- Man vs Bookshelf: Introduction
- Man vs Bookshelf: Horowitz Horror
- Man vs Bookshelf: Lisey’s Story
- Man vs Bookshelf: Devil May Care
- Man vs Bookshelf: Big Little Lies
- Man vs Bookshelf: Good Omens
- Man vs Bookshelf: Grandpa’s Great Escape
- Man vs Bookshelf: Clough: The Autobiography
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Cuckoo’s Calling
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Escape
- Man vs Bookshelf: I Am Legend
- Man vs Bookshelf: Confessions of a Sociopath
- Man vs Bookshelf: Silence
- Man vs Bookshelf: Six Years
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Thin Executioner
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Entrepreneur’s Book of Checklists
- Man vs Bookshelf: John Dies at the End
- Man vs Bookshelf: Harry Potter and the case of the Duplicates
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (series)
- Man vs Bookshelf: Ayoade on Ayoade
- Man vs Bookshelf: Junk
- Man vs Bookshelf: Bobby Moore
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Hard Way
- Man vs Bookshelf: 102 days down (+ Freakonomics)
- Man vs Bookshelf: Dirk Gently (1 & 2)
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Clifton Chronicles (1 & 2)
- Man vs Bookshelf: Twitterature
- Man vs Bookshelf: Pele
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Collector
- Man vs Bookshelf: Cirque Du Freak
- Man vs Bookshelf: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Scripts
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Hobbit
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Lord of the Rings
- Man vs Bookshelf: Odd Thomas (1-3)
- Man vs Bookshelf: Harry Redknapp
- Man vs Bookshelf: Motivation and Doctor Who
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Killing Floor
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Dark Tower
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Moaning of Life
- Man vs Bookshelf: Will You Manage?
- Man vs Bookshelf: Creative Writing
- Man vs Bookshelf: Quantum of Solace
- Man vs Bookshelf: The City Trilogy
- Man vs Bookshelf: Horowitz’s Holmes
- Man vs Bookshelf: Forever Young
- Man vs Bookshelf: Drive
- Man vs Bookshelf: Story
- Man vs Bookshelf: Whatever You Say I Am
- Man vs Bookshelf: Football Manager Stole My Life
- Man vs Bookshelf: Red Dragon
- Man vs Bookshelf: Business Stripped Bare
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Damned UTD
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Gold Standard – Rules to Rule By
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
I have five books finished, ready for me to be reviewed.
That’s five blogs waiting in the wings – including this one. Expect that to be seven by the end of Wednesday unless I complete this blog by then.
Which I won’t.
(note. it’s Wednesday now. I’m editing. There are six books done and another I’ll finish tonight. I won’t have finished this blog until Friday. gulp.)
(note. it’s now Saturday. Seven books are done and another I’ll finish tomorrow. I said I’d finish this blog yesterday. I didn’t.)
When I say Wednesday, that’s Wednesday 23rd July 2018.
To you, that’s ages ago. If you’re reading this on the day it’s landed then you’ll notice it’s the 11th of August.
That’s 19 days away.
Christ, why do I even bother?
If I was up to date with my blogging I’d have posts queued until mid-September. I could go on holiday.
Well, I couldn’t. I’d still have to work.
Actually, I do have a week off in September but…
Today we’re here to talk about a book: The Gold Standard: Rules to Rule by.
It’s a book written by a fictional person and is in much the same vein as my series on becoming a best selling writer.
I.e. the advice is often unactionable, it’s funny, and the writer is a terrible human being.
But who is this man, Ari Gold? Where does he come from?
Well, let’s get into that.
Entourage and Me
Entourage as a TV show tends to split opinion.
It’s the story of four friends, two of whom are actors – one successful, one not so much – and their exploits in Hollywood.
It ran for 8 seasons and a movie and was always funny during that period. At times even moving.
Its big pull was its ability to have roughly 3,000 celebrities appear across its run as themselves. Some as cameos only – Kayne West/ Tom Brady – and some for more substantial arcs – Mandy Moore.
It added a touch of reality to the show and made the Hollywood aspect of it come alive.
As I said, I loved the show. During university, my friend James and I would watch it again and again, and it would never get old. I don’t have so much time on my hands now but will still watch an episode whenever the chance arises.
Where the show splits opinion is with its, uh, ‘laddy’ approach to Television.
An episode doesn’t go by without us seeing at least 40,000 sets of bare breasts. And the way the guys talk about women leads to calls of ‘objectivication.’
Those who hate the show, for this reason, are probably right in their claims.
But I enjoy the show. So I’m not going into it.
Ari Gold and Me
Within the world of Entourage, one man stands out as being by far and away the best character. Actually, not just within Entourage but within the history of made up characters ever.
Although Spike from Buffy would give him a run for his money.
This being super agent, Ari Gold.
Ari is brilliant. He’s abrasive, he’s confident, he’s powerful, he’s hilarious.
He’s outstanding from the beginning and gets more so once his assistant and later agent Lloyd comes into it. The relationship between the two is one of the highlights of the show.
Seemingly it’s popular perception that Ari is the best character within the show.
After all, I don’t see any of the others penning books in real life.
The Gold Standard: Rules to Rule by
I received this book as a present from the aforementioned James some years ago.
Post-uni so within the last half-decade, but I remember not exactly when.
As with all my books, I liked the look of it, but still put it on my shelf and pretty much forgot about it until this challenge threw it back into my mind.
Now I’ve had the chance to read it and I can say I liked it.
It’s a mock guide to making it to the top in the business world. It deals with underhand tactics, power plays, and everything else you might need to be an awful person and succeed.
It’s tongue in cheek, and pretty formulaic. Once you’ve read one chapter you know what they are all going to be like.
I enjoyed reading it, but it’s not something I would read again, and not something I would necessarily recommend to others.
If you like Entourage and love Ari, then I’d say give this a go. But as you can tell by the length of the review part of this review there’s not much going on.
So for a quick laugh, this book is great.
For anything more… probably look elsewhere.
It was so long ago, I can’t remember.
Hang on, I have this all written down in a spreadsheet somewhere.
Ah yes, that’s right.
Next up is a short story collection from one of the legends of genre fiction.
The second book I read for this challenge was by him.
That’s right, it’s Stephen King with The Bazaar of Bad Dreams.
Now hang on again while I go find a picture.
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