Friday, October 29, 2010

Book Review: The Zombie Survival Guide

Title: The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection From the Living Dead
Author: Max Brooks
Genre: Humor
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Publishing Date: September 16th 2003
Paperback: 254 pages

Summary: (from Goodreads)
The Zombie Survival Guide is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now. Fully illustrated and exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective defense tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to survive and adapt in any territory or terrain.

Top 10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack

1. Organize before they rise!
2. They feel no fear, why should you?
3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
4. Blades don’t need reloading.
5. Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
9. No place is safe, only safer.
10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.

Don’t be carefree and foolish with your most precious asset—life. This book is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now without your even knowing it. The Zombie Survival Guide offers complete protection through trusted, proven tips for safeguarding yourself and your loved ones against the living dead. It is a book that can save your life.

There comes a time in any zombie lovers life when they consider what they would do if a zombie attack occurred. Would you brave a cross country trek to reunite with your family? Or would you hole up in your house and pray for the best? These are the kind of questions the Zombie Survival Guide will help you answer.

The Zombie Survival Guide is broken up into different sections that detail zombie senses, zombie behavioral patterns, weapons, combat techniques, how to set up a defense, vehicles, and how to start over. The Zombie Survival Guide also goes into specific detail about different types of weapons, vehicles, and other techniques. With tips like "shoot in the kneecaps is you can't get to the brain," The guide is chock full of almost everything you'd ever need to know about a zombie attack and more.

When reading this book, it's important to keep in mind what it is and what it isn't. What The Zombie Survival Guide is, is a guidebook on how to handle a zombie attack. What it isn't, is a novel with any sort of story arc. There are no characters to fall in love with or underdogs to root for here. My biggest problem with the book is that some sections seemed really in depth while others glossed over important details. There's a few "science still can't explain" tactics that annoyed me since this book's premise is that this a real-world guidebook on what to do when zombies attack. The book itself is also very dry. A lot of the attempts at humor we're a bit silly I thought and I don't think the idea of the book should overshadow the actual product. Because that's what it really comes down to doesn't it? This book has an interesting premise and is a great idea, but the book itself is a bit so-so.

Notable Quotes/ Parts: 

You can read the chapter "Recorded Attacks" here (pdf).

In the end, I have to say this book is more of a novelty than anything else. It'd make a good gift, but I wouldn't buy it myself. The contradictions and reference style writing left me unimpressed. Just because I love zombies doesn't mean I love every book about zombies (which some people on goodreads don't seem to get). The best thing about this book is its concept, and I don't think that's really a good thing.

Rating: 5. Blah – essentially neutral

1 comment:

  1. I browsed through it in a local bookstore. The first few pages made me laugh at the impossibility of the whole possible zombie apocalypse but when I reached the end, I went, "What the heck is this book talking about?" and slammed it back onto the shelf. All the scenarios were pointless and led up to the same thing. Us, as readers stuck in a zombie apocalypse, dying. How wonderful. Nice to know we'll never survive it but even better knowing it would never happen.