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The Zombie Survival Guide is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now. Fully illustrated and exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective defense tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to su ...more
Paperback, 255 pages
Published September 16th 2003 by Three Rivers Press (first published September 1st 2003)
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Lubo I disagree. A zombie is still a creature with a human physiology, so it would suffer from the same ailments the human had when living. The zombie stil…moreI disagree. A zombie is still a creature with a human physiology, so it would suffer from the same ailments the human had when living. The zombie still uses nerve signals to move muscles, so if these were damaged before the death and reanimation, then the zombie would be paralyzed as well. The "zombification" does not heal previous wounds and create some sort of superhuman creture, it just alters the structure of the brain. The book is full of examples of decapitated heads still moving and what not, which directly answers your question.(less)
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Jul 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
My love for this book is a result of my lack of social skills. Much as I might try to generate conversation with strangers (and, occasionally, among friends) I usually just end up rambling awkwardly until uneasy silence takes over. So, at some point, I started employing zombies. As conversation topics, not servants. Though that would be cool.

"What would we do if we were attacked by zombies right now?" is an excellent way to get to know someone. Their willingness to participate in this line of th
Kat Kennedy
Jan 23, 2011 rated it liked it
This book is only really for those hardcore zombie enthusiasts.

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Your home should look like this

Unless you really, REALLY just love all things zombie, don't bother picking up this book.

I thought I loved zombies enough. I really did. Turns out I just don't cut the mustard.

This book is a detailed expose on Zombie anatomy, zombie weapons and zombie survival strategy.

My favourite part of zombie books, the part where people become zombie numnums, is unfortunately missing. And that's the th
Mario the lone bookwolf
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is one of the most important, at the same time underrated self-help and autodidactic books that should not be missing in any good library next to survival guides about blackouts, civil unrest, the collapse of civilizations, alien invasions, parents in law and black Fridays, although those get less and less dangerous thanks to online shopping, especially cyber monday, consumerism, jay!

Just imagine the following. You wake up, everything seems cool, there is just this unusual, extreme silence
Jan 17, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: The post-apocalyptically curious, horror buffs, those just being introduced to zombies
"Yes Brooks, but what about?" is what I often found myself asking while perusing the Zombie Survival Guide. It's clear it is meant to be humorous. I first went looking for it in non-fiction, and was disappointed to find it in the Humor section. I spared the Barnes and Noble employee a lecture on the dangers of being woefully unprepared for the coming Zombiepocalypse. Brooks went to some trouble to make it appear as if he put plenty of thought and research into this, and that helps make the tongu ...more
Jon Carroll  Thomas
Dec 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
Max Brooks is a crazy man.

On the surface, this book functions as humor. What to do when zombies take over, that's fun, right?

What becomes obvious once you start reading it is that Brooks spent a lot of time thinking very seriously about this. And that's funny too. Part of what makes this book great is how humorless it is, even though you will find it in the humor section at the book store.

The more you read, the more you realize that Brooks has a very specific agenda in mind. He doesn't waste ti
Sep 07, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Zombie zombies. Fans of the Boy Scout Manual.
It's a funny coincidence that I'm probably going to get killed by an angry, mindless mob for saying this, but allow me to be the only one with the guts to say that The Zombie Survival Guide is hugely overrated. As others have suggested, the angle is supposed to be that this is a fact-based, real-world take on what to do when the dead finally rise, but Brooks breaks out the "science still can't explain" card way too often for his premise to really work. Which is problematic because while the cent ...more
What can I say this book gives my life complete and utter meaning. It's so informative and precise. The illustrations are freaking amazing.
Max Brooks is a truly incredible author and he isn't afraid to go ... there.

The books makes me wanna get fit and buy all the equipment I need, and you know what I will. I mean we will never ever know what could happen in the future will we?
In one sense because of the movies, books and TV shows I really want a zombie outbreak, but on the other hand I am really
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
I did not finish this one sadly :( While I enjoyed World War Z, this one was too bogged down in the weapons section. Perhaps I just wasn't in the mood for it. Great for detailed information on types of weapons and their uses though. I mean hell, I know an aluminum baseball bat isn't the greatest weapon now against a zombie after a couple of attacks. ...more
Apr 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
You ever find yourself thinking what you would do if a zombie suddenly came up the hill in front of you. Would you run and try to tell the world? Would you think its already too late and fend for yourself? Would you just go take care of the ghoul yourself?

These are the questions I kept asking myself, especially while listening to The Zombie Survival Guide late at night while driving up the hill to my apartment. Not a good idea if you don't want to really creep yourself out.

I figured zombies woul
Anzu The Great Destroyer
*updated 01 Nov 2011*

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Yes! I’m mastering the zombie language! If you don’t know what that means you’re in deep sh*t. You might want to get some books and start learning a few things..

Every person on the planet should own this book; you can never know when the next attack is going to be.

To do list:
• buy a machete
• buy an M1 Carbine
• buy leather suit
• cut hair short
• buy supplies
• buy a dirtbike o
Peter Topside
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure what to expect from this, at first. Certain genres, like zombies, are so overdone these days, that I figured it was going to be just a fun read, but nothing special. I was not at all prepared for the depth of each section. It was informative, innovative and a very enjoyable read. And nothing was overkill (No pun intended), but everything had a nice flow. I no longer am afraid of a zombie apocalypse, thanks to this book. Highly recommend! ...more
Jun 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those unprepared for the zombie menace.
I started this book because I read World War Z and enjoyed it, for some value of enjoyed which also includes being seriously freaked out. This book further cemented my freaked-outedness. I now recognise that my home is inadequate protection against the zombie menace, that not only do I not have any sort of weapon handy which could decapitate without putting me in harm's way but even if I did I would have no skills to use it, and that I am not fully prepared for even a level-1 situation were it t ...more
If prepping and zombies are your vibe, this book is for you. I feel thoroughly prepared to tackle anything The Real Life Walking Dead throws my way now.

Be warned, this book reads like a survival guide. This is not a quippy title for a plot driven work of fiction. Therefore, some of the material starts to feel a little list-like and repetitive. Reading this book is likely better in doses for most people rather than a one-sit approach. Aaaand sometimes Brooks can contradict himself a smidge, but t
Sep 12, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: You, if you want to live
If you’ve ever fantasized about being the last person on Earth, barricaded in some remote makeshift fortress against an unnamable evil that even now encroaches your perimeter … well, maybe you’re the kind of person that should keep this book on their nightstand.

The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks (yes, son of Mel Brooks and Ann Bancroft) is strangely informative and darkly satirical. Brooks writes with his tongue planted so firmly in his check that he risks a nasty bruise. I hesitate to even
Oct 03, 2010 rated it did not like it
I didn't like this book from the beginning, which is sad because I was so optimistic about the humor of it. The major problem is that the premises the author puts forth fall to pieces when given even the smallest amount of critical analysis. Why does the book hold a rating just under 4? Because too many fans can recognize an exciting concept, but can't see past that to the poor implementation. Yes, it's a zombie survival guide. Whoopdedoo. It's also boring as anything to read, needlessly filled ...more
Gloria Mundi
The End of The World. Predicted, feared and keenly awaited by certain elements throughout human history. But the Big Bad that will swiftly dispatch us all to hell in a handbasket remains hotly debated. Nuclear war, comets and asteroids, the sun going nova, God smiting us, the large hard-on collider creating a black whole etc. etc. are all potential causes. So why not zombies. You know it makes sense.

So, if you want to survive the rising of the eeeeevil dead, you need to follow the following simp
Himanshu Karmacharya
Jun 20, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2021, zombies
Sometimes, a book grasps your attention just because of its interesting title. Such was the case here; I was intrigued by the book's title, unfortunately, I didn't find the content to be as great as I expected.

The book starts off fine, with the author guiding the readers on what to do and what not to do on a "seemingly impossible" zombie apocalypse. He points out many clichés seen in zombie movies, and it's interesting how he has presented the Solanum virus in a "scientific" way.

However, once t
Oct 18, 2008 rated it liked it
3.0 to 3.5 stars. The premise behind this book is great and I really enjoyed the format of an actual "survival guide" for battling zombies. That said, I was probably going to give this book 3 stars except that the last 50 pages were able to secure the book a 4 star rating. These last 50+ pages were a series of "actual" historic accounts of zombie attacks dating back to 60,000 B.C.. These accounts were a ton of fun and showed the spark of brilliance that would make Max Brook's next book, World Wa ...more
Nov 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, zombies
Half realistic survival guide (with a zombie twist), half fictional accounts of zombie outbreaks, this book is a mixed bag.

For someone already as paranoid as myself, it's fairly depressing to have it hammered home just how much in the way of resources you need to truly be prepared for the end of the world. Just bear that in mind before you pick this book up if you have a tendency to fret over whether or not your basement of canned food will be enough to see you through - it won't. The survival s
Anna (Bananas)
Aug 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: zom-nom-nom
I chuckled quite a bit, so this book gets a solid three stars. IF the zombie apocalypse ever does arrive, this baby is getting bumped to five stars on GR stat - that is, if the power hasn't gone out yet.

My issue with the book is that it's a funnier concept than an actual read, because he takes himself so seriously. Really, he goes into extreme DETAIL about all the ways to kill zombies, which weapons to use, where to hide, how to defend versus attack. It's like reading a manual sometimes - wait,
Kimberley doruyter
i can't take it seriously and even if i did it would only help if i lived in the us.
the best part of the whole book is the historical stories just enough facts ot almost make you believe.
Katie (Kitkatscanread)
Actual rating : 4.5 stars

Really liked this book.
Great for fans of the walking dead.
I feel ready for a Zombie Apocalypse now haha.
Mike (the Paladin)
Mar 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Having learned how to survive a horror movie (see my review of that book for further details: I set out to arm myself against supernatural, unnatural, cursed, undead, and other threats.

This will be an invaluable resource in the case of Zombie infestation and plague (they [zombies that is] seem to be spreading from what I can tell). The whole "zombie plague" thing seems to have been unheard of before video games it seems to me. Now what with "World-War Z"
Jul 15, 2008 rated it liked it
There seems to be some disagreement as to whether this is a humor or a horror book. It was marketed as the former, but I actually think it’s more effective as the latter. If it’s a humor book, it’s strictly one-note—survival guides expect you to be ridiculously over-prepared, haha! As a horror book—even keeping in mind its goofier moments—it really gets under your skin, makes you reassess your surroundings and your safety in ways, I think, few monster stories do.

It’s also interesting to look at
May 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Being that I believe there will, one day, be a zombie apocalypse, I find it pertinent to be informed and well-prepared. Reading this book gives you the sense that you will be. It also makes you paranoid as hell. You'll begin to realize that there is no one perfect way to avoid/exterminate the zombies--there are pros and cons to every hideout, weapon, and means of travel. The trick is finding your strengths (and those of the people who will be part of your "team") and choosing the options that wi ...more
Aug 21, 2007 added it
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: lost-interest
Okay, so I'll be honest. I started reading this book. I got about 10 pages in. Most people would say, "Hey, thats not far enough to know if this book is good or not" but I disagree. In the first 10 pages, not only was I able to discover how completely contradicting this book was, but I was also able to realize how familiar this story was. In my opinion, it seems as though Max Brooks compaired the Zombie virus to the AIDS virus. The only difference being the name of the virus. I am in no way diss ...more
Dec 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
The Zombie Survival Guide reads like a non-fiction preparatory guide for an honest to god zombie invasion. It goes through absolutely everything you could think of; weapons, mode of transport, pre-planning, everything. And it does so in a way that is actually super interesting.

I tend to have trouble reading non-fiction books. It's hard for my attention to be captured and so often find my brain wandering off. However, as my most recent plot bunny involved a zombie apocalypse, this was an amazing
Rae  Walker
Jul 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Survival Nerds (and they do exist).
The Zombie Survival Guide is entirely based on the premise of 'Zombie attacks, both massive and individual, are highly plausable. Here is how you survive.'

This is a wonderful premise. It is a wonderful book. Because of this book, I feel that I have a better chance of surviving a zombie attack if/when it does occur.

If you want to be in my roving troupe of refugees then there will be some required reading and this book will be on the list. Also, don't think you can read this after the outbreak - I
Oct 31, 2020 rated it did not like it
I was looking for something light and silly, something to make me laugh. I was hoping that this spoof by a well-regarded comic writer, the son of a famous comic, would meet my need. This was light, but I did not find it remotely funny. As I post my review on GR, I see that this is illustrated. Maybe if I had been able to see the illistrations, I would have understood the humor.
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nbtr
Ah well I read it before World War Z so maybe I missed something but overall it was way too much fun the tone of the book is like it's written in response to an actual probable threat. It's tone is so much realistic that few times during the book I thought of googling this name or that story. There are zombie tales all around us why don't we know about them because governments and people responsible try to bury the truth so deep that even with a horde of zombies it can't dig it's way out. In som ...more
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Max Brooks is The New York Times bestselling author of The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z. He has been called ”the Studs Terkel of zombie journalism.“

Brooks is the son of director Mel Brooks and the late actress Anne Bancroft. He is a 1994 graduate of Pitzer College. His wife, Michelle, is a screenwriter, and the couple have a son, Henry.

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