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5.06.2010

Review: The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks


The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks
Zombies, Humor
Trade Paperback (THREE RIVERS PRESS, 288 pages, $13.95)
ISBN# 1400049628
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.

Author Site: maxbrooks.com

If it can cure my 10-year-old of his zombie fear... (4 stars)

So my husband saw this book ages ago and commented on it to me. Parody books really aren't my thing but I thought it was a clever idea. Eventually he bought it and read it, seeming to enjoy it pretty well. It certainly lead to some funny conversations about beefing up the home security. While planning to read zombie fiction for a theme-of-the-month I decided to toss this one in with it. I mean, why not figure out how to survive a zombie attack if I was going to be reading so much about them?

For a book shelved under humor there's a terribly serious tone to this guide. The kind of serious tone that never falters making you almost go "hmmm, does this guy really believe this crap?". That is what makes it soooo good! This is the sort of well researched and thought out parody that I think most readers who are into zombies or have read a few too many survival guides can get behind. If I were heading out into the workplace every day I think this would be an excellent tome for watercooler chat fodder.

What really surprised me though was that my ten-year-old picked it up to read. My kid hates reading. He is also terrified of only one thing in this world and that thing is zombies. When he was little all we had to do to get him to stay in his room when he was sent there for a time-out was to start up a nice zombie moaning noise, tip our heads sideways and shamble toward him. Thanks alot Mr. Brooks! Now I can't pull that one on him anymore because he no longer fears zombies thanks to everything he learned in this book. Of course, that does make it easier to watch some of our favorite movies in another room without him screaming to turn it off.

All in all I think this is a terrific stocking stuffer for your favorite zombie fan or even a kinemortophobic tween.



Notes: I borrowed this book from someone.

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