Review: How to Survive a Robot Uprising by Daniel H. Wilson,
This review is from: How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion (Paperback)
What's Good About It
The illustrations. No, seriously. Get yourself a copy just to flick through the illustrations - they are hilarious.
But in terms of the actual writing, that was pretty funny too - there are a lot of pop culture references, and some completely random statements that illicit a snort of laughter. The advice seems pretty sound too - Wilson clearly knows his robots (as he should do with a Ph.D in them) and the descriptions of current prototype robots are fascinating - great research for any budding science fiction writer.
The `How to Survive the Uprising' section was the best bit - there were some really funny `what to do only in a last ditch attempt' sections based on popular films, which made me laugh. And you could really imagine some hardened survivalist actually doing some of the things suggested.
What's Not So Good
A pedantic point, perhaps, but I didn't like the size of the book. It's supposed to be a pocket guide sort of deal, but the pages were quite stiff and difficult to read.
It was also a bit repetitive at times. As someone who has studied presentation of informative writing numerous times, I felt I could have given Wilson some tips on how to present his information. The old `Subheading-Information' routine got a bit dry by the end. I wanted diagrams and tables and charts etc. But perhaps that's me being a total nerd.