Our tour bus driver -- who also happened to be the author -- was selling this book during the tour. Schochet is a storyteller, both in writing and verOur tour bus driver -- who also happened to be the author -- was selling this book during the tour. Schochet is a storyteller, both in writing and verbally with his tour vignettes, and I enjoyed both the tour and reading the book itself. The short, amusing vignettes, mostly behind-the-scene stories from Hollywood, the kind that you'd most likely hear from insider friends during a round of beers are funny and easy to remember, ideal for ice breakers and conversation starters.
But beyond that, they reveal a picture of the real people behind the larger-than-life legends of Hollywood like Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, Walt Disney, and many more. Amusing in a bittersweet way. Definitely for the Hollywood fans...more
I began reading this when they confined me in the hospital and I was out of new books to bring along then. Needless to say, zombie books aren't the beI began reading this when they confined me in the hospital and I was out of new books to bring along then. Needless to say, zombie books aren't the best genre to read while you're stuck in a hospital room.
Anyway, back then, even in my weak mental capabilities, my first thought was that the entire idea was stupid. Zombies with the ability to think? Wasn't that the complete opposite of what a zombie is -- a mindless, feeding thing? It did not help that Wellington's writing style seemed haphazard and sort of amateurish. But since I had nothing else to do in that lonely green room and was feeling pretty much like a zombie myself, I decided to continue reading it. Oddly enough, despite my initial misgivings, the characters did grow on me, most notably Gary, who I thought was the best written character in the story. Frankly, I think I would have enjoyed the story more had Wellington stuck to the strange partnership between Delkalb and Gary the zombie. It was a weird dynamic and I wanted to see more of it. But Wellington quickly extinguishes that little glimmer of hope in his book, and promptly returns to the same old formula of throwing in as many unexpected twists as the story can fit. Good enough, I guess, when you have nothing else to do. ...more
I'm not really sure what to make of this book. At first, since it was written by Mel Brook's son I thought it would be funny. It wasn't. The author'sI'm not really sure what to make of this book. At first, since it was written by Mel Brook's son I thought it would be funny. It wasn't. The author's dead serious. And since there aren't really any zombies, the book started out amusing then became rather dull. He seems to be trying to revise notions of zombies into a more scientific idea rather than just the dead rampaging. (I kind of like the idiopathic etiology of the zombie infection. Ironically, it makes it seem more real and frightening.) And yet, even from a scientific point-of-view, his concepts sometimes does not hold true. There's just no reason to finish it unless you plan to write a zombie novel yourself, then this would be very helpful indeed. ...more