Monday, May 4, 2009

The Zombie Survival Guide

Title: The Zombie Survival Guide
Author: Max Brooks

What it's about: In these troublesome days of swine flu and a Democrat in the White House, it is easy to overlook the very real threat posed by the undead. But despite how we think a zombie uprising could never happen, Max Brooks' chilling book proves just how wrong we are - deadly wrong, that is. Drawing on historical evidence of zombie uprisings, Brooks dictates the best survival strategies for coping with these inhuman abominations. He tells about the best strategies for surviving a siege, for escaping, and for taking matters into your own hands and hunting down the menaces yourself. Everything from zombie physiology to the best weapons to how to recognize the early warning signs of a zombie infestation is covered in this comprehensive tome. Don't be caught unawares! Order your copy today and you just might survive.

What I thought: Even though this book is fiction (at least, I hope) it makes the idea of a zombie apocalypse seem chillingly real. Brooks narrates everything in a serious tone - there's nothing tongue-in-cheek here. This book is very detailed, truly covering everything that needs to be said about surviving a zombie uprising. It's entertaining because a lot of thought went into this book, and it will provoke you to thought in turn. I know it had me analyzing the campus, trying to figure out which buildings would be most secure if zombies started attacking. Heh.

Overall: A fascinating book that'll provide both chills and food for thought.


Sadako said...

This looks fun! I've been wanting to read it a really long time now, too--I will try to read it soon.

Andrew said...

I love zombie movies, so I got a kick out of this.

If you like stupid humor, I haven't-yet-read-but-would-recommend-based-on-the-back-cover "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" by Jane Austen AND Seth Grahame-Smith. Sounds funny.

Amy Lynn said...

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is on reserve at the library for me. If only the 20+ people ahead of me would read faster...!

Anonymous said...

LMAO, partisan hack.

Amy Lynn said...

If you were referring to the political comment, that was simply an intentionally inflammatory remark meant to signal the tongue-in-cheek style of the review as a whole. ;D

Hinoa F. Arash said...

Braaaaains for thought, you mean.