Saturday, March 12, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: The Official Underground 2012 Doomsday Survival Handbook

Title: The Official Underground 2012 Doomsday Survival Handbook

Author: W H Mumfrey

Publisher: Betterway Books

RRP: $19.99

ISBN: 9781440308178

Release Date: February 2011

Pages: 256

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Nuclear holocaust, super volcano, asteroid impact, mega tsunami, alien invasion, zombie outbreak? Will the world end with a whimper or a bang? However it goes, W.H. Mumfrey prepares everyone for what to expect when the world is ending, how to survive a litany of doomsday scenarios and how

to rebuild the earth if you're one of the survivors. The book covers such essential topics as: Foraging for food; Looting 101; Barricades and fortifications for beginners; Retro-technologies; Dealing with cannibals; Mutant identification; Post-apocalyptic fashions; Renovating your subterranean hideout; Decoys and booby-traps for dummies; and, Dating after doomsday.


The Official Underground 2012 Doomsday Survival Handbook is a very funny little book in the vein of Max Brook’s Zombie Survival guide. There are some creative examples of how to get by in a variety of realistic and way out there situations, from a volcano eruption to a full scale alien invasion.

Scattered throughout the book are some humourous cartoon pictures to graphically display the impending doom. The book also starts off with some actual historical event and puts an apocalyptic spin on the real event to create a historical theme to the disasters. I particularly enjoyed the “Chicken of Doom” pages and the picture of the Grim Reaper Chicken.

My only gripe with this book is the numerous plays on Christian religion. There were quite a few sections out of the Bible that were twisted to create a satirical event.

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