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Preview — I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President by Josh Lieb
I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President
Twelve-year-old Oliver Watson’s got the IQ of a grilled cheese sandwich. Or so everyone in Omaha thinks. In reality, Oliver’s a mad evil genius on his way to world domination, and he’s used his great brain to make himself the third-richest person on earth! Then Oliver’s father and archnemesis makes a crack abou
Five stars of funny. One of my favorite bits: when Oliver defines Machiavelli as "An Italian who wrote an early self-help book." ...more
Marc Thompson is amazing!!! His voice mutations are so impressive it seems like multiple people narrated this book. I found this especially helpful in differentiating between "normal" Oliver and internal monologue Oliver
"I am a child and I am not ashamed to be one. Time will cure this unfortunate condition."
Oliver is such a funny, vengeful little weirdo. I of course adored him!!!
"It's simply the mo ...more
At first I thought it would be most appreciated by younger adults, Daily Show fans, who would remember well the horrors of middle school and get a kick out of how Oliver manages to pass by and over them. It is completely over the top and ...more
Ollie is such a memorable and intriguing kid that I wish this book had a sequel so we can see the teen and/or adult versions o this character. He reminds me of a young Gru from Despicable Me.
I warmly recommend giving this to kids since the scheming, manipulating diabolical parts of this book and the crazy characters will keep h ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's like politics meets Dexter's Laboratory. Ollie is simply hilarious and the other characters are entertaining caricatures of their respective human archetypes. Would have loved to read it as a kid, but it works pretty well now too.
Oliver, is without a doubt, ...more
By all appearances, Oliver Watson is just another dimwitted, overweight middle-school loser. But in fact, he is an evil genius who happens to be the 3rd richest man alive, has an army of minions to do his bidding, and has remodeled the school to suit his needs (i.e., an out of order toliet stall is actually a hidden movie t ...more
This is one of three books I've read by "Daily Show" alums. (The others are Sons of the 613 and Neil Patrick Harris's Choose Your Own Autobiography , co-authored by David Javerbaum.) All thre ...more
The fact is, when I ascend to my throne -- and I will ascend to my throne -- life for the average person won't be much worse than it is now....more
I must say, although in the end I found the book’s humor to be a bit too mean- ...more
I am not quite sure who it IS for to be honest with you. If I had to pick, I would say it is for kids who have been bullied and like ...more
I am not quite sure who it IS for to be honest with you. If I had to pick, I would say it is for kids who have been bullied and like to ...more
Sometimes, I see a book and the title interests me enough that I read it without question. The title of this book demanded that I read it.
Essentially, what we have here is an exercise in middle school level humorous sociopathy. That's not a value judgement, because it actually is pretty funny. I am absolutely not ashamed of how much amusement I got out of Oliver's use of the Electrolyzer, or the cigarette messages. But thi ...more
What I liked:
*Oliver, the anti-hero who lives mostly in a make believe (but is it really make believe?) world he has created for himself where he only appears dumb and socially awkward to cover up the fact that he's really a super genius who rules most of the world. Honestly, some of the things he could do in his world, like hit a secret button and have the water fountain dispense soda instead of w ...more
I have to admit, though, I though Ollie was more cute and cuddly than psychopathic and evil, but that might be because he ...more
Oliver Watson is a genius. And he has used this genius to become the almost richest man in the world. Except no one knows it's him. To the world he is a dumb, tubby, 8th grader, who is lucky he can tie his shoes. He hides his genius. I can’t explain the reasons without giving away the boo ...more
It is funny.
It is clever.
It is engrossing.
It is sincere.
It is intelligent. (Don't let "young adult" discourage you.)
It is a wonderful picture of middle school, with cringe-worthy descriptions of acne, farts, and projectile vomit.
But brave it is not. Most of the characters fit stereotypes and do not deviate from t ...more
And yet, he never realizes how wrong he is, despite the intelligence of which he is so proud. He never questions his beliefs; he revels in locking in opinions that close him off to the rest of the world.
I suppose that's all part of the "evil" thing, but it robbed me of any chance of connecting with the character.
And then, at the end, it actually tries ...more
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I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President is his first novel. He lives in New York with his wife and family.
Girls are idiots, too, of course, but boys are a special kind of idiot.
A girl, for instance, will vote for a boy in an election, or go to a movie that's about a boy, or buy a book that features a boy hero (or villain). Boys are much less likely to return the favor. They can't wrap their feeble minds around the idea that this girl might have anything in common with them. It's like they can't recognize girls as human beings.”