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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; Revised edition edition (2 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184856497X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848564978
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 3.3 x 20.8 cm
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'Scrabulous hilarity combines with sneakily affecting sentiments and endearing fanboy-at-heart flavourings' --Total Film

'Kevin Smith's no-holds-barred diary is like his best films: raw, openhearted, and mordantly funny.' --Entertainment Weekly

'Kevin Smith is beloved for his vulgar cockeyed yet sweetly human dissections of life through the eyes of the young and disaffected.' --LA Times

Kevin Smith is beloved for his vulgar cockeyed yet sweetly human dissections of life through the eyes of the young and disaffected. --Los Angeles Times

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This is quite literally Kevin Smith's blog, but in hardback form. If you enjoy reading his sense of humor, this is a good place to have even if you only have a few minutes to read. It's not a novel, nor does it have any coherent storyline, it's a diary/ journal of his live and what he does daily.
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i had hoped it was ironic but this book is deathly dull
let me save you the trouble of wading through it
gets up
takes dump
goes on computer
eats unhealthy food
spends 2 minutes with daughter
argues with wife
then goes to bed to tivo'ed simpsons
my my and i paid for it
more fool me
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If you're just looking for a casual book to read I wouldn't recommend, but if you want a look in to his life its well worth a read, you read about friends being car jacked at gun point, him doing the dirty with his wife, movie scripts and autions being thrown around and sometimes just a big old bit of pie and Tivo'd simpsons in bed. Also one other note the diary is from 2005/2006.
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First up, I'm a fan so take these comments with this in mind.

This is a great train book. You can dip in and out like any diary book and you will find something great every time. This said, it is Kevin's "boring ass life" and sometimes he just gets up, lets the dogs out, takes a poop and falls asleep to TIVO'd Simpsons. You'll understand this when you read it.

There are some cracking stories, which, if history is anything to go by, will, in some form or another find there way into one or more of his movies in the coming years. That is if he can stay off the processed sugar foods long enough so he doesn't die before the decade is out. This guy's diet is scary!

There is a very touching story about the death of his father, and the list of "What I learned from my father" will bring a lump to your throat and should form the basis for every eulogy written from here on in. Look for the excellent story of "me and my shadow" which should make it into a film , the Die Hard 4.0 (Live free or die hard) filming/writing story which is laugh out loud funny and the Catch and release story which is also pretty good.

There are plenty of good "inside the film industry" insights that made me shake my head in despair and wonder how any films get made, ever. Interspersed with all this gold is the hum-drum day to day stuff that we all have to do and suffer from.

Critcs schmitics!

This only thing that has ever bugged me about Kevin Smith is his need to publicly fight with those critics in the business that have no time for him or his movies. He recognises this "failing" in himself as overcompensation and there are some good examples of this in the book. On reading them I just thought "Sir, let it go".
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I used to like Kevin Smith movies a lot, and from what I knew of him, he seemed like a nice, funny guy.

Then I read this book and now, I think he's an egotistical, touchy jerk and I'm even finding his work less appealing.

The book is essentially just a reprint of certain parts of his blog, in diary form. You learn about all the minutia of day to day life for Kevin Smith- rich successful guy living in Hollywood, surrounded by an entourage of friends, family, and employees.
You find out all about his toilet habits, sex life, diet and exercise, how he lets the dogs out every morning, how he picks up his daughter from school, how he drives his wife to her medical appointments, how he checks his email, how he blogs, how he furiously responds to any online criticism with lengthy sarcastic diatribes listing his achievements, how he signs merchandise, how he travels around doing interviews and Q&A's- making sure to note how he "nails" each one and how funny he is.

Occasionally he encounters other filmmakers or celebrities, but the only detail he usually includes about their conversation will be to repeat any compliments they pay him, including his own incredibly self-deprecating, real, and humble response to them.
Then he'll go back to describing his lunch order.

At one point he is hired as an actor on a rom-com with Jennifer Garner, and with a staggering lack of self-knowledge, blithely describes his selfish, sloppy behaviour on the film in a rosy light, clearly considering himself to be quite charming. "I was late, but it was cool" etc.

In one section, he gets a lot more descriptive and involved while he talks about his friend Jason Mewes and his struggles with drugs, and his own heroic and dedicated efforts to help him get clean.
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I am a very big Kevin Smith fan and as such could not wait to read this book, I agree with other reviews which state that there are a lot of mundane activities and sometimes to start with this book could be boring to anybody who is not a big fan.
However, I am not a big reader in-fact apart from this book I have only ever finished one other book, this is not because I cannot read it is actually because no book ever keeps me interested long enough to finish them.
The perfect thing about this book for me is that because it is separated into days I know I can read a day at a time and not worry about getting lost or trying to find where I stopped last time. Because of this I have found this by far the easiest book I have ever read and towards the end hoped it would not finish.

The almost separate book inside this book entitled `me and my shadow'- the story of Jason Mewes addiction to Heroin, is brilliant its harrowing while at the same time bringing drug abuse to somebody who has never thankfully had to experience it before. I was so impressed by this section of the book I have passed it onto a friend who, also does not read allot however I have told him he has to read that chapter.

I would recommend this book to any Kevin Smith fan but also to anybody who has had dealings with drug addiction, because from outsiders' eyes it shows how much you have to love somebody to help them with their demons.
Brilliant!
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