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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Book Review- The Ultimate Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook

Note from me- I know that generally my reviews are cookbooks or craft books. Sometimes though there are other reviews for series that I really love or that my family really enjoys. This is one of those.

I planned to do this review a month ago. The problem is that's a Worst-Case Scenario book. It's a nice, big thick one, full of lots of things from other volumes in the series, all arranged by setting. My whole family loves this series, especially my daughter and my husband. So for the last month I've been stealing it back from them, reading a few pages, then having to find it again to steal it back from whichever one of them took it. That's what you face with one of these.

I'm okay with that. It's not only a guide to situations you might find yourself in and situations that you are very unlikely to ever be in, it's also a conversation starter. The publishers talk to people who are experts in various fields on all sorts of unlikely topics and likely ones to get the best advice they can for any given dangerous situation they can imagine.

From the very helpful-
how to survive an earthquake
how to put out a grease fire
how to save your date, dog or self from choking

To the unlikely-
How to escape a swarm of pigeons
How to jump out of a train
How to survive a zombie attack

and even some historical Worst Case Scenarios like
How to survive being thrown to lions

Small tips for an easier life such as a list of ingredient substitutions for cooking, and how to find inner peace are also included.

There are also regional suggestions. Someone in Florida might not need to know how to get someone's tongue off a frozen pole or how to hopefully avoid a bear attack, but they are more likely to need to know how to survive a flash flood than I am.

Some of the tips and suggestions are more adult in nature. My daughter is 17 and tends to skip that sort of thing anyway, but you'll find tips on surviving a scandal if you're a politician and other adult situations in this book which make it better suited for more mature readers.

This books is a lot of fun, with a mix of helpful tips and ideas and things that will just amuse you greatly. The sections separated by setting and type of issue. There is a good table of contents to find what you are looking for, and the sheer scope of this is too much to cover in a few hundred words. It's a great gift, a good coffee table book and a good source for conversational material.
A couple of years ago I posted a tutorial for a handsewn Alice band headband. Notice in the photo, my daughter is reading a previous book in this series! It's an ongoing love for her.

Published by Chronicle Books- Like Chronicle Books on FB!

I received a complimentary copy of this book to review, I received no other compensation, and my review is my honest opinion of the book. You can read more about my review policy here.

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