Sterling Archer, the world’s greatest secret agent. Despite the fact that he goes around using his real name (although James Bond seems to do this as well). If that were not enough of a giveaway to his enemies, all they now have to do is pick up a copy of this book and glance at the front cover to confirm any suspicions about that drunken man trying to sneak around over there. But seriously, How to Archer is hilarious. Any fan of the TV show Archer will get a kick out of this book. Since it was written in the persona of Sterling Archer, it is easy for any longtime fan of the show to imagine his voice as well as the inflection and tone of each “How to” step.
Archer is an ass. There is no simpler way of putting it; the reason his character is funny is because he is an ass to anyone and everyone literally all the time. His book is written in a way that makes it sound like Archer is actually sitting down and talking you one on one. Since the book was written in character, this was probably one of the best methods they could have picked for the writing. Giving readers the sense that the character is there with them makes the way everything is read very similar to the dialogue we know and love from the TV show. Just like in the show, the dialogue is lined with an enormous amount of references; get ready to whip out your encyclopedia if you want to understand every little reference How to Archer makes.
While there are not any portions of the book that go entirely without humor, it is heavier in some sections than others. One section of the book is dedicated entirely to cocktails (unsurprising, since it is Archer); this was the only section that was a bit too light on humor since it is hard to work jokes into recipes. On the opposite end of that spectrum, the funniest section of this book is the Archer Sutra. It is short at only three pages long but is also the section of the book that will probably make you laugh the hardest. Make sure there are no sleeping people nearby that you will wake up with your incessant laughing before you turn to page 144.
How to Archer is funny in general, but it is definitely geared more towards fans of the Archer series than anyone else. Knowing who Archer is and what his personality is like makes the book far funnier as you imagine him saying all of these things. Also, there are a few jokes in the book that reference bits from the TV series. Thankfully they do not do this too much; reused jokes can get pretty old pretty quick, especially when it is an obvious cash-out and/or just being used to fill space. The book is pretty short and does feature some pictures throughout that leave you with even fewer pages than you would think. If you are looking to kill an afternoon and need a laugh, How to Archer is definitely a great way to do just that.