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Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Dungeons and Dragons (Book Review)

Posted by Christophor Rick (TheSuperGuido), Nov 03, 2011 19:31

Shelly Mazzanoble previously brought us Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress: A Girl’s Guide to the Dungeons and Dragons Game and now returns with Everything I Need to Know I Everything I need to know I learned from Dungeons and DragonsLearned from Dungeons and Dragons, which has more of a humorous self-help lean to it.

Who would have thought that the answers to life’s biggest questions can all be found in the greatest role-playing game of all time? Shelly Mazzanoble, that’s who! With her signature wit and down-to-earth writing style, Shelly heads down the self-help aisle, exploring universal issues surrounding careers, romance, spirituality, and many more, drawing hilarious yet surprisingly insightful lessons from D&D. For anyone who has ever contemplated a twenty-sided die, this book will make you laugh out loud—and leave you thinking about Dungeons & Dragons and gamer culture in a whole new way.

Mazzanoble’s humor covers every page of the book and I often found myself laughing out loud at situations that were so ludicrous they could only have been real. I can sympathize with the author on several levels, when I was young, my mother one stated that D&D was the work of the devil. She’s amazed that I have not burst into flames or that the ground has never opened to swallow me whole. Both of those things have happened, but only in D&D and not real life.

That is a similar story to what you will find within the 181 pages of Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Dungeons and Dragons except that her mother is more focused on helping Shelly out by plying her with self-help books from Amazon, badgering her about when she might expect a grand child and giving her tips on why her relationships don’t work out.

The book runs the gamut of everything from dealing with your neighbors, planning your day, moving in with your significant other and broaches the topic of demon children, or at least, children that seem like demon spawn.

The writing style is quick and light with a good amount of witty banter to keep it flying high. The phone conversations with Judy, her mother, were the source of loud laughing and "HA!" as I could commiserate with her on having a mother of that nature. Mine isn’t that bad, but I’m the eldest child and the only male, rarely has my mother ever asked when I was going to make her a grandchild and now, my sister has already managed it, so I’m in the clear.

If you’re a Dungeons and Dragons player, male or female, you’ll be entertained by this book and when you talk to others about your parents and their views of it all, you can say, "Well, at least I don’t have Judy as a mother," then again, you might just be as odd and neurotic as Shelly is anyway.

Item Details
Item Code: 306940000
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Format: Trade Paperback
Page Count: 192
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7869-5775-0

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Our Rating for Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Dungeons and Dragons (Book Review)
8.5 Overall
An interesting read that had me laughing out loud a lot of the time and really shined a light not only on the author’s own neurosis but the interactions of non-D&D gamers with those who have learned what D&D has to teach.

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