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message 1: by Christopher (new)

Christopher H. I read this a couple of months ago, and loved it! Quite clever, all in all.


Seak (Bryce L.) Yeah so far so good. I really liked the guy that refers to celebrities but he's not allowed to say names and yet he describes them so that you can almost name the person he's talking about. But very clever overall. I just wish I could find an unabridged version, but the full cast is pretty cool.


message 3: by Heidi (new)

Heidi At 50% would you be inclined to recommend it?


Seak (Bryce L.) I don't think I can get this out without sounding like too much of a snob dweeb.... It's a very unique telling of a zombie story, but it's the uniqueness, it's style, that is also it's biggest weakness for me.

It's told from the point of view of multiple people who are interviewed by one guy. None of them are related in anyway except that they do reference the same events and it's done in a way that one event is explained and the next person may casually drop in the name or something. But the problem is there's no real connection. It's more just a history (albeit more entertaining), and no connection to individuals.

It's very clever and worth a read, but it's not my favorite zombie novel...or zombel...or zombook. I feel like we should be able to come up with a better name for this genre. :)

I really liked, for instance, This Dark Earth, which had different POV's, none of which repeated, but they still involved the same people throughout the book. One storyline instead of a bunch of different perspectives.


message 5: by Jason (new)

Jason Koivu That was my approach to the Harry Potter books and movies: don't read it until after watching it. I didn't start reading the books until about the third or four movie had already come out. All during that time my read-first friends would come out of the theaters complaining about this, that and whatever else had been omitted or changed. Didn't seem like they were enjoying the whole experience. So I started reading the books right up to the last one to be made as a movie, I think it was the fifth one, which meant I had to wait to find out what happened at the end of the series for about two or three more years. But it was totally worth it, as I was able to enjoy each and every one of the books and the movies as well.


Seak (Bryce L.) Jason wrote: "That was my approach to the Harry Potter books and movies: don't read it until after watching it. I didn't start reading the books until about the third or four movie had already come out. All duri..."

That's hilarious because it was Harry Potter that made me come up with my rule....and it was the fifth book that I had read a year before the movie. I was loving the movie and all my friends (who had just read the book immediately prior to watching) hated it. That comparison helped me cement the rule.


message 7: by Jason (new)

Jason Koivu Seak (Bryce L.) wrote: "Jason wrote: "That was my approach to the Harry Potter books and movies: don't read it until after watching it. I didn't start reading the books until about the third or four movie had already come..."

My experience with the Lord of the Rings movies definitely laid the ground work for the movie-first rule. Even though it had been a while since I'd read LotR, it was fresh in my mind because I hold it dear, so the movies would've had to have been perfect to my specifications of "the ideal"....which is asking the ridiculous...and so I came out of the movies a little complainy even though I basically enjoyed them.


message 8: by David Sven (new)

David Sven Nice Review Seak. I don't know when I'm ever going to get a chance to read this. I'll just have to hope there won't be a Zombie outbreak before then.


message 9: by Richard (new)

Richard Great review, Seakster!


message 10: by Dan (new)

Dan They are making a movie out of that??


message 11: by Richard (new)

Richard Dan wrote: "They are making a movie out of that??"

That bit of news surprised me too, Dan!


message 12: by Dan (new)

Dan Richard wrote: "Dan wrote: "They are making a movie out of that??"

That bit of news surprised me too, Dan!"


Yeah, I almost bought this book the other day but I have so many on my tbr and cr shelf that I need to slow down a bit. I look foward to the movie.


message 13: by Jelmer (new)

Jelmer God the movie looks horrible, from what I have seen in the trailer it has next too nothing in common with the book.


message 14: by Seak (Bryce L.) (new)

Seak (Bryce L.) See, I think that's a good thing. I couldn't really relate to the book, not that it wasn't good, I just couldn't ever connect to something that is a book full of interviews. Never say never, but this comes close.


message 15: by Seak (Bryce L.) (new)

Seak (Bryce L.) David Sven wrote: "Nice Review Seak. I don't know when I'm ever going to get a chance to read this. I'll just have to hope there won't be a Zombie outbreak before then."

Haha, yeah be careful, there are probably a few zombies around you. They have these devices that look like computers but they're much smaller, like the size of a note card and connected to that are earbuds that go into their ears. Also, a blank look will be there and most likely rapidly moving thumbs.


message 16: by Dan (new)

Dan I just bought the book today. Um....Brad Pitts going to do a zombie movie? Really?? Well he did do vampires...lol.


message 17: by David Sven (new)

David Sven Maybe he's a Zombie vampire! It would be like some of those old Chinese vampire movies.


message 18: by Dan (new)

Dan David Sven wrote: "Maybe he's a Zombie vampire! It would be like some of those old Chinese vampire movies."

LMAO...what you mean that one old Hammer film??


message 19: by David Sven (new)

David Sven Dan wrote: "David Sven wrote: "Maybe he's a Zombie vampire! It would be like some of those old Chinese vampire movies."

LMAO...what you mean that one old Hammer film??"


Well chinese vampires can't walk. They have to jump or hop. But how's anybody going to top this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaasH5...


message 20: by Dan (new)

Dan David Sven wrote: "Dan wrote: "David Sven wrote: "Maybe he's a Zombie vampire! It would be like some of those old Chinese vampire movies."

LMAO...what you mean that one old Hammer film??"

Well chinese vampires can'..."


LMAO.....dude that was awesome. I kind of like how the Chinese vampire looked.


message 21: by George (new)

George You did yourself a favor, by the previews the book and movie have nothing in common but the title.


Jenny (Reading Envy) Funny because a Harry Potter experience made me adopt the same rule, which I broke for Cloud Atlas (and regretted it, or maybe the movie was just that bad, haha). As far as World War Z, I had a hard time finishing the book. Maybe the audio would have been a better choice.


message 23: by Brandon (new)

Brandon Great review!


message 24: by Seak (Bryce L.) (new)

Seak (Bryce L.) Jenny wrote: "Funny because a Harry Potter experience made me adopt the same rule, which I broke for Cloud Atlas (and regretted it, or maybe the movie was just that bad, haha). As far as World War Z, I had a har..."

That's awesome. It was a good time for books/movies wasn't it? :) Audio is always my go to when I can't get through a book otherwise. Sometimes that's all it takes. Did you like Cloud Atlas (the book)? I have it, but don't know when I'll ever actually read it.

Thanks Brandon! I see you rated it similarly so you may have felt the same. I thought it was better than Zombie Survival Guide too, but then again, it literally was a survival guide so there wasn't much to expect out of it I felt.


message 25: by Caryn (new)

Caryn Seak, do yourself a favour and read Cloud Atlas. There are some people here on GR that hate it, but many more of us who LOOOOVE the book. Obviously very different than WWZ, but a wonderful book.

I actually really enjoyed WWZ, but my expectations were not so high. I read it because it came so highly recommended by my 12 year old! I'd expected a YA novel, or one that was not too very deep. It was surprisingly well thought out and complete. Quite scary in his completely apt descriptions of our messed up socio-political world and how ill prepared we are for any natural disaster or pandemic that may come along.


message 26: by Seak (Bryce L.) (new)

Seak (Bryce L.) Caryn wrote: "Seak, do yourself a favour and read Cloud Atlas. There are some people here on GR that hate it, but many more of us who LOOOOVE the book. Obviously very different than WWZ, but a wonderful book. ..."

Good to hear, I have CA on my kindle and it's at least on my super huge TBR list.

I actually meant to mention that about how WWZ explains so well how we are not prepared for natural disasters. I thought that was great that CEO's would have to work for their housekeepers and whatnot. Great points.


message 27: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly Kelly smiljanic Bravo to your review - it was spot on... I was disappointed and there were many parts I struggled to get through and then other parts I liked. I didn't love or hate it either and I'm so happy to know I'm not alone because I thought maybe I'm missing something. All I can say is thank you :-)


message 28: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Maile I just saw the movie and liked it but thought there were some characters that might be developed better in the book. I just started the book and I didn't realize it was so different from the movie.

I think it's funny that people get so worked up when books are made into movies. It's hard not to make comparisons but if you try to separate them and take each in its own merit then it's not as bad. I LOVE the Harry Potter books but I also LOVE the movies. Sure they could have done some things differently but I didn't walk out of any of the movies thinking holy crap they totally jacked that up. I loved them both in different ways :)


message 29: by Rick (new)

Rick Fisher I was disappointed in the book. But, I enjoyed the movie very much. Mainly because it was so different from the book. Great review, BTW.


message 30: by Seak (Bryce L.) (new)

Seak (Bryce L.) Rick wrote: "I was disappointed in the book. But, I enjoyed the movie very much. Mainly because it was so different from the book. Great review, BTW."

I keep missing comments, doh! Thanks a ton, I thought the movie was so much better. The style of the book is unique, but it just doesn't work as well as the traditional approach to get you close to the characters. And that's what keeps me reading.


message 31: by Brandon.skorupa (new)

Brandon.skorupa i dissagre with the movie the movie wasnt that discriptive


message 32: by Seak (Bryce L.) (last edited Sep 12, 2013 10:34AM) (new)

Seak (Bryce L.) Brandon.skorupa wrote: "i dissagre with the movie the movie wasnt that discriptive"

You're definitely right, it leaves out the whole discussion of the laborers becoming the executives' bosses, the ideas of how these slow-walking masses could overwhelm trained troops, how jets and rockets were pretty much useless. I thought those discussions were brilliant and yet I was still disconnected to the story of the book and very much connected to the movie.


message 33: by Deren (new)

Deren Kellogg To me, the movie was dull and the the book was much better precisely because it included many viewpoints instead of just focusing on one protagonist.


message 34: by Seak (Bryce L.) (new)

Seak (Bryce L.) I can completely understand that. There's something to following just one person or set of people that can make something more dull, but for me I didn't feel connected to any of the book characters to care about them much.


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