How would the humanity respond to the sudden onslaught of a zombie epidemic? Would basic institutions such as banks, the military, and police survive?...moreHow would the humanity respond to the sudden onslaught of a zombie epidemic? Would basic institutions such as banks, the military, and police survive? Would world governments be able to cooperate with one another to confront this threat to our species? Would we be able to fight back?
Brooks does a fantastic job of answering these questions and many more. The book itself is written in a documentary style much the same way as Murakami's Underground. Our 'guide' is a UN employee in charge of writing the UN Postwar Commission Report. The interviews are the oral reports from his sources around the globe. The sources are politicians, soldiers and survivors and they each show how mankind handled the initial outbreak, infestation and subsequent war against the undead. I think Brooks concept is fantastic. He does a good job bringing to light many issues that are all too often skirted over in post-apocalyptic literature, such as feral children and what would happen to our space program.
My biggest problem with this book is that the narrative itself seems rather droning by the middle of the book. Almost every character, male or female, comes off as Joe Shmo G.I. Joe/Jane. Using one or two ethnic terms in a character's dialogue does not make them authentically Japanese or Cuban or whatever. While his discussions of political realities that could occur in light of the zombie epidemic is relatively fascinating, his characters are all flat and unbelievable. In too many instances I just couldn't empathize.
All in all, I did enjoy this book. Is it a masterpiece of sci-fi/horror? No. Is it good campy fun? Absolutely. 3.5 out of 5.(less)
It pains me to say this, but this book sucked. I couldn't even finish the last batch of stories in volume 3 because I found almost everything in volum...moreIt pains me to say this, but this book sucked. I couldn't even finish the last batch of stories in volume 3 because I found almost everything in volumes 1 and 2 so damn intolerable. How could the guy who wrote Imajica, Weaveworld, and The Great and Secret Show have come up with some of the absolute garbage found in the Books of Blood?
Keep in mind I am a huge Clive Barker fan, but most of these stories were just terrible. The first two, Book of Blood and Midnight Meat Train were not bad. In the Hill, the Cities was interesting as well. Everything else that I was able to slog my way through was just plain torture.
First of all, since this is a collection of horror short stories I figured some of this should scare me. Well, you flopped Clive. Second, at least gross me out. Barker has some amazing sick and twisted writing even in his fantasy works. His attepted gross outs in here generally read like sad depictions of special effects gone awry in a bad 80's horror film. Finally, even the sex scenes are tame by Barker's standards.
Let's me make it clear that Barker remains one of my favorite authors. However, if you're looking to delve into his sick mind start elsewhere. I'd recommend Imajica, Weaveworld, The Great and Secret Show or The Damnation Game.(less)