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Survivor: The Unofficial Bible Of The Greatest Reality Show Ever Made Paperback – December 30, 2011
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My biggest pet peeve with this book is the amount of misspellings. The word "then" is spelled "than" almost every single time it appears in the book. There were several other spelling and grammatical errors that detracted from the book. I also didn't like that I have no idea who the author is or why he is an expert on Survivor. The "About the author" was just a couple sentences saying he was married, how many kids he has, and where he lives. That's it.
Overall, I enjoyed reading the author's opinions, even the ones I didn't agree with, but it felt more like reading several blog posts in book form. Not worth the $20 I paid for it. Perhaps half that price would be more reasonable.
The first thing I noticed is what all of you have noticed, the countless spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes. This guy needed a better publisher. The thing that I found most interesting was that the author Michael Keneski claims to be an expert of the game and yet, a lot of his survivor facts were way off. He says numerous times that Survivor All Stars was season 10 when it was actually season 8 and he also claims that Survivor Vanuatu was before Survivor Amazon when it is actually the other way around. Amazon was season 6 and Vanuatu was season 9. He also mixes up what seasons that some players were in. One example of this was when he claims that Sandra Diaz-Twine was in season 22, Redemption Island and she was not even in that season. She was in Pearl Islands and Heroes Vs Villains. The author also confuses Rupert's pet Snake for a lizard and gets some of his Survivor history wrong. Some examples of this are where he says that the tribe of Ulong from Survivor Palau never won a single challenge period . They did win some reward challenges mostly thanks to Stephanie, but they never won a immunity challenge. There are probably other things that I forgot to mention, but I have probably made this paragraph a bit too long as it is. The point is, that despite what the author says, he is not a Survivor expert.
There were some good points though. I enjoyed reading his profiles of the castaways like Boston Rob and Rupert Boneham, but I wished that he had more of them like Parvati Shallow and Johnathan Penner. I did not always agree with his conclusions, but I enjoyed reading them just the same. It was also nice that the author wrote a small chapter for Jeff Probst. There was also a chapter about some of the castaways celebrity life which I thought was very interesting. The author's Fool Proof plan of how to win the game was entertaining, but since his credibility as a Survivor Expert has been called into question, I do not plan on using it when I get on the show!
All in all, I enjoyed reading it, but there were many flaws in this book.