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The acclaimed author of Ignore Everybody is back with more irreverent wisdom, wit, and original cartoons. "It has never been easier to make a great living doing what you love. But to make it happen, first you need an EVIL PLAN. Everybody needs to get away from lousy bosses, from boring, dead-end jobs that they hate, and ACTUALLY start doing something they love, something t The acclaimed author of Ignore Everybody is back with more irreverent wisdom, wit, and original cartoons. "It has never been easier to make a great living doing what you love. But to make it happen, first you need an EVIL PLAN. Everybody needs to get away from lousy bosses, from boring, dead-end jobs that they hate, and ACTUALLY start doing something they love, something that matters. Life is short." -Hugh MacLeod Freud once said that in order to be truly happy people need two things: the capacity to work and the capacity to love. Evil Plans is about being able to do both at the same time. The sometimes unfortunate side effect is that others will hate you for it. MacLeod's insights are brash, wise, and often funny.


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The acclaimed author of Ignore Everybody is back with more irreverent wisdom, wit, and original cartoons. "It has never been easier to make a great living doing what you love. But to make it happen, first you need an EVIL PLAN. Everybody needs to get away from lousy bosses, from boring, dead-end jobs that they hate, and ACTUALLY start doing something they love, something t The acclaimed author of Ignore Everybody is back with more irreverent wisdom, wit, and original cartoons. "It has never been easier to make a great living doing what you love. But to make it happen, first you need an EVIL PLAN. Everybody needs to get away from lousy bosses, from boring, dead-end jobs that they hate, and ACTUALLY start doing something they love, something that matters. Life is short." -Hugh MacLeod Freud once said that in order to be truly happy people need two things: the capacity to work and the capacity to love. Evil Plans is about being able to do both at the same time. The sometimes unfortunate side effect is that others will hate you for it. MacLeod's insights are brash, wise, and often funny.

30 review for Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to World Domination

  1. 5 out of 5

    The Crimson Fucker

    I have a confession to make… some of you may be surprised about what I’m about to say… some may say that they already knew… others may try to deny it! but I have to say this! I’M EVIL! I’m 100% evil! I spent my nights awake fantasizing about world domination! I imagine myself laughing while I unleash my army of shell-glued turtles! Shit! Some of you may not know about my evil master plan! Have you ever seen a turtle!? The only way to defeat em is to flip em over! Well! Imagine what will happen i I have a confession to make… some of you may be surprised about what I’m about to say… some may say that they already knew… others may try to deny it! but I have to say this! I’M EVIL! I’m 100% evil! I spent my nights awake fantasizing about world domination! I imagine myself laughing while I unleash my army of shell-glued turtles! Shit! Some of you may not know about my evil master plan! Have you ever seen a turtle!? The only way to defeat em is to flip em over! Well! Imagine what will happen if you glue 2 turtles shell to shell!!!! THEY WILL BECOME AN UNSTOPABLE KILLING MACHINES!!!! THE WORLD WILL TREMBLE WHEN I REALESE THEIR FURY! UPON THIS EARTH!!! (Especially Canada and France) MUAHAHAHAHAH!!! Well… that said! When I say this book in the giveaways I knew I must have it!!! and I knew I will win this cuz I sacrificed a frozen hen to the gods of giveaways! And it worked! What I didn’t know is that it was not about world domination! nor evil plans! They book actually says that! i felt cheated! This is self help! Or that stuff! And about blogging! Who the fuck blogs? Not me! I don’t think anybody cares of what I have to say! And I sure as hell don’t care about what most people have to say! and I don’t wanna do busyness! I hate money!!! What the fuck was I thinking!? Why didn’t I read the description in the book I before I entered!!!!!!!!? Is this going to happen if I win any of the other ones I entered? Like chutuluerotica?? Is it going to be about not Cuthulu??? I’m scare!!!! What of death in a box??? I better get something dead! In a box!!!! Or I will be highly disappointed! Still! I did get a free book! And although I don’t understand the cartoons… maybe they to deep for me??? and I don’t think regular people should joke around with world domination (we world dominators wanna be take this really seriously!) it is an easy read! And the cover is funny! You can like buy it and put it on your shelve as one of those book you’ll never read but looks mad cool there! Like people will wonder if you into world domination when they see it!!! it worked for Mariel!! It won her a review book challenge!!! Now I go read manga! But before that here my list of things to do when I finally take over the world!*: 1. all Canadians and French people will be sent to my “focus” camps in Antarctica! (except maybe for Karen and Steven Erikson!) 2. All Jim Carry movies will be burn! And everything Jim Carry will be deleted from history! 3. Jamaica will have to apologize for atiba! Or they go to the Focus camps too! 4. Getting rid of the emo kids! 5. People who click on both up and down keys in the elevator and then have the balls to ask you if it’s going up or down when the door opens! Will be legal to shoot them in the face when that happens! 6. Movies that start with “based in a real story” will be burned!!! 7. Isabel Allende will have to write a 2000 book pages book with only one sentence! “I’m sorry I ever wrote books” 8. Karen will have to apologize for leaving me hanging and accept public defeat in public for our game of Boggle! 9. Free icecream for all of those who don’t oppose me! 10. Make a law about not making fun of people who wear capes! Capes are sexy god damn it!!!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    J.F. Penn

    I needed this book today and Hugh delivered the jolt I needed to kick myself out of the creative doldrums. We all go through cycles of excitement, creativity and then the downer on the other side. This book will help you get into hyperdrive again. I had several ideas for new products as I read this book, and the pithy quotes are written in my diary as a reminder when I start to slip. If you want to be a global microbrand, read this book. If you are miserable in your job, read this book. If you hav I needed this book today and Hugh delivered the jolt I needed to kick myself out of the creative doldrums. We all go through cycles of excitement, creativity and then the downer on the other side. This book will help you get into hyperdrive again. I had several ideas for new products as I read this book, and the pithy quotes are written in my diary as a reminder when I start to slip. If you want to be a global microbrand, read this book. If you are miserable in your job, read this book. If you haven't found your passion yet, read this book. If you have your passion, you have a blog and a growing business, if you're already an entrepreneur - read this book. I particularly relished "If ever there was a time to be over-extended, this is it" because I feel like I am constantly running to create more, experience more, share more but I love it. People always ask "why are you always working, have some fun" - but creation is fun and Hugh makes me feel like how I live is perfectly fine for mad-keen entrepreneurs. There is no balance. It's about finding what you love and going for it. No permission, just action. "Life is too short not to do something that matters." Thanks Hugh.

  3. 5 out of 5

    mlady_rebecca

    01/11/2011 I won this ARC through the Goodreads First Reads program. The actual book comes out in February. This book landed on my doorstep today. I took it out of the packaging and read it cover to cover immediately. It was that good. (179 pages, if you were curious) Have you ever picked up a book that explained what you, on some level, knew all along? Well this is like that. This is about those people who choose to do what they love and somehow make a living out of it. This is about those crazy 01/11/2011 I won this ARC through the Goodreads First Reads program. The actual book comes out in February. This book landed on my doorstep today. I took it out of the packaging and read it cover to cover immediately. It was that good. (179 pages, if you were curious) Have you ever picked up a book that explained what you, on some level, knew all along? Well this is like that. This is about those people who choose to do what they love and somehow make a living out of it. This is about those crazy geniuses and their evil plans for world domination. *g* Personally, I had never heard of the author, Hugh MacLeod, before winning this book. But I know people like him. In fact, my celebrity crush is exactly that type of person. Although, "celebrity crush" seems like too narrow and shallow a term. In the chapter "Get other people to hate you" he explains it best: But once your Evil Plan starts getting traction, you'll start noticing a much more polarized world begin to emerge. People who love what you do, and people who utterly despise it. Why such strong feelings? Why the emotions? You're just doing your thing, they're just doing their thing, so what's the big deal? Answer: Because a lot of people aren't actually doing their own thing. They're just trying to pay their bills, living paycheck to paycheck, payroll to payroll, promotion to promotion. To some of these people your example will give them hope: "I may just be schlepping now, but one day I'll leave this cubicle farm and then go do something amazing!" Those people will love you and buy into your Evil Plan. Hell, some of them will even give you money. But some people will hate your Evil Plan too, for no real reason. Envy? Jealousy? Of course. Your example is not giving them hope, your example is just making them more aware of their own issues and inadequacies. And maybe it's easier for them to attack you than attack their own demons. (pgs 116-117) That's it exactly. Not only that, but this "crush" is what Hugh MacLeod calls "a waker": A waker is someone who is very good at waking other people up from their metaphorical slumber, temporary or otherwise. Some people just have the gift. Being around them or their work just makes you feel more alive, more inspired, more motivated, more awake. The best wakers will make you do crazy ass things, like quit your boring job and start your own business, write that song, move to Thailand, forgive that someone who once hurt you, or finally tell that girl that you love her. A waker reminds you on a constant basis just how alive you really are. (pg 168) For me, my favorite waker, my favorite evil genius is Jared Leto of the band 30 Seconds to Mars. Go ahead and scoff, that just puts you in the category of people who are jealous of his success. He could have written this book, or inspired it. It fits him and what I admire about him. From "doing what you love", to "doing something artistic every day", to "working your ass off", to "concentrating on giving". This is the view of the entrepreneur behind the artist. For someone who's fascinated me for years, this has brought me further insight into how he thinks. Why he started a new task (charity work in Haiti) instead of taking a very well earned vacation. This way of living isn't about working hard until you hit a level of success, it's about continually working hard at multiple pursuits, but loving what you are doing. For those who don't connect to Jared, I've discovered a few more "artists" I consider the same type of evil geniuses. The UK chef Gordon Ramsey. The celebrity matchmaker Patti Stanger. And my favorite urban fantasy author Laurell K. Hamilton. They all inspire that love/hate thing. They all appear to work their asses off. And they all seem to love what they do, and do what they love. And, most of all, they all approach life on their own terms. Back to the book. Very easy to read. Cut up into short chapters so that you could read a bit at a time. But when the chapters are so short, you just want to go ahead and read just one more chapter before quitting. And a blink or two later, you've finished the book. It made me cry from how inspiring and insightful it is. Strange reaction to a book from a self-processed cartoonist, I'm sure. But he does insightful cartoons that sum things up perfectly, as opposed to shallow cartoons that are "ha ha" and move on. This is the perfect book for anyone contemplating a new career. For those brave enough, there is nothing more perfect than making your own niche and turning work into something you love. 01/06/2011 Cool. That's two books I've won this week - through Goodread's First Reads program. I'll have plenty of reading to do when they arrive. Got the email on 01/06/2011.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Wondra Vanian

    Like many other so-called self-help books, it's just a bunch of bragging, hidden behind half-assed attempts to motivate others. Look at me, look at me. Speaking of which... could this guy BE any more hipster? Yeah, okay, you were blogging before it was cool... AND? Ugh. Name dropping. Look who I helped! Look who my friends are! Gag. I don't agree that you should over-extend yourself – especially someone like me, who suffers from a mental health issue that would break me if I push too hard. Making Like many other so-called self-help books, it's just a bunch of bragging, hidden behind half-assed attempts to motivate others. Look at me, look at me. Speaking of which... could this guy BE any more hipster? Yeah, okay, you were blogging before it was cool... AND? Ugh. Name dropping. Look who I helped! Look who my friends are! Gag. I don't agree that you should over-extend yourself – especially someone like me, who suffers from a mental health issue that would break me if I push too hard. Making yourself sick is not the answer and plenty of people can work with their mental illnesses and still be successful. Fuck over-extending yourself. You don't have to do everything, every day – you just need to do something every day that matters. At a basic, grammatical level, this needs just a little work. A good editor should have picked up any problem with tenses. And, frankly, I don't know how this person became so successful selling their cartoons. They're not very good, in my opinion. I don't like the style at all. Also, in the context of this book, many of the cartoons aren't relevant where they're used; they're basically filler because the author can't fill two whole pages per chapter. There's no MEAT to this book and that's frustrating. I'm a little sad that this book isn't really about evil plans. Or world domination. Does that book exist? It should...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Book Him Danno

    I liked it. I need an evil plan, I need to start thinking about what I can do to make a difference in life and in my life especially. What can I give-away and back. Wakers, I want to be one. Haters, I want to have some of those(I think I may already(how exciting).) Life is for the living and taking a risk has never been easy for me, but I need to do what I need to do. I've written four books and only me and a close friend have read them. My friend wants me to do more then just write them and may I liked it. I need an evil plan, I need to start thinking about what I can do to make a difference in life and in my life especially. What can I give-away and back. Wakers, I want to be one. Haters, I want to have some of those(I think I may already(how exciting).) Life is for the living and taking a risk has never been easy for me, but I need to do what I need to do. I've written four books and only me and a close friend have read them. My friend wants me to do more then just write them and maybe now I will. Nothing is ever going to be perfect, but that is where the fun lies. How boring it would be, who would want to touch it, read it, look at it, eat it, if it were absolutely perfect? No one. I'm not perfect and neither will anything I produce. My blog, my kids, my cooking, my writing, and me, all works in progress. Like the book, 'Think Like a Black-Belt' says, "I can just try to be better today then I was yesterday." This is a fun book and educational at the same time. I hope my senior in HS will read it next, I think he's creative at heart and working 9-5 may kill him. He's a thinker and a performer but working for someone else will be a challenge. I'm easily bored(ADHD maybe?) and so being a substitute teacher keeps that at bay, but it also limits my exposure to the students(which I love.) I think I may be settling because it is comfortable right now, but I really don't want to look back and wonder why I didn't step out of my comfort zone when I had the chance. Change is going to happen whether I like it or not, I may as well get started now. Read this book and think about what you can do. The world is a changin', can you keep up? I won this on Goodreads giveaways.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jon Humphrey

    I liked this book for the same reason that I like Seth Godin's The Dip. Both books are an antidote to that little voice in your head that questions why you're doing something different. Wouldn't it be so much easier to do what's expected? Why not just fit into the mold and sail toward a comfortable middle management type of position? Why can't you just be competent? that little voice asks. Why do you keep working on all of this other stuff? Well, for me, that other stuff is the only reason I go I liked this book for the same reason that I like Seth Godin's The Dip. Both books are an antidote to that little voice in your head that questions why you're doing something different. Wouldn't it be so much easier to do what's expected? Why not just fit into the mold and sail toward a comfortable middle management type of position? Why can't you just be competent? that little voice asks. Why do you keep working on all of this other stuff? Well, for me, that other stuff is the only reason I go to work each day. I would love to dump the office and just do my thing in the middle of the Texas sticks, but, unfortunately, my work requires more than some drawing supplies and great ideas. I do the work that's required by my company to provide the opportunity to satisfy my creative drive. Hugh's work, this book, his blog, his cartoons, offer steady reassurance that doing what feels right will not come easy, and that's what makes it worth doing. He presents a compelling vision that each of has the opportunity to do work that matters. The pursuit of this opportunity does not require a fancy degree or acceptance into a high profile internship. Just start doing it. It will take guts, passion, and a willingness to sleep rough on occasion, but a little sacrifice is not so bad if it means you get to keep doing what you love. Mediocrity, meeting everybody else's expectations, that stuff is easy. Making a difference, doing something that matters, and following your own vision, that's tough. Hugh's book makes it a little easier.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Truly

    The Hun­ger to do something creative. The Hun­ger to do something amazing. The Hun­ger to change the world. The Hun­ger to make a difference. The Hun­ger to enjoy one’s work. The Hun­ger to be able to look back and say, Yeah, cool, I did that. The Hun­ger to make the most of this utterly brief blip of time Crea­tion has given us. The Hun­ger to dream the good dreams. The Hun­ger to have ama­zing peo­ple in our lives. The Hun­ger to have the synap­ses con­ti­nually fired up on overdrive. The Hun­ger to exp The Hun­ger to do something creative. The Hun­ger to do something amazing. The Hun­ger to change the world. The Hun­ger to make a difference. The Hun­ger to enjoy one’s work. The Hun­ger to be able to look back and say, Yeah, cool, I did that. The Hun­ger to make the most of this utterly brief blip of time Crea­tion has given us. The Hun­ger to dream the good dreams. The Hun­ger to have ama­zing peo­ple in our lives. The Hun­ger to have the synap­ses con­ti­nually fired up on overdrive. The Hun­ger to expe­rience beauty. The Hun­ger to tell the truth. The Hun­ger to be part of something big­ger than yourself. The Hun­ger to have good sto­ries to tell. The Hun­ger to stay the course, des­pite of the odds. The Hun­ger to feel passion. The Hun­ger to know and express Love. The Hun­ger to know and express Joy. The Hun­ger to chan­nel The Divine. The Hun­ger to actually feel alive. The Hun­ger will give you everything. And it will take from you, everything. It will cost you your life, and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it. But kno­wing this, of course, is what ulti­ma­tely sets you free. (terjemahan ada di halaman 11) Perlu sesuatu yang berbeda untuk bisa menguasai dunia dalam arti luas. Menguasai bisnis, pemerintahan bahkan urusan lainnya. Memadukan kecintaan pada suatu hal dan pekerjaan merupakan hal yang luar biasa. Bekerja dengan penuh cinta kasih tentunya akan menghasilkan sesuatu yang lebih besar dan bermanfaat.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    I won this book on the Goodreads Giveaways. This book gives some good advice to people looking for a career change. It lays it all out in matter-of-fact kind of way and helps people realize their goals. The cartoons in the book were a mix of insightful and hilarious. There were some problems with the book though. First, based on the title, I expected to be a bit more humorous than it was. It is actually a fairly serious advice book under a funny title. The second was that it seems to be a bit dis- I won this book on the Goodreads Giveaways. This book gives some good advice to people looking for a career change. It lays it all out in matter-of-fact kind of way and helps people realize their goals. The cartoons in the book were a mix of insightful and hilarious. There were some problems with the book though. First, based on the title, I expected to be a bit more humorous than it was. It is actually a fairly serious advice book under a funny title. The second was that it seems to be a bit dis-jointed at times, as it jumps from topic to topic in no particular order. Also, some of the advice I couldn't get behind. MacLoed states that if your boss isn't letting you work on your Evil Plan, then you should quit. Later on in the book he tells of a girl named Cindi who did just that, by going to live back home with her mom and taking a small job while working on her Evil Plan: however, he did not address what people should do if they simply cannot leave their job or take a job for less money while they are working on their Plan. If you are looking for a new job or how to make some money doing something you love, then this is a good book to read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I got this book free through the Goodreads first reads program. It is not the type of book that I typically read. I was expecting something different, something a little more Dave Barry in nature. If your title is Evil Plans, then the plans should actually be evil! Evil in this sense is a misnomer, the author uses it as a stand-in for crazy, wacky, or selfish, which I don't think is an appropriate usage. Once I understood what the book was about, I started to enjoy it a little more. There are so I got this book free through the Goodreads first reads program. It is not the type of book that I typically read. I was expecting something different, something a little more Dave Barry in nature. If your title is Evil Plans, then the plans should actually be evil! Evil in this sense is a misnomer, the author uses it as a stand-in for crazy, wacky, or selfish, which I don't think is an appropriate usage. Once I understood what the book was about, I started to enjoy it a little more. There are some great stories and some interesting points about the global marketplace, how to establish your own brand, and the potentials of microniches for generating income. He also had good points about the endless cycle of materialism, consumerism, and debt. I appreciated his point that artists and entrepreneurs are essentially the same. I came away more motivated to consider alternative methods of doing what I love to make some money. Really, it is an off-beat business or marketing book. I think it could be a fun addition to the reading list in several college classes.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Adoptry

    There are a few deep insights in the book on the value of creating a career that's independent of the goodwill of your boss or doing someone else's agenda. The book squarely fits into the "motivational" category - lots of what to do but really thin on how. The first couple of chapters were poorly written but the writing did improve over the course of the book. The saving grace is that it is only about 80 pages so it can be completed quite quickly. There are a few deep insights in the book on the value of creating a career that's independent of the goodwill of your boss or doing someone else's agenda. The book squarely fits into the "motivational" category - lots of what to do but really thin on how. The first couple of chapters were poorly written but the writing did improve over the course of the book. The saving grace is that it is only about 80 pages so it can be completed quite quickly.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    A picture is worth a thousand words and I find more value in each of MacLeod's drawings than in any (or all) of these chapters. My recommendation: read the blog and buy the cube grenades. A picture is worth a thousand words and I find more value in each of MacLeod's drawings than in any (or all) of these chapters. My recommendation: read the blog and buy the cube grenades.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Yuen Tan

    Reading this right after the book on Digital Minimalism, I was trying to get a different view on (making a) living WITH technology. High McLeod posthumous book has some good insights on how to make a living via blogs but I just did not enjoy reading this - 1. ebook version render the cartoons not legible 2. short pieces did not go in a recognizable sequence 3. There’s nothing Evil about making a living through doing things you love Essentially, he advocates if you want to move out of the cubicle fa Reading this right after the book on Digital Minimalism, I was trying to get a different view on (making a) living WITH technology. High McLeod posthumous book has some good insights on how to make a living via blogs but I just did not enjoy reading this - 1. ebook version render the cartoons not legible 2. short pieces did not go in a recognizable sequence 3. There’s nothing Evil about making a living through doing things you love Essentially, he advocates if you want to move out of the cubicle farms, find a purpose (passion/art), get a niche (global micro brand) and continue working on it. For the microbrand, considered communicating conviction (benefit is secondary), tell a good story (avoid dinospeak/marketing talk) and has “sociality” baked in. “It seems to me a lot of people of my generation are stuck on this high-priced, corporate, urban treadmill. Sure, they get paid a lot, but their overhead is also off the scale. The minute they stop tap-dancing as fast as they can is the minute they are crushed under the wheels of commerce. You know what? It’s not sustainable.” “When life gets really tough, just remember the white pebble. Just remember who you really are (3 selfs - the person you think you are, the person other think you are and the person God thinks you are). Just remember the person that only God can see.” “The internet has made it much harder to sell your customers metaphorically “middle seats”. And the punishment for trying to get away with it getting more and more swift and severe”.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jakub

    Maybe I would like this book in 2010/11 and before I had kids etc And maybe I did as I have strange feeling that I already read it and if it didn't sick in my mind that means it wasn't worth it. And after reading it again (or for the first time) I don't think its worth it. It's all about "old" - DO YOUR SHIT EVEN IF YOU DO NOT HAVE SOCIAL LIFE mantra that I'm not a fan of. What's the point of having mln in a bank account if I all can do with this money is to by coke and drink my self to death in Maybe I would like this book in 2010/11 and before I had kids etc And maybe I did as I have strange feeling that I already read it and if it didn't sick in my mind that means it wasn't worth it. And after reading it again (or for the first time) I don't think its worth it. It's all about "old" - DO YOUR SHIT EVEN IF YOU DO NOT HAVE SOCIAL LIFE mantra that I'm not a fan of. What's the point of having mln in a bank account if I all can do with this money is to by coke and drink my self to death in loneliness? Or maybe I'm missing a point here? However, some advice's in the book are good and worth repeating and doing. That's why 3 not 2 starts.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kate Jenner

    Quote an inspiring book about starting up on your own. The Chapted 'Death by Stuff' certainly struck a chord. Essentially it says the earlier in your life you make the decision to do what you love ,the easier it is. People in their 30s and beyond often hate their work but love their 'stuff'. When I changed careers in my early 30s others said they wished they could, but they had no choice. Really it's the acceptance that "stuff" is so much less important than doing what you love. You have to deci Quote an inspiring book about starting up on your own. The Chapted 'Death by Stuff' certainly struck a chord. Essentially it says the earlier in your life you make the decision to do what you love ,the easier it is. People in their 30s and beyond often hate their work but love their 'stuff'. When I changed careers in my early 30s others said they wished they could, but they had no choice. Really it's the acceptance that "stuff" is so much less important than doing what you love. You have to decide which is more important and those people decided maintaining their lifestyle was more important than getting fulfillment through work.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brenten Gilbert

    RATING 3.875 STARS Another fun and inspiring book about striking out and hatching your "evil plan" - or life's calling - complemented nicely with MacLeod's enjoyable cartoons. Not everyone will agree with everything here, but I think I can best sum it up in the most complementary way for MacLeod by simply stating that he is a "Waker". RATING 3.875 STARS Another fun and inspiring book about striking out and hatching your "evil plan" - or life's calling - complemented nicely with MacLeod's enjoyable cartoons. Not everyone will agree with everything here, but I think I can best sum it up in the most complementary way for MacLeod by simply stating that he is a "Waker".

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Resari

    Maybe this would have spoken to me back when I was twenty-something and working at job that didn't seem meaningful in the grand scheme of things. I did find a gem on the very last page, so I'm glad I kept going; it was a very fast read--short, not much new, and fairly light on content. Maybe this would have spoken to me back when I was twenty-something and working at job that didn't seem meaningful in the grand scheme of things. I did find a gem on the very last page, so I'm glad I kept going; it was a very fast read--short, not much new, and fairly light on content.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joomi Park

    A really simple book that urges you to go and fulfill your Evil Plan. Felt like I already knew all the tips he gave. Wasn't that into this book at all and found it cheesy at times too. A really simple book that urges you to go and fulfill your Evil Plan. Felt like I already knew all the tips he gave. Wasn't that into this book at all and found it cheesy at times too.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cody

    Good quick read, but incohesive. Good ideas and topics that each deserve their own book, but put together, didn't cone together for me. Good quick read, but incohesive. Good ideas and topics that each deserve their own book, but put together, didn't cone together for me.

  19. 4 out of 5

    KsMatins Bodunrin

    Great book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Megan Coker

    I was fond of this book before I read it because I often come up with secret plans and clever tricks. I love it because I can. And it is so delicately and finely done. It's art within art. I was fond of this book before I read it because I often come up with secret plans and clever tricks. I love it because I can. And it is so delicately and finely done. It's art within art.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Matt Blair

    I liked this one. A quick and charming read that will get you moving on some of your better ideas.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Roger

    This book may in fact lead to your own path. Or at least give you the feeling that no one cares and that doesn't matter. Sage advice. This book may in fact lead to your own path. Or at least give you the feeling that no one cares and that doesn't matter. Sage advice.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Max

    Nice, fun and still very actual.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Inspiration to escape the rat race and make your own cheese!!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    A Book Vacation

    I was pleasantly surprised this afternoon when FedEx pulled up and delivered a package I wasn’t expecting. Upon grasping the envelope, I knew it was a book, but I couldn’t fathom what the title was, seeing as I haven’t ordered any new books lately. The book turned out to be an advanced copy of Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to World Domination, by Hugh MacLeod, which won’t be out in bookstores until the middle of this month. Imagine my surprise! An invoice was located inside the book, and it I was pleasantly surprised this afternoon when FedEx pulled up and delivered a package I wasn’t expecting. Upon grasping the envelope, I knew it was a book, but I couldn’t fathom what the title was, seeing as I haven’t ordered any new books lately. The book turned out to be an advanced copy of Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to World Domination, by Hugh MacLeod, which won’t be out in bookstores until the middle of this month. Imagine my surprise! An invoice was located inside the book, and it looks like I apparently won the advanced copy from a drawing on Goodreads.com. I knew I loved that website!!!! Because Evil Plans is an advanced copy, I pushed my other books to the side and began reading it right away. Very interesting… Honestly, I had no idea what the book was about when I put my name in for the drawing. I just liked the title of the book. As I read the back cover and flipped through the pages, I thought that this novel might be similar to Apathy and Other Small Victories, by Paul Neilan (a phenomenal book, if you love sarcasm), but it wasn’t. It turns out that Evil Plans is more or less a self-help book. I was not expecting that! However, it was funny and very insightful. Instead of being long and drawn out, each chapter is a quick read, and the author is a cartoonist as well, so there are many supplemental cartoons to enjoy (though I didn’t find them funny… I probably just don’t understand them. Dry humor and I don’t get along very well…?). What I did like was that most chapters told a true story about how someone pulled away from the traditional work of 9-5 and became their own boss, mainly through using the internet... To see my full review: http://bookvacations.wordpress.com/20...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tabitha

    I was lucky enough to receive this book through the GoodReads First Reads program! Included with it was a sweet little letter from the publisher. Thanks to you too Portfolio/Penguin! I initially latched on to this book because of the title, it sounded funny and pretty entertaining. I didn't really think too much about it, since I automatically assumed it was going to be more humor and less serious business/job advice. Well, everybody's gotta be wrong sometimes. This is a humorous book, don't get m I was lucky enough to receive this book through the GoodReads First Reads program! Included with it was a sweet little letter from the publisher. Thanks to you too Portfolio/Penguin! I initially latched on to this book because of the title, it sounded funny and pretty entertaining. I didn't really think too much about it, since I automatically assumed it was going to be more humor and less serious business/job advice. Well, everybody's gotta be wrong sometimes. This is a humorous book, don't get me wrong, and it's a very quick read; a snap and a gulp and you're ready to implement a Plan. On the other hand, MacLeod is very intent on inspiring his readers to action.. not just bringing the funny. It was a nice balance of short essays and clever cartoons. It strikes me as the kind of book I'll read once all the way through, and then revisit certain essays and chapters as a source of re-inspiration/cheering section. As one of the throngs of twenty-somethings gearing up to take a mulligan on their career path, I find this book very comforting without being cloying or bossy. The one downside is related to one of the many upsides. It's very short, and therefore the chapters are very short. Sometimes I was left wishing for just a couple more pages on a topic, but MacLeod had already long since moved on. But as far as complaints go, since that's the only one it really doesn't have much negative effect on my view of the book. From one seeker of an Evil Plan to all you others out there, definitely check out Hugh MacLeod's stuff. Serious and solid suggestions without being grim make it totally worth the time.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Craig a.k.a Meatstack

    First off: I received this book for free as a Goodreads giveaway. I just want to get that out there first and foremost. Now, about this book. Although I'm quite grateful for receiving this gift from the publisher, I'm also glad I did not purchase this book. I'll go into the contents in a moment, but the book itself felt like, what's called in the video game market, "Shovelware." Chapters were never more than 3-4 pages, and in one extreme example, was only the title. This was usually followed by t First off: I received this book for free as a Goodreads giveaway. I just want to get that out there first and foremost. Now, about this book. Although I'm quite grateful for receiving this gift from the publisher, I'm also glad I did not purchase this book. I'll go into the contents in a moment, but the book itself felt like, what's called in the video game market, "Shovelware." Chapters were never more than 3-4 pages, and in one extreme example, was only the title. This was usually followed by two pages of the author's art, but each is business card size. The amount of whitespace in this book is enough to write a second, larger book within. But what is written is strong, and to the point. Mr. MacLeod describes, without bogging down the reader in micro-detail, how he just made the leap to do his own thing ("Crofting" in his terms). He suggests the mindset of someone who is considering following his own Evil Plan. His formula for success is typical for the genre. Just jump off the cliff, and swim. Trust him, it works. And although the world indeed does need more unbridled optimists, The only ones you ever hear about are the 1% who do this, and swim successfully. failing independent contractors rarely get book deals. But I envy his passion, his courage, and dedication to what he loves to do. I enjoyed his brief stories of like-minded people who also committed themselves to what the love. I'm jealous of his success. And maybe that's the point of the book. Maybe the point is to get someone like me to look inside, to determine what it is I love, and to encourage me to jump in myself. And all the white space? That's for me to fill in with my story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lorissa

    (I was lucky enough to receive this book through the GoodReads First Reads program.) Having read a number of books within this genre, I'll say that Hugh MacLeod isn't necessarily proposing any outrageously new or earth-shattering ideas. Really, he is stating the obvious, but his delivery of this is witty, personable, to the point and inspiring. Although the chapters are brief (sometimes only a page or two), the questions MacLeod poses will stay with you for some time. Seemingly trivial questions (I was lucky enough to receive this book through the GoodReads First Reads program.) Having read a number of books within this genre, I'll say that Hugh MacLeod isn't necessarily proposing any outrageously new or earth-shattering ideas. Really, he is stating the obvious, but his delivery of this is witty, personable, to the point and inspiring. Although the chapters are brief (sometimes only a page or two), the questions MacLeod poses will stay with you for some time. Seemingly trivial questions are far more poignant when you actually try to answer them. Are you doing what you love? Are you doing something that matters? If not, why not? For anyone unhappy in their job, this is a great read. It'll be the kick in the butt you need. For anyone looking to find their passion or pursue their own dreams of being their own boss, read this. There is some great advice, but mostly, you'll find an inspiring attitude to help you on your way. As someone who's been an entrepreneur for some time already, I still found great inspiration from this book. Hugh's pithy quotes and fun cartoons are great reminders to live life to its fullest. This isn't merely about improving the business side of your life, it's about improving everything in your life - the core of it all. As Hugh states: "Life is too short not to do something that matters."

  29. 4 out of 5

    Angel Graham

    I received this book a few weeks ago and read it little by little as I usually do with "hard copy" books. *versus e-books* This book went with me to my Dr. Appointments and on more than one occasion caused me to laugh out loud. Sometimes at what Hugh MacLeod said, and sometimes at the fun drawings he did in this book. Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to World Domination" was not at all what I was expecting it to be, but it ended up being a very timely book for me. Mr. MacLeod teaches us that we I received this book a few weeks ago and read it little by little as I usually do with "hard copy" books. *versus e-books* This book went with me to my Dr. Appointments and on more than one occasion caused me to laugh out loud. Sometimes at what Hugh MacLeod said, and sometimes at the fun drawings he did in this book. Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to World Domination" was not at all what I was expecting it to be, but it ended up being a very timely book for me. Mr. MacLeod teaches us that we can have fun doing what we love. For me, that is reading and writing. With "Evil Plans" I learned that sometimes we simply have to take that first step. Sometimes, as was the case for one woman, we go back to what we knew temporarily in order to better our lives and move forward as she did. One thing that Mr. Macleod recalled someone saying has resonated with me since I read it. "Success is more complex than failure." I needed to hear that as I am a some major crossroads in my life. Some personal, some possibly business type related. I needed to know that Success is indeed more complex than failure. It would be easy for me to fail by simply not doing. With "Evil Plans" in hand, I know that I can move forward and have fun doing it. I highly recommend this book to pretty much anyone.

  30. 4 out of 5

    C

    15 January 2011 I received an advance copy of this book through GoodReads First Reads. Evil Plans is not a touchy-feely self help book about imagining the life you want and waiting for it to fall into your hands. Instead, I found Evil Plans to be one of those straightforward, “how it is” kind of books, that encourages the reader to believe in and chase what they love while never sugarcoating the fact that the journey will be rough. Hugh MacLeod consistently stresses the value of taking the plunge 15 January 2011 I received an advance copy of this book through GoodReads First Reads. Evil Plans is not a touchy-feely self help book about imagining the life you want and waiting for it to fall into your hands. Instead, I found Evil Plans to be one of those straightforward, “how it is” kind of books, that encourages the reader to believe in and chase what they love while never sugarcoating the fact that the journey will be rough. Hugh MacLeod consistently stresses the value of taking the plunge into a fulfilling career by leaving behind the job you loathe. The book is packed with concise chapters full of great bits of advice, and the many accompanying quotes and cartoons help to drive the point home. MacLeod clearly understands what it means to immerse yourself in your craft and just go for it, and his anecdotes and cartoons are both insightful and poignant. He is often witty and lighthearted, but always sincere. As someone who has gone headfirst into a creative life, I found this book to be a great refresher course on the value of persistence and time. It was a fun and engaging read, and though this book was my first exposure to Hugh MacLeod's work, it certainly won't be my last. I look forward to reading “Ignore Everybody” in the very near future!

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