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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 1999
Simply this: The film, DAWN OF THE DEAD, changed my life back in 1979 when I was a kid. I honestly and truly never have been quite the same since. Seriously. The film novelization sticks relatively close to the actual film, though does add some interesting little expositionary passages, conversations, and character motivations--not to mention a bit more background into the characters' lives. If you love the film you'll definitely love the novel! It's gripping, chilling, and mind-bogglingly exciting and addictive. What a story and what an epicly grand and inspired stage Romero chooses to play it all out on! Amazing stuff...at once nightmarish and bleak, yet also life-affirming, hopeful, and humorous. Tell me Romero isn't a genius (this and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is all the proof I need!). This book is just a rousing rollercoaster ride--as is the film. I eat, drink, and sleep this novel (and the film, which even inspired me to publish a bi-monthly zine devoted to it), and you will too. A masterpiece!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2012
This book was purchased in Used, Very Good condition; this was a very accurate description. The seller (Leslie J Rawlins) is a great person to buy from.

For all zombie fans in the know, the original Dawn of the Dead came out in 1978 (via George Romero). In fact, George Romero (and his wife) played a small part in the beginning of this movie (as workers at WGON). The 2004 remake was pretty good, but IMHO, the original will always be the best version. This book pretty much covers what the movie presented. There are some changes as compared to the movie, like the name of the Department Store that was frequented was called "Porter's", whereas in the movie it was "Penney's", and the Porters store had a drop-down gate, vs. Penney's pivoting glass gates. They also stored the "re-killed" dead in a different place other than the refrigerator unit shown in the movie...

There are some other differences which I won't go into, so as not to spoil it for anyone that hasn't read this book yet. Suffice it to say, the differences do not detract from enjoying both the movie AND this book.

Buy with confidence, as this book is a worthwhile purchase. It will be read often, and kept amongst my collection of zombie material.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2012
Of course a classic in the genre and I liked the book. The only negative thing I would say is that you get over half way through the book before they actually get into the mall to stay. By they time they get settled something happens and the climax of the story happens. Chunks of time get skipped without telling us what happens. I would of liked more of life in the mall and how they spent time there etc. I still like the book a lot though and would recommend it for sure!!!
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on July 23, 2015
*I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

When it comes to movie adaptions of books, the literary version usually trumps the screen version every time. This is often attributed to the fact a movie can only present so much in an allotted timeframe, whereas a book can present just about anything it wants. I often read the book prior to seeing the movie because this allows me to create my own images of each character, instead of picturing the actor/actress in each scene. DAWN OF THE DEAD is a unique scenario for me because I didn’t even realize a book version existed. Therefore, when I read it, I couldn’t help but picture the cast of the film in my head as each scene played out. But even so, the book is just as entertaining as the film, and I suggest fans of Romero’s celluloid classic snatch up a copy of this one as soon as possible.

I love how Simon Pegg was picked to write the introduction. SEAN OF THE DEAD is a hilarious horror-comedy, but it’s also a silent homage to the terrifying world Romero created. As such, Pegg makes the perfect person to set the foundation of the book.

DAWN OF THE DEAD is written well and flows nicely, just like its screen companion. The prose is not overdrawn or lengthy, but reads quickly instead, allowing the action and the intensity to mesh into the story. I like this attribute, as it makes the book a quick read and an adrenaline-fueled trip into terror.

The story is very much like the film, however we get much more backstory. I found some reviews from readers who did not like this aspect, saying it bogged the story down; I disagree. I think the deeper exposition gives us a broader picture of the characters as well as the plot. This grants a more fulfilling experience with the story.

DAWN OF THE DEAD is a definite literary win for me. I recommend it to fans of the film and anyone looking for an introduction into Romero’s dark world. The book is available now in a variety of formats, so give it a look.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2013
...just like the original movie....only in your head! Heck...I could hear the Mall Music as I was reading it. Word.
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on April 17, 2013
Dawn of the Dead s based on the movie by George Romero which is a great movie that every zombie fan has to see. The movie was great but the book gets into the characters more. You find out about Steve ,Fran , Roger and Peters past more then you did in the movie. You also got into the characters heads alot more to understand why they are doing what they are doing. is nmostly the same as the movie with the exception of little details that are reveled through the novel. Overall it is a good book to read and its not even that long you can go through the book in a day or two. I recomend that you pick this up while you can.
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on May 12, 2014
Reading the book is even better than watching the iconic film. Though, you will come across lines and situations right out of the film. There are also some things that never made it to the film in the book. Recommended for all zombie fans.
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on July 1, 2014
this books has been a fav of mine for 20+ years. I was very excited to find it back in print and available. if you enjoy the original film, this book makes for a lovely set
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on May 26, 2014
just like the movie but more insight where scenes in the movie cut.
I would recommend this book to anyone who s a fan.
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on July 26, 2014
love the book, old school zombles never dies!
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