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Max Brooks returns with another superb zombie genre book. World War Z The Oral History of the Zombie War was quite amazing. The entire story is told from other peoples points of view and chronicles the zombie war from beginning to end. I was completely engulfed in World War Z from the first page to the last.
I loved how he had the story from different people. He could use different personalities for each one and give a real feel for what happened during the zombie war. I also liked how Brooks was able to chronicle the early portions of the war to the end when the humans fought back and eventually retook the planet (the interviews from the book are taking place after the war with the zombies has virtually ended). I enjoyed the parts when the techniques in defeating the zombies were described from the Redeker Plan to the U.S. Army's strategies in fighting the zombies. Another interesting part is how Brooks brings in how the war has affected countries like Cuba, China, and several third world countries and how they are now powers in the world almost over some countries like the U.S. and Britain. It was amazing how Brooks created all sorts of characters for this book from the army soldiers, to political people, to even a guy who made a placebo cure for the zombie plague and made millions of dollars doing it.
There was comedy, there were sad moments, there was exciting moments, and all of which included the core topic of World War Z...zombies. I loved World War Z. Zombie genre fans will definitely enjoy World War Z and I can absolutely say fans of Max Brooks first book The Zombie Survival Guide will love World War Z
The author Max Brooks is now officially my hero. After The Zombie Survival Guide was published the public craved more. He delivered with this novel. WWZ creates a timeline with interviews covering most of the world's Zombie War survivors and how they reacted to the Zombie Outbreak (Level 4 Infestation.) I also love that an interviewee mentions Mr. Brooks first book, The Zombie Survival Guide as being written by a civilian before the outbreaks, briefly as one of the first books on Zed fighting. This was a well-thought out and journalistic approach to a serious issue.
What would the inhabitants of Earth do if an infectious virus spread across the globe at an alarming rate, killing those in it's path, and ressurrecting the victims to become the enemy? I'll tell you... We would re-group and fight back.
World War Z, an Oral History Of The Zombie War is on my top ten reads of the decade. Check it out!
What if George Romero's popular cult film "Night of the Living Dead" was based on fact? What if there really were zombies knocking at your door? Would you know what to do? Would the government know how to protect you from these creatures? This is the basis of a new book by Max Brooks.
This is the first book written by Brooks that I've read. And it is quite the story. Even though it's fiction, it's written as if the author was actually interviewing and reporting on the world wide disaster called the Zombie War. AND nobody was prepared for this type of disaster. According to the dust jacket "Mr Brooks subsequently spent years traveling to every part of the globe in order to conduct the face-to-face interviews..." This is a horror story with a strong underlying vein of humor with generous dashes of sarcasm thrown in for flavor. Just my type of read!
Since horror stories are one of the most favorite types of books for me to read, I couldn't resist when I saw this novel on the shelf at a local bookstore. I bought it, read it and liked it so much that I'm going to go back to that store and buy a copy of Max Brook's previous book, The Zombie Survival Guide. After all, I used to be a Girl Scout and I want to be prepared. I mean, what if this is really a true story ?!?
World War Z is of course the sequel to the Zombie Survival Guide which is a great work, but World War Z is absolutely one of the best books I have ever read. You might know that the book is the "oral history of the zombie war" and it is presented as a documentary of the accounts of the survivors of the zombie apocalypse. I am fan of any kind of post-apocalyptic fiction, and this is some of the best of it. Every page is a mind blowing thoroughly researched work of art. The author takes into account every aspect of every imaginable (and unimaginable) element of human nature, politics, religion, culture, military theory, geography, and history. I pity anyone who reads this book and does not have a basic appreciation of history and military strategy. To them it would just be a story, but it is so much deeper then that. As far as I know, every real world fact that the author dealt with is well researched and accurate. Not only that, each topic discussed is realistically how one would expect it to effect an apocalypse of the human race by living dead. An intelligent, amazing read from cover to cover, you will not want to put it down!
It all started with The Zombie Survival Guide, which is written by the same author. I immediately sought the book World War Z, and boy am I glad i purchased it. The book is composed of made up people and the situations that they went through before, into, and after the war. The stories are in chronological order, and describe in detail how close the human race came to extinction, then fought their way back. The book is well written, definately has some good 'stories', and some mediocre 'stories'. The only complaint, and this is from my point of view, was that after each story, Mr. Brooks tied the next story into the one before it. It made it seem unrealistic, which is not why i bought the book. It's hard for me to get into the world of zombie's when each story just happens to mention something from the story before. Nevertheless, it is a small detail that is easily overlooked, and the book is overall incredible. I strongly advise you purchase this book if you happen to be a horror fanatic, or even if you have just the slightest interest in it.
I loved the book. I was a big fan of the author Max Brooks previous book The Zombie Survival Guide and this was the natural progression from that book. I like his in depth story telling from the perspective of someone who is/was actually involved within the storyline.
It's one of those books that once you pick it up and start reading it, you just can't put it down because you want to know what off the cuff story is coming next. This Zombieland that Brooks has created just seems so real. With all the terminology and slang they use for zombies like Zed Heads, Zack, Z's it makes it seem like it really did happen. I gave it an Excellent rating because I'm really not a big reader. I've probably read 10 books all the way through in my life and this is one of them.
Max Brooks most definitely is a zombie lover and it shows through his "oral retelling" of the Zombie War. Taking current zombie trend zombies come from some sort of disease passed by bites. While I miss the old Night of the LIving Dead where the most frightening part of a zombie was them eating people - the fear from zombies now comes from becoming infected.
The books works because Brooks manages to tell the reader exactly how the war began, and how it was fought. Some parts are a little out there - some people started to act like zombies without being bitten (i'm not sure why the real zombies didn't pick up on that and eat them)
In conclusion - the book does move along very nicely, and each person's story is different and well-told. I will eagerly await Brooks next piece.
well i picked up the second release to The Zombie Survival Guide, and it fasinated me. i have always been a walking dead fanatic, and i saw the book and i couldn't say no.
i read through the book that night
it was so amazing. the second release had the first part of WWZ and i was hooked. the first thing i did the next morning was call the Local Barnes and Noble and reserve my copy. I picked it up a few weeks later and all i can say is "WOW." the writing style of Max Brooks is flat out amazing. this is an easy top 5 of all time for my favorite books.
i am currently reading through it again, and eagerly awaiting the 2008 Adaptation of WWZ to Film
5 out of 5
With out a doubt, one of the best zombie books I've had the pleasure of reading. Outstanding, Plot is better than I expected, Story line right on the money. Would love to read another book of this calibre by Max Brooks. This book lets you look through the eyes of not just another person, but by whole countries, and what they would do to deal with this epidemic. Hats off to Max Brooks, and World War Z. I would recomend this book to everyone who loves to read zombie novels.
loved the whole thing. max brooks has a way of writing about doumb things in a very serious manor. the book is well written, and as soon as you read it you become immersed in the fictional world the encompasses world war z. id recommend this book to any body who loves zombies, read the zombie survival guide or just looking for a good read.