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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie Wars | Paperback

Released on 27 July 2007

Author: Max Brooks | Format: Paperback

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An Oral History of the Zombie Wars.

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 Well thought out and brilliantly written

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This book is the best serious science fiction account of a zombie attack I have ever read. The fact that it's the only serious science fiction account of a zombie attack I've ever read (or am aware of) should not be seen as in anyway diminishing the praise I intend to give it.

Presented as an oral history of the zombie plague consisting of transcripts of interviews with survivors as part of a post-war UN commission of inquiry the book is able to cover all facets of the outbreak.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I bought this book. I was expecting, perhaps, a cosy Sean of the Dead style homage/horror comedy. It's actually a deeply thoughtful and highly intelligent piece of science fiction (with distinct horror leanings) with something worthwhile to say about how western society could collapse in the face of a serious outbreak of any new illness. I read it in a single sitting then, the next day, I read it again.

 An intelligent, gripping book

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I am generally not a fan of this genre but took a gamble and ordered this book. I am extremely glad to say that I was not left to regret that decision.

Written in the reportage style, this book draws upon the experiences of those who fought and won in the Zombie Wars - a 10 year battle against something that was originally censored and thought if as a criminal uprising to something much worse.

Max Brooks is clearly a very clever man. Writing a novel like this creates so many instances where you could argue that a certain scenario would never happen as it does. However, not once was I ever in doubt that what is discussed in every interview and scenario could not actually happen.

I could not put this book down. It was also refreshing to read a book that takes a truly international approach to the problem by suggesting that it took all of humanities intelligence, guile and stubbornness to the war.

Having read that the movie rights to this book have been snapped up I just hope that the originality and international flavour isn't rewritten by Hollywood so that America saves the day.

 Good Luck - You'll need it

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An unforgiving account of our darkest days against the Zed head pathogen. If like me you took the Zombie survual guide, read it, re read it and committed it to memory then also like me you'll want to know what we're up against, how the living turned the War and finally what we're going to do about taking back our planet.
Don't be fooled by its ficticuous looking cover, this is the ultimate in survivng the Z wars, from the first outbreak, to almost total annialation of the human race to us taking back what is ours with much predudice.
A bible for the modern era.
'and who would of thought Max Brooks is Mel Brooks son !!'

 URRRRRRRGH!

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Buy it! Read it! Pure zombie gold! (Well ok read max brooks' survival guide first so you know what were in for) don't forget to go for the brain, kicking them on the crotch and running does not work with zombies!

 Good Stuff

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I could gush but then we'll be here for hours and a good review is never as interesting as a bad one so i'll be brief. Needless to say, this book is terrific, the most definitive work on zombies since George Romero stopped being good. It really picks up on things that i would never have thought of, like the men stuck in the International Space Station whilst the whole world is going to hell and the way that high tech military equipment is no match for a hoard of a million zombies. But it's the way it discusses world politics and philosophy that realed me in. Human nature will never seem so tainted ever again. It may be bleak but by god it's a good read.

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AuthorMax Brooks
PublisherGerald Duckworth & Co Ltd (GB)
Year2007
ISBN9780715637036
FormatPaperback - 344 Pages