Max Brooks: World War Z An Oral History of the Zombie War



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Scene I was sort of hoped for was post war when some scientists have a zombie in a lab for studying that would be fantastic I honestly would love to see some experiments on these creatures The book stated that it seemed that the state of the zombies deteriorated but I wonder what would happen if they maybe starved for years So many possibilities What sort of surprised me is that I expected that when the humans would go so close to extinction that the environment would get better no factories running no one is dumping anything in the water etc but it was otherwise and it sort of made sense There had to be so many fires it s terrifying to imagine But I wonder about the impact of all those nukes sedAnd that s another thing I wish was different the last part was sort of jumping from character to character for short conclusions but I would love to see about the brand new world Honestly I think I would be able to read a book dedicated to each country Especially Russia Iceland and Israel would be interesting Also I wish we really knew what happened in North Korea I also wonder about Patient Zero because when the doctor in China informed his friend they knew what was going on the military seemed ready for what was happening there That does not seem like the first caseOverall the book is 355 for me I think I will get the audiobook to see if I ll like that format better At this current moment in time my husband and I do not actually have a working will We are the legal definition of intestate We have not yet made any preparations for our death and we only have life insurancehouse insurance because his mother organized the whole damn thing come to mention it she is also the reason we have electricity water and a phone line the internet though was all Knightleys Tale us because we d die without itSo believe me when I say that we don t organize anything Except our zombie kit That s right We have a zombie kit Should zombies suddenly strike while I type out this review we would be able to take our son and get in our car and drive away without a backward glance Everything we need is in the boot of the car If we re holedp inside the house we have our second zombie kit to live off of and The Magnificent M.D. use to defend ourselves We have several plans in place as to where to go what to do if we re separated at time of crisis who we re taking withs how we ll stay in contact etcSome may call his paranoia Some may call this stupidity Do you know what I call these naysayers Zombie foodIt is this obsessive and weird need to ensure survival during a zombie apocalypse despite every rational reason to believe that all our efforts are for naught that has made me the prime candidate and target group of this book It is not the norm of the zombie genre In general a zombie movie tends to be about a small group of individuals against the ndead hordes looking to floss with intestines This book is not about a small group of individuals it is about a large collection of humanity This book is how HUMANITY would survive and deal with a zombie infestation It is a collection of small broken narratives from people all over the world across many social economic and political classes Some of them were amazing others horrifying Some were inspirational others so depressing or introspective that I wondered if there was any hopeI would argue that many of the voices from certain nationalities were not really very accurate and didn t really match the cultural region they came from but I m lazy Either you get the voice of the narratives or you don tThis book was a fascinating thoughtful read in a field that I m personally obsessed with I could easily nderstand how those who ve never stayed p ntil three in the morning drunk off their heads with a group of people yelling that if they head into the city then they re zombie meat Zombie meat I say You ridiculous idiots probably will find this book a hard readIt s also a difficult read in the sense that you are continually sucked into one story only to have it end abruptly and shift to another I kept getting frustrated and wanting to scream No Go back I want to know what else happened but alas It s like little snap shots from all over the world except when it comes to several of the snapshots I d really rather see the whole pictureOther than that I loved it I had a hoot reading it It gave me plenty of fodder with which to have many drunken debates with my husband brothers and friendsMuch to their disgust I know what you re thinking Five stars for this book Why If you ve been following my reviews then you know I tend to stress over how many stars to give a book and I m not one to hand out five star ratings willy nilly I m The Beast Within (Knights of White usuallyite cautious when it comes to handing out that all important fifth star I m stingy That being said every once in a while a book that may or may not be amazing comes along and wows me And now you re probably thinking But Penny it s a book about zombies Zombies Disgusting rotting corpses that stumble around looking to sink their teeth into any living thing How how could that sort of thing wow you Are you like smoking crack First thi My full review of this book is longer than Goodreads word count limitations find the entire essay at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercomAnytime I hear of some funny gimmicky book suddenly becoming popular among the hipster set I always suint my eyes and brace myself for the worst because sually when it comes to such books the worst is all you can expect to find an endless series of fluffy pop culture pieces designed specifically for crafty point of purchase display at your favorite corporate superstore and then a year later to be forgotten by society altogether And so it s been in the last six months as I ve heard and about this book World War Z An Oral History of the Zombie War which supposedly is a hilarious actual oral history about an apocalyptic war with the ndead that supposedly almost wiped out the human race as we know it even worse that it had been inspired by an actual gimmicky point of purchase humor book the dreadful Zombie Survival Guide from a few years ago which had been published specifically and only to make a The Prodigal Comes Home (Mirror Lake, uick buck off the overly specific survival guide craze of the early 2000s And even worse than all this the author of both is Max Brooks as in the son of comedy legend Mel Brooks and if the son of a comedy legend is trawling the literary gutters of gimmicky point of purchase humor books the chancessually are likely that they have nothing of particular interest to saySo what a surprise then to read the book myself this month and realize that it s not a gimmicky throwaway humor book at all but rather a serious and astute look at the next 50 years of global politics Beast Of Darkness (Knights of White using a zombie outbreak as a metaphorical stand in for any of the pervasive challenges facings as an international culture these days terrorism global warming disease natural disasters showing with the precision of a policy analyst just how profoundly the old way of doing things is set to fail in the near future when some of these challenges finally become crises It is in fact an astoundingly intelligent book as real as any essay by Seth Godin or Malcolm Gladwell basically imagining the debacle of New Orleans multiplied by a million then imagining what would happen if the Bushists were to react to such a thing in the same way and even astounding Brooks posits that maybe the real key to these future challenges lies with the citizens of third world countries in that they are open to greater and faster adaptability than any fat lazy middle class American or European ever could be Oh yeah and it s got face eating zombies too Did I mention the face eating zombiesBecause that s the thing to always remember that this comes from an author who has spent nearly his entire life in the world of comedy and gimmicky projects not only from family connections but also his own job as a staff writer at Saturday Night Live from 2001 to 03 that no matter how smart World War Z gets and it gets awfully smart at points it is still Hawks Way Grooms (Hawks Way ultimately a fake oral history of an apocalyptic zombie war that supposedly takes place just five or ten years from now starting as these messes often do as a series of isolated outbreaks in this book is about zombies the same way. To turn this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War Most of all the book captures with haunting immediacy the human dimension of this epochal event Facing the often raw and vivid nature of these personal accounts reuires a degree of courage on the part of the reader but the effort is invaluable because as Mr Brooks says in his introduction By excluding the human factor aren't we risking the kind of personal detachment from history that may heaven forbid leads one day to repeat it And in the end isn't the human factor the only true difference between A Biblical Approach to Developing the Inner Qualities of a Leader us and the enemy we now refer to as 'the living dead' Note Some of the numerical and factual material contained in this edition was previously publishednder the auspices of the United Nations Postwar Commission Eyewitness reports from the first truly global war I found 'Patient Zero' behind the locked door of an abandoned apartment across town His wrists and feet were bound with plastic packing twine Although he'd rubbed off the skin around his bonds there was no blood There was also no blood on his other wounds He was writhing like an animal; a gag muffled his growls At first the villagers tried to hold me back They warned me not.

Update See end of review for movie reviewI ve broken my cardinal rule for reading books just before the movie comes out This rule I ve alluded to is the following I don t read the book directly before the movie at least 1 year before or it must be read after or just wait on the movies The reason for this is that I want to enjoy the story through both mediums and if you read the book just before the movie you ve set yourself p to be a critic analyzing everything and complaining about every detail that s inevitably left out but which is often than not necessary for the mediumIf you read the book at least a year before at least with my shoddy memory the movie becomes a happy time of fond remembrances Oh yeah I remember that part so cool Yay Happy In this instance I hear the movie doesn t ite follow the book exactly and what else can that mean than that it s a typical zombie movie I don t think I ve ruined much hereYou know it could have been partly because of all the hype but I didn t love this book I didn t hate it either which makes these the hardest reviews to write but I think I have a few ideas why World War Z just didn t work all that well for meI m studying for the bar at the moment so you get an extremely well organized review at least with headings aplenty since that s how my brain is thinking at the moment The PlotDoesn t really exist Yeah there s a loose series of events that defines the book or the Zombie War but it s told through interviews with different survivors from different countries And they re short too I even checked this with the book paper form Each interview amounts to a page or two maybe 5 max Each tends to discuss a certain important event which ends Taming the Demon (Demon Blade up getting referred to by characters later in the book and often mentioned by the one directly followingIt s extremely clever and lets you see how well developed this whole idea isIt s extremely cleverMax Brooks has literally thought of everything when it comes to a war against zombies I thought the same in my reading of The Zombie Survival Guide and it goes just as well here EVERYTHINGHe goes into why tanks are all butseless against hordes of zombies because you have to take out their heads Anything else and they ll still shamble and probably even become dangerous when you trip over them on the ground The airforce is just as seless because it s so much money and effort for such a little amount of good Better spent on a bunch of soldiers with tons of amo He even goes into better strategies for fighting this war why the zombies are such a good enemy because they don t need to be bred fed or led as I ll let the book explain Very clever and not even pretentious about it Just captivating And this isn t the only thing I liked although we re getting into the middle ground because I didn t love the audio eitherThe AudioOne of the things that got me excited to listen to this on audio was that it s read by a full cast That means they re trying REALLY hard and that tends to be a good thing especially if you don t like one or two of the voices it s okay it s only temporary With just one narrator that can really kill a book I mentioned that this is told through many different people in different countries and they have actors like Rob Reiner and John Turturro Even Max Brooks himself plays the part of the interviewer John Turturro from The Big LebowskiVery cooluntil the point of distraction There are so many different countries represented that the accents started to distract heavily from the story I found myself pondering why the German guy had such a heavy accent on his R s and yet could perfectly pronounce TH every time And this was just the one guy One of the benefits of a single narrator is that even when they do an accent it s easier to nderstand because English is their primary language The audio s great for the most part outside of that little niggle about the accents but one thing I absolutely HATE about it isit s abridgedAbridgedI would probably never forgive myself if I listened to this abridged audio version and never actually read the entire book if I actually thought that mattered Maybe others are better sleuths than myself but I can t find a reading of World War Z that s not abridged At the same after having read the book the abridged version seems to do enough justice to the entirety of the novel what with how it is organized that it just cuts out a few of the interviewsNormally this is heresy but I can live with it for this one time onlyWhat I didn t likeI think the thing that just makes this an okay to good book for me is that while it s style and organization is Tabitha in the Moonlight uniue and highly clever it also takes away from my ability to care Without just following one person or a group of people there s no attachment to any specific person The MovieBrad Pitt will make everything betterAfter writing the above I actually do think the movie will make it all better It seems like it will be following one single person and that s what this reader needs Movie s set for a June 2013 release Here s the trailer tooIn the end in the sense of my final feelings not any post apocalyptic senseLet s just say if we ever do get into a Zombie War you better have a copy of World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide on you Someone s already gone through the effort of thinkingp EVERY situation that can occur what s effective what s not and put it down in words No sense reinventing the wheelWhile an entertaining idea and clever execution these were the exact things that made World War Z a book I could never love It s worth a read if only to see how in depth you have not thought about zombies3 out of 5 Stars Recommended with ReservationsThe movie an pdateI just wanted to make a ick note about the movie I m happy to say I called it correctly I enjoyed the movie much than the book even though you can really only say the movie is a loose adaptation if you can even say that I thought it was much better to visit all those countries through the single character of the UN agent as opposed to interviews of random characters I felt for him trying to protect his family I rooted for him when he was in danger and it had the same effect of exploring the reaction of different cultures to a much smaller degree of course And it actually scared me which for a zombie book was completely lacking in WWZ So I ve seen the movie several times when it was on TV and I have to say that I even watched a scene or two a couple of dozen times on Youtube Yes the action and visuals are fantastic Okay except the one where the guy tears his own tooth yuckBut after reading the comments where people were angry at the movie saying that it does not hold a candle to the book I knew I had to read it And yes I do agree that the only things the movie took from the book were the zombies and Israel building a wall Oh and the titleRight away I was very surprised by the format of this book it was not all what I was expecting And the I think about it I believe it would be better if I picked A Time to Heal up an audiobook instead of a book Yeah shocking I never thought I would say such a thing Every interview is done with a different person so soon I stopped paying attention to their names so when they again appeared later in the book I had a hard time connecting them with their previous chapters Also like one third into the book I got stuck after several boring chapters where I seriously considered DNFing this book but then I pushed through and yes it was worth it I loved that we got to see how so many different parts of the world battled with the zombies The different approaches what do to the countries did they go all savage Did they bomb their own people Did they just lose all control That was fantastic to watchAnd surprisingly this book made me even laugh I just loved the boy who almost missed the zombies because he was focused on his computer I did not expect that That s the one thing you can always depend on as we re fighting on war we re always preparing for the next oneI did not very much grasp how they were suddenly able to fight the zombies when they previously failed with much better euipment but alright But I have to say that zombie cleaning is funny to imagine Especially of thosenderwater I bet it will be fun if a zombie managed to get stuck in the Mariana Trench However the. The Zombie War came The Far Far Better Thing unthinkably close to eradicating humanity Max Brooks driven by thergency of preserving the acid etched first hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world from decimated cities that once teemed with Valentines Cowboy upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet He recorded the testimony of men women and sometimes children who came face to face with the living or at least thendead hell of that dreadful time World War Z is the result Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance that gripped human society through the plague years Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve year old Patient Zero to the The Truth About Jane Doe unnamed northern forests wherentold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold to the United States of Southern Africa where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an nspeakable price to the west of the Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started.

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The bible is about god they are mostly background actors who are the reason other characters do what they do and occasionally they will rarrrr in and kill a bunch of people because they cant help it but mostly they are an invisible presence always to be feared but never given a voice this whole book takes place after the zombies have already destroyed most of the world and is a collection of the testimonials of hundreds of different characters detailing their experiences with the zombie outbreak and how they have survived because of this there arent really any action scenes or any immediate terror this book is about politics and global concerns and human nature and dissatisfaction with the way the government handles natural disasters and im gonna say it im gonna say it the zeitgeist woohoo than it is about man eating corpses it takes into account so many different aspects of post zombie experience that i never would have considered like what will the actors do now and what happens if a zombie gets on board your boat and how will this affect the rest of the food chain very multi faceted if not what i was expecting also interesting the role of castles in a zombie holocaust and the nderground tunnels in paris The Indian Tycoons Marriage Deal unsafe so for people like alfonso who do not enter a room without first considering their escape routes should zombies attack this could give some interesting perspectives about what may have been overlooked and provide some good food for thought brains are for thought brains are zombie food you do the mathuh oh book avalanche maybe latercome to my blog I just can t get on this bandwagon The pseudo government reports the book is written in handicap it in many ways First there are no protagonists to grow with no story arc no climax etc You know what s going to happen from day one there was a world crisis involving zombies and at least some people live to tell the tale The sure knowledge of the outcome deflates any tension and book feels flacid The pseudo scientific jargon is a poor imitation my sister a nurse tossed aside Brooks other Zombie manfesto in disgust within the first few pages and this one fairs no betterand there are far too many emotional pauses and descriptive introductions for what amounts to an addendum to a government study of events The thing that put me over the edge with this book is the inconsistency one chapter has a boy with bloody knuckles sliding his hands about in zombie goo and remainingninfected and in the next chapter there is an expression of gratitutde that no one exposed to detrius from a headshot has open wounds to be infected through What editor let that get by On top of that racial national stereotypes abound and are crude and Holding Tight (Five in a Bed Book 3) unappealing Brooks is obviously a big fan of Israel as they are the heroes of the day even going so far as to selflessly save Palestinian refugees yeah rightand remnants of South Africa s apartheid system are given a reprieve due to their pragmatism Russians are wacky comrades Chinamen are inscrutable and Americans are cowboys weakened by education and consumerism UghI won t recommend this book to anyone even a die hard zombie fan lest World War Z ruin the genre for them forever The book of war the one we ve been writing since one ape slapped another was completelyseless in this situation We had to write a new one from scratch With most apocalyptic situations I think the hardest part to deal with is that there are no wrong decisions or right decisions There are simply too many variables to consider if your The Mistress of Pemberley: An Erotic Pride Prejudice Sequel (Secrets of Pemberley Book 1) ultimate goal is to survive The most meticulously planned strategies can still result in failure You make the best decisions you can and then hope for a bit of luck Should we barricade ourselves hoping to be saved or go North hoping the zombies will eventually become popsicles when winter hits Are we safer in thenderground tunnels of Paris or on a cruise ship or living in the woods by ourselves Whatever decision you make you must think long game and short game The short game the immedi New week New BookTube Video all about the best and worst literary apocalypses to live throughThe Written Review Humanity survived Zombie apacolypse Like after any great tragedy the government wants a record Max Brooks is their oral historian Only when he hands his documents the bureaucracy whittles it down to the bare facts Humans over every nation dragged their bone weary bodies through this war They are now faced with the numbing task of rebuilding society They deserve to have their stories told So he publishes the true account of World War ZTold in a series of vignettes we listen in on interviews as Brooks travels both the country and the world And one thing is certain life with zombies is a chilling tale The monsters that rose from the dead they are nothing compared to the ones we carry in our hearts The vignettes are absolutely riveting There s a bit of the regular zombie murder mayhem but the story focuses on the human side of things How the survivors survived There s the blind man who fought off a hoard with no than a blunt staff Some people lost their minds succumbing to tree belief that they have joined the dead There s the One Eye Closed (The Pack, unintentionally cannibalistic family and so much Most people don t believe something can happenntil it already has Audiobook comments Read by Max Brooks Alan Alda John Turturro Rob Reiner Mark Hamill Alfred Molina Simon Pegg Henry Rollins and Martin Scorsese Highly recommended you listen to this novel it s a Malones Vow uality production Every voice is country specific and the actors read very convincingly It feels like I m next to Max as he interviews the survivorsYouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading This book was initially recommended to me by several people in the office and since I love zombies and apocalyptic themes well I was pretty excited Unfortunately it did not livep to my expectations and I struggled to finish it I m going to write this review nder the assumption that the reader has some inkling about the story and how it s constructedThere are two issues that killed it for me Firstly most of the characters had the same or similar voice Of course this is partly to do with the fact that the voices all originate from the mind of one individual the author Also the journalisticinterview approach to constructing the narrative limits how much color the author can impart on any given character and A is inherently dry no matter how exciting the events described are intended to be This is a minor gripe though and one that can be lived withA serious complaint however is that this book can be seen as completely lacking any and all dramatic tension that a person or me expects from a survival horror themed story The primary draw the zombie war and how humanity survived is such a compelling hook but it s toldby the people who survived As in past tense as in we are left with their impressions of things that happened to them Basically then the story devolves into an excercise in basic exposition And then this happened and then that happened And so the author is free to weave his story without any pesky things like character development story arcs plotting and personal details that are shown and not told It seems to me like an extraordinarily easy maybe even lazy way to tell a story One other minor point For me accounts of survival when the victims are real have meaning that allows them to transcend the limitations described above WW2 Holocaust survivors accounts for example can take your breath away The difference is of course that they were real events that happened to real people Since all the classic storytelling elements are dispensed with we re basically left with the author s views on our current world particularly and naturally the wars and our cultures However it s my view that there are dozens of books written about these subjects already books that haven t needed to sex the discussion p with a horde of shambling ndead So in summary if I m going to read an apocalyptic recounting of the end of civilization as we know it I want to read about people in real time struggling to survive not being told how people surivived after it was over I realize though that it s all a matter of taste as I know half a dozen people whose views I respect that absolutely loved this book To touch him that he was 'cursed' I shrugged them off and reached for my mask and gloves The boy's skin was cold and gray I could find neither his heartbeat nor his pulse Dr Kwang Jingshu Greater Chonging United Federation of China'Shock and Awe' Perfect name But what if the enemy can't be shocked and awed Not just won't but biologically can't That's what happened that day outside New York City that's the failure that almost lost s the whole damn war The fact that we couldn't shock and awe Zack boomeranged right back in our faces and actually allowed Zack to shock and awe Transcending Taboos us They're not afraid No matter what we do no matter how many we kill they will never ever be afraid Todd Wainio former US Army infantryman and veteran of the Battle of YonkersTwo hundred million zombies Who can even visualize that type of number let alone combat it For the first time in history we faced an enemy that was actively waging total war They had no limits of endurance They would never negotiate never surrender They would fightntil the very end because Black Bottom Stomp unlikes every single one of them every second of every day was devoted to consuming all life on Earth General Travis D'Ambrosia Supreme Allied Commander EuropeFrom the Hardcover editi.

Max Brooks is The New York Times bestselling author of The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z He has been called ”the Studs Terkel of zombie journalism“Brooks is the son of director Mel Brooks and the late actress Anne Bancroft He is a 1994 graduate of Pitzer College His wife Michelle is a screenwriter and the couple have a son Henry