Wednesday, July 20, 2011

"The Zombie Survival Guide" by Max Brooks

"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."-The Zombie Survival Guide


This book is SERIOUS!! One would probably think that the Zombie Survival Guide is written humorously; in a way that pokes fun at zombies and the possibly coming zombie apocalypse. It’s even shelved in the humor section of the library/book store. Honestly, it seems like it should be shelved with the legit survival manuals, with the way it’s written, and if there was a zombie apocalypse this book would probably be useful.

The guide lays down all the rules. Situations and places to avoid, symptoms of the zombie virus, the best weapons to have, how to zombie-proof your house (or try), the stages of the zombie (from outbreak to takeover!), how to fight them, and ‘historical cases’ of zombie encounters; all to prepare you for when they come (which is inevitable, according to the ‘guide’).

To call it humorous, except occasionally, would be incorrect. It’s not. Not at ALL. It’s dead (living?) serious (see what I did there? Bam.), and very clever. It’s a brilliantly well thought out novel-- that’s what this book had to take. It covers all bases, all aspects of the zombie apocalypse that you never would have thought of, as if it were an actual survival manual. Some people have even gone so far as to call Max Brooks deluded, but I disagree, I think he just crafted a brilliantly well though out book that must’ve required some major brainstorming. When I bought The Zombie Survival Guide I also got Mr. Brook’s other book, World War Z, and look forward to reading that as well.

The bottom line: Legit and filled with zombie-tastic-ness.

3 comments:

Sarah said...

This sounds like my cup of tea!! I've heard great things about it, but haven't gotten around to it. Check this out, if you haven't already:
http://emergency.cdc.gov/socialmedia/zombies.asp

- Sarah @ Inklings Read

Sarah said...

Here is the right link, sorry:

http://emergency.cdc.gov/socialmedia/zombies_blog.asp

Cat said...

I have seen that! It's the best thing ever. Of course, hopefully no one ever has to use it.