Palate Cleanser: How to Survive a Sharknado – Andrew Shaffer

19288325ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for fair review

Genre: Humor


In the apocalyptic world we live in, Mother Nature is angry. Danger waits at every turn, and catastrophes like the Los Angeles sharknados have taught us that we need to be ready for anything. Too many lives have already been lost.

But fear not. How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters is the first and only comprehensive guide to surviving the very worst that Mother Nature can throw our way. Inside this life-saving reference, you’ll find:

• Vital information about dozens of unnatural disasters and ungodly monsters that can injure, maim, or kill you, from arachnoquakes and ice twisters to piranhacondas and mega pythons;

• Easy-to-understand survival tips for avoiding a bloody demise;

• Inspirational words of wisdom from survivors, including Fin Shepard and April Wexler;

• Useful resources, such as the Shepard Survival Assessment Test (S.S.A.T), and much more.

With this essential book in hand, you too can be a hero who laughs in the face of calamity while saving friends and family. Or you can just avoid getting savagely ripped apart by a sharktopus. Either way, you’ve been warned. Now be prepared.


So do you know to survive a Beeclipe? Or what to do in the event you run into a manticore?

Fin Shepard & April Wexler are here to make sure you do!

The are some great illustrations in this book – you’ll know exactly what your enemies will look like – and there are some fun bits of “history” and trivia about each kind of disaster to be found. There’s a certain level of cheekiness and cheesiness that are the hallmark of the Syfy movies that this book was inspired from, and I think this book captures that pretty well. I do have to knock the book down a bit a peg, because at times it feels redundant like “Avoid Mount Pleasant.” and “If your GPS is routing you through Point Pleasant, find an alternate route.” C’mon, you can do better than that!

Really though, this is one of those books that knows the audience is trying to reach. Fans of the movies will enjoy this book. Fans who don’t, probably won’t because the level of humor in the book is on par of the films and some may not find that quite funny enough.

Still, for what it is, it’s a great little book to keep around as a coffee table book and thumb through when you need a chuckle or as a great source of trivia for Syfy movie buffs.

Verdict: Buy it if you’re a fan of the movies.

Available: Now


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