Wednesday, July 16, 2014

How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters by Andrew Shaffer

How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters: Fight Back When Monsters and Mother Nature Attack

Holy wah this was a fun read! I could barely put the book down to work! 

How to Survive a Sharknado is very reminiscent of when the CDC posted a page on their website about how to survive a zombie apocalypse. There was a lot of fun, but the main advice was sound and something you would need to do regardless of the type of disaster. Because of that, the general content of the book was a bit predictable, but the finer points were so hilarious I woke my husband up with my laughing at the good jokes and my groaning at the jokes so bad they were funny.

The SyFy Channel has given us plenty of bad movies over the years. In this book, the author and contributors take a look at each of them and apply survival techniques that may, or may not, have been used by the heroes of the movies. The advice is pretty sound, if sometimes over-the-top, and I gotta say, these people clearly did their research, even if the movie writers did not. One of my favorite pieces of advice was probably for the Sharknado Survival, "How to Wield a Chainsaw Like a Boss":
7. If you are positioned properly, you will cut the shark in two right down the middle. The two halves should land on either side of you, leaving you bloody but unharmed.
As someone who hasn't watched the Sharknado movie, I couldn't help but picture Ash from Evil Dead. Then there's a bad joke from a chef who used flamethrowers to destroy the Cyboars in the 2011 Boaricane "I set my flame-thrower to well done."

And the funny stories and one liners and bad puns JUST KEEP COMING! It is wonderfully hilarious and yet still informative! There is advice on how to deal with bee stings, what actually does and does not work to get away from bears, how to help set a tourniquet, and items you should pack up in a survival kit.* 

All in all, I love this book. It does get a little repetitive in that frakking seems to be the root cause of the majority of these problems and you expect some good advice with the comedy, but other than that, this book is amazing. I highly recommend you pick it up. I'm giving it four hoots!


*Though I'm not entirely sure the Chuck-E-Cheese tokens are as necessary as the regular cash and change.
**I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review


  1. Nice review, sounds like a good read. I know I love funny books so I'll have to add it to my list. :)

    1. It is hilarious, even if the puns can be a bit painful :)