So, if you read my review for the first Forrest Griffin book, Got Fight?, you know my hopes were not high for the second. But it actually turned out…okay. Not great, as I think Mr. Griffin still had some involvement in the “writing” process, but style- and, yes, even substance-wise, it was a vast improvement.
For better or worse, Be Ready When The Sh*t Goes Down: A Survival Guide To The Apocalypse, is actually is what it claims to be; that is, a preparation guide for what one should do/know/possess post-apocalypse (which, by the way, Forrest seems to think is coming very, very soon).
Why this book needed to be written, and now, I don’t know. Is there a pressing need to understand how, according to a professional mixed martial artist, one should comport oneself after nuclear Armageddon (the sh*t having indisputably gone down at that point)? Well, I guess the Mayan calendar says 2012, so maybe the joke’s on me.
If you are worried about being offended by foul language or a sophomoric obsession with body-function grossness, then you should skip this series all together (really, this should be a no-brainer; I mean, didn’t you see the f&%$ing title?). And he does exhibit a rather cavalier attitude towards cannibalism, so all you vegetarian/humanitarians out there, consider yourselves warned specifically. But, like I said, it’s not quite as bad as the first one, probably based on Got Fight’s considerable (at least fiscal, if not literary) success.
The publishers/editors/investors saw what it could be, and thought “okay, if we’re going to do this again, and sell millions of copies, I guess we should at least make sure the punctuation and spelling are accurate.” Which I appreciated.
So yes, chalk it up to another example of the fact that people will read anything, especially if written by a celebrity (including myself; I don’t pretend to be any better than anyone else). But at least people are reading. And if both Forrest Griffin and the Mayans are right, we’ve only got a year to prepare. In which case a close reading could prove very valuable indeed.
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