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A Parody Survival Guide

1ebe_the_sharknado_survival_guideFirst of all, if you didn’t realize it from the beginning, this is NOT a real survival guide by any means but is a parody of survival techniques. Believe it or not, I accidentally ordered this book without paying close attention and thought it was actually a real survival guide of some freak disasters. Boy was I wrong!

Based on the “Sharknado” film and many other types of sci-fi films, this little book takes you through hilarious unnatural disasters, the dangers involved and ways to ultimately escape with your life. I laughed my way through much of this book – the imagination it took to come up with these scenarios is amazing and very creative.

It’s thanks to this book that I discovered the film “Sharknado” which ended up being one of the funniest films our family has watched in a long time – we were all in tears.

Although I wouldn’t buy this book for myself, I would certainly buy it for my 15 year old son who would enjoy this type of book – it really seems more on his level and is perfect as a birthday or Christmas gift.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Blogging For Books program from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for this fair and unbiased review.

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The Martian by Andy Weir

An AMAZING BOOK! This is a very realistic novel about a NASA mission to Mars that goes wrong and leaves an astronaut stranded on the planet. The whole book becomes a Mars survival story which adds a lot of dimensions to a typical survival book because it’s a different planet with no people or life whatsoever.91c4ZDFCn1L._SL1500_

There are a lot of technical explanations and engineering that at times are hard to completely understand but for the most part, I was able to follow. Weir presents dozens of “impossible” situations which seem to point to the certain death of Mark Watney, but every time he amazes and cleverly solves each problem. Problem solving is at the heart of this story.

Be warned that there is quite a bit of profanity throughout the book – in fact the very first sentence kicked it off. If that offends you, don’t read this novel.

Weir keeps us in suspense throughout – at no point does it get slow or boring. There is a great balance between Mark Watney, earth, and the crew. If I had time, I would have read the book in almost one sitting. It’s one of those stories where you just HAVE to know what’s going to happen and how he is going to survive this one.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Blogging For Books program in exchange for this fair and unbiased review.

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