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message 1: by Jamie (new)

Jamie Curious to hear what you think of this book. (It's been on my radar for a while...)

message 2: by Sparrow (new)

Sparrow I thought it was okay. Not totally my thing, though.

message 3: by Miriam (new)

Miriam The zombies are never going to sit the hero down and say, “Hey, we’re just like you and your consumerist culture. Your government scientists should have been more careful in experimenting with bioweapons

Well, there was this one B-movie where some folks hanging out in a bar are accidentally exposed to an experimental bioweapon and become zombies. But they seem normal to themselves and one another, so they think everyone else has gone crazy.

message 4: by Sparrow (new)

Sparrow hahaha, that sounds awesome! Do you remember what it was called?

message 5: by Jamie (new)

Jamie that does sound pretty cool (although the fact that you called it a "B-movie" makes me think it was "high-concept, poor execution").

message 6: by Miriam (last edited May 12, 2012 03:42PM) (new)

Miriam B-movies are low-budget genre films. They're not necessarily high concept. In fact, I think the category excludes things like Arthouse, which may also be low budget.

I think the title was something unelaborate, like "Aaaah! Zombies!" but I'm not certain.
My favorite zombie film, though, is "Night of the Living Dorks."

message 7: by Malin (new)

Malin I felt that is was mostly a book on war and human nature with a zombie backdrop. Personally I liked it quite a bit, but the "zombie" part in the title is almost a bit misleading in some ways. Zombies is not even really what the book is about if you ask me.

message 8: by Sparrow (new)

Sparrow Yeah, I agree with that. But, I think the zombies are important in inspiring the analysis of international politics and military response.

message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

Oh! I liked Ahhh! Zombies! or whatever it was called, Miriam.

message 10: by Sparrow (new)

Sparrow Found it!

message 11: by [deleted user] (new)

It's on netflix, right?

message 12: by Sparrow (new)

Sparrow Yes! But, it wasn't coming up before - I think because I typed in too many As. It is Aaah! Zombies!!

message 13: by [deleted user] (new)

It's hard to know how many As to put in your Aaaah!s.

message 14: by Sparrow (new)

Sparrow You're telling me.

message 15: by Jason (new)

Jason Huh. I kinda thought this was gonna be like a book form of Zombieland.

message 16: by Sparrow (last edited Dec 27, 2012 07:34PM) (new)

Sparrow Not really. It's pretty socio-political. And, you know, apocalyptic, but it seemed somewhat educational, or at least conceptually realistic.

message 17: by Jason (new)

Jason You know what I just realized? I was thinking of the other Max Brooks one: The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead which, from my understanding of reading the dust jacket, is more of a humorous take on surviving a zombie apocalypse.

message 18: by Sparrow (new)

Sparrow Yeah, I have that one, but I haven't read it yet. I think maybe more funny? But, I don't think it has a storyline, does it?

message 19: by Jason (new)

Jason I was expecting just a collection of short survivalist stories, written humorously. But that is only a guess.

message 20: by Sparrow (new)

Sparrow I just looked through it a little bit. It's more like a regular scientific survival guide. I think it is put in the humor section of bookstores based on the idea that it is funny to prepare for a zombie apocalypse. And maybe the somewhat earnest detail is funny? Or maybe I don't get the joke.

message 21: by Jason (new)

Jason Like survivalist theories using the scientific method? That sounds like it could be interesting, having a hypothesis disproved by being eaten. Not sure about your sense of humor—did you find Shaun of the Dead funny?

message 22: by Sparrow (new)

Sparrow Um, like the survival guide my friend's grandpa used to live in the woods for a while.

Shaun of the Dead is amazing.

message 23: by Jason (new)

Jason Sparrow wrote: "Shaun of the Dead is amazing."

I second that emotion.

message 24: by [deleted user] (new)

The survival guide is real straight, like a very nerdy take on how to survive zombies. I think it's shelved in humor because Max is Mel's son.

Woot Zombieland.

message 25: by Jason (new)

Jason MAX IS MEL'S SON?? As in Blading Saddles Mel? Damn, I need to do a better job reading those dust jackets!

message 26: by Sparrow (new)

Sparrow It kind of seems like if D&D guides were shelved in humor to me. Like, fill in the joke.

message 27: by [deleted user] (new)

Sparrow wrote: "It kind of seems like if D&D guides were shelved in humor to me. Like, fill in the joke."

Hahaha. Right on.

Yup, that Mel. It's trippy once you know that.

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