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I Can Make You Hate

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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, Charl...more
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published October 4th 2012 by Faber & Faber (first published October 2nd 2012)
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Sam Quixote
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.

Brooker has changed quite a bit since the last book: he’s gotten married, he’s become a father, he’s ended his hilarious “Screen Burn” column, bought numerous Apple products, and even taken up running! In other words, the Charlie Brooker of today has become the kind o...more
Helen
It's Charlie Brooker. Of course it gets five stars.
So, as the blurb says; don't be a prick, buy this book!
Ryan Williams
"The worst thing happened to you that could happen to any fighter. Ya got civilised."


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, having bought/received all of his books at some point. (It makes you 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 'W...more
Andrew
This is a collection of the TV reviews and other newspaper columns that the author wrote in 2010 – 2012 and so I am going to shamelessly plagiarise bits from my previous review of another of his books, Dawn of the Dumb, which was a similar format. The columns are mostly taken from the Guardian in the UK, a left-leaning (or ‘liberal’ in US-speak) publication. His style is that of a world-weary grumpy old man, which considering that he was in his late 30s at the time of writing them makes being so...more
Paul
Anyone who's at all familiar with Charlie's previous non-filmic works in whatever form - whether the various Wipe series, his Guardian column, 10 O'clock Live or whatever else - will know what to expect here, not that that's a bad thing.

Brooker is remarkably like Frankie Boyle in his ability to cut straight through the bullshit and sound like an angry man with a rant, only Brooker is actually funny and not a nob.

Something glorious about Brooker that makes you want to hold him up as a champion of...more
Russell George
I haven’t actually finished this yet, having read two thirds of it over Christmas before leaving it on the sofa for the next six months. But it confirmed my feeling that Charlie Brooker is a bit of a genius, and that his vitriolic outbursts – less pronounced in this collection than others I’ve read – are ground in the fact that he cares quite a bit about the world, as well as its media. If you find him offensive, or nihilistic, then you’ve missed the point and should be thoroughly ashamed of you...more
Negin
The title makes it sound far more hateful than the book really is. This is a collection of articles/blogs by Charlie Brooker who writes for The Guardian. He’s smart, funny, possibly offensive to many, and thought-provoking. I would only recommend this to the ultimate Anglophile and those who truly appreciate British sarcasm and humor. Many of the chapters are about British politicians and celebrities.This picture of him always makes me I giggle - so British and a look of absolute disgust and jus...more
Dubi Kanengisser
Charlie Brooker writes really funny newspaper columns, and I absolutely adore his NewsWipe, but somehow the columns don't make the switch to book format quite well. Maybe it's because the topics he writes about become outdated really quickly.
Or maybe it's because, when you get right down to it, his grumpy rants are just sort of juvenile, and I expect more from a book. Charlie Brooker can make you hate, that is true - he can make anything sound stupid and anyone sound unbearable. But that's not r...more
Rob Ward
Not as many gut wrenching laughter moments as his earlier work but still very funny an relevant.
Paul
It's Charlie Brooker so five stars... but actually no, I just can't give it that because this isn't Charlie Brooker circa "Dawn of The Dumb" or the early part of "The Hell of it All."

Since then he's aged, got married, had a child, bought Apple products but also started to become one of those people he used to attack by writing articles about how good they are (yes, you've read that correctly he devotes 3 whole articles to how good apple are, he's like one the Pigs in animal farm transforming in...more
Russio
Very funny, as usual. A chronological compendium of his excellent columns and some newswipe bits thrown in. On the whole, the columns are witty, sometimes laugh out loud funny and absurdist. Th style occasionally gets a bit predictable but the metaphors are often superb. He is ageing and his audience don't necessarily like that, but I don't mind a little mellowing. The newswipe bits seem a bit tacked on and I am less keen on those in text format.

His comments on Google's prediction facility shou...more
Lizixer
A very funny walk through popular culture and some rather more important events than the discovery of Jedward between 2009 and 2012. Brooker spends a lot of time claiming to be an idiot and not to be able to understand much of anything be it astrophysics or football or economic theory but don't be fooled. Amongst the fury and the funnies, there's astute analysis and flashes of wisdom.

It didn't make me hate but it did make me laugh and sometimes panic...
Lisa
I've never really needed much help with that Charlie. On any given day it doesn't take much to set me off and it's been getting worse lately, fuelled in large part by the assholes running our country trying to make sure everyone but them ends up in the poorhouse while the few who escape that fate do their dirty work for them, running around strangling single mums and immigrants. Perhaps one day I'll also learn to stay away from the comments section of my local 'news'paper, hopefully before the r...more
Fiona MacLellan
I'm not quite sure what to write for this book, I think if I had read each of the columns when they appeared in the newspapers then I may have at least enjoyed them a little. As it was the book had lots of entries that had no real context associated with it which made reading them a little frustrating. The title of the book is however, I think, quite apt in that reading it did make me hate the book a little. Charlie Brooker is very opinionated and makes no apology for expressing these views (or...more
Julie Wallis
I love Charlie Brooker's work, so imagine my disappointment when , having parted with £10 I found my book was just CB's newspaper column, still I guess we are all trying to recycle and up cycle more.
I did have a few laugh out loud moments, but not as many as I would have expected. I won't be buying any other CB books, I felt I've been robbed as I've bought a book of old comments about news from 3 years ago
Jane Walker
Brooker is witty and engaging, but perhaps in small doses. Reading a whole book of his columns, it gets a bit relentless, and you notice his obsession with defecation and other bodily functions.
Anne
Caustic and to the point Charlie Brooker tells you how it is.
Sarah Magee
I decided many moons ago that I did not like this guy. It was because all the complete tossers from my old workplace loved him and wanted to be his best friend and therefore I refused to get on board. I didn't claim it was a valid reason...

So, I found myself purchasing this book last week and it turns out that I like his sense of humour. I gather from some of the columns that some of his fans find him too old and boring now. I am getting on a bit myself these days, and I am quite boring at the m...more
Kath
Reading this in bed, I had to stop myself from waking my husband up to read bits to him.
Amy
Seeing this at a reduced price on the kindle store meant I downloaded it without a second thought. A long time fan of Charlie Brooker I needed something humorous to read , if only to break up all the depressing crime novels I read, and this delivered! A selection of articles written by Brooker this is a book you can read in one go or flick through now and then to a random page to make you smile - or laugh. Probably one of the more honest people in the media world! Recommend.
Jeff Howells
When he first started out in the Guardian as a TV Reviewer he had a hell of a turn of phrase, filthy yet deeply funny. It was easy to see him as a misanthropic cynic, yet over time it became clear that beneath it all that he did have something serious to say and was using satire to say it. This latest collection branches out over a lot of topics but I invariably end up both laughing and agreeing with him. The best columnist since Clive James (with added fart gags)...
Pete Hardy
Great bog book, full of humorous vitriol. Will appeal to the pure cynic in everyone.
Paul Valente
Some classic Charlie Brooker articles, including the last of the screenburn columns and his great rant about the Sun on 10 O'clock live. Many say that since having a child hes lost his acerbic edge; Charlie says it is his destiny to inevitably become less relevant. Whatever the case, this book has a dazzling array of funny and intelligent articles, and holds a mirror up to some of the darker aspects of mainstream journalism and modern life.
Charlotte
Very funny, droll collection of short articles mostly taken from The Guardian... I read a few of these in the paper at the time of publication. I have always enjoyed Brooker's outlook on events. Took me abut a year to get the book read, partly due to the way it is written, and partly because my husband kept stealing it off me to read himself. Can always tell when he is reading it due to the intermittent chuckling.
Flyss Williams
Started reading this on valentines day, a perfect antidote to all of that commercialised sentiment. Does not disappoint, laugh out loud funny in every single chapter.
K.E. Page
This book is funny, angry and it will make you think. Brooker is annoyed about everything that we should all be annoyed about and he clearly doesn't mind who he upsets. This book made me laugh out loud several times but more often it reminded me of how irritated I am with modern culture, politics and journalism.
Steve Conoboy
If you're a human with a brain, read this.
That is all I have to say.
Simon Sweetman
Some top-class rants and part of what makes Brooker so great is that there's nods to nostalgia, slight hints of compassion, plenty of thought and reason - but that all fits in and around the chief goal of his writing: being really fucking funny, brilliantly entertaining
Hamid
Great fun if you like Charlie Brooker. Some
Of the articles are a little
ho-hum and box-ticking but majority are interesting and thought provoking. The '10 O'Clock Live' transcripts are barely worth reading.
Odhran
Charlie Brooker may have lost some of his bite, but unlike the people who think that he can only be funny when making fun of crappy TV, I think he's gotten funnier.
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Charlton "Charlie" Brooker is a British journalist, comic writer and broadcaster. His style of humour is savage and profane, with surreal elements and a consistent satirical pessimism.

He presents TV shows Screenwipe, Gameswipe and Newswipe, wrote a review column for The Guardian newspaper, and is one of four creative directors of comedy production company Zeppotron.

His five-part horror drama Dea...more
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