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The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse

3.3  ·  Rating Details ·  1,277 Ratings  ·  242 Reviews
"Humanity has a new weapon against the living dead and that weapon is Steven Schlozman!"
--New York Times bestselling author Max Brooks

"I've written and made films about zombies for over forty years. In all that time, I've never been able to convince my audience that zombies actually exist. On page one of THE ZOMBIE AUTOPSIES, Steven Schlozman takes away any doubt. This fas
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 21st 2012 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2011)
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karen
Apr 16, 2011 karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies-r-bitey
i love the idea behind this book, it just wasn't much fun (for me) to read. but then, i am a zombie nerd, not a neuro-nerd. (neurd??)

it is not because of the lack of whizz-bang zombie attacks.

world war z did not have any "zombie action" as such, and i still really enjoyed it. in that book, there were so many unexpected facets of zombie aftermath touched upon,it showed that a great deal of thought about All Things Zombies (the best of all NPR shows) had been taken into consideration. this one was
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Jasmine
Mar 27, 2011 Jasmine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american
I want to write a really good review for this book but I'm not actually going to.

This is a more high brow zombie book, or at least midlevel. there is medical terminology (one review says way too much, one review says way too little, so fuck it's a little bit goldilocks). The pictures are beautiful. The U.N. resolution at the end is as far as I can tell (which isn't any further than model u.n.) written correctly. It addressing really interesting questions like "are zombies human?" a question no
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Mercadoodles
I can't believe I put Jane Eyre on hold to check this out. I'm not sure I really like how it was formatted with boring letters form the UN, a journal that could have been more intriguing and a smattering of letters and journal entries and "official papers" in the end. It felt a bit disorganized. When a book is mainly epistolary and is supposed to contain different "sources" it should be organized according to how you want to readers to feel in the beginning, the middle, and when they finally clo ...more
✟ℜoxanne✟(Death by Book Avalanche)
✭✭✭ 3 Stars

I liked this book because it was different to anything else I have read about Zombies. It comes from a completely different perspective; to be precise a medical journal.
Even though I knew this was a journal I still expected some more brutal Zombie action...as Zombies are brutal. There was little action in this but the artwork was nice and detailed.
To be completely honest, it became way too scientific for me which meant the majority of the explanations went over my head and it became b
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Kate
Aug 04, 2011 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kate by: Booklist Top 10 Horror Fiction: 2011
Shelves: age-adult, zombies, 2011
Being a fan of zombies, I thought this sounded like a cool idea. Blurbs from zombie heavy-hitters like Max Brooks and George Romero on the cover made me think this was going to be better than it was.

Sometime in the spring and summer of 2011, a zombie apocalypse has occurred. The zombie virus, called ANSD, has wiped out two thirds of the world's population. A team of scientists, sequestered on an island, were tasked with doing autopsies on living Stage IV ANSD infected patients (aka the NLH or N
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Lynne Premo
May 20, 2011 Lynne Premo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written by a Harvard psychiatry professor, this book has a different spin than most in the zombie genre. It's not so much a thriller, with bands of refugees racing through the streets trying to stay alive and find a safe haven, as it is a fictional discourse on science and ethics. Told through the diaries of a neuroanatomist on an isolated research facility in the Indian Ocean, the story focuses on autopsies undertaken to determine just what pathogens are involved in the disease. Schlozman adds ...more
Zemkat
May 04, 2011 Zemkat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
How do zombies live? How can they survive the massive infection they must have? Why are they so hungry when a typical animal that sick would stop eating? (And why do they hold their arms up in front of them?)

These are some of the questions explored in The Zombie Autopsies, a horror novel structured as a packet for researchers attending a meeting to discuss the fate of humanity during a zombie epidemic.

The author has a medical background, so the focus is on zombiism as a disease process. The writ
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Jinksb
May 03, 2011 Jinksb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An interesting concept: research notes and government reports as horror novel. But as a wise person once said, "A concept is not a story." I felt the book needed much more narrative and many fewer footnotes. The anatomical drawings of zombie autopsies in progress (complete with the subject glaring at the dissector) were appropriately gory and creepy. I like my shambling zombie tales with more decaying meat on their bones, so I give it only two stars.
Nia Nymue
Jul 14, 2014 Nia Nymue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is very different than most zombie fiction you'll find. It's not driven so much by plot. It does not contain much of the psychological deterioration of survivors or a more action-based storyline that we are familiar with already. This book comprises of the diaries of a scientist, who details his autopsies as well as describes a little about what the environment is like with the other remaining scientists and the zombies.

I'm not sure if there was much difference having an inexperienced a
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Lolly's Library
I'm a detail-oriented, scientific-minded sort of person, which is why this type of book is right up my alley. I love pseudo-realistic books detailing the science behind fictional subjects, such as zombiism. And, honestly, the way The Zombie Autopsies reads, it could easily be taken as fact, especially considering the wackos out there today, with their private labs and endless funds, who are tampering with any number of deadly viruses and toxins, mutating them into even more deadly forms with the ...more
Scott Baker
Jun 20, 2011 Scott Baker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Zombie Autopsies focuses on the private, hand-written diary of Dr. Stanley Blum, the last scientist sent to the United Nations Sanctuary on the island of Bassas da India in the Indian Ocean where researchers from the UN and the World Health Organization are conducting autopsies on fully-animated zombies to find a cure for the living dead plague that has ravished a third of mankind. Everyone else who has ever traveled to the sanctuary has become infected and eventually turned into a zombie, s ...more
Jessica Bronder
The zombie apocalypse has happened. One third of all humans have become zombies or NLH (No Longer Humans). Scientists have been selected to go to an island in the south pacific call the Crypt. There, they are to find out how humans are being turned into zombies and to find a vaccine for those humans left.

This is based on the journal of scientist Dr. Stanley Blum. Stanley was part of a three party group planned to go to the Crypt. But two of the three helicopters went down in transit to the Cryp
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Emmy
Jun 21, 2012 Emmy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
At the start, this book was really something special. It promised to be a look into the phenomenon of "Zombiism" as a medical condition during the so called "Zombie Apocalypse". Besides cool ideas, it even contained illustrations which were graphically detailed and often repulsive, but really cool for those with a fascination in the grotesque or the anatomy. However, all promise quickly faded as I continued to read. Everything that seemed so cool pages before quickly became labored and boring. I ...more
Ryan Briggs
Nov 30, 2015 Ryan Briggs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book was very intriguing from an anatomical and physiological point of view. We've all been curious as to how a zombie becomes a zombie and this book gives some good insight into how that could possibly happen. Dr. Schlozman put a lot of thought into how being a zombie affects homeostasis as a whole. I am very excited about his next book to see where he takes the microbiology of the "ANSD virus." The anatomical and physiological terms are deeper than the average person would understand, but ...more
Johnathan Greyshade
I picked up an ARC of this book and read it when I was in the mood for something really dark. It delivered. This short read is full disgustingly gruesome details that only a medical profession could write about this convincingly. The medical details are clearly explained in text, but are sufficient to give the book credibility. Ultimately this is the story of a team of doctors fighting to understand a horrifying disease that they are succumbing to themselves. It is a disease that will rob them o ...more
Aaron Poorman
For me, Zombies are only mildly scary. They seem slow and dumb, and generally interior to most nightmare creatures. The writing style and presentation of this book, both in formatting, and typeface designed to look like pencil notebook entries, gives this a little flair to start but the charm, if it can be called such, dies quickly. Quicker in fact than an infected zombie might. There was a bit of technical knowledge (being written by an actual M.D.) that at first made the whole thing seem more ...more
Melissa
Nov 09, 2011 Melissa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Liz
I can see why “The Zombie Autopsies” got such mixed reviews. This is a book that will only appeal to zombie fans who also possess an interest in medical science. If you don’t have that combined with at least very basic medical and anatomic knowledge, this book will 1) bore and 2) confuse you. It’s more than a bit dry, frankly; it was written by a doctor and reads like it, like a scientific report, even at the “exciting” parts. But that’s the way it should read; this is a record of a scientific s ...more
Julia
Mar 20, 2015 Julia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 2015
Well, it started off well. At first, it made me feel like I was reading some top-secret medical journal, because that is exactly how it's written. However, that got a little old. It's written like a government document that contains a journal from a medical researcher.

I liked the ending, but it doesn't hit you in a powerful way. There is very minimal character development, but I didn't really mind.

Also, Steven Schlozman is very intelligent. I would only recommend this book to people who are real
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Theresa
A quick read, but also a boring read. Since the story is mostly a doctor's journal entries, you don't get to know any characters. Most of the writing is medical in nature and there is very little action. It is mostly just description of medical autopsies. Even the pencil illustrations of the zombies were not enough to interest me. Pass this book up and pick almost any other zombie book that has come out in the last couple years and it will be a billion times more interesting.
Alex Flynn
Not for most people. You have to love horror fiction and neuroscience, which I do, so it was a fun, quick, read. The story was more of a sketch and the world wasn't fully developed. Really it felt like a quasi-drunken conversation with a friend in a PhD in the waning hours of a party about zombies and biology. The grad school equivalent of my high school conversations about which super-hero would win in a melee style fight. There, now I've admitted to being a nerd.
Tamara
May 09, 2011 Tamara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was not at all what I was anticipating. I thought it was going to be riveting; but instead it was 100% mediocre. It was also totally repetitive and, well, it was just not interesting. I managed to finish the "diary" part but did not spend time with the fake "appendix" type of stuff at the end. Disappointed!
Tim
Mar 09, 2011 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 2011
LOVED the illustrations!
Rusty
Less science - more shotguns
James Gustafson
Dec 19, 2016 James Gustafson rated it liked it
I bought this intrigued by Dr. Schlozman's possible medical explanation of Zombies & I found that fantastically interesting. Unfortunately that was only about the first half of an already small book. It's really more of a great novella coupled with painfully less interesting filler (glossaries, faux UN resolutions, etc.) Dr. Schlozman's narrative is great & would have been an excellent addition to a collection or anthology, but isn't enough to carry the full book.
Kookie
May 24, 2017 Kookie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Lovely art work, but I never realized how boring zombies can be.
Gabe Labovitz
May 10, 2017 Gabe Labovitz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like zombie literature, this is excellent.
Marc Aplin
Mar 28, 2011 Marc Aplin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zombies are cool right now. I’m not sure what inspired their comeback exactly… but they are certainly back and there’s no hiding from them! With shows like ‘The Walking Dead’ and the hugely successful book by Max Brooks ‘World War Z’ it appears that the more realistic the media – the better.

People want to know ‘what would happen if the apocalypse occurred tomorrow?’.

Well… ‘The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse’ aims to answer that question.

Firstly, I need to tell you that it
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Schnaucl
I was left feeling very frustrated by this book.

The set up is interesting. There's a lab on a small, isolated island where scientists go to research ANSD (the name for the zombie virus) and hopefully find a vaccine and cure. But everyone who goes to the island eventually succumbs either to the virus or from trying to slow the virus by altering their Ph levels (which causes symptoms very similar to the zombie virus and is just as fatal). Life expectancy is less than 7 weeks, more like 2 weeks. S
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Nick Patten
Oct 26, 2012 Nick Patten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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Are you, by any chance, looking for a new type of reading experience? Are you tired of the same old novel with the never-ending hero and villain archetypes? Are you a fan of all things bloody and gory? Then The Zombie Autopsies by Dr. Steven C. Scholzman is just the book for you.
The Zombie Autopsies takes place in the post-apocalyptic United States. A zombie virus has spread worldwide and is threatening to wipe out all of mankind, as we know it. You become indulged in the diary entr
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“I feel fuzzy, like there's something slowing my thinking. It's horrifying, this fuzziness, because right now is when I have to be sharp, to think more clearly than ever before. I'm scared. I think this is what it feels like to go mad: to not know whether you can trust your own thoughts.” 2 likes
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