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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:32 am    Post subject: World War Z  Reply with quote

by Max Brooks. Must read for any zombie fan.

Dunno what else I can say. This book is just really awesome. Although I'll watch/read just about anything to do with zombies so if you're not into that stuff maybe steer clear.

I borrowed it from the library so it didn't even cost me anything!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love this book. I hope they make it into a movie. It is so much more than a zombie book ... it looks at the impact of a global plague from all aspects (economic, social, emotional, etc.) .

I've had a zombie plan ever since I was a kid, since I livd near a cemetery. Everyone should be prepared.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hahaha same, I'm ashamed to say. I'm not finding his other book - The Zombie Survival Guide - nearly as good as WWZ. It's like he put so much more effort into WWZ, whereas The Zombie Survival Guide seems like a novel filled with common sense and not much else. It's good for some interesting ideas, but most of them are covered in WWZ.

Anyway READ WORLD WAR Z, IT'S REALLY GOOD!!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah ... the Zombie Survival Guide is really a survival guide not necessarily a story with a plot.

Stay ever vigilant. Notice the signs. Be prepared.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 2:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds interesting. Care to post up more about it?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 4:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK well it's written as if it were a non-fiction account of a zombie outbreak which supposedly happened 12 years ago (back in 2008). Max Brooks writes from his own perspective as himself, interviewing different survivors of the disaster from all walks of life and from all around the world (there's even a guy in Sydney, but it's not what you'd expect). And the nice thing about it is as you go through it you notice little details and connections between stories which was a really nice touch.

There are a hell of a lot of people interviewed in it, so you're bound to find someone in there who you can relate to. And they're all really interesting - you just can't help thinking "wow, this could really happen".

The review on the back cover reads:

"Max Brooks has charted the folly of a disaster response based soley on advanced technologies and brute force in this step by step guide to what happened in the Zombie War. He details with extraordinary insight how in the face of institutional missteps and greed, people in unexpected ways achieve unique, creative, and effective strategies to survive and fight back. Brooks' account of the path to recovery and reconstruction after the war os fascinating, too. World War Z provides us with a starting point, at least, a basic blueprint from which to build a popular understanding of how, when, and why such a disaster came to be, and how small groups and individuals survived."

Because the book is so recent (2007), it has a heap of relevant issues in it like the building of the Three Gorges Dam and Bird Flu and heaps of other stuff like that which are incorporated in some way into the story which make "now" the perfect time to read it.

So yeah, as you can see I really enjoyed it. I thought I was a slow reader until I read this. Turns out I'm only slow at reading textbooks and set texts at school.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nick wrote:


So yeah, as you can see I really enjoyed it. I thought I was a slow reader until I read this. Turns out I'm only slow at reading textbooks and set texts at school.


Haha, off-topic but I chuckled at this. Aren't we all? Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is probably because we like to read the things we are interested in and more quickly too. Reading school textbooks requires you to follow on what is needed to be known, usually not of your interest ha ha.

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