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The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks
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Oct 14, 08

bookshelves: horror
Read in October, 2008

I read Brooks’ World War Z before I read this book, and that might have been a mistake. World War Z was a story with a plotline; this book is instead a tongue-in-cheek handbook on how to survive in a world overrun by zombies. The book is obviously well thought out – Brooks establishes an imaginary framework that zombies operate under (they don’t need sleep, they can’t swim or climb, they spread their virus quickly, they feel no pain, they can only die when their heads are destroyed etc), and then takes that imaginary framework and places it into reality to see how one should act under those rules. The book lists the best types of weapons to use against zombies and why they are the best to use (for example: machine guns spray lots of ammo, but only head shots kill zombies, so machine guns are useless; medieval flails are good at smashing in zombie skulls, but are rather heavy and require strength to use; etc.). The book describes the list of things you should have in your house to survive a zombie siege. The book describes different modes of transportations to use when fleeing from zombies (cars require too much gas and are difficult to maneuver offroad; bicycles are the perfect means of transportation; etc.). You get the picture. Unfortunately, it’s told very straightforwardly, and even though it’s tongue-in-cheek since zombies don’t exist, it’s so straightforward that it comes off dry and boring. The last fifth of the book describes “documented” cases of zombie occurrences throughout history, and is the most readable part of the book – you can see how it sets the stage for World War Z which was released three years later. But ultimately, I found this book rather boring. If you’re a fan of zombies, you’ve already read this. All others should pass.
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