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The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead Paperback – September 16, 2003
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In this outrageous parody of a survival guide, Saturday Night Live staff writer Brooks prepares humanity for its eventual battle with zombies. One would expect the son of Mel Brooks to have a genetic predisposition to humor, and indeed, he does, and he exhibits it relentlessly here: he outlines virtually every possible zombie-human encounter, drafts detailed plans for defense and attack and outlines past recorded attacks dating from 60,000 B.C. to 2002. In planning for that catastrophic day when "the dead rise," Brooks urges readers to get to know themselves, their bodies, their weaponry, their surroundings and, just in case, their escape routes. Some of the book's more amusing aspects are the laughable analyses Brooks proposes on all aspects of zombiehood, and the specificity with which he enumerates the necessary actions for survival-i.e., a member of an anti-zombie team must be sure to have with him at all times two emergency flares, a signaling mirror, daily rations, a personal mess kit and two pairs of socks. Comic, though unnecessarily exhaustive, this is a good bet for Halloween gag gifts and fans of Bored of the Rings-esque humor. 100 line drawings.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
'A bloody-minded, strait-laced manual for evading the grasp of the undead' Time Out 'So meticulous and well researched that it's more scary than funny' Esquire 'A tome you start reading for fun and then at page 50 you go out and buy a machete just to be on the safe side' --New York Post --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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The book is separated into several portions, ranging from zombie physiology, what zombies can do and can't do, an overview of Solanum, the microorganism that gives life...or "unlife" to the zombie, as well as a pretty fascinating look at what weapons are best matched against your undead opponents and what kind of structures to barricade yourself in should an outbreak occur. At the end of the book is a pretty extensive collection of "historical" zombie outbreaks throughout human history. The whole thing is written so seriously that you'll laugh out loud when you get to the end of the book and see several Zombie Action Checklists for the owner's use to keep track of outbreaks.
Here's what I've learned should an outbreak occur:
-Grab an M1 Garand and lots of ammo
-Machetes and trench spikes are superior to machine guns
-Get a bicycle...zombies can't hear you and you can always carry your bike over rough terrain, and all without reliance on gasoline
-Chainsaws are fun, but will give you a false sense of power (sorry Bruce Campbell!)
-Flame throwers are the ultimate zombie-killing weapon. But carrying 70 lbs. of equipment on foot will make you slow enough for zombies to catch you.
-Off-shore oil drilling rigs are the ultimate hideout!
-If it all blows out of control make for the nearest tropical island, or the Artic circle if you can handle the cold
-Stay away from hospitals in the case of an outbreak
The book's serious tone about things so ridiculous will make you laugh out loud several times during the reading of it. This was one of the most unique and entertaining reads I've had in a very long time, and I thoroughly recommend it!
This is a wonderfully thoughtful manual. The science of how zombies come to be is explained in great and believable detail. The author (son of actor Mel Brooks) creates a universe where zombies are simply real and gives realistic instructions on how to protect yourself in a variety of situations. His in depth comparison of various weaponry, ranging from fire arms, to knives, to crow bars, is too detailed and vast for my taste, but probably essential information in the event of a zombie apocalypse. His illustrations can be crude and basic, but also hilarious. And his accounts of documented zombie attacks are genius and completely believable. I truly feel I have a good understanding of what is needed if the zombie problem gets out of hand.
I wish I had read this before World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, also written by Max Brooks. It would have filled in a couple of hazy spots there. I recommend that anyone interested in defending themselves against a zombie onslaught, read "The Zombie Survival Guide" and THEN be sure to read "World War Z", an extremely well written book (and a lot of fun besides).
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