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Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,681 Ratings  ·  240 Reviews
"This approach generates some of the most witty showbiz lunacy since This Is Spinal Tap."
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What you're reading right now is known as the "flap copy." This is where the 72,444 words of my latest book are cooked down to fit this space. But how does one do that? Do you reveal pivotal plot points like the one at the end of the book where the little
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Published August 22nd 2006 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2005)
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Mike (the Paladin)
Jul 15, 2013 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it
This was another library book! So to the top of the currently reading list it goes. People are probably waiting. I'm sure the line for this book must be around the block.

Well I finished this book and ultimately gave it a good rating. This in spite of my initial disappointment. I mean imagine my dismay upon discovering that what I thought was to be a "how to manual" on love making from a suave and well known movie star (is "well known" and "movie star" repetitive? Oh well.) turned out to be simpl
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Karla
Sep 09, 2014 Karla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who aren't ashamed to laugh at goofy, dumb stuff
FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a Bruce Campbell fangirl. I have watched the Evil Dead trilogy, Bubba-Ho-Tep, My Name Is Bruce, and The Man With the Screaming Brain multiple times. The only episodes of Hercules and Xena: Warrior Princess worth my time are the ones he guest stars in. Jack of All Trades? Totally hilarious.

In my deluded little mind, I am the future Mrs. Bruce Campbell.


OK, not that last bit. I do have a firm grasp of reality, thankyouverymuch, but I am quite a fan of The Chinsome One in all h
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Sam
Jul 19, 2008 Sam rated it really liked it
So much fun! If you are looking for a book that's actually about Bruce Campbell, read "If Chins Could Kill." If you want a laugh out loud funny, somewhat autobiographical, mostly fictitious story, this is the book for you. "Chins" is funny and informative, "Make Love" is funnier but not so informative.

Campbell tells the story of his attempt to supercede his B-movie status and make it in the big time. Every moment in here is embelished for the kind of slapstick humor Campbell is great at and to e
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Patrick
Jan 24, 2008 Patrick rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2005
Bruce takes a shot at humorous fiction and nails it. He uses himself as the main character, and tells the story of how he gets a shot in a mainstream Mike Nichols-directed drama starring Richard Gere, Renne Zellwegger, and Morgan Freeman as the wise doorman. Bruce basically gives Nichols really bad advice on how to make the movie better, which of course, ruins it. This is both metafiction and epistolary at times, which are two words I just learned this week.
Dan
Oct 01, 2012 Dan rated it liked it
This book is stupid. Also, I liked it. I liked it quite a bit. I didn't want to like it -- after all, I'm far too sophisticated. This book has pictures. Pictures!

But like it I did. Dangit.

This book gave me several laugh-out-loud moments, as opposed to those books that are just funny in an intellectual sort of way. It's the writing style. The story isn't believable, just like the movie Army of Darkness wasn't. They were just lots and lots of fun.

If I have one complaint, it's the story arc. The bo
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Josie
Feb 03, 2013 Josie rated it liked it
I am a diehard BC fan, and I adored "If Chins Could Kill". In fact, I've lent it to numerous friends who had no idea who BC was and THEY liked it. That being said, I was pretty disappointed in this book. Bruce's tone is still engaging. There are still funny moments. But most of the writing is too over-the-top ludicrous without the lanyard of actual reality to bring it back down to earth. And while some people seem to really enjoy the graphics, I found most of them to just be badly photoshopped ...more
Adrian Winter
Jul 24, 2008 Adrian Winter rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Bruce Campbell
When I first picked this book up, I thought it was a follow up to Bruce's memoir, "If Chins Could Kill". I was a little surprised to find out that it is a work of comic fiction starring himself on the set of a movie costarring Richard Gere and Renee Zellweger.

One thing I know from reading this is that Bruce is a funny guy. The story is fantastical in and of itself, as he ends up in the kind of completely outlandish situations that you would expect to see played out of any of the last couple of m
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Jennie
Jan 10, 2008 Jennie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Bubba Hotep
Shelves: humor
Do you love baaad movies, chock-full of cheesy puns and ridiculous fight scenes? Do ginormous chins make you weak in the knees? Do romantic comedies make you want to puke? Is sarcasm your native tongue? Then this book is for you! Familiarity with Bruce Campbell's work is helpful, but not required. I admit, the story started to flag a little towards the end, but then what B movie doesn't? Definitely a nice break for my brain, and good if you need something to make you giggle out loud.
Sarah (saz101)
Aug 05, 2012 Sarah (saz101) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, audiobook
Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way is work of fiction about Campbell, for Campbell fans. If you love Bruce Campbell the man, or the character, you'll love Make Love. If you're a fan of high-camp, B-Grade, Hollywood, you'll also find a few laughs, but it's fair to say this may miss the mark for those not familiar with the Evil Dead/Campbell/Raimi legend.

But this is a review of the audiobook--not the ink and paper version, and this needs to be stated. Because the production quality is wonderful. As
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Cameron
May 22, 2010 Cameron rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
Absurdity has a strange place in entertainment. When we know that a story is true, absurdity makes that story more fascinating and exciting. Things that happen that are out of the ordinary or unexpected make the tale more memorable. On the other hand, absurdity in fiction does kind of the opposite. How many times have you heard the phrase "Oh that would never happen in real life" or "That is so unrealistic" while watching a movie or TV show? Often times we expect a level of realism when it comes ...more
Clarissa
Jun 25, 2008 Clarissa rated it it was ok
Although I love the flap summary of the book

(excerpt from said flap summary: The action revolves around my preparations for a pivotal role in the A-list relationship film Let's Make Love! But my Homeric attempt to break through the glass ceiling of B-grade genre fare is hampered by a vengeful studio executive and a production that becomes infected by something called the "B movie virus," symptoms of which include excessive use of cheesy special effects, slapstick, and projectile vomiting.)

This
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Trent Ross
I can't say that I was expecting a whole lot from this book. In fact I had no idea what to expect from this book. The name didn't give me a whole lot of faith in the quality of the book. However needless to say, as you can see I gave it 5 stars, I was rather pleasantly surprised.

As long as your familiar with some of Bruce Campbell's works, or are just opening minded, you should enjoy this book. This follows Bruce's rather outrageous exploits as he try's to fight into the ranks of A list actors.
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Tracy
Feb 16, 2009 Tracy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
I admit I cheated on this one. I "read" it as an audio book.

I can't help it, I love listening to audio books at the gym. It distracts me from the humdrum of exercise so much better than regular music. Most books I want to read with my eyes, but some of them I admit that I'd probably never get to so audio is the way to go.

As far as this one...it's a scream. Not sure how I'd feel about it if I read it instead of heard it, but Bruce Campbell is a fantastic narrator, especially for his own stuff.

Two
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Donna LaValley
Apr 02, 2014 Donna LaValley rated it it was ok
Shelves: humor
This is a really silly book. I was about to quit just before the half-way point when the plot picked up so I finished it.

It’s the fictional story of himself, Bruce, a life-long “B” movie actor (and famous cult star of the Evil Dead series) and TV actor, being finally cast in an “A” movie with Richard Gere and Renee Zellweger. Things happen. He suffers frequent mishaps. He spies on the suits to discover the source of his misfortunes. It’s an over-the-top Hollywood fantasy that fell short of “fun
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Sarah Pierce
Jan 03, 2009 Sarah Pierce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This man is ridiculous, and I love him. Cool, wry, sardonic, sarcastic… (sigh), he’s perfect! This is a work of fiction, says so right there at the beginning, but I believe you could learn a lot about the film world by reading this. If you don’t really care about the film world, it’s still pretty entertaining. All of the situations are pretty over-the-top but hilarious, and the fact that they are written by Bruce Campbell just makes them that much cooler.
Jim
Aug 06, 2011 Jim rated it liked it
Shelves: 2fiction, humor, 1paper
I thought this was another autobiography. It's not. Campbell takes an element of his real life, then twists it into a funny fantasy. I should say 'warps', not just 'twists'. It is funny, if you like his sort of humor & can get into it for an entire book. I found my sense of humor tripping out well before the end, unfortunately. Still, it was fun.
Kate Irwin-smiler
Jun 05, 2014 Kate Irwin-smiler rated it liked it
This was weird. It was lent to me along with If Chins Could Kill, Campbell's memoir, and the writing style is very much the same, although this clearly says it's a novel. Thank god, because I really don't want to know if this is really what kind of hijinks Campbell gets up to. If you can wrap your brain around the fiction aspect (tricky especially because of all the cameos by real famous people), it's great - fun and rolicking and outrageous. The underlying plot is that Bruce has been cast in a ...more
11811 (Eleven)
Jul 23, 2013 11811 (Eleven) rated it liked it
Funny parts were funny, action parts were a little drawn out - kind of like Army of Darkness.
Corstiaan
Nov 05, 2015 Corstiaan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Just as good as his movies ...
Dale
Jan 19, 2014 Dale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I laughed my way through this audiobook!

6 hours
6 compact discs


I picked up and looked at the book version of Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way several times. But, I quickly snapped up the audiobook version because of this quote from the back cover from Bruce Campbell:

"...the prospects of doing a 'regular" audio adaptation weren't very appealing. But then a few things dawned on me:
1. I'm the lead character of the book.
2. As an actor by trade, I could play the part.
3. I'm knee deep in actor pa
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Jack
Mar 06, 2016 Jack rated it really liked it
An interesting trip into the unpublished side of Hollywood from the perspective of a B-Movie Actor. Full of twists and turns and surprises and 'what the hell just happened?' moments.

A fun read divided into numerous small chapters that make it, for me, very enjoyable.

As Mr. Campbell points out, he put the words on the paper but his editors made sure they were in the right order and spelled correctly.

He also stated that everything in the book actually happened, except for the stuff that didn't.

Guilherme Solari
Apr 08, 2016 Guilherme Solari rated it really liked it
Bruce Campbell é um ator pseudo-famoso (classificação dele próprio) semi-conhecido por suas participações em filmes B de horror, em particular na série Evil Dead (Uma Noite Alucinante no Brasil). Ele também fez pontas cômicas nos três primeiros filmes do Homem-Aranha, como porteiro do teatro no qual Mary Jane se apresenta ou atendente de um hotel que complica a vida de Peter Parker. Esse é primeiro livro de ficção de Campbell. O ator fez certo sucesso com a sua autobiografia If Chins could Kill: ...more
Teo Kos
Dec 21, 2010 Teo Kos rated it liked it
"Make Love!... the Bruce Campbell Way" is ultimate B-actor Bruce Campbell's second book, the first being a very insightful and comical autobiography (read it if you haven't yet!) chronicling his rise to B-stardom. "Make Love!" was written in much the same way.

The story starts with Bruce getting a rejection of his latest book, a travel guide titled "Walk This Way" from his editor Barry. Shortly afterwards, his agent calls and tells him he might land a role in an A-list Hollywood romantic comedy "
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James
Sep 21, 2013 James rated it really liked it
Having read this a while ago, I enjoyed going back and reading it again. I've been a Bruce Campbell fan for as long as I can remember, so reading a fictional account of his adventures -- or should I say misadventures -- and mishaps while working on a movie was a lot of fun. It gave me an idea of what it would be like to work on a big budget movie as well as the positives and negatives that go along with it. I also liked the fact that Campbell, as a character in his book, talked to other actors a ...more
Kaylee
In this novel, author Bruce Campbell uses himself as his main character, navigating the reader through a fictitious film shoot. Bruce has just landed a minor role in the film, Let’s Make Love! starring Hollywood A-listers Richard Gere and Renee Zellweger, and, pretty much from the start, everything is a disaster. All of his research leads him into sticky and often ridiculous situations – everything from wrestling a thief for a pickled penis (yes, you did read that correctly) and chasing down env ...more
Jack Haringa
May 30, 2011 Jack Haringa rated it liked it
This is really a three-and-a-half stars book, especially if you're a fan of Bruce Campbell's B-movie work (and if you're not, it's unlikely you'll be picking the book up in the first place). Campbell's first novel features the author as protagonist getting caught up in the wackiness of being a B-movie star making an A-list film (directed by Mike Nichols, no less).

The book is very loosely structured and episodic, with some chapters playing more for a punchline than a storyline. Nonetheless, Campb
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jayson
Feb 28, 2013 jayson rated it really liked it
This book had a lot of bad review at amazon and I was hesitant to buy it, but decided ... Hey it is Bruce and he is likely misunderstood by the masses and got it anyway. While it is not perfect, it is much much better than I was led to believe it would be. Some said it was something only a die-hard Bruce fan could enjoy. I disagree. This book would be fun for movie enthusiasts, people interested in movie making, those interested in the world of Hollywood, and then lastly ... Well of course Bruce ...more
M.K.  Carroll
Aug 19, 2008 M.K. Carroll rated it did not like it
After I got over my shock that Bobby had managed to get past the age of 30 without having seen Army of Darkness and got him to watch it, I ordered If Chins Could Kill (the NY Times bestseller!) and Amazon suggested Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way.

Mr. Campbell is fine actor. He's an okay writer; I thought that If Chins Could Kill was a little clunky but similar in feel to Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential , so I entertained the thought that perhaps Mr. Campbell had refined his writing st
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Jessica
Sep 03, 2007 Jessica rated it liked it
I really enjoyed Campbell's first book, 'If Chins Could Kill' because of the autobiographical aspect to it. It was a collection of hilarious film-related stories from the sets of his previous cult hits and his relationships with his childhood friends. But 'Make Love!' was different. It was purely fictional...I think. Well, it embellished and exaggerated all over the place. Campbell would start each chapter in a realistic way, telling about a film role he was auditioning for or character research ...more
Richard
Apr 10, 2010 Richard rated it really liked it
In all honesty, read If Chins Could Kill if you want a kick-ass Bruce Campbell book. For my tastes, nonfiction works perfectly for his level of humor and insight.

But this book does have laugh-out-loud moments (I keep turning back to the plate on page 170 for endless chuckles). Bruce Campbell (more appropriate to say his alter-ego Ash with an actors equity card) gets a role in the fictional Let's Make Love! with Richard Gere and Renee Zellweger. B-movie meets red carpet, and Bruce is a little ove
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Bruce Lorne Campbell is an American actor, producer, writer and director. He is best known for his starring role as Ash in the Evil Dead trilogy of horror/slapstick movies, and has since become a B-movie icon.

His acting style is an "over-the-top" machismo that lends itself well to roles such as that of Ash Williams, whom Campbell himself has dubbed "an idiot and a jerk like the rest of us". This s
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