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So Now You're a Zombie: A Handbook for the Newly Undead Paperback – October 1, 2010
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"An excellent choice for the zombie completist." Kirkus Reviews
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While this was once true, Zombies have evolved over time, and the old-school belief zombies still can't read is a myth. Zombies are somewhat intelligent, sensitive creatures (although, they might not seem sensitive by our preconceived human standards of sensitivity). While the loss of muscle tissue and some brain cells limit their communication abilities, they do think and are quite capable of following simple instructions, when they choose to (the activity MUST appear to benefit the Zombie in the long run, or you will receive little cooperation from them).
Even just a few years ago, it was believed that Zombie's still moved slowly and couldn't run, but we've all learned from some recent movies this is no longer the case. They simply have come to realize Humans (or Non-Zoms) tire easily when frightened and, in their fear of Zombies, make mistakes causing them to be more prone to capture, so there is simply no need to expel the energy needed to move quickly.
I'd highly recommend this book to any Zombie having issues coping with their current, un-dead condition. If there is a Zombie in your life with adjustment concerns, why not pick up a copy for him today?
You need to read this book. Once I started reading I couldn't stop!
That said, this is a useful and timely reference for the underprivileged Undead-Americans that face so much racism, prejudice and discrimination in today's overwhelmingly living-supremacist society.
Yes if you've recently woken up dead there is a good chance you'll end up with a copy of this handbook shortly after. Apparently they've been being printed in one form or another for YEARS! (Originally in blood on the flesh of their victims, kind of like the Necronomicon!) From how to hunt and how to keep your rotting corpse from quickly decomposing it's the ultimate hands on guide on how to live after you return from the dead craving nothing more than that wonderfully squishy gray matter. Yes that's right - brains.
Now the thing is adapting to a new body after reanimating can be a bit difficult. Your old fading memories and instincts will want to make you believe you can run, climb ladders, and all sorts of things! Fortunately practicality (or a copy of this guide) will quickly show you that all of these things are long in the past and you have to rely on your new and improved senses and strength to track down and kill dinner.
It seems that those pesky living humans just don't want to sit down and let you eat them and with their quicker mobility it takes a bit of extra effort to track them down, even when you have a horde of fellow brain eaters following you! In fact while it shows you how a horde can be useful to have at your back you do have to remember having that horde will leave less food for you to chew on so figuring out how to hunt alone is a very important train to pick up. On the other hand while you don't want to have any of your food wasted and taken by others you do want to keep the zombie horde growing strong and this shows the best examples of some of the living you may only want to wound, and why. Spreading the zombie virus can be an offensive weapon as well if you can injure someone and have them run back to their friends for help. It's only a matter of time while you shamble after them before they become one of your friends and cause enough of a distraction for you to follow them into their secure location for a nice snack.
While this is truly more comedy then horror there is a nice little horror styled `twist' at the end that all fans of the genre should fully appreciate! I know I got a kick out of it.
[Originally posted at BuyZombie.com]
Although there is a glut of zombie-esque books available at the moment, this book is in two of the lesser travelled perspectives - survivor guide, and zombie perspective. As such, it is quite unique within the genre.
This is a funny book - the sarcastic, witty comments following some quite serious hints and tips for the newly infected made me smile, snicker and on some occasions, laugh aloud. The diagrams, graphs and graphics add to the feel of the book as well as enhancing the points that it makes.
That said, some of the topics covered contradict our traditional ideas on the capabilities of zombies, however for me, that just added an extra consideration to what would happen when the zombapocalypse knocks on our door....or if, as I suspect, I'm an early victim!