Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

Title: The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead
Author: Max Brooks
Published: September 16, 2003 by Three Rivers Press
Summary: Top 10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack 
1. Organize before they rise!
2. They feel no fear, why should you?
3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
4. Blades don’t need reloading.
5. Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
9. No place is safe, only safer.
10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on. 

Don’t be carefree and foolish with your most precious asset—life. This book is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now without your even knowing it. The Zombie Survival Guide offers complete protection through trusted, proven tips for safeguarding yourself and your loved ones against the living dead. It is a book that can save your life.
My thoughts: Since this book is non-fiction (well, not really non-fiction obviously, but it's a guide not a story) I'm not going to really do a full review. I read this during the summer though and thought I'd share my thoughts on it. Plus I just bought World War Z and I've been thinking about zombies a lot lately. Well, more than usual.
The Zombie Survival Guide basically takes some basic facts about zombies, makes them sound complicated and real, and then hands you a book full of random facts about how to survive the zombie apocalypse. I was kind of reluctant to start reading this since I get annoyed when people try to explain how zombies come back from the dead with really long, elaborate explanations that make no sense in the real world. However, Brooks is surprisingly convincing and simultaneously hilarious in how detailed his zombies are. The zombies that Brooks warns are coming back from the dead are scary and scientific, if that makes any sense.
The thing I really liked about this book was how serious Brooks remains. My favorite part was the end where there were dozens of recorded zombie attacks from history; they were so thorough and convincing i nearly ran to my friends screaming that we needed to go buy an abandoned island and stockpile canned goods and weapons to survive the zombie invasion. I love how this book covered everything from how to survive after a break-out, to the mechanics of how zombies work, to hundreds of ways to kill (er, re-kill?) a zombie. It was just so thorough and that's what made it such a great book.
As expected from the title and subject matter, this book was ridiculously funny and I found myself holding back tears of laughter as I read it. Brooks is a brilliant writer, because while he manages to sound extremely solemn and serious, he also sounds like someone with a really, really dry sense of humor. Definitely recommended to all zombie fans out there. I loved this book because of, of course, the zombies, the humor, and the style of Brooks' writing.
Overall Rating: 5 stars


Post a Comment

Thanks for taking the time to comment! I really enjoy reading y'alls' thoughts and I read all of my comments.

Happy reading and DFTBA. (:

Viewers since October 2010

Blogoversary Countdown

Get your own free Blogoversary button!