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The Zombie Autopsies by Steven Schlozman
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Apr 16, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: zombies-r-bitey
Read on April 16, 2011

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 more single minded, and its focus was just beyond my ken. wwz was a dissection of a society in the wake of an event, this was a more literal dissection of braaaaaains.

if you are into brain structure and brain function and your whole life is brains brains brains, you are either a neurosurgeon or a zombie. or the guy who wrote this, who is a psychiatrist and professor. and i can just picture this guy writing this, hanging out with colleagues and students, and them all having a ball with the possibilities. and i am sure that they love this book and see it as the first professional zombie novel. and if you have any pals who are both brainiacs and zombie lovers, this is probably the best present ever.

but for me, it doesn't add anything to the canon of zombie entertainment. it is a curiosity piece, like "oh, and then someone wrote this, and it was a great idea, but kind of boring to read."

because what is more boring than medical talk?? bureaucrat talk. and the end of this is pages and pages of UN/WHO (insert clue joke here) assembly packets about how the disease is to be dealt with and what the status of its victims. so you get your "what it means to be human" philosophy dose for the day, but in the most boring (but probably accurate) writing of all. plus flow charts.

here is an example of missed opportunities. at the end, after appendix II (ataxic neurodegenerative satiety deficiency syndrome/natural history and early therapeutic maneuvers), there is a list of 31 "references" taking up four and a half pages. and i read them, hoping there would be something funny in the details, or something revealing, plotwise; a gift to the close-readers. but no. just reference after reference showing what? that there is a lot of scholarship on the zombie situation in this version of the world? i think a page and a half would have been adequate for that, right?? i was totally slogging by this point. there is a lot of medical speculation, but not much in terms of a story.

i enjoyed the zombie illustrations, because i am apparently a moron who only likes pictures and isn't ready for reading yet.
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The Crimson Fucker buaaaa! i can't like your reviews before you post em no more =(

karen good. that was creeping me out a little bit.

The Crimson Fucker How was that creeping you out!? It was like early voting!

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Oh no! Two stars! I almost bought this last week!

karen maybe you will like it - i will be very specific in my review about why it made me zzzzz, but i am definitely the wrong audience for this.

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I look forward to the review. I like zombies and all, but zzzz doesn't sound encouraging.

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Yup, I am not excited about this anymore. Sigh.

Although, wait! I did order it from the library! Eh, I may take a look then, just to behold the jargon.

karen yeah, maybe you will like it - it just wasn't what i was in the mood for. another book i am glad i borrowed before buying blindly.

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Flannery I will vote for every single review of yours that mentions Clue. Are you pandering to me?

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Oriana my friend did the illustrations for this!! i haven't seen it yet, but i'm glad that you didn't hate that part of the book.

karen yeah, the drawings were good and gory!!

message 12: by karen (last edited Apr 23, 2011 06:31PM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

karen oh! i never saw flannery's comment!! noted! you are one of three people in the world who will get that joke!

Jasmine I liked the parts that weren't the drawings too.

karen yeah, but you like brains...

Jasmine cause I'm a zombie

karen no kidding.

Jasmine how is vacation?

karen it is food and drink and revelry and books and movies and sleeping.

kind of awesome.

i am going to go brush some mushrooms with olive oil now... kick a sitter or two for me, okay?

Jasmine will do

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Ian "Marvin" Graye It worries me just a little that somewhere on GR there is a living dead version of Harold Bloom defending the canon of zombie entertainment.

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Allyson Stallman Thanks for saving me from making a wasted purchase. Although, I may buy it for the picture book aspect of it. I do love me some pictures of brains. . .

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Nancy cool

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Nancy sounds good

karen the pictures are decent, but i'm sure there are cooler brain-books out there, with photos of neurosurgery and whatnot...

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