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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.
"'So meticulous and well researched that it's more scary than funny. This book lays out everything you need to know to protect yourself from flesh-eating monsters' - Esquire 'A bloody-minded, straight laced manual for evading the grasp of the undead' - Time Out '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 'Ignorance is the undead's strongest ally, knowledge their deadliest enemy. Personal choice, the will to live, must be paramount when the dead begin to rise. The choice is up to you.' (from The Zombie Survival Guide)" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
Admit it: those official government guides are duller than dishwater. Remember those old Civil Defense booklets about how to survive a nuclear war? How about the Y2K disaster-that-didn't-happen? Or the current crop of Homeland Security sites about what to do if al-Qaeda shows up in your hometown and starts blowing things up? The threat may change, but the advice is the same. And so is the tone. Unfortunately.
What Max Brooks has cleverly done is to leverage a fanciful scenario (a mass attack of the undead) to get the reader to think about real disasters (e.g., storms, earthquakes, etc.) and how to prepare for them. Granted, it's unlikely you'll stop a hurricane with a machete, but--as recent events have shown--you're much more likely to survive the aftermath, when emergency services may be hard to come by for several days or even weeks, if you're prepared.
The zombies covered in this guide are the truly dead, that is the Night of the Living Dead shuffler type that can only be stopped by a head shot, not the messed up living human type like found in 28 Days Later (Widescreen Edition) and Zombieland that can be taken out like any other human. This is an important distinction as it makes a big difference in your choice of weapons for your zombie fighting arsenal. So, with that distinction made, adjust your expectations (and strategies) accordingly.
Max takes us through the cause of the zombie condition, rates the risk classifications by breakout type, suggests strategies, and presents equipment lists to deal with all of the various threat levels. There is also a section on the history of zombie outbreaks as derived from archeological evidence through more modern accounts, which was enjoyable but I found to be the weakest chapter.
Keeping in mind that this is an elaborate work of satire, there are some factual errors that might cause purists to take offense (like a reference to "Nanook of the North" dying of starvation when it was actually likely Tuberculosis) and the effectiveness and use of certain weapons against zombies.
Overall, this is clever work that provides an amusing insight into the strategies needed to survive the coming Zombie Apocalypse.
There are seven sections in this text. The Undead: Myths and Realities, Weapons and Combat Techniques, On the Defense, On the Run, On the Attack, Living in an Undead World and Recorded Attacks. Each section has detailed information to successfully defeat and live with the possibility of being attacked by the undead.
In conclusion, this book would be of most interest to those who are fearful of zombies and the undead. If you "see dead people" all the time, you need this book as a reference source. Remember the undead are everywhere!
Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Predator Hunter: A Warrior's Memoir).
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