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I noticed this book at a bookstore and was immediately enticed. A book claiming to teach you how to do everything? Sounds perfect right? Who wouldn't want to know how to be a trophy wife, respond to homophobic comments and make a rakhi (what's a rakhi)? This book by eHow is a delightful read and after flipping through several pages, found myself entranced by the hilarious content.
Whilst it is assumed that this book is an instruction guide to completing many tasks, the way it is written does not reflect the aims and I found it rather comedic overall opposed to serious. Even the disclaimers about following the book and taking own precautions was rather funny.
Having read the review below, I felt that the reviewer had the wrong expectations of this book and was hence disappointed. For me, I found it a source of hilarity and humour. If I had a few spare minutes, I'd just open to a random page and read about how I could build a raised bed garden or tell if a space alien means harm.
This book is the perfect time killer and I can imagine spending a few hours engrossed and laughing. I love it! It is the perfect coffee table book that will entertain guests, children and adults alike!
At 640 pages long, contains a difficulty rating, warnings and numbered instructions, this book will keep you entertained for a long time. I would however, not take it's instructions seriously and I advise readers not to as well.
The £15 RRP of this book can simply be avoided by shopping on Amazon- and I managed to obtain this book in good condition for a discounted £3.
Overall, 'How to do more of just about everything' is an entertaining and laugh out loud coffee table book which will get you hooked with finding out quirky facts and things you would never expect to find. Be prepared to be shocked and surprised at every turn of the page!
5 of my favourite 'things to do':
- rescue a hostage
- dress for summer stolstice at Stonehenge,
- help your child cope with a bully
- Deal with road ragers
- get custody of your pet in a divorce
AND MANY MORE!
How do you know whether or not you should trust a book that claims to tell you how to do everything? You look for the things you already have specialist knowledge about and you see how the book marks up. Unfortunately, as a true knowledge guide not many of the articles are really applicable or accurate enough to be quoted for truth.
For example, the short piece on 'Upgrading your computer's RAM' advises you to 'Find out the speed of the RAM' in nanoseconds! Aswell as finding out whether or not the RAM is 'parity or non-parity'. There is no way an article in bullet-point form with THIS kind of curveball advice deserves to be called a how-to. If I was to do this in my profession, I would be making things far, far harder than I needed to if I used 'nanoseconds' as a unit. Nobody I've ever spoken to or tech articles I've ever seen have referred to the used of that measure! This is just one example...
'Protect your data from attack while online' is an article which refers only to Windows 95/98 and Mac OS. With advice for systems that haven't been seen for about 15 years, need I say more?
I could list many more examples of vastly simplified or so-vague-it-doesn't-help-anyone articles, but the fact is that to squeeze gems like 'How to race an Indy Car' (if it was this easy to wade into the seat of an indycar, I'd be doing it tomorrow) or 'Live with OCD' into barely more than half a page, it's inevitable that any kind of detail or elaboration will be absent.
Nothing more than a collection of very basic and unpolished articles fished wholesale from eHow, it's only redeeming factor being that the range of topics covered is vast.