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- Listening Length: 3 hours and 7 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 22 Feb. 2006
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ5K2C
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How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion Audiobook – Unabridged
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If you have read and enjoyed the works of Max Brooks "The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead", "The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks"World War Z" you'll love this book
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.
The strongest parts are those that look at where robotics are going and I was interested in the paragraphs on robotic lobster prototypes and modular robot designs. The humour was less successful, with Wilson trying to take a jokey `how to' guide style that didn't work for me. However it was interesting to read advice on changing your environment and appropriate weapons and there's also an interesting timeline for how a robot uprising might occur.
It's a slim book and as such can't offer more than a superficial look at the topic. This is a shame that Wilson doesn't offer a further reading list for people interested in the subject matter to check out because although this is obviously a tongue in cheek guide, it covers a lot of ground and has certainly made me want to find out more on the subject.
Ultimately, if you want a brief guide to robotics and suggestions on survival strategies then it's worth checking out and while it's provoked my interest in the subject, I would have actually appreciated something a little more in-depth.
I thought the book was rather dull. That all said the artistry in the book is excellent if not abstract.