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I Can Make You Hate [Kindle Edition]

Charlie Brooker
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Book Description

Would you like to eat whatever you want and still lose weight?

Who wouldn't? Keep dreaming, imbecile.

In the meantime, if you'd like to read something that alternates between laugh-out-loud-funny and apocalyptically angry, keep holding this book. Steal it if necessary.

In his latest collection of rants, raves, hastily spluttered articles and scarcely literate scrawl, Charlie Brooker proves that there is almost nothing in this universe, big or small, that can't reduce a human being to a state of pure blind hatred.

It won't help you lose weight, feel smarter, sleep more soundly, or feel happier about yourself. It WILL provide you with literally hours of distraction and merriment. It can also be used to stun an intruder, if you hit him with it correctly (hint: strike hard, using the spine, on the bridge of the nose).

ONLY A PRICK WOULDN'T BUY THIS BOOK. DON'T BE THAT PRICK.



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'Thirty years on, and the story of [Operation Barmaid], classified Top Secret to this day, is being told.' --Telegraph
'Prebble writes concretely and well about the vessel and life on board it' --Guardian

'The story of [the] HMS Conqueror ... is truly uplifting' --Con Coughlin, The Telegraph

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Charlie Brooker's I Can Make You Hate is the hilarious new book from the award-winning writer and broadcaster, now in paperback.

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Charlie Brooker has worked as a writer, journalist, cartoonist and television and radio presenter.

Recent television credits include: You Have Been Watching, Screenwipe, which won a Royal Television Society award, and Newswipe. Charlie also wrote and produced Dead Set, a BAFTA-nominated satirical horror drama for Channel 4. Other TV writing credits include the 11 O'Clock Show and the Brass Eye Paedophilia Special.

Charlie is well-known for his weekly columns in The Guardian and recently won The Press Awards' columnist of the year.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
A line from Rocky III: sage advice delivered from trainer to boxer. Brooker is a journalist, not a boxer; but I doubt the line spoken to him would be that different.

I'm a Brooker fan. I've read all of his books at some point, which has made me an easy person to buy for at Christmas. I thought it was a shame You Have Been Watching only ran for two series, and I've always looked forward to his annual 'Wipe' programmes on the Beeb.

So it pains me a little to say that this book isn't up to scratch. It's slack and faded compared to what we've seen to date. Comparing this to Screen Burn, his first, wondrous collection of journalism, is like comparing a sparkler to semtex.

The book is held back by the fact that Brooker gave up the Screen Burn column halfway through the period covered: scripts from 10 O'Clock Live and the 'Wipe' programmes are duly pressed into service as filler. But mostly it's that Brooker seems more considered, even thoughtful this time around - not a good thing when you make your name as the creasingly funny scourge of trash TV. Being fair to the third-rate isn't entertaining.

When you see him giving a wistful thumbs-up to Spartacus: Blood and Sand, compare it with the merciless treatment he gave the show on You Have Been Watching, and you see the change that's come over both his viewpoint and its expression. (He gets the line of dialogue that he quotes from the show wrong as well.)

By the end, he's even giving a 'well, someone must like it' appreciation of Geordie Shore, complete with some wistful musing - for the kind of programme that in his earlier days would have had him reaching for a flamethrower and a refill to ensure the job's finished.
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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Portrait of the Critic as a Middle-Aged Man 29 Oct. 2012
By Sam Quixote TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This is a collection of articles Charlie Brooker wrote for the Guardian newspaper, including the last of his "Screen Burn" columns, and some scripts from his "10 O'Clock Show" and various "Wipe" shows from August 2009 to July 2012.

The first half of the book is unrelenting hilarity from one column to the next. He writes an imaginary show that would follow "Man Vs Food" called "Man Vs Poo"; he creates a new Scrabble game for young idiots called Scrabble Corrective where for every product or celebrity name they put down, they receive a punch in the chest; he describes a McMuffin as "a bit like sinking my teeth into a small, soft woodland creature... which thoroughly enjoyed being eaten and responded to each bite by gently urinating warm oil down my chin" (p.173); and so on. There are so many moments in the first half of the book I found myself laughing, they are too many to list.

But then halfway through the book, Brooker does something unexpected: he announces the end of "Screen Burn" and writes a mea culpa where he apologises for his nasty, biting tv columns over the years against such easy targets as reality show stars, and... more reality show stars. This wouldn't be so bad if he continued to be as funny as he was before but now he's chosen a different, less funny path.

It wouldn't have bothered me so much except Brooker seems to show disdain for his past as if writing funny columns about crap tv was such a terrible thing. Not many people can write a memorable and consistently entertaining column that was "Screen Burn" - more than a few can write commentary on how rubbish Daily Mail Online is. I get it, Rupert Murdoch is a creep. But what about some esoteric reality show where the idiotic contestants say and do dumb things? I'm being serious.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't read on public transport 21 May 2013
By Kate S
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It's embarrassing when you burst out laughing and people do tend to stare.

I found this book very, very funny.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and bitingly funny 22 Jun. 2013
By Audrey
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Absolutely loved this book. I haven't previously read any columns written by Charlie Brooker, but have watched him on TV and love his superbly eloquent and savagely grumpy views on society. With an increasingly banal and obsequious media, this book is a delightfully scathing alternative.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 28 April 2013
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This is my first experience of Charlie Brooker, this is really funny, I feel like he wrote this for me!! Really cynical but truthfu and written in short digestable 'rants' that you can pick up and read in bursts then put down again. Really funny. Big fan now because of this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Miserable. Cynical. Funny. 1 April 2013
By Arynth VINE VOICE
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Charlie Brooker fan? Great, go buy this book.

Not really familiar with Charlie Brooker? He's one of England's best writers of the last decade, exploring everything from gaming to politics with acerbic wit, a knowing self-loathing misery and a rich vocabulary. This is essentially a collection of his articles and short transcripts from his work from 2009 - 2012.

It serves as a marvellous retrospective. He dips into what was hot that week or month either on television or happening in the world. This is where the weakness lies and it's the biggest problem with any of Brooker's work. You get the impression sometimes that he's writing for the sake of a deadline, so some of the tracts feel like hastily-written odes to the mundane. "I've got a deadline coming... what shall I write about? Come on brain! Oh, that's it! Brains." 800 words later and he's set. I guess I'm trying to say that at times he's like a comedic Stephen King.

He writes, at the beginning, that it's best dipped into here or there. I read it from cover to cover - the edition I've read has 404 pages, which I'm half-sure is a geeky in-joke - in one go and found it enjoyable and compelling. Some of the articles are stronger than others and there are probably two or three you'll want to skip but this is very much worth a read.
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