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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 2nd edition (July 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8937835460
  • ISBN-13: 978-8968330490
  • ASIN: 0553418130
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[T]he perfect companion to have on hand while watching some of the most absurdly awesome movies the SyFy Channel has to offer... [and] a must own item for fans of B-Grade creature features! It also makes a fantastic companion piece to the now iconic ‘Zombie Survival Guide’. Highly recommend[ed]! --ScienceFiction.com

About the Author

Andrew Shaffer is a humorist and author of Syfy's How to Survive a Sharknado (Three Rivers Press) and Fifty Shames of Earl Grey (Da Capo Press). He has appeared as a guest on FOX News, CBS, and NPR, and has been published in Mental Floss, Maxim, and The Daily Beast, among others. You can find him online at andrewshaffer.com.

More About the Author

Andrew Shaffer is the New York Times-bestselling author of Syfy's How to Survive a Sharknado (Three Rivers Press) and Fifty Shames of Earl Grey (Da Capo Press). He has appeared as a guest on FOX News, CBS, and NPR, and has been published in Mental Floss, Maxim, and The Daily Beast, among others. You can find him online at www.andrewshaffer.com.

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The Book was really fun.
Christoph Paul
In this book you'll learn how to survive unnatural disasters like the Stonehenge apocalypse or a boaricane.
roo
I now feel well equipped to handle any emergency that might befall me.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christoph Paul on July 9, 2014
Format: Paperback
I was blessed by Poseidon to read this before its release. We all know Sharknados and most disasters happen in early July. Luckily no disasters happened...yet. Now I am at least prepared for “Beeclipses”, “Ghostsharks”, “Mongolian Death Worms”, and when winter comes I now know what to do during an “Ice Twister”.

The Book was really fun. Shaffer balanced out being funny but still smart as I enjoyed the Moby Dick excerpt to give info into the “Elektrokraken”. This is very much a book for anyone who doesn’t just love Sharkando but other movies that play on Saturday night on Syfy. Some of the scenarios Shaffer wrote about surviving would actually make great B movies. Great book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The Well-Read Wife on July 12, 2014
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If you loved Sharknado and the quirky, we're all in on the joke humor of the film, then you will adore How To Survive A Sharknado. This book is the perfect birthday present or stocking stuffer for the Sharknado afficianado in your life. Satire and tongue in cheek wit run rampant through the how to guide many of us secretly hope we might need one day.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Fowlkes on July 9, 2014
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I have to assume that the current lack of reviews are because, like me, everyone else is having trouble finding a way to put into words how great this book is.

It would have been so easy to get a book like this wrong. It could have been a dry encyclopedia of "unnatural disasters", or could have disrespected the source material, or could have been little more than a heavily padded cash-grab.

Thankfully it is none of those things. It is hilarious while playing straight with the source material and dense with background, tips, and everything else that you might need to survive modern menaces short of a chainsaw.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By nch on July 18, 2014
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I now feel well equipped to handle any emergency that might befall me. Having survived an actual tornado, I was a little terrified at the thought of sharknados. Of course, living 300 miles from the ocean makes this highly unlikely. However, this book also offers sound advice for surviving other disasters such as the Stonehenge Apocalypse, Redneck Gators, Beeclipse and Bigfoot. This last is a true possibility. I know people who have seen Bigfoot. Did I mention I work in the field of substance abuse? Hurry, buy this book. Your life may depend upon it. I'm off to buy my life-size cardboard standee of Brad Pitt from World War Z for inspiration.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cherdo on August 24, 2014
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Andrew Shaffer has figured out a way to make me laugh out loud at least once per chapter in his latest offering for the fearful masses. You know the laugh I'm talking about: that embarrassing, snorting, spit-your-drink laugh that is usually reserved for responding to your funniest friends' antics. Shaffer accomplished that with his book, How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters - Fight back when monsters and mother nature attack! Fin Shepard and April Wexler, both of the film Sharknado fame, add some important contributions to the book. Most fictional characters wouldn't bother to chime in, so I'm thankful for that.

Part one addresses the unnatural disasters we need to avoid. Do you feel like you don't need a detailed examination of unnatural disasters? It's a two parter, folks. Wisely, Shaffer knew that it would be a shame to survive a sharknado or a boaricane, only to find yourself in the clutches of a Mongolian Death Worm or Piranaconda (covered nicely in part two)?

This book should usher in a new category: hilarity while under attack. Disaster movie lovers will flock to this book and the sci-fi fans will buy up all the copies before John Q. Public has a fighting chance to procure his own copy. You've been warned.

Each section is broken down into Study, Avoid and Survive (SAS). By studying the historical incidents and learning the pitfalls, Shaffer points you in the direction of survival with his tips and assistance from Fin Shepard. I loved the graphic rating scales for Threat to Humanity and Risk of Encounter, but Fin's WTF (Wow That's Freaky) factor came straight from his inner surfer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Books and Chocolate TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 15, 2014
Format: Paperback
My family teases me about my enjoyment of cheesy disaster movies. They feel a need to remind me that such things are fiction and I (mostly) agree. But on the other hand, wouldn't it be better to be prepared for any scenario than to write it off as impossible? I mean, who would have thought in our lifetime that we would see a winter storm turn into a "snowmageddon" or "snowpocalypse" or "polar vortex". That's what they called recent winter weather on CBS This Morning and other national news programs, and the media would never exaggerate anything so serious. So if a snowstorm or even a blizzard can escalate into something as cataclysmic as a snowpocalypse, then anything can happen, right? Just last summer my local news warned of a stink bug invasion and the summer before that it was gypsy moths and ash tree borers that were threatening to take over mankind. So in light of such things, isn't it better to be prepared than sorry?

In any case, my family won't be laughing at me now that I'm armed with all the information I need to protect them from not only sharknados but also polar storms, swamp volcanoes, ice or fire twisters, a beeclipse, bataclysm or the dreaded boaricane. And I'm more prepared than ever to fight off attacks by piranhacondas, gatoroids, and of course, Big Foot. Spoiler alert: a chainsaw should be part of every survival kit and one should also consider including a laser pointer and Axe body spray.

In all seriousness, I laughed my way through this book. It is a well-written satire on the real life drama the news media (and weather people in particular) create with their doomsday, end-of-life-as-we-know-it reporting. I enjoyed how it is written as if fact which for me simply added to the humor.
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