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The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse

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As the walking dead rise up throughout the world, a few brave doctors attempt to find a cure by applying forensic techniques to captured zombies.

On a remote island a crack medical team has been sent to explore a radical theory that could uncover a cure for the epidemic. Based on the team's research and the observations of renowned zombie expert Dr. Stanley Blum, THE ZOMBI
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Hardcover, 198 pages
Published March 25th 2011 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2011)
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karen
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
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
Lynne Premo
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
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I’m not a super big fan of horror, but zombies are a pretty good material. They turn their victims into one of them, which is interesting both literally and allegorically, because charcters who were once allies can turn on each other in short order. This undermines a sense of cooperation among the unafflicted, which can be isolating. Then there’s the whole metaphysical thing with zombies: asking questions about what’s really living and what’s really dead. Zombies are dead, but they're walking ar ...more
Kate
Sep 26, 2011 Kate rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kate by: Booklist Top 10 Horror Fiction: 2011
Shelves: 2011, age-adult, zombies
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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Zemkat
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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Nia Nymue
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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Jinksb
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.
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
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
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
Scott Baker
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
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
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
Melissa
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michael spencer
If World War Z is the Night-of-The-Living-Dead for books, this is the Day-of-The-Dead sequel. Finishing the whole of it, cover to cover, in less than two days' time, this reader now recognizes the content proves the author's credentials are all a zombiphile would demand. Set in a medical experiment facility, the "recovered memoir" tack feels like it could become the "found footage" letdown of movies like The Blair Witch Project, and at times the approach does reach its limitations. That said, wi ...more
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
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!
Becca Nedwetzky
Ok so this is a short but fun read. Let me start with the fact that I have no medical training whatsoever and the only medical terminology I know and understand is what is used on TV.

Now, this book is primarily made up of the journal and notes of Dr. Blum, a scientist conducting autopsies on fully animated zombies on a remote island inside of a facility known as the Crypt. We see him dissect these living zombies and deal with his own mental limitations in understanding their pathology. It's bas
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Bryn
This was an interesting take on zombiism, more clinical. It was eerily accurate as to how the world would really respond to such an outbreak. I thought when the governments banned the general public from viewing video footage that they deemed psychologically disturbing to be among the most horrifying aspects of the book since I can see it happening.

I had some issues with the transmission method selected by the author and with some environmental factors that he mentioned, but otherwise the scienc
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Tai Truong
Diehard fans of zombie novels should check out this book. An interesting read from the first person perspective of a fictional doctor finding a cure for the zombie virus. An even more interesting take on how the zombie virus came to be and explains, unlike other zombie novels, how zombies "persist" in their nature despite being dead organisms. It's a short read but quite intense even though there isn't any real "action" in the sense of "The Walking Dead" comic books or the likes of George Romero ...more
Rusty
Less science - more shotguns
Tim
Mar 09, 2011 Tim rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011, horror
LOVED the illustrations!
Rick
I absolutely loved this book and it was a quick read. It isn't the first book to posit that zombies are not reanimated dead humans but rather living humans with some sort of condition that makes them look & act like zombies. It is however the best one with that premise that I have read.

The thing I most enjoyed was the clinical nature of the narrative. It was great how Dr. Blum described everything in a scientific way and I was completely immersed and while I was reading I believed everything
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brian dean
This is definitely a niche book. If you are a fan of the zombie genre (and most of us are) and a medical student (that narrows things a bit), then this is the book for you. To the best of my knowledge (gained from an inter view of the author on Monster Talk - http://www.skeptic.com/podcasts/monst... ), the virus' and prions are solvable. If you put the effort in, you should be able to name the sources of the zombie plague.

This is not a book about fighting zombies with guns, swords, clubs, etc. T
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Stacy
I know, I know.... why am I reading Zombie stuff? Don't judge. It's a little guilty pleasure for me. It's horrifying, therefore a little bit fascinating. I rarely watch Zombie movies (most of them are rated R) but I will endlessly pester Steve with late night questions about Zombie scenarios. He will get a special reward in Heaven. Anyway, this is written by an actual Doctor, thus the heavy medical slant in the diaries. Notes found on the body of a recently deceased UN worker shipped from an acp ...more
M
(Advance Reading copy) It was better than reading nothing. It is a quick read. The secret notebook documents how the scientists were slowly declining in their mental faculties from one of two scenarios that were described in the novel. This decline was evident throughout the book and was the most interesting aspect of the book for me. Unfortunately, the most interesting aspect from the vivisection operations themselves was not that the procedure was done on a "living" organism but that there wer ...more
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