- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment (May 31, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 068987877X
- ISBN-13: 978-0689878770
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,067,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Field Guide to the Apocalypse: Movie Survival Skills for the End of the World Paperback – May 31, 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
- Do friends complain that waiting impatiently for you (as you try on your 33rd successive outfit while getting ready to go to the club) is boring because your coffee table contains only archaic episodes of the Onion and a few unpaid cable bills* to read?
- Are you constantly searching for 'light' or 'light-hearted' reading material that won't suck you in to a plot-line and refuse to let you get to sleep until 5 minutes before your alarm goes off?
Then go get yourself a copy of Field Guide to the Apocalypse : Movie Survival Skills for the End of the World by Meghann Marco
Most of the people I choose to spend my Saturday nights gaming, watching movies or even just socializing with, probably could have written this book. I probably could have written this book. You probably could've written this book** -- if we weren't so busy whiling our time away reading and writing things like Amazon.com Reviews instead, that is.
But thank heavens that Meghann Marco did - because it needed to be written!! And she definitely did it justice. Don't believe me without thumbing through it yourself? <A href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/068987877X/ref=sib_rdr_ex/104-1816661-9405525?%5Fencoding=UTF8&p=S00I&j=0#reader-page">Go read a few excerpts.</a>
It's a delightful little book - and if you keep it on the coffeetable, or in the W.C., it will amuse the crap out of you*** - presuming you have at least a passing knowledge of post-apocalyptic movies. It's good to be familiar with just about any Charlton Heston after-the-end-of-civilization movie (Planet of the Apes, Soylent Green, Omega Man...) It's good to know any Kubrick 'futurism' movies (2001, Dr.Read more ›
Though it's inspired by films, Meghann's book is packed surprisingly full with Actual Information, some of which doesn't even have to wait for the Apocalypse in order to be true. For example, though she's talking about survival in Arctic conditions, "a lot of work means a lot of death" is undeniable by anyone who's ever done much of it. At least one tip has clearly been studied by the U.S. military:
"If you don't understand what the informant is saying, keep kneeing him in the stomach until he says, `Okay, okay, okay' and speaks English. Everybody speaks English if you knee them in the stomach enough."
Arizona Daily Star
If the movies have taught us anything, it's that the apocalypse will most definitely arrive. When it does, we're going to need a 1970s muscle car to get through all the explosions and mad dashes against warlords.
When the day is nigh, it will also help to acquire a canine sidekick and a cache of weapons.
"Field Guide to the Apocalypse: Movie Survival Skills for the End of the World" ($10.36), by former video-store manager Meghann Marco, pragmatically guides you through the ins and outs of identifying and surviving false utopias, alien invasions and weather cataclysms.
Under the guise of a how-to book, "Field Guide" emerges as rapacious satire that takes the whole of action and sci-fi film history and shapes it into an oddly constructed world with its own arbitrary rules and regulations, to be joyfully torn apart by Marco's snappy, fluid prose. A must-read for any film fanatic, the guide plunders contradictions and clichés, taking preposterous movie science at its own level and holding it up for ridicule.
A vein of hilarious nostalgia courses through the pages, as we learn how not to be replaced by a robot in the vein of "Blade Runner," as well as how to identify if our food is people ("Soylent Green"). The gamut of popcorn movies is covered and comedically splintered, ranging from "Metropolis" (1927) to "Signs" (2002) and slapdown of the midlife crises by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg that caused them to re-edit their classics.
With wit, intense observation, occasional flashes of raw anger and reserves of accessible film knowledge, Marco makes her points with a flourish in a page-turner that demands to be read in one sitting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
This wasn't as funny or entertaining as I hoped. I read it on a long train ride and found it pretty boring.Published 13 months ago by braindeath
If your looking for something to read and laugh then pick it up. Makes you think of a lot of movies you watched and forgot about.Published on June 24, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Its fun, funny, and actually informative. I loved everything from the advice on making new leathers look worn, down to the how to make your own bio-diesel.Published on January 23, 2013 by vickery36
Easily my favorite out of all the Survival this and how-to that books out now, wish she'd write something else damnit :)Published on May 12, 2009 by Johnny Graves
This is one of those books.
Unfortunately shorter than War and Peace or Brothers Kam... , something Cyrillic. We need more from this author. Read more
Ahhh, Meghann Marco, it must be crazy being around you. So the end of the world is coming (and it will come) so what are you going to do? Read morePublished on May 9, 2007 by R. Howell
This book has more of a comical approach to the apocalpse.It was an alright read but don't be looking for good info on survival.This is a fun read not a serious one.Published on November 10, 2006 by m60fly
Funny as hell, no funnier than that; funny as underwater basket weaving.Published on February 16, 2006 by J.
Freaking awesome book. Just finished reading it, and there's alot of good stuff in there. Good overeveiw on pretty any bad end of the world scenerio. Read morePublished on October 26, 2005 by Awesome Ninja