Book Review: Megacatastrophes – David Darling, Dirk Schulze-Makuch

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1212 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (19 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon UK; Amazon US
  • Language: English


Celebrate the year of the Mayan Apocalypse in style with Megacatastrophes!, as Dr David Darling and Dr Dirk Schulze-Makuch delve into the amazing science of the end of the world. Could it be the asteroid hurtling towards us from outer space, or a super-volcano covering the Earth under a cloud of ash; black holes gobbling up the solar system, or a tiny army of nanobots in a deranged feeding frenzy? Oh, and don’t forget there’s always the risk of alien invasion. Rating the likelihood of each potential disaster, David and Dirk provide the best guide to the worst that could happen, and explore what we could do to save our souls. So sit down, face the inevitable, and prepare to discover the nine weirdest ways we could all go to meet our maker.

My Rating: ★★★ (3 out of 5)

My Review

I’ll start with the fact that I did enjoy this book. It isn’t very often that I read a non fiction book and thank you again for all of your suggestions at the beginning of the year. I picked this book because the subject matter appealed to me and it was one of the 99p book of the day deals and I cannot resist a bargain.

From topics such as nano technology (not NaNo technology as that is a writing competition), implications of large hadron collider, contagious diseases, advancements of technology, the Supervolcano and others. There are nine different subjects in all. Different ways for the world to rid itself of us pesky little humans.

Some of the historical parts of the book were really interesting. I found details on the black death and early MRSA fascinating reading. I did find that some of the sections seemed to go on too long and in a few places became too technical for what I wanted. Some others might read this book and devour those sections. I skipped ahead.

It was good fun to read and isn’t too thick a book if you’re wanting to have something to pick up and read about a possible catastrophe to end all humanity. 🙂


Eclectic Reading Challenge 2012 image

This is the NINTH book I have read for the Eclectic Reading Challenge 2012. This is the book for the Non Fiction category. Only three categories left!

About Pete Denton

I'm a writer working my way through the redrafts of a British crime novel. I also write short stories, flash fiction and some screen writing. Check out my blog for more.
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4 Responses to Book Review: Megacatastrophes – David Darling, Dirk Schulze-Makuch

  1. Thanks for a fair and honest review Pete.

  2. EllaDee says:

    I don’t belive I’ve ever read a book review before that’s made me laugh 😀

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