Thursday, October 22, 2015

Review: The Vampire Combat Field Guide by Roger Ma #BibPleaseReview #ColoringBook #Giveaway @penguinrandom @nita_basu

Title: The Vampire Combat Field Guide
Roger Ma
Publisher: Berkley (Penguin Random House)
Release Date: October 6, 2015
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In The Vampire Combat Manual, Roger Ma, the nation’s preeminent expert in undead warfare, prepared the average citizen to defend against a brutal vampire attack. But without appropriate training, even the most adept slayer of bloodsuckers can be left vulnerable.

Therefore, the Institute for Undead Combat Studies has once again created an essential practice handbook for anyone seeking to avoid serious injury, infection, or death at the hands of a vampire. This comprehensive guide includes:

  • Detailed illustrations to aid in identifying various types of the undead and their vulnerabilities, as well as anatomical drawings you can color to promote knowledge retention
  • Interactive mental and physical exercises that will teach invaluable fighting techniques and prepare you for battle
  • Work pages to hone weapon selection, defensive and offensive techniques, and precise staking strategies
  • and much more!
With the proper preparation, no one need fear death by exsanguination or an eternity spent in darkness. Learn to ward off these bloodthirsty creatures while you can—or say good-bye to your days in the sun...

My Review

When I was offered a review copy of The Vampire Combat Field Guide, I was excited because I have a lot of hope for this new trend of adult coloring books. While it was not exactly what I was looking for, it's a pretty fun little coloring and activity book.

Instead of crayons, I chose to go with colored pencils for my time spent with the book. The illustrations are pretty detailed, and I don't think it would be feasible to try to use crayons or markers. There is a good deal of shading in the illustrations already, so I think colored pencils are the only thing to use.

As for the quality of the illustrations to color in The Vampire Combat Field Guide, that was probably one of my least favorite things about the book. They make the reading of the book enjoyable, but they weren't really friendly to color. As I said before, there is a lot of shading, and sometimes there was just too much shading and detail to do much with. This applies more to the people. The props and weapons were the very best thing, coloring-wise.

Though I'm not the biggest fan of the illustrations, The Vampire Combat Field Guide is weirdly informational. I mean, it's to the point that I feel like I might just be okay if one ever tried to come knocking at my door. I think the combat training would also work well in a martial arts class setting. I'm down for giving it a try.

If you like coloring books - adult or otherwise - you should check out The Vampire Combat Field Guide. I suggest colored pencils because if a vampire attacks while you're working in it, you can always use them as stakes.

- 3/5 Stars -

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  1. No, I have yet to try adult coloring books but I love coloring so it's something I'm going to look into real soon!

  2. Unfortunately, no. But I would really love to try that. I love children coloring books, though. Adult coloring books must be even better x)

  3. I haven't yet tried adult coloring books, but I have enjoyed coloring along with the kids.

  4. I haven't tried any of the the adult coloring books yet but found a few online of the Mandelas that look fun to do.

  5. Yes, I have amassed quite a collection of adult coloring books. I have started coloring in some of the "cheaper" ones, working my way up to my fancier ones (like The Enchanted Forest and the Secret Garden).

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  7. Yes I have. I enjoy coloring the mandelas. We have always colored for stress relief...we just didn't know that it was a "thing" until lately. At least now there are more adult pictures to color, and the coloring pages are more complex.

  8. I have not tried any but I would like to. I really enjoy coloring. It is so relaxing.


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