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Gold Gato, August 13, 2013 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
MISTAKES MADE WHILE READING THIS BOOK

1. It was past dusk, the wind had suddenly kicked up, and the doors started creaking. Not good.

2. The neighborhood dogs all started howling at once and I didn't immediately get up to see what was happening.

3. I was pretty confident my house was zombie-proofed...I am apparently wrong.

4. I realized I am the only person in America who doesn't own a gun. I am so screwed.

5. "Siafu". These are the Army Ants who will crawl over each other to get to their prey. I stupidly wiki'd the name.

6. One of the telly channels broadcasted the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD...three times in one week. I watched all three showings. And I only turn on the TV a few times a month.

The good news is that this is just a book. Even though it hints of total environmental destruction (Brooks' zombies eat everything, even moles) brought on by lazy human self-entitlement (American suburbs, we need to talk) and ambitious greed (China, looking straight at ya), it's still a book.

Brooks uses a potential virus-driven plague (Spanish Flu, you're on my hit list) to ignite this tale of zombies on a planetary destruction mode. I completely bought into it. It's written by "survivors" of the Zombie War (ala Studs Terkel) and features characters based on real-world leaders (our Queen emulates her father by staying, Colin Powell is the Big Guy President).

The sad part is that I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, so it will be hard to figure out who's really who when the zekes start moaning.

Book Season = Summer (safer by the beach...although they can come out of the water)
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Gold Gato, August 13, 2013 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
MISTAKES MADE WHILE READING THIS BOOK

1. It was past dusk, the wind had suddenly kicked up, and the doors started creaking. Not good.

2. The neighborhood dogs all started howling at once and I didn't immediately get up to see what was happening.

3. I was pretty confident my house was zombie-proofed...I am apparently wrong.

4. I realized I am the only person in America who doesn't own a gun. I am so screwed.

5. "Siafu". These are the Army Ants who will crawl over each other to get to their prey. I stupidly wiki'd the name.

6. One of the telly channels broadcasted the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD...three times in one week. I watched all three showings. And I only turn on the TV a few times a month.

The good news is that this is just a book. Even though it hints of total environmental destruction (Brooks' zombies eat everything, even moles) brought on by lazy human self-entitlement (American suburbs, we need to talk) and ambitious greed (China, looking straight at ya), it's still a book.

Brooks uses a potential virus-driven plague (Spanish Flu, you're on my hit list) to ignite this tale of zombies on a planetary destruction mode. I completely bought into it. It's written by "survivors" of the Zombie War (ala Studs Terkel) and features characters based on real-world leaders (our Queen emulates her father by staying, Colin Powell is the Big Guy President).

The sad part is that I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, so it will be hard to figure out who's really who when the zekes start moaning.

Book Season = Summer (safer by the beach...although they can come out of the water)
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Naomi Amaya, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by Naomi Amaya)
This book is written as interviews telling the story of World War Z, from beginning to end. Mr. Brooks is amazing with description so much so that I was consumed by his words; as though I was the interviewer and the various individuals were telling me what they saw or what they went through. At times this book was scary and for a while I thought perhaps I needed to get my butt back to my local shooting range and log practice hours to hone my targeting skills. But, it's supposed to be fiction, right? (nervous laugh) I highly recommend this book, it is not the cheesy zombie story of old. To me, the main message is "fear and panic" and how it will, would be or is, the greatest weakness of the human race.
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Max, December 27, 2012 (view all comments by Max)
I don't read books about zombies, or war for that matter. This book sat on my bedside table for months until I finished every other novel I had, and I finally picked it up to check it out. I am so glad I did! It was utterly gripping, complexly political, and beautifully realized. While there is not a long enough focus on any character to become attached or see development, in the composite picture built up through vignettes the world is itself a character, and we witness its ending and rebirth. You will not be able to put this book down.
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Catherine L Mommsen, September 20, 2012 (view all comments by Catherine L Mommsen)
Post-apocalyptic zombies. I know, I know. Sounds pretty far out there, right? Well, it is. However, the well written and engaging story is pinned upon current-day social and political realities. A story of short-sighted isolationism and survival. I loved this book enough to buy it.
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Brooks, the author of the determinedly straight-faced parody The Zombie Survival Guide (2003), returns in all seriousness to the zombie theme for his second outing, a future history in the style of Theodore Judson's Fitzpatrick's War. Brooks tells the story of the world's desperate battle against the zombie threat with a series of first-person accounts 'as told to the author' by various characters around the world. A Chinese doctor encounters one of the earliest zombie cases at a time when the Chinese government is ruthlessly suppressing any information about the outbreak that will soon spread across the globe. The tale then follows the outbreak via testimony of smugglers, intelligence officials, military personnel and many others who struggle to defeat the zombie menace. Despite its implausible premise and choppy delivery, the novel is surprisingly hard to put down. The subtle, and not so subtle, jabs at various contemporary politicians and policies are an added bonus. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "The book speeds along at a nice pace and the explanations of the Zombies' origins make sense and, in some cases, are truly unique and inventive (in comparison to other zombie novels), making World War Z much more than just a good scare. Plus, Brooks isn't afraid to tackle current events — modern politics, terrorism, environmentalism, and universal healthcare — and does so through the eyes of both the humans and the Zombies." (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , "[H]orror fans won't be disappointed."
"Review" by , "[E]ven Michael Stipe, the antiwar rock singer, signs up to kick zombie butt."
"Review" by , "[A]ddictively readable....The sheer number of voices...that Brooks channels is impressive, and the abundance of movie-ready scenes...is geekily cool....[A] debut that will grab you as tightly as a dead man's fist. (Grade: A)"
"Review" by , "Possesses more creativity and zip than entire crates of other new fiction titles. Think Mad Max meets The Hot Zone... It's Apocalypse Now, pandemic-style. Creepy but fascinating."
"Review" by , "Probably the most topical and literate scare since Orson Welles' War of the Worlds radio broadcast.... This is action-packed social-political satire with a global view."
"Review" by , "Each story locks together perfectly to create a wonderful, giddy suspense. Brooks also has the political savvy to take advantage of any paranoia a modern reader might feel.... The perfect book for all us zombie junkies."
"Synopsis" by , Just in time for the release of the blockbuster Summer movie, World War Z, this boxed set includes two New York Times bestsellers from Max Brooks: World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide. The box features line art from the graphic novel, Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks
"Synopsis" by ,  "The Stud Terkel of zombie journalism," MAX BROOKS is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Zombie Survival Guide and The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks. formed the core of the world’s civilian survival manuals during the Zombie War.
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