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World War Z - Max Brooks

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Topic: World War Z - Max Brooks
Posted By: Ben Marco
Subject: World War Z - Max Brooks
Date Posted: February/18/2009 at 7:53am
Premise: In the near future, the author of a "just-the-facts" government report on the Great Zombie War feels the need to inject a personal voice in order to preserve that vital element of the devastating event. So, he collects interviews from current & ex military, government, and civilian accounts from all over the world. World War Z is the oral account of the war against zombies.

It's really amazing how Brooks creates such unique, realistic voice in all these different interviewees. The thing reads like a nonfiction oral account on some other world war or disaster. At times humorous, often frightening, WWZ attacks all aspects of today's global society--social, economical, political, etc.

Very rarely do I begin to feel so strongly about a book before I'm even halfway through with it (I'll come back to complete my thoughts when I'm finished with the book). But WWZ is going to be one of the best reads of the year, I can already sense it.

It helps to be a fan of the genre (28 Days Later, Romero, etc.), but it's not a requisite. It's in paperback form so go to your library, borrow it from a friend, or pick it up at your local bookstore. Let me know what you think of it.



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Posted By: Belladonna
Date Posted: February/22/2009 at 3:09am
Originally posted by Ben Marco Ben Marco wrote:

Premise: In the near future, the author of a "just-the-facts" government report on the Great Zombie War feels the need to inject a personal voice in order to preserve that vital element of the devastating event. So, he collects interviews from current & ex military, government, and civilian accounts from all over the world. World War Z is the oral account of the war against zombies.

It's really amazing how Brooks creates such unique, realistic voice in all these different interviewees. The thing reads like a nonfiction oral account on some other world war or disaster. At times humorous, often frightening, WWZ attacks all aspects of today's global society--social, economical, political, etc.

Very rarely do I begin to feel so strongly about a book before I'm even halfway through with it (I'll come back to complete my thoughts when I'm finished with the book). But WWZ is going to be one of the best reads of the year, I can already sense it.

It helps to be a fan of the genre (28 Days Later, Romero, etc.), but it's not a requisite. It's in paperback form so go to your library, borrow it from a friend, or pick it up at your local bookstore. Let me know what you think of it.




Ben, I've read World War Z and thoroughly enjoyed it. I like Brook's style and I LOVE zombies!

I've tried Brian Keene but had a hard time getting into The Rising, I'd like to try again...

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Posted By: FinalExam
Date Posted: February/22/2009 at 5:27am
Haven't read World War Z yet, but I did really enjoy the zombies of The Rising, just because I thought his concept of what created them was unique and the action was strong.

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We are not strangers to ourselves, we only try to be. --Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz


Posted By: Belladonna
Date Posted: February/22/2009 at 6:04am
Originally posted by FinalExam FinalExam wrote:

Haven't read World War Z yet, but I did really enjoy the zombies of The Rising, just because I thought his concept of what created them was unique and the action was strong.


So I should give The Rising another try? Or would you suggest a different Keene book? I know I've got a few kicking around.

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Posted By: FinalExam
Date Posted: February/22/2009 at 9:41am
I would give The Rising at least one more try. He has a more traditional zombie novel which I also love (and honestly I like it a bit better) called Dead Sea.

Which ones do you have by him and I'll tell you what I think of them.

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We are not strangers to ourselves, we only try to be. --Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz


Posted By: Belladonna
Date Posted: February/22/2009 at 11:19am
Ghoul
Dead Sea
Conquerors Worm
Dark Hollow
Ghost Walk
The Rising

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Posted By: FinalExam
Date Posted: February/22/2009 at 11:22am
My favorite two there are Dead Sea and Conquerer Worms. Dark Hollow and Ghost Walk, which are closely connected with characters in common, are okay but not great. Ghoul is the only Keene book I really didn't like. Just fell flat to me, the character's didn't come alive, and seemed more formula. The Rising I liked a lot, but those kinds of zombies might not be for everyone.

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We are not strangers to ourselves, we only try to be. --Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz


Posted By: Belladonna
Date Posted: February/22/2009 at 11:28am
Thanks FE, that's so helpful. Kind of helps me want to try again, maybe with Dead Sea.

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Posted By: pattirose
Date Posted: February/22/2009 at 2:41pm
I thought Ghoul was okay, but Conqueror Worms was better.

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"Where there is cake, there is hope. And there is always cake" - Life Expectancy


Posted By: FinalExam
Date Posted: June/20/2010 at 3:22am
Again, late to the party, but I just recently read World War Z and thought it was wonderfully done. The whole structure of the novel just really worked for me, hearing about the war from all these different voices. It had a documentary feel that gave it real scope, while also making it feel personal. Highly recommended.

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We are not strangers to ourselves, we only try to be. --Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz



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