I was quite prepared to hate this book. There is an absolute glut on the humorous handbook market, and even the category masters have run out of ideas: The Worst-Case Scenario Almanac: History. However, the "Also by Daniel Maurer" reference to his fictional previous "Guide" gave evidence of a warped enough sense of humor (or mind) to pull this off, and pull this off he does!
The reason it works for me is the surprisingly delicate balancing act. On one level Daniel is giving relatively practical advice to "men" who would aspire to behave like this; on another he is clearly making fun of anyone stupid enough to try to behave like this on a regular basis since the end result is likely to be death or imprisonment, or at the very least divorce or getting dumped. True, the wannabe player can glean some useful tips: if you use your liePhone for cheating on your girl, don't leave it where your girl can find it, but this book is clearly intended more for the older and wiser bro now willing to live vagicariously through the stupidity of others. If you are too mature to do this anymore but just immature enough to be brostalgic about it, this book is for you.
Of course the key to something like this is the quality of the heologisms. Are they something you'd be willing to use cold sober? Are they something you could remember while drunk? How many of these will make the grade of passing into general use? Probably none, but that doesn't mean that some aren't worthy of consideration.
Chances are that we've all engaged in brocrastination. We can all learn the wisdom of friendjamins. We've all felt the urge to manalyze. We've all wondered about the stripping point, been tempted to approxidate, desperately battleshipped, taken someone out to an impresstaurant, at least unintentionally malienated, been on the receiving end of fembellishment, femcroachment, or femtrapment, been sent on embarrassing herrands at certain times of the month, been caught treating something important as vagibberish, wished death or worse on a PDA-hole, and felt the need for freeodorant or freetergent, even if we never indulged. If NOTHING in this book makes you smile, you are either totally lacking in humor,...
or you are reading it while your girlfriend/wife is watching you.
Defects? The most obvious is the lack of an index, perhaps to be fixed upon publication. In a topically arranged lexicon this is absolutely necessary; you won't be able to find your favorites quickly without one even if you haven't been drinking. Overall there are arguably too many lame attempts at humor and too many neologisms that are no improvement on the original; you should definitely page through a copy to make sure that it's your mug of beer, and if you are a woman, you probably shouldn't even bother. This is definitely intended for the guybrary not the library.
But I will definitely be on the lookout for Daniel Maurer's next book.