-Signature/product-reviews/0744004330/ref=cm_cr_dp_synop?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=recent#R33H0RRF1RENBR 12 out of the 13 reviews posted to Amazon are only one star (the other is a two-star review).]]

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* ''Main/MortalKombatDeception'' ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception'' was a fine game, but '''''its official strategy guide''''' from [=BradyGames=] was almost unreadable. To start with, apparently [[RougeAnglesOfSatin nobody proofread the damn thing]], as typos litter almost every page resulting in colossal examples like, "Dairou will appears, kills the guards and sets you free." Only a ''few'' of the game's Fatalities are given, along with one or two of the suicide moves; it seems the author forgot that half the reason anyone plays ''Mortal Kombat'' at all [[JustHereForGodzilla is just for the finishing moves]]. Ghostly Liu Kang appears as a secret character in the game - [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil this was even revealed in certain previews for the game]] - but the guide goes to a clumsy effort to hide him by including his movelist & suggested strategy while omitting his name & those of his fighting styles & moves. There aren't even any screenshots in this section; indeed, there really aren't any pictures at all. Clearly, the Konquest section was based on an early build; many items are nowhere near where they're said to be, and it goes by a coordinate grid system that clearly changed in development. Even worse, this section is organized by realm, so since you have to go back & forth between realms in the game, you have to flip back & forth between sections in this strategy guide. Furthermore, the Krypt - where the hell is it? At least [=BradyGames=] went to the effort to acknowledge its existence in the ''previous game's strategy guide'' even though it was still left to you to find out what was in each koffin and how much it [[IncrediblyLamePun kost]], but here there isn't even a section for you to write this data in at all. There isn't even a ''chapter'' of any kind for the Krypt, one of the biggest aspects of the game. The book also includes a useless Kombat Kodex that was meant to be used online, though apparently [[WhatCouldHaveBeen whatever they were planning to do with it never happened]]. One "nifty" extra is a fold-out at the end of the book that has character bios on it. It would be kinda cool... if all of them were in fact right: Half of Kobra's is missing and Noob/Smoke's last half is replaced with that of Havik's. Also included is a preview of the comic book series that was never released. The unfinished concept art you see of it in this guide? That's literally all that exists of it. You are holding the entire series, such as it is, in one hand with this guide. Finally, as a strategy guide for a fighting game its usefulness is already pretty limited - it's one of those genres where you would do best to come up with your own strategy rather than trying to read & memorize someone else's ideas for what to do with such-and-such character, but as if individual character strategies weren't enough there's also a section describing each arena in great detail so you know exactly what to look for when it comes to stage traps & fatalities. One section, describing the Courtyard, even admits there's nothing to say about it. Tellingly, [[https://www.amazon.com/Mortal-Kombat%C3%82%C2%BF-Deception-Official-Signature/product-reviews/0744004330/ref=cm_cr_dp_synop?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=recent#R33H0RRF1RENBR 12 out of the 13 reviews posted to Amazon are only one star (the other is a two-star review).]]



* GlennBeck's '''''The Overton Window''''' is called one of the worst works of literature ever written. The LA Times said it was less a train-wreck than "[[http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jun/23/entertainment/la-et-rutten-20100623 a lurching, low-speed derailment halfway out of the station]]". [[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/14/AR2010061405423.html The Washington Post concurs.]] [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-steps-to-writing-successful-suspense-with-glenn-beck/ Here's a Cracked article about it.]]

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* GlennBeck's Radio/GlennBeck's '''''The Overton Window''''' is called one of the worst works of literature ever written. The LA Times said it was less a train-wreck than "[[http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jun/23/entertainment/la-et-rutten-20100623 a lurching, low-speed derailment halfway out of the station]]". [[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/14/AR2010061405423.html The Washington Post concurs.]] [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-steps-to-writing-successful-suspense-with-glenn-beck/ Here's a Cracked article about it.]]
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