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The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks Paperback – 12 Nov 2009


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd (12 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715638157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715638156
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 1 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The bestselling author of The Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z and the graphic novel The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks, Max Brooks has also written for Saturday Night Live, for which he won an Emmy. He lives in New York City.

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'An absolute must have... Brooks infuses his writing with such precise detail and authenticity, one wonders if he knows something we don't' --Simon Pegg on 'World War Z'

'So meticulous and well researched that it's more scary than funny' --Esquire on 'The Zombie Survival Guide'

Max Brooks is so straightforward, so sensible and logical about everything, that you start to believe him when he begins talking about the necessary steps needed for an average American to outlast a worldwide plague of flesh eating zombies, This practical approach is exactly what makes his book 'The Zombie Survival Guide' so funny --Fangoria

About the Author

The bestselling author of 'The Zombie Survival Guide' and 'World War Z', Max Brooks has also written for Saturday Night Live, for which he won an Emmy. He lives in New York City. Artist Ibraim Roberson brings a diversity of graphic influences into the dark vision of this story. He lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Edd B on 1 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm a big fan of World War Z and really liked the last section from Zombie Survival Guide about historical battles (the rest was pretty dull though). The problem with Recorded Attacks is it just reproduces the actual stories from the last section of the Zombie Survival Guide with gory illustrations... the only new material is the pictures!

It's also very quick to read... not much more than an hour cover to cover. I'm not big on graphical novels though so take that as you choose.

On the plus side, I did get into the book and really liked it (for as long as it lasted)... it's probably more enjoyable for someone who hasn't read the Zombie Survival Guide and it really could have done with a bit more content.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ElvenAngel on 6 Mar. 2011
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Having been given the Zombie Survival Guide as an ironic gift by some friends who are rather sarcastic about my fondness of a good zombie story, I bought this just to rub it in. And it's really a great and fun read. Some will complain it's a short read. Yes, it's short but it's extremely sweet and I find that zombie mayhem is best enjoyed in such short bursts, before it has time to turn stale and repetitive. Even though Max Brooks claims it wasn't intended as satire of anything, it just does it anyway and in a really good manner. With a pseudo-historical manner of writing and ample jibes at human ignorance, arrogance and willful blindness, it's quite nice to see a writer who isn't afraid to cast humans as victims rather than survivor big damn heroes.
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As a big fan of Max Brooks' The Zombie Survival Guide I enjoyed the section on recorded attacks where the author describes many different fictional incidents involving zombies. On discovery of this graphic novel I purchased it immediately as I found it an exciting prospect seeing these stories I read and love in a visual medium. The art is simple and clean with great shading highlighting depth (none of that scribbly Frank Miller stuff) which I liked but I thought that a bit of colour could have given the illustrations a bit more pop. For those who thought they would find every story from the recorded attacks section laid out visually in this graphic novel you are sadly mistaken. Only a few of the better ones have made it in, which is a shame due to all the stories being well written. I would have loved to have seen the story where a pilot crash lands and finds an old fort mentioned in an earlier story.

Overall it's an entertaining experience but suffers a bit as the colourless illustrations (which aren't quite The Walking Dead detailed) fails to pull me in and keep me interested in each panel for very long. Plus lack of other great stories from the original book is a downer. Even so Max Brooks fans should definitely think about buying this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. T. Clegg on 19 Jan. 2010
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It seems that Max Brooks' publishers are unable to get him to actually write new content; but they're determined to milk his undead cash cow until the flesh necrotises....

This book contains *SOME* of the Recorded Attacks from the back of the Zombie Survival guide presented with comic-book illustrations to benefit those for whom big words are a challenge. But not even *ALL* the content from the Survival Guide is offered here, a side-by-side comparison shows several are missing. Perhaps so the publishers can wheel out "Illustrated Recorded Attacks Volume Two" in time for Xmas 2010...

Buy the Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z - and nothing else. Everything else is just the same Survival Guide content rehashed into a desk calander, a comic, a deck of cards, a tie, shoelaces, anything they can think of.

Just Say No.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glosblue on 12 Mar. 2010
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I am a big fan of Max Brooks and his Zombie books, and enjoyed this new addition, even though the book is quite small and an easy read, the drawings are brilliant.
Slightly overpriced, if you love your zombies then you need to get this.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By L P on 5 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
Oh good lord this was a let down.

I finished this in just over 10 min's and frankly if I had paid for the book (it was a gift) I would have wanted my money back!

Too low on written text for me, which is such a shame because I usually love all things zombie. Yes it's a graphic novel, but the black and white illustrations also irked me. It just wasn't as dazzling on the eye as it could have been.

I wish I could say more but I've already passed it on and I'm struggling to remember anything about it other than that sinking feeling I got as I realised it just wasn't as good as I had hoped....

Keep milking that cash cow Brooks and the udders will fall off. I know you write about reanimated corpses but next time lets have something a little more fresh?
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I wanted to read this graphic novel after reading The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z. It went into greater depth and detail and nicely illustrated the recorded attacks at the end of The Zombie Survival Guide. Like a lot of other graphic novels it's entirely in black and white, but that doesn't bother me, I'm happy with both full colour and black and white novels. Would recommend to anyone who's read Max Brook's other zombie stuff.
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As a bookseller and zombie 'fan', I've been eagerly awaiting this book for well over a year now. It kept being pushed back, and now it's finally here, I cannot comprehend the delay. I know following on from World War Z would never be an easy task, but this book seems so pointless. I read graphic novels a fair amount but this has to be one of the lowest text counts i've as yet encountered.
Could have been amazing, really isn't.
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