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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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Ultimate Zombie Defense

Did anyone else picture Zombie Sideshow Bob, here?  Anyone?

Christie

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Zombie Restaurant Opening… Seriously

Meanwhile in Tokyo…

A zombie-themed restaurant based on the Resident Evil video game (and endorsed by CapCom) will be opening in July.  The name?  Biohazard Cafe and Grill S.T.A.R.S. Restaurant.  Salivating already, aren’t you.

Nothing yet on whether they’ll actually be serving brains, but there will be merchandising (oh yes, there will be merchandising) and… dance performances?  Thriller, perhaps.

Apparently they do have a grasp on reality (sort-of), since the restaurant is only supposed to be open for a year.  Strangely enough, this is not the only restaurant with a game based menu; Capcom Bar features food tied to multiple games, Resident Evil (known as Biohazard in Japan) among them.  Brain shaped cake, anyone? Bet the waiters get sick and tired of hearing “Braaaaaains” when they ask for orders.

So, would you go to a zombie restaurant?  I can see a bar, but a restaurant?  What video game would translate well into a themed eatery?

Christie

Zombie Restaurant Based On ‘Resident Evil’ Game Set To Open In Tokyo July 13 (VIDEO).

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Zombie Castle


Castle is one of the few tv shows I actually watch regularly – it’s a tv show for readers, really.

So imagine my joy when the latest episode of Castle is – gasp – a zombie episode!  I knew I loved this show.  It’s available to be streamed live in both the US and Canada, either via ABC, or CTV, depending on where you live.

Also, I have loved Nathan Fillion since Buffy, through Firefly, Serenity, etc. – he was kind of an addendum to my worship of all things Joss Whedon.

So, Castle, Nathan Fillion, zombies.  Go.  Now.  And if you haven’t watched Castle before, after this episode, go back and start from the very first episode.  You can thank me later.

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The Dwarves – Now with zombies!


The Dwarves, by Markus Heitz, has everything you could want in a fantasy novel.  Lost heirs, lost tribes, magic, epic battles against impossible odds… and zombies.  Yep, not only is there a great story, but it includes the undead.  How could you ask for more, really?

Unlike many reviews that say the book in question is “Tolkien-esque”, this book actually tempts me to count the number of obvious Tolkien influences.  Reading runes to open a stone door into a mountain?  Check.  Powerful council of wizards, and one has been corrupted?  Check.  I promise, these little reveals won’t wreck the story – they are right at the beginning of the book.

I enjoyed the book a lot – I have a fondness for dwarves, especially the beer-quaffing berserker kind.  Anyone who loves R.A. Salvatore’s dwarves will like these ones.  The writing is good, and the translation has been very well done.  There was only the occasional awkward bit where I suspect the translator struggled to get the meaning across, but considering that German tends to compress very complicated ideas into simple words (e.g. schadenfreude, to derive pleasure from other people’s misery), I can understand how that might be tricky.

On the whole, if you’re looking for classic fantasy, especially classic fantasy with zombies, I highly recommend this.  This is only the first book in a series, and you can believe I’ll be picking up the next one.

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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Necrophilia? You can love zombies, but you shouldn’t “love” zombies.

In terms of response and traffic, my post Everybody Loves Zombies  had an overwhelming response.  Also, zombie penguins.  Which made me stop and think… why, exactly, does everybody love zombies?  Where did we even get the idea of zombies?  Why won’t this zombie thing go away?  So, in order to stop having audienceless monologues like a supervillain without the lair, I will be writing a few posts on zombies.  This first one: zombigenesis.   Where did zombies come from?

There are stories from cultures all over the globe that feature animated corpses.  Anchimayen, basically zombie children, in Spain.  The draugr, who guards graves in Norway.   The jiang shi, from China, Vetala from India.

The zombies in books, graphic novels, and movies, mostly have their origins in the zombies of Voudoun.  Practitioners believe that they are corpses controlled by bokor, Voudoun sorcerers who practice black magic.  One scientist (for more on this, see his book The Serpent and the Rainbow), whose specialty is ethnobotany, thinks that the zombies are created by basically drugging someone out of his/her mind, including ingredients that make the victim extremely suggestible.  Like being frequently dosed with Rohypnol.  Incredibly creepy, but not exactly raising the dead.

Why, though, have zombies captured our collective imaginations?  The first zombie movie came out in the late 1930s, and since then it’s been a genre that just won’t… die.  Sorry, had to. Also, let’s not just look at zombies that are called zombies.  What about mummies?  Basically zombies, but more stylishly dressed.  What about people that are just empty shells, being controlled by alien puppet-masters?  Still zombies.  If you expand your definition of zombie to anything where someone that is dead, and despite that is still walking around (debating inserting joke about bible being original zombie story), zombies show up even more often than you think.

Is it a fear of death, of the body’s fragility, that makes us fascinated by zombies?  Because the zombies aren’t showing up in rom-coms (Corpse Bride excepted, and really anything by Tim Burton), they’re in some of the most disturbing books and movies of all time.  Is it literally coming face-to-face with mortality, in all it’s scariest , lingering, painful forms (radioactivity, virulent disease, evil magic)?  The desire to be able to kick the ass of Death, preferably with a sawed-off shotgun, a la Bruce Campbell?

Or maybe we just like being grossed out.

My first zombie experiences were Thriller,  and The Hilarious House of Frankenstein (I don’t remember which came first), both of which featured Vincent Price, possessor of the world’s creepiest voice.  I know my sister agrees, because I used to use his part of  the “Thriller” track  to send her fleeing out of our shared room.   I still love B-movie zombie flicks more than sincere horror.  Bruce Campbell will always hold a special place in my heart.  Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, Army of Darkness… For books, after the ones I have already mentioned, I will note  The Cell, by Stephen King.  Good, classic, hide-under-the-blankets horror.

So.  Where did your love of zombies start?

C.

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