Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Review BRO-JITSU : The Martial Art of Sibling Smackdown by Daniel H. Wilson (And CONTEST!)

By Daniel H. Wilson
To Be Published April 13, 2010
Paperback, 160 Pages

Placement in the Pile: A Bit Buried

The world's most (okay only) comprehensive guide to sibling torment.

Kung Fu. Tae Kwon Do. Karate. All ancient martial arts that have been around for thousands of years. But there's only on martial art that's existed since the dawn of man. Only one that's been studied by billions of brothers and sisters the world over. We're talking about Bro-Jitsu.

From the author of How to Survive a Robot Uprising comes a hilarious, highly informative and completely original guide to tormenting your brothers or sisters. Separated into Offensive, Defensive, and Psychological moves, Bro-Jitsu is a tongue in cheek encyclopedia of sibling smackdown, from how to most effectively include pro-wrestling moves in a standard bout to executing a full-body defensive fish wiggle, which will get you out of just about any choke hold or tackle. Throughout the book, diagrams and illustrations of the moves help you in your quest toward Bro-Master status.

I do admit this book was amusing. As someone who grew up in a big family I thought it would be downright hillarious. In the end it read more like an encyclopedia of classic sibling torture than anything else. The jokes and moves were clever though, and the illustrations were fun. I also like that they listed the parents as the natural referees. That made me smile.

In the end I think my husband would enjoy this book better than me. Part of that could be the placement of age amongst our siblings, he's a middle kid and I'm the baby of the family. Part of it could also be that boys are more often than not the torturers of the family.

One thing for sure is this book should NOT be put in the hands of any child still immature enough to put this book in practice. The back of my ARC says that it is being marketed to the college market, and I think that's where it belongs.

In the end it was fun, and amusing, but definitely not something I would go out and buy.


For this contest to win my ARC of BRO-JITSU just leave a comment with a sibling torture story of your own (whether you were the torturer or the victim!). Open until 11:59 PM EST, Friday, March 19th.

I'll start:

Being the youngest of a large family with lots of older brothers meant I got teased a lot. The most frightening was my third oldest brother used to hold me over the top of the stairs, over the banister, then pretend like he was going to drop me. To this day I am terrified of heights!

Now get commenting people!