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26 Days: World War Z

October 5, 2008

My previous post was inspired by this book, but don’t judge the book  by my shitty writing.

World War Z is a fictional collection of stories told from the perspective of people who fought in the Zombie War. Imagine if Dawn of the Dead (the original) came true, that is the perspective of this book. The author, Max Brooks, takes on the well-worn (like your favorite tightie whities) idea, and brings to life on a much grander scale than I have seen, using personalities from many different countries and cultures to tell the story.

The stories are told by survivors, major players in the war, including the former US Vice President, a businessman in the new democracy of Cuba, a submarine captain form the former Republic of China, and even an astronaut that was trapped in the ISS throughout the War. Brooks tries to bring a bit of humanity to a genre that went to straight gore 20 years ago. I can safely say the he succeeded admirably.

With that in mind, let me warn you, if you’re looking only for a gorefest with zombie heads caving in every second, this is not the book for you. If you want to read a book about individual heroism and monstrosity, and how the world may change if such a global disaster happened, then you may be interested in this book. Hell, even fans of the splatter genre would enjoy this book, too.

Max brooks uses the tales told to the narrator as a way to tell the circumstances of the Zombie War. From the Chinese  doctor who treated the first infected, to the abhorrent businessman who marketed the useless Phalanx vaccine, to a pilot whose cargo plane crashed in an infested area and had to fight her way to safety. Brooks’ storytelling in amazingly sympathetic, and it was not difficult to see these storytellers as real folk that lived through the horrors and victories of an almost unwinnable war, and came out the other side alive, but each damaged in their own way.

This book is highly recommended for zombie fans, and is a perfect diversion as we await Halloween!

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks, Three Rivers Press, 2006

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Ed T. permalink
    October 7, 2008 12:01 pm

    If you liked WWZ, try Monster Island

    http://www.brokentype.com/monster/

    The first 2 novels (not chapters) are available online, the third needs to be bought. I recommend them highly, especially if you liked WWZ.

    -E

  2. October 7, 2008 6:00 pm

    bookmarked 🙂

  3. Ed T. permalink
    October 7, 2008 7:25 pm

    Looks like they added the third book to the web as well. Good reading.

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