Friday, January 14, 2011

The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead, by Max Brooks


Not as good as World War Z, sadly. Creative and comprehensive, but the pages and pages of lists get a little monotonous after a while. Unlike, say, the humorous How to Survive a Horror Movie, Brooks maintains a completely deadpan tone throughout. This seriousness serves him very well in World War Z, where it helps make the story more authentic. However, in this book, there is no story. As a result, the dry tone makes for rather dull reading. Still decent, but not really compelling.

Best quote: "Americans are notorious for their bad diet, lack of exercise, and relentless fetish for labor-saving technology.  As recognizable as the term 'couch potato' is, a more accurate term would be 'cattle': fat, lazy, listless, and ready to be eaten."

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