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World War Z – The Movie!!!

Yes, it requires three exclamation marks.  Zombie lovers everywhere rejoice: World War Z is coming to the big screen, and it looks awesome!

If you haven’t read the Max Brooks novel yet, do so,  because it’s an excellent read, even for those who don’t usually read the genre.

Zombie film lovers, check out this trailer, to which you too, will shout “Awesome!”  and be really annoyed that you can’t watch it RIGHT NOW.

Christie

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World War Z


This book caused a few arguments in my store, over who got to choose it as their staff pick.  This alone would have made me want to read it, even if the description wasn’t intriguing.  Also, I had already read some of his other work, like The Zombie Survival Guide, which the battle strategies in World War Z are actually based on.

The full title is actually World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, and it’s in an interesting format.  The premise is that a man working for the United Nations is interviewing survivors, after an infection that caused any infected to rise as zombies, which decimated the population of earth.

The style it is written in makes the idea seem plausible, and the perspectives of the various interviewees is so well done, it’s incredible.  Brooks does a very creditable job of looking at, not just personal reactions to the outbreak, but the way the various world powers would react to it, with varying success depending on their strategies of dealing with the undead.

The fact that Brooks footnotes many of the references the survivors make in their recounting of the war makes it easy to live in the world he creates.  The feelings invoked are quite intense, but don’t look here for a never ending action novel.  This is more of immersing yourself in the mindset of a world that doesn’t take day-to-day survival for granted, and getting a pretty good idea of what it would be like to live when you are no longer the top predator.

Apparently the audiobook version of this won an Audie award, and is fully acted by a cast including Alan Alda and Mark Hamill, so definitely worth checking out.  I’m not a big audiobook person, but even I’m tempted to have a listen.  There is a movie coming next year, that apparently stars Brad Pitt, although I believe it is only loosely based on the book, since the narrator/interviewer apparently is an action hero type of role in the film.  I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Highly, highly recommended, even for those who aren’t normally zombie fans.

C.

 

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Everybody Loves Zombies

A lot of the conversations I’ve had lately have had the topic of zombies come up.   One recent discussion with coworkers involved debating what actions we would take, given the zombie apocalypse (My vote is to head for the Arctic, others thought staying on the move and raiding small towns… it got heated).

The Walking Dead tv series is possibly one source of zombies on the brain (either that or the Oscars, and thoughts of Joan Rivers).  The tv series is based on the graphic novels of the same name, which are definitely worth checking out, and have a depth of storyline to them that isn’t often found in zombie stories.

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In fact, there are a lot of books that can be classified as zombie lit, ranging from survival manuals to novels, and a few in between.  Here are a few I recommend, with some suggestions from fellow zombie-loving (in the story sense, no necrophilia here) friends.

Want to plan for the zombie apocalypse?  Here’s your go-to guide.

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I have mentioned Pride & Prejudice & Zombies before… this book will create a whole lot of new Jane Austen fans.  Loved it.

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World War “Z”  comes highly recommended by several of the staff at the bookstore – written as a nonfiction account of the history of the zombie war, the new perspective alone makes it worth checking out.  Apparently it is being made into a movie, too.

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For those who like mixing reading about the undead with reading about kinky sex (and who doesn’t), the   Laurell K. Hamilton’s series is full of zombies, as well as vampires, werewolves, and assorted other creatures of the night.  These books are definitely not Twilight (and I’m not just talking about the sex).  The stories are pretty dark, and can be downright uncomfortable.  But they are almost never bland, at least.  This is the cover of the newest one, coming soon:

Anyways, enough from me… have a great zombie read to recommend?  Let me know!  Also, I’d love to hear what your zombie apocalypse strategy is.

C.

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