Man vs Bookshelf

Man vs Bookshelf: Ayoade on Ayoade

This entry is part 20 of 104 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

I’ve been reading the reviews for my Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Man vs Bookshelf blog.

It’s fair to say there was a mixed bag:

The Guardian: Bearable

The Times: 2,700 words long

The Daily Mail: Why are we worried about an English man visiting the galaxy when the whole galaxy is visiting England… AND STAYING.

Still, with the words of The Times ringing in my ears I decided to keep this blog on the short side. A task made that much easier by me not having an awful lot to say about it.

This week, we’re looking at Ayoade on Ayoade by…

Richard Ayoade and me

Okay, that’s misleading.

Let’s nip this in the bud right away, because I don’t want to get sued (not by Ayoade and the papers, anyway). Richard Ayoade and I did not co-write Ayoade on Ayoade, as the above couple of sentences may imply.

I wrote it on my own.

But let’s talk about my prior experiences with Ayoade anyway.

He first came to my attention via the IT Crowd, where he played the hilarious Maurice Moss.

Following this, Ayoade began cropping up on plenty of panel shows.

Here his true personality and sense of humour shone through. Dry, shy, sarcastic. He was phenomenal if you’re into that sort of thing.

I am, so for me, he fast became a favourite comic.

Post this, I saw the trailer for Submarine, his directorial debut, and heard good reviews.

I never saw it myself, but who needs to watch a film once you’ve seen the trailer and read the reviews?

I did see his next film, the Double. This was much darker than the Ayoade stuff I was used to but maintained that dry sense of humour I loved so much. Plus, it had Jesse Eisenberg (twice) who is one of my favourite actors. So, all in all, it was a winner.

I wouldn’t watch it again though.

With a solid base of Ayoade in my life, it was only a matter of time before I picked up something he had written. And that’s exactly what I did,

Now, with Man vs Bookshelf, I’ve decided to do more than pick it up.

I was going to read it.

Ayoade on Ayoade

See, really tearing through this review, aren’t we?

Actually, it’s hard to know what to say about this but I suppose I’d better try.

Ayoade on Ayoade is, as you might have guessed a piss take. (just look at that bubble on the front cover)

It’s Ayoade interviewing himself and analysing many fake writings of Ayoade.

Quite frankly it’s brilliant.

At times I couldn’t breathe from laughing and I often had to read passages to my girlfriend.

She loved this, even when she was sleeping or reading or telling me to leave her alone forever.

But that’s all it is. A way for Ayoade to spill a load of jokes onto the page.

The fact it’s interviews and fake emails and fake scripts is meaningless. There’s no plot to be found here. It’s a vehicle for laughs, and it’s a clown car.

It fits a hell of a lot of those laughs in.

So who is it for?

Hmm, hard to say.

This book is classic Ayoade humour.

It’s dry, sarcastic, off the wall mental at times and it’s got an appendix.

If that’s not the sort of humour you’re into then this isn’t the book for you.

But if that is up your street, this is something you should pick up, as it will have you falling out of bed laughing.

I ended up in the hospital and if that’s not a sign of how good this book is, nothing will be.

It was a four out of five on Goodreads, and I have nothing more to say.

Next Time

See, I can speak with brevity when I have to slash when I have nothing to say.

However, I am always disappointed when I can’t write much, but it’s a bit difficult when the book is a non-fiction out and out comedy.

So, I guess I need something meatier to get into next time.

Luckily, that’s what happened, seeing as I’ve already read my next book.

It’s Junk, a book I read a long time ago and a book that has long been one of my favourites.

It’s powerful, it’s got themes and that, and it should make for good reviewing material.

So, I’ll see you next time when we’ll be reading Melvin Burgess’s Junk.


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International worst-selling author Mark Ayre has been writing since before he could pick up a pen (somehow). An author of mystery and suspense novels including the James Perry Series of mysteries.

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