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The Zombie Survival Guide, written by American author Max Brooks and published in 2003, is a survival manual dealing with the fictional potentiality of a zombie attack. It contains detailed plans for the average citizen to survive zombie uprisings of varying intensity and reach, and describes "cases" of zombie outbreaks in history, including an interpretation of Roanoke Co...more
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Published September 16th 2003 by Three Rivers Press
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Antisocialite
My love for this book is a result of my lack of social skills. Much as I might try to generate conversation with strangers (and, occasionally, among friends) I usually just end up rambling awkwardly until uneasy silence takes over. So, at some point, I started employing zombies. As conversation topics, not servants. Though that would be cool.

"What would we do if we were attacked by zombies right now?" is an excellent way to get to know someone. Their willingness to participate in this line of th...more
Kat Kennedy
This book is only really for those hardcore zombie enthusiasts.

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Your home should look like this

Unless you really, REALLY just love all things zombie, don't bother picking up this book.

I thought I loved zombies enough. I really did. Turns out I just don't cut the mustard.

This book is a detailed expose on Zombie anatomy, zombie weapons and zombie survival strategy.

My favourite part of zombie books, the part where people become zombie numnums, is unfortunately missing. And that's the th...more
Eric
Jan 17, 2008 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The post-apocalyptically curious, horror buffs, those just being introduced to zombies
"Yes Brooks, but what about?" is what I often found myself asking while perusing the Zombie Survival Guide. It's clear it is meant to be humorous. I first went looking for it in non-fiction, and was disappointed to find it in the Humor section. I spared the Barnes and Noble employee a lecture on the dangers of being woefully unprepared for the coming Zombiepocalypse. Brooks went to some trouble to make it appear as if he put plenty of thought and research into this, and that helps make the tongu...more
Jon
Max Brooks is a crazy man.

On the surface, this book functions as humor. What to do when zombies take over, that's fun, right?

What becomes obvious once you start reading it is that Brooks spent a lot of time thinking very seriously about this. And that's funny too. Part of what makes this book great is how humorless it is, even though you will find it in the humor section at the book store.

The more you read, the more you realize that Brooks has a very specific agenda in mind. He doesn't waste ti...more
Spencer
Jan 03, 2011 Spencer rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zombie zombies. Fans of the Boy Scout Manual.
It's a funny coincidence that I'm probably going to get killed by an angry, mindless mob for saying this, but allow me to be the only one with the guts to say that The Zombie Survival Guide is hugely overrated. As others have suggested, the angle is supposed to be that this is a fact-based, real-world take on what to do when the dead finally rise, but Brooks breaks out the "science still can't explain" card way too often for his premise to really work. Which is problematic because while the cent...more
Seak (Bryce L.)
You ever find yourself thinking what you would do if a zombie suddenly came up the hill in front of you. Would you run and try to tell the world? Would you think its already too late and fend for yourself? Would you just go take care of the ghoul yourself?

These are the questions I kept asking myself, especially while listening to The Zombie Survival Guide late at night while driving up the hill to my apartment. Not a good idea if you don't want to really creep yourself out.

I figured zombies woul...more
Eliza
Jul 06, 2008 Eliza rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those unprepared for the zombie menace.
I started this book because I read World War Z and enjoyed it, for some value of enjoyed which also includes being seriously freaked out. This book further cemented my freaked-outedness. I now recognise that my home is inadequate protection against the zombie menace, that not only do I not have any sort of weapon handy which could decapitate without putting me in harm's way but even if I did I would have no skills to use it, and that I am not fully prepared for even a level-1 situation were it t...more
Idle Hippo
Nov 23, 2008 Idle Hippo rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zombie Nuts and Leli a.k.a Layli :-p
Recommended to Idle Hippo by: Jendral Pantouw
Buku ini ternyata secara tak terduga sukses menyalip ditikungan si Becky yang lagi belanja dan petualangan William of Baskerville di sebuah biara Benediktian. Oke, ada yang udah nonton film2nya Leslie Nielsen? itu tuh, aki2 ubanan yang maen di film parodi Dracula, trilogi Naked Gun, Airplane, Scary Movie dll. Gayanya khas banget, dia ngelawak dengan gaya yang serius, seakan-akan dia tidak sadar kalo lagi ngelawak dan gak sadar kalo penonton tertawa terbahak-bahak. Nah seperti itulah Max Brooks m...more
Josh
Oct 17, 2007 Josh rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: You, if you want to live
If you’ve ever fantasized about being the last person on Earth, barricaded in some remote makeshift fortress against an unnamable evil that even now encroaches your perimeter … well, maybe you’re the kind of person that should keep this book on their nightstand.

The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks (yes, son of Mel Brooks and Ann Bancroft) is strangely informative and darkly satirical. Brooks writes with his tongue planted so firmly in his check that he risks a nasty bruise. I hesitate to even...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer
*updated 01 Nov 2011*

raaar GGRRR UURRRG roooorrr RAAAAAAAR uurrg OOOOOR oooor ggrrrr RAAAAR GGRRR oor UUUGGG uugg aahhhhh!!!

Yes! I’m mastering the zombie language! If you don’t know what that means you’re in deep sh*t. You might want to get some books and start learning a few things..

Every person on the planet should own this book; you can never know when the next attack is going to be.

To do list:
• buy a machete
• buy an M1 Carbine
• buy leather suit
• cut hair short
• buy supplies
• buy a dirtbike o...more
Gloria Mundi
The End of The World. Predicted, feared and keenly awaited by certain elements throughout human history. But the Big Bad that will swiftly dispatch us all to hell in a handbasket remains hotly debated. Nuclear war, comets and asteroids, the sun going nova, God smiting us, the large hard-on collider creating a black whole etc. etc. are all potential causes. So why not zombies. You know it makes sense.

So, if you want to survive the rising of the eeeeevil dead, you need to follow the following simp...more
Stephen
3.0 to 3.5 stars. The premise behind this book is great and I really enjoyed the format of an actual "survival guide" for battling zombies. That said, I was probably going to give this book 3 stars except that the last 50 pages were able to secure the book a 4 star rating. These last 50+ pages were a series of "actual" historic accounts of zombie attacks dating back to 60,000 B.C.. These accounts were a ton of fun and showed the spark of brilliance that would make Max Brook's next book, World Wa...more
Brendan
I didn't like this book from the beginning, which is sad because I was so optimistic about the humor of it. The major problem is that the premises the author puts forth fall to pieces when given even the smallest amount of critical analysis. Why does the book hold a rating just under 4? Because too many fans can recognize an exciting concept, but can't see past that to the poor implementation. Yes, it's a zombie survival guide. Whoopdedoo. It's also boring as anything to read, needlessly filled...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Having learned how to survive a horror movie (see my review of that book for further details: http://www.goodreads.com/review/edit/...) I set out to arm myself against supernatural, unnatural, cursed, undead, and other threats.

This will be an invaluable resource in the case of Zombie infestation and plague (they [zombies that is] seem to be spreading from what I can tell). The whole "zombie plague" thing seems to have been unheard of before video games it seems to me. Now what with "World-War Z"...more
Trin
There seems to be some disagreement as to whether this is a humor or a horror book. It was marketed as the former, but I actually think it’s more effective as the latter. If it’s a humor book, it’s strictly one-note—survival guides expect you to be ridiculously over-prepared, haha! As a horror book—even keeping in mind its goofier moments—it really gets under your skin, makes you reassess your surroundings and your safety in ways, I think, few monster stories do.

It’s also interesting to look at...more
Anna  (Bananas!)
I chuckled quite a bit, so this book gets a solid three stars. IF the zombie apocalypse ever does arrive, this baby is getting bumped to five stars on GR stat - that is, if the power hasn't gone out yet.

My issue with the book is that it's a funnier concept than an actual read, because he takes himself so seriously. Really, he goes into extreme DETAIL about all the ways to kill zombies, which weapons to use, where to hide, how to defend versus attack. It's like reading a manual sometimes - wait,...more
Rebecca

In a nutshell: If humanity ever does come close to extinction thanks to zombies, this is the perfect book to have on hand. In the meantime, it's a very detailed, scary and morbidly funny kind of read.

I went into this book with little knowledge of what to expect. I've not read anything by Max Brooks before and definitely not a 'non-fiction' (according to my library) zombie book. I didn't really know what to expect and I can't properly decide on what I thought about it. I thought the concept of th...more
Justyna
Being that I believe there will, one day, be a zombie apocalypse, I find it pertinent to be informed and well-prepared. Reading this book gives you the sense that you will be. It also makes you paranoid as hell. You'll begin to realize that there is no one perfect way to avoid/exterminate the zombies--there are pros and cons to every hideout, weapon, and means of travel. The trick is finding your strengths (and those of the people who will be part of your "team") and choosing the options that wi...more
icebox
Aug 21, 2007 icebox added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: lost-interest
Okay, so I'll be honest. I started reading this book. I got about 10 pages in. Most people would say, "Hey, thats not far enough to know if this book is good or not" but I disagree. In the first 10 pages, not only was I able to discover how completely contradicting this book was, but I was also able to realize how familiar this story was. In my opinion, it seems as though Max Brooks compaired the Zombie virus to the AIDS virus. The only difference being the name of the virus. I am in no way diss...more
Becky
Sep 12, 2008 Becky rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who value their lives.
I must say that I feel better prepared for the inevitable zombie onslaught after having read this.

It's lucky for me that I live on the 3rd floor - I have not one but two sets of stairs to destroy should my exterior defenses be breached.

I would have given this manual 5 stars but for one thing: Several times, the author refers to zombies who have "traveled the ocean floor," etc. While it may be true that zombies don't need to breathe to continue existing, I am quite sure that the immense pressur...more
Rae  Walker
Jul 05, 2007 Rae Walker rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Survival Nerds (and they do exist).
The Zombie Survival Guide is entirely based on the premise of 'Zombie attacks, both massive and individual, are highly plausable. Here is how you survive.'

This is a wonderful premise. It is a wonderful book. Because of this book, I feel that I have a better chance of surviving a zombie attack if/when it does occur.

If you want to be in my roving troupe of refugees then there will be some required reading and this book will be on the list. Also, don't think you can read this after the outbreak - I...more
Belinda
I am woefully underprepared for the zombie apocalypse. If you have a suitable fortress and/or roving group that I can join, please let me know. I can dress out game and make soap. You know you'll be wanting food and soap, right? Let's talk.
Ryan
This book tried too hard. This is a subject that should be easy to write about given the plethora of movies, books, urban legend, etc. material available. The tone was different (that giving it 1 star for failed originality) and thats about it. The author tried so hard to be funny by not being funny that it never was FUNNY.
On the outside and only given a precursory glance I thought the book would be great, I hoped it would be a fun read during my flight, I thought it would be the great satire of...more
Radha
I had multiple zombie dreams while reading this book. I had one dream where my cat turned into a zombie and then there were these albino zombie ferrets that walked on their hind legs and there were zombie rats that I had to kill by smashing their head with a hammer and then one of the people I was with stuck a skewer through one of the heads of a zombie rat and then blood splattered into my mouth when they pulled it out and I was about to spit the blood out of my mouth when I think I woke myself...more
Jesse
This is not a humor book. Maybe a horror reference manual? Not sure but there is not an ounce of sarcasm in the book. Nevertheless I became engaged with it once I let go of the fact it was supposed to be funny. There is some poor editing, however. For instance once it says that zombies cannot rise from the grave and then in a real life incidents talks about zombies rising from the grave. And also once it talks about the first recorded zombie incident in the US being in the 1800s when just pages...more
Candace Schaddelee
I enjoyed every aspect of this book. If zombies ever decide to swarm the earth from a "Class 4 Outbreak", I will know exactly what I need to do. Zombies aside, I think it's a legitimate survival guide for many apocalyptic situations. Think about it; if you were to survive the initial chaos of any type of apocalypse, what is your next greatest threat? Other people. People loot, turn to violence, encourage chaos, etc. So replace "zombie" in this book with "crazy people", and you still have a decen...more
Cooperglocker
Jul 28, 2008 Cooperglocker rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody who doesn't shamble, moan, groan, or seek brains.
Recommended to Cooperglocker by: My fiancee
Hilarious, yet strangely believable.

I'm not exactly going to run out and get plate armor and swords, but it sounds fun!
Snarky's
My mother gave this to me with the same seriously as when she gave me my first bible.
Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
Il fatto è che un giorno entri in libreria, non hai neanche la minima idea del fatto che tu stia per comperare un libro del genere, anzi diciamocelo chiaramente, ci sei pure passato vicino l'ultima volta e ti ricordi benissimo di aver pensato qualcosa come: "ma che libro idiota!". E' che poi per caso incominci a vedere "The Walking Dead" e allora sono cazzi amico, perchè cominci a divorare letteralmente qualsiasi cosa sull'arogmento.

E allora eccoti qui che stringi tra le mani questo manuale di s...more
Snort
The world ends tomorrow 21121012. In anticipation, and to pay homage to thwarted dreams of girl scouting, I have revised this meticulously researched piece of non-fiction. Sceptics and armchair prophets believe it will come as a solar storm… but I know better, purely from esoteric inspiration. Already, I’ve lured my parents out to my Melbournian safe house (in the guise of my brother’s graduation ceremony), though unfortunately the sister prefers to remain in Adelaide for work. The gravity of th...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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