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How to get rave reviews for terrible books, the Matt Forney way

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This spring, the pseudonymous “Ferdinand Bardamu” of the defunct manosphere blog In Mala Fide self-published a book/ebook collecting together his, er, best posts from that terrible, terrible blog. I actually bought a copy of the ebook — for research — and it is awful. Somehow putting Bardamu’s posts in book form makes even more clear how puerile — and how badly written — they really are.

But there are evidently some people out there who disagree. Indeed, I recently ran across a review of the book that could not have been more glowing had it been written by the author himself:

Three Years of Hate is an invaluable, priceless book not merely because it’s well-written, entertaining and thought-provoking. It’s worth reading because it’s a piece of history. It’s a record of one of the most influential and important thinkers of our times. Decades from now, when the current dystopia is naught but a bad memory, Ferdinand Bardamu will be remembered as one of the architects of its fall.

Elsewhere in the review, which appeared on the site Alternative Right in March of this year, the execrable Bardamu is described as

one of the best writers of modern times (and no, that is not hyperbole)

He’s lauded for his “tenacity and courage”;  his prose is said to

lurch …  and crackle .. like lightning, grabbing you by the back of your neck and shoving you face-first into the action.

In the end, the reviewer concludes that Bardamu had

An influence far greater—and far more of a force for good in the world—than the frauds who attacked him.

Frauds, huh? That’s an interesting way to close out his review, given that the person writing it was none other than … the odious Matt Forney.

Yes, that’s right, the guy who — a month or so later — revealed to the world that HE WAS “FERDINAND BARDAMU.”

If you’re relying on glowing reviews to sell your book, and  your book is a piece of crap, you might as well write the glowing reviews yourself, huh?

I suppose Forney’s explanation would be that it was all a big joke, and that by then “everyone knew” that Forney and Bardamu were one and the same, but that’s not true, and he didn’t confirm that fact for more than another month in any case.

I can’t remember exactly where I ran across a reference to theis ingenious little bit of self-boosterism, but I think it was while reading back through some old posts on the always interesting blog Roosh & Me: An Old Feminist Looks at the New Misogynist, by  Cinzia La Strega. who is an occasional commenter over here on Man Boobz.

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princessbonbon
7 years ago

*reads those reviews and laughs heartily* If I was a better writer I could mock something like that up for David but unlike with this guy, David would deserve it as he is a talented writer and blogger.

reminiscience
reminiscience
7 years ago

My first comment here. I’m following this blog since about a month. Keep up the work, Mr. Futrelle!

I still don’t know if I should laugh at or cry about these people.

Morrigan
7 years ago

An excellent window into the vile narcissism shared by many MRM-types. That he disowned his followers when revealing himself is absolutely hilarious. How should he know they are merely his reflection? He would have to think critically of his views, and that would be just criminal.

Argenti Aertheri
7 years ago

A newb! ATTACK!!

With matching bath towels! One Welcome Package for the delurked reminiscience!

You’ll prolly learn to laugh at them, by laughing with us 🙂

sarahlizhousespouse
7 years ago

Reading about misogynists makes me want to be as annoyingly feminine as I can. So, pointers would be appreciated.

David, do you happen to have that tripe that Bardamu? You know, the one where he said a good slap now and then is useful for keeping chimp women under control? Something along those lines. I’ve run into a couple of idiots on the manosphere and tried to explain that GWW is an abuse apologist, but I can’t find the original text.

Theda Bara
Theda Bara
7 years ago

:delurks just to wheeeeeeze,snort,wheeeeeze, chuckle,wheeeeeeze again aaaand relurk wheezing:

Marie
Marie
7 years ago

@reminiscience

Hi and welcome 😀

@theda bara

this isn’t your first time delurking right? Cuz your name seems really familiar to me. feel free to laugh at me if I’m wrong.

Theda Bara
Theda Bara
7 years ago

@Marie

I pop up every so often!

kittehserf
7 years ago

reminiscience, hi and welcome!

Theda Bara and Marie, welcome back, good to see you both!

Marie
Marie
7 years ago

@kittehserf

Hi 😀

@theda bara

And since you do pop of every so often, hi again 😀 (as opposed to welcome or w/e. THis made sense when I was typing it.)

Falconer
7 years ago

Yes, good to see you both! You guys seen my babies lately?

Theda Bara
Theda Bara
7 years ago

@kittehs
Ta, hope you are well. I don’t know why but this prompted all the giggles.

Marie
Marie
7 years ago

@falconer

I don’t think I have. They’re so cute!

Falconer
7 years ago

My mom calls my son (who’s on the left) Little Buddha, because he’s fat and always grinning.

Falconer
7 years ago

And thank you for saying they’re cute!

Adrian’s tooth is not so lonesome anymore.

Theda Bara
Theda Bara
7 years ago

@Falconer

I needed that spontaneous sqeee. Adorable.

kittehserf
7 years ago

Not doing too badly at the moment, Theda, though I had a few medical dramas recently. Sir’s good, of course. 🙂

cloudiah
7 years ago

Artistry for Feminism and Kittens is an invaluable, priceless blog, not merely because it’s well-written, entertaining, well-written, thought-provoking, and well-written. It’s worth reading because it’s a piece of history, which makes it worth reading and historical. It’s a record of one of the most influential and important thinkers of our times. Decades from now, when the current dystopia is naught but a bad memory, cloudiah and her kitten GIFs will be remembered as one of the architects of its fall.

(Seriously, click on my nym if you want to see a new post featuring lots of funny kitty GIFs and a philosophical discussion of whether or not humans have intrinsic value.)

cloudiah
7 years ago

BABIES APPEARED WHILE I WAS WRITING THAT COMMENT!!! YAY FOR BABIES.

kittehserf
7 years ago

Oooh ooh are we doing our own reviews getting totally legit praise now?

Vignettes Across the Veil is a blog of historical and indeed philosophical and theological importance. It will clear the clouds of mistaken thinking from the minds of all who read it, bringing an era of peace and happiness except for the part where everyone’s envious of the King’s knitwear. It will reestablish the importance of feline rule and return society to the perfect state it formerly held.

cloudiah – a discussion of whether humans have value? I hope it’s from the kitties’ point of view!

Marie
Marie
7 years ago

I’d join in the reviews praise receiving, but I don’t have a blog. I do have a tumblr, though, but only 10 percent or so of it is actually my content.

Theda Bara
Theda Bara
7 years ago

@Kittehs

I’m sure he is! That scamp!

Off to relurk again but I wish you all cuddles with the baby animal of your choice (I’m rather fond of baby elephants at the moment, just a suggestion) and keep on being your wonderful, flawed but awesome selves!

lane deau
7 years ago

Praising oneself pseudonymically? It must be the work of a certified genius!

Argenti Aertheri
7 years ago

Marie’s tumblr is an important archive of historical thoughts, compiled by one of the greatest thinkers of our time. When the current dystopia is dead and gone, it will remain a great historical artifact as a window into what that dystopia looked like.

Archives have merit too! (And actually, it’s part of why I pirate the obscure, more copies = more likely to survive)

kittehserf
7 years ago

Baby elephants, eh? How about this little bub at Fort Worth Zoo?

http://youtu.be/qlVgDMlugi0

cloudiah
7 years ago

A Voice for Pierre is written and drawn by one of the foremost authors and drawers of our time. The drawings lurch … and crackle .. like lightning, grabbing you by the back of your neck and shoving you face-first into the misogyny, but then swiftly pulling you back out and offering you a bowl of ice cream or a cup of soup, depending on what you’re in the mood for.

(I’m only pretending to be katz pretending to be someone else to review her own work.)

kittehserf
7 years ago

lane deau – I love this comment in that Scott Adams thread: “You appear to be overlooking the possibility that Scott Adams really IS Scott Adams’ biggest fan.”

Rather applies to Ferdy Forney, no?

Marie
Marie
7 years ago

Yay, Argenti gave me my own review 😀

@cloudiah

The drawings lurch … and crackle .. like lightning, grabbing you by the back of your neck and shoving you face-first into the misogyny, but then swiftly pulling you back out and offering you a bowl of ice cream or a cup of soup, depending on what you’re in the mood for.

OKay, that’s my favorite part of the reviews so far XD

kittehserf
7 years ago

(I’m only pretending to be katz pretending to be someone else to review her own work.)

But how do we know you’re not katz pretending to be cloudiah pretending to be katz pretending to be someone else? O_O

LBT
LBT
7 years ago

My work is awesome because I say it is. Also it has giant robots, post-apocalyptic exorcists, and princesses in a medieval world where the Roman Empire never existed.

INSTA-PROFIT! CHA CHING!

grumpycatisagirl
7 years ago

Grumpycatisagirl is an awe-inspiring visionary prophet who is better and smarter than everyone else. She also has a much more succinct way of saying so than some other people,.

cloudiah
7 years ago

Oh I was just going to do Baaing Tree!

cloudiah
7 years ago

Man Boobz is an irreplaceable, valuable, invaluable, priceless, inestimable, irreplaceable blog not merely because it’s well-written, entertaining, diverting, enjoyable, challenging, and thought-provoking. It’s worth reading because it’s a big, steaming, smelly piece of history. It’s a record of some of the most turd-ridden dreck produced by the dross of humanity, written by one of the most influential, significant, and important collection of kittens & ferrets in a man-suit of our times. Decades from now, when the contemporary dystopia is naught but a corrupt remembrance, David Futrelle will be recalled as one of the draftsmen of its plummetous descent. His tenacity, courage, and uncanny resemblance to a more kittenish Daniel Craig are legendary. His words stagger and reel like zombie Dworkins (or dancing Roosh’s), kidnapping you in a dark blue minivan and tossing you out right in the middle of a Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro with nothing but a change of clothes, a forged passport, and $5000. This conglomeration of ferrets & kittens wields an influence far greater—and far more of a force for good in the world—than the churlish bigots who attack him. Long after those knaves are gone, his faithful readers will continue to immediately go off topic and plug their own blogs in his comment section, and with truly Futrellian patience, our dark master will indulge their frivolity with kindness and good humor.

katz
7 years ago

Fools! You can’t pretend to be me because you are ALL me.

kittehserf
7 years ago

And cloudiah David the kittens and ferrets win the thread!

BritterSweet
BritterSweet
7 years ago

Reminds me of this clip. The quality isn’t that great but it was the only clip I could find.

hellkell
hellkell
7 years ago

Hellkell is an amazing thinker and the preeminent swearer of her generation, if not all time. She also makes one hell of a dirty martini. TRUTH.

cloudiah
7 years ago

I would like to endorse hellkell’s complete statement, but sadly she has never made a dirty martini for me so I must remain neutral.

Deoridhe
7 years ago

Deoridhe is a genius savant – which is even better than an idiot savant because geniuses are better than idiots – who writes a unique blog that captures the gestalt of the common era. Also she comments, like, totally all the time.

Also… I am so reminded of when Scott Adams made a sock puppet to defend himself on MetaFilter.

becausescience
becausescience
7 years ago

Becausescience is one of the most important Manboobz commenters of the 21st century. Becausescience’s posts lurch and crackle, like zombies being struck by lightning. Becausescience’s posts are literally saving the world from zombies.

– Becausescience

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
7 years ago

Wait, has anyone ever seen Scott Adams and Forney/Bardamu in the same room? I’m just saying…

kittehserf
7 years ago

So they’re just zombies in a Forney/Bardamu suit in an Adams suit!

Shiraz
Shiraz
7 years ago

He used the word “naught,” for gods’ sake. I mean, come on — naught!?

And this:..

“lurch … and crackle .. like lightning, grabbing you by the back of your neck and shoving you face-first into the action.”

…most would consider to be unpleasant, yes?

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
7 years ago

I’m getting my angry misogynists mixed up. Was it Forney who was running around the country in some shitty little band writing about his travels across America like that was going to take down feminism? Or was that some other random asshole?

kittehserf
7 years ago

No idea. Forney is Bardamu, that’s all I know.

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
7 years ago

They’re all turning into a blur except Fidelbogen, because (luckily) nobody else writes quite like him.

katz
7 years ago

who writes a unique blog that captures the gestalt of the common era

I think this one wins. Pretty much nobody can use “gestalt” without being full of shit.

kittehserf
7 years ago

Even with Fiddly, there’s the problem that he and Roosh look alike.

I’m starting to think MRAs and PUAs are a failed version of The Flesh.

neuroticbeagle
7 years ago

Neuroticbeagle is one of the most influential and important thinkers of our times by helping the Furrinati reach its full potential. She, along with Kittehserf, was one of the most outspoken and vocal humans to act in support of Cute Creature World Domination. Homo sapiens will never forget how she proclaimed all humans to be equal..ly capable of serving their Furry Overlords. Decades from now, when the current dystopia is naught but a bad memory, Neuroticbeagle will be remembered as one of the architects of its fall. Her unending recognition and support of the Furrinati makes her an influence far greater—and far more of a force for good in the world—than the frauds who attacked her.

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