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The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks

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Those who don’t learn from history are condemned to repeat it.

From the Stone Age to the information age, the undead have threatened to engulf the human race. They’ re coming. They’re hungry.

Don’t wait for them to come to you!

This is the graphic novel the fans demanded: major zombie attacks from the dawn of humanity. On the African savannas, against the legions of ancient
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Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by Broadway Books (first published 2009)
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Don
Oct 19, 2009 Don rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
Reading this was enjoyable enough, but the more I've thought about it afterward, the more annoyed I've become.

First, there isn't any new material here; all the material is taken directly from the Zombie Survival Guide. This in itself isn't terrible - it's just not what I had been expecting. But the stories are still as interesting as they were the first time around, and the art does make the incidents more immediate.

What's entirely irritating, however, is the publisher's approach to the book. Th
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Kemper
Feb 01, 2010 Kemper rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, comics, zombies
As a big fan of Brooks' World War Z and Zombie Survival Guide, I was really looking foward to this graphic novel that tells of zombie attacks through history. The stories are interesting and once again Brooks' writing shows that he's spent waaaayyy too much time thinking about tactics to fight off zombies. If there ever is a zombie apocalypse, I vote we put Brooks in charge of our defenses.

But this is short and sweet, and didn't fill my craving for another Brooks zombie book. Plus, I think Rober
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Becky
3.5 Stars-

OK... I really loved The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection From the Living Dead & the audio performance of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War and I have plans to read World War Z next month (since the audio is abridged... I know, I know! Blasphemy. Yes, but it's awesome still. It's the exception. Trust me. Just look at the cast list.) and so I thought that I would round out the Max Brooks trio on my bookcase and pick this up.

I enjoyed it for the most part, and
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Andrew
Oct 05, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, comics
This is a comic book that you can read quite quickly and it’s the first that I read by this author. This is a sort of journalistic reportage with episodes about the zombie phenomenon in human history: manifestation, distribution, transmission and in many cases instruction on how to stop it (in fact removal of all infected). Funny, graphically well done, but the short number of pages saved it from boredom. A little longer and it would be too repetitive. Nice, I think I'll try to read other storie ...more
Sesana
This is a companion of sorts to Brooks's Zombie Survival Guide, which I seem to remember reading years ago. The basic concept is to briefly cover, in graphic novel format, a series of outbreaks occurring throughout history, starting in the stone age and ending in modern America. The narration is written exactly as you would expect if it were actually presenting a series of historical events. Apparently, this was all originally written for and published in the original Survival Guide.

The art is b
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Greg
Feb 09, 2013 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a broadly amusing short read that attempts to create a pseudo-history of recorded outbreaks of the solanium virus and the resultant attacks by zombies on the living at various locations around the globe in the past 60,000 years. Illustrated in black-and-white, zombies are shown in varying degrees of decay, gore and savageness, in contrast to their usually startled and horrified victims! I liked linkages between zombies and aspects of actual Romano-British and Egyptian archaeology, but f ...more
Mehsi
1.5 stars. Well that was just beyond disgusting. I can handle a bit of gore, but seriously this was just too much. I don't think I want to eat anything for the coming hour or so. *shivers*

The art is decent, though not really my kind of art. I am more more of the refined kind of art, not the action/harsh kind of art.

The story and the history parts were really interesting and that is also why I rate this book a 1.5 stars. That is the only thing I enjoyed, though it scared me to bits. It was grues
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Melissa
Nov 04, 2009 Melissa rated it it was ok
I find it very distracting when a comic is written where sentences . . . ellipse through two pages . . . and it's only one thought . . . that's trying to be . . . conveyed. Supposedly this adds to the gravity, but I'm not buying it. Since I've been waiting for this book since 2008, I was hoping it'd be a little longer.
Shilpi Jain
Mar 18, 2012 Shilpi Jain rated it it was ok
Ahhh anything to do with living dead makes me curious so I absolutely had to read this. As the title suggests, it records events back from 5000 BC until as recently as World War II and afterwards about zombie attacks and why they were never officially recorded or acknowledged. It's a short book, thankfully, but most of the theories are too far fetched to believe them. There we no new takeaways from what you haven't seen in the zombie movies- hit on the head to kill etc. I actually thought it was ...more
Trin
Jan 07, 2010 Trin rated it liked it
These stories are lifted directly out of the back of the original Zombie Survival Guide, so don’t expect any new material here. However, they’re extremely fun in graphic novel form, and if it’s been a while since you read Brooks’ first zombie book, as it has for me, I think you’ll still find these a treat.
Elizabeth
Feb 23, 2016 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Loved the art in this. Super cool and gruesome. The title says it all about this one. It is a collection of recorded zombie attacks through history which was super cool and it's made me really excited to read the related books by Max Brooks. I think I may like zombie stories. Totally new section of the horror genre for me.
Becky Johnson
Dec 09, 2015 Becky Johnson rated it really liked it
Shelves: tbr-jar, apocalyptic
This was a quick and easy read mainly cause it's a graphic novel lol
I loved the information and possible theories behind certain ancient routines but I love zombies and I love Max Brooks :) could've been longer though.
Izabela
May 18, 2015 Izabela rated it liked it
This comic-style book is good, but it isn't mind-blowing. There isn't anything new or exciting about it; it's just another zombie outbreak story. The graphics are pretty good, but again, not great. All in all, it's okay.
Hillary roberts
Jan 06, 2016 Hillary roberts rated it it was amazing
my review

I LOVED World War Z then I discovered Max Brooks has published aLOT over the years. I am sooo happy that now I can go and read them all.

This tells about how the first recorded Zombie attacks started. To start off with the artwork is fanfuckingtastic. I fell in love with the artwork. It really added to the story.

The story itself took real history and added zombies in it. I was amazed at how effortlessy Brooks was able to combine real history and the zombies. The world building is out of this wor
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Mark
Aug 02, 2015 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Zombie Survival Guide: Recroded Attacks
Author: Max Brooks and ibraim Roberson
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Published In: New York
Date: 2009
Pgs: 144

REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Summary:
The wars of survival that we are fighting against the zombie in the modern age are not the first plagues to sweep across Man. There have been recorded instances throughout history. They’re coming and they’re hungry. From the Stone Age to the Information Age, across African savannas, against Roman legions, and onbo
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Malika
Aug 17, 2016 Malika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
I just love everything that has zombies in it :D
Μιτς Γιωτίξ
Sep 03, 2016 Μιτς Γιωτίξ rated it it was amazing
Mandatory for all zombie-theme geeks!
Conan Tigard
Nov 16, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it
The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks is a fairly intense graphic novel. The book is beautifully illustrated by Ibraim Roberson. The artwork jumps off the page and I really enjoyed the style of the artist. During the reading, I even found that I started looking around me just bit just to make sure no zombie was creeping up behind me while I was preoccupied. Kinda spooky.
Max Brooks gives us twelve very interesting stories about the living dead. Told from a historical point of view, a narrat
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Mika Harjula
Nov 02, 2015 Mika Harjula rated it liked it
A good illustrated compendium on recorded attacks throughout history in different parts of the world. Described in a mythical and legendary form. I had some problems with the the artistic form. Hard to get a grip in some parts where the coloring was obscurely made and the writing surrounding the framework. Otherwise a day worth of great reading. Recommended.
Kelly
Feb 06, 2014 Kelly rated it liked it
I'm not a graphic novel fan. I completely understand why they are so popular and how they can help struggling readers to become better readers by teaching them to visualize pictures while they read. Because I have vivid visuals in my mind as I read, the graphic novels conflict with these images sometimes, and that's why I prefer not to read them. I "force" myself to read a few each year so I can have conversations with students, and that's why I read this one.

I really liked this graphic novel; z
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Dana
Oct 10, 2009 Dana rated it liked it
This graphic novel features short stories of zombie outbreaks through out human history. I prefer Max Brooks’ novels to this graphic novel but it was still fun to read.
Minna
Jul 28, 2011 Minna rated it liked it
Recommends it for: zombie nuts
I liked it, it was interesting to see the recorded zombie outbreaks hinted at in the Survival Guide. It's was a fast read.
Helen
Jan 16, 2013 Helen rated it liked it
Gift from Lance. Read this awhile ago. It is what is, and it's not what it's not. But overall it was both a quick and fun read.
Joshua D.
May 26, 2015 Joshua D. rated it really liked it
This was a very entertaining book because it was both sarcastic and funny, as well as logical. it provided fictional events in a very realistic and captivating way. The whole thing is written so seriously that you'll laugh when you get to the end of the book and see several Zombie Action Checklists for the owner's use to keep track of outbreaks.There is also a few good life lessons to take away from this book, such as: use a bicycle in a zombie apocalypse because zombies can't hear you and you c ...more
Mel
Feb 10, 2014 Mel rated it really liked it
The thing I liked best about world war z was the way it used oral history to tell the story. So when I found a comic book version of the historical attacks I had to get a copy. This was really great, there were few words and the story was mostly told through the pictures which worked really well in the comic book format. The historical stories were great coming from all over the globe with only the very last story taking place in the US. It really gave a good global and historical setting. The o ...more
Mike
May 25, 2015 Mike rated it it was ok
Shelves: novelties, horror, shannon
Interesting premise even if, like me, you don't give a damn about zombies.
Sara
Jan 04, 2013 Sara rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
The graphic portion is fun. The rest you've read before.
Joshua Elliott
Jan 07, 2014 Joshua Elliott rated it it was amazing
This is a graphic novel from Max Brooks who is the authority on the undead. It recounts historical accounts of singular or mass zombie attacks and the subsequent cover-ups and obliteration of the infection. It is very well written and illustrated. The pictures will make you cringe.
Having read World War Z, Recorded Attacks gives a haunting foreshadowing of things to come. It shows our ignorance and reaction to the infection, the attempted weaponization of infection, and tells the things we have
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McKenzie Richardson
So for anyone who didn't know, there is no new material in this graphic novel that is not in The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead in Recorded Attacks. Apparently that is a huge misconception. Basically all this book does is illustrate some of the more interesting attacks stories already found in the survival guide.Having said that, let's give credit where credit is due. Ibraim Roberson's artwork is really what makes this book so cool. Absolutely amazing. I tend to ...more
Yuna Lovegood
Oct 26, 2015 Yuna Lovegood rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombie-shelf
I'm also going to write real briefly on a graphic novel by Max Brooks and illustrated by Ibraim Roberson. This is a book you should pick up now, it is a really fun read, taking place at random points in history going as far back as 60,000 B.C. Africa all the way into the new millennium. If your familiar with my blogs you know that I love graphic novels, but this book is really great to read because rarely are you experiencing the zombie apocalypse in the past, so you should read this graphic nov ...more
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Max Brooks is The New York Times bestselling author of The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z. He has been called ”the Studs Terkel of zombie journalism.“

Brooks is the son of director Mel Brooks and the late actress Anne Bancroft. He is a 1994 graduate of Pitzer College. His wife, Michelle, is a screenwriter, and the couple have a son, Henry.
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