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What an amazing book!,
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This review is from: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (Hardcover)
Like several other reviewers, I read and enjoyed Max Brooks' 'Zombie Survival Guide', but I was skeptical as to whether he could strike gold twice in a row. Much to my satisfaction, the answer was yes.
World War Z isn't so much a novel as it is a collection of very personal recollections of people who have lived through - literally - hell on earth. In a way, it reminded me of news footage of these walls you see where, during a civil war, or natural disaster, people go and leave notes for loved ones, hoping someone, anyone, will see them. Every time I see something like that, it strikes me as hopeless and desperate, but at the same time noble and uplifting. In short, what makes us human. This book gave me the same reaction. I preordered it from Amazon, received it this morning, and finished it about an hour ago. I wish I'd rationed it out a bit, because I didn't want that feeling to end - the feeling of reading the accounts of some of the bravest souls who (n)ever walked the earth.
The only other book I've read that comes close to this in 'feel' is Warday, by Whitley Strieber and James Kunetka. But even that is too one-sided; the authors' own opinions and views are clearly dominant. In World War Z, each individual vignette is unique and special; from Tibetan smugglers to dirigible pilots to ex-politicians, each 'interview' has its own distinct voice.
In closing, I'd just like to say that while George Romero may be the father of the 'zombie genre', Max Brooks may well exceed him. Blasphemy? Nope. Just my opinion. One that is hopefully shared by millions of others.
PS: Here's hoping they don't butcher it when they make the movie! :D
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Initial post: Dec 26, 2007 2:15:47 PM PST
Gradient Vector Field says:
I second the motion that I hope they don't butcher it in the movie!
Posted on Feb 12, 2009 7:37:57 PM PST
J. Marin says:
Forget the movie, Get HBO to make this a miniseries!
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2009 10:19:11 PM PDT
haha HBO, now there is an idea... who wouldn't want an hour long interview each week?
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 6:45:47 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2013 2:29:41 PM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
they're gonna butcher it.
looks like the ony thing they are keeping is the title... the zombies themselves are fast zombies... as we all know, that's IMPOSSIBLE :-)
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2014 6:15:45 PM PST
S. Rodger says:
Man ,I wouldst be there. TWO hours for the Battle Of Five Colleges!
Posted on Jun 19, 2015 2:23:14 PM PDT
Russell Weems says:
Yes, unfortunately, they indeed butchered it. I second the idea that it would make a good HBO miniseries.
Posted on Nov 21, 2015 7:42:44 PM PST
Hafsah U. says:
My school librarian recommended this book to me and I was skeptical because the movie wasn't all that great... Reading your review doubled my interest in the book so thank you for that!
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