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How to Build a Robot Army: Tips on Defending Planet Earth Against Alien Invaders, Ninjas, and Zombies Paperback – 26 Dec 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (26 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596912812
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596912816
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 1.4 x 15.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 892,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for "How to Survive a Robot Uprising"


"Hilariously deadpan."--"New York Times


""[A] spectacular debut...Wilson's often laugh-out-loud mix of irony, sarcasm and dry humor is perfectly complemented by almost two dozen illustrations by Richard Horne."--"Boston Herald


""Splits the difference between reality and farce...juxtaposing [advancements in robotics] with droll... lifesaving remedies."--"BookPage


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Praise for "How to Survive a Robot Uprising":


"Hilariously deadpan."--"New York Times


""[A] spectacular debut...Wilson's often laugh-out-loud mix of irony, sarcasm and dry humor is perfectly complemented by almost two dozen illustrations by Richard Horne."--"Boston Herald


""Splits the difference between reality and farce...juxtaposing [advancements in robotics] with droll... lifesaving remedies."--"BookPage


"

Praise for "How to Survive a Robot Uprising":

"Hilariously deadpan."--"New York Times

""[A] spectacular debut...Wilson's often laugh-out-loud mix of irony, sarcasm and dry humor is perfectly complemented by almost two dozen illustrations by Richard Horne."--"Boston Herald

""Splits the difference between reality and farce...juxtaposing [advancements in robotics] with droll... lifesaving remedies."--"BookPage

"

Praise for "How to Survive a Robot Uprising":

“Hilariously deadpan.”—"New York Times

"“[A] spectacular debut…Wilson’s often laugh-out-loud mix of irony, sarcasm and dry humor is perfectly complemented by almost two dozen illustrations by Richard Horne.”—"Boston Herald

"“Splits the difference between reality and farce…juxtaposing [advancements in robotics] with droll… lifesaving remedies.”—"BookPage

"

Praise for "How to Survive a Robot Uprising"

"Hilariously deadpan."--"New York Times

""[A] spectacular debut...Wilson's often laugh-out-loud mix of irony, sarcasm and dry humor is perfectly complemented by almost two dozen illustrations by Richard Horne."--"Boston Herald

""Splits the difference between reality and farce...juxtaposing [advancements in robotics] with droll... lifesaving remedies."--"BookPage

"

Hilariously deadpan. "The New York Times on How to Survive a Robot Uprising"

[A] spectacular debut Wilson's often laugh-out-loud mix of irony, sarcasm and dry humor is perfectly complemented by almost two dozen illustrations by Richard Horne. "Boston Herald on How to Survive a Robot Uprising"

Splits the difference between reality and farce juxtaposing [advancements in robotics] with droll lifesaving remedies. "BookPage on How to Survive a Robot Uprising""

About the Author

Daniel H. Wilson received his Ph.D. from the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. He is the author of "How to Survive a Robot Uprising," winner of the "Wired "2006 Rave Award, and "Where's My Jetpack? "He is a contributing editor to "Popular Mechanics "and lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Great book. Admittedly it's not for everyone, but for geeks it's pretty cool!
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars 17 reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Boredom! Boredom, Will Robinson! Boredom! 9 July 2014
By Zalmorion the Fantastic - Published on Amazon.com
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Not fun to read. Not illuminating or interesting in any way. Maybe for a little kid? Trust me, you have probably already covered in your imagination anything that is in this book--especially if you are a science fiction lover.

Too bad, really. This could have been to robots vs. aliens what Max Brooks' books are to humans vs. zombies.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, far more than a 'comic book', thought provoking. 12 Mar. 2015
By Shaunagain - Published on Amazon.com
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Fun and interesting book. More thought provoking than I would have imagined, not just a 'comic book' by any means. The author clearly considered a wide range of subjects and situations. Daniel Wilson shows his expertise with a gift for making it interesting. Fun and excellent graphics also.
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm... not that funny or interesting 16 Dec. 2008
By Marv Conn - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book after reading "How To Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion". HTSARU:TODYATCR was a wonderfully funny book, this book lacks the humor of the first book and really doesn't seem to contain the background research of the first book.

I'd say give this one a pass. Get "How To Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion" instead, it is a far better book or "The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead" by Max Brooks, both are similar, but superior.
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny, buy not instructional at all 23 Sept. 2013
By Delt. - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book for a friend and he loaned it to me after reading it. It's funny but if you're expecting any level of technical instruction in robotics you're looking at the wrong product. I was hoping for an even mix of futurism, comedy/silliness, and basic robotics when really the split was more 20%, 80%, 0%
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4.0 out of 5 stars If the title appeals to you, you would probably like it 8 Aug. 2010
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This book was probably what you would expect - pretty silly and very nerdy. If you're actually plotting something sinister with robots you should probably look elsewhere. As an engineer, I thought there might have been a couple inaccuracies, but overall very informative. The pictures are also pretty funny.

I don't see this winning any literary awards, but probably a good gift for the nerd in your family.
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