5.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm
Brooks delivers again. Faint whiff of a hasty film tie in but i loved it. Can't wait till his next batch of disturbingly realistic zombie lunacy.
Published 4 months ago by James William Carr
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1.0 out of 5 stars Size, Limited
My first review on Amazon forced out of me by someone who has previously been one of my favourite authors. It's been mentioned that the page count is low, but I don't think anyone has mentioned the physical size of the book. It's small. Like a pocket book, or one of those little books full of quotations that are always at the counter when you're at a proper book shop. The...
Published 21 months ago by Niall McLoughlin
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not really a book. Quality fine, quantity severely lacking,
This review is from: Closure, Limited and other Zombie Tales (Paperback)Whilst it's always nice to read something about zombies from Max Brooks, this book (if I can call it that) is very disappointing. As other reviewers point out this a mere 124 pages long and has 4 short stories set in/around/after World War Z - Brooks' masterpiece. The four stories themselves are OK and two of which could have even been in WWZ, as they are written in a post-war (interview/recolection) style. The other two are more like actual stories based during WWZ itself. Overall, like most WWZ fans, I would have liked a bit more for my money!
3.0 out of 5 stars Just one more hit, man...,
This review is from: Closure, Limited and other Zombie Tales (Paperback)Let's get a few things straight first: this is not literature. This is not Hemingway. Nor is it Orwell or Chekhov or in any way any other writer who, like Michelangello, "cuts away the unnecessary parts" to leave every word and comma exactly in the right place to make a masterpiece where every word is unforgettable. If that is what you are looking for, perhaps you shouldn't be reading zombie-themed books by relatives of great comedians...
That was mainly in response to some of the reviews above and I'm sorry to have started off so (seemingly) irrelevantly. From now on, I shall get off my high horse and give my personal opinion of the book in question.
This is, indeed, a short work and is a companion to the previous works by the author rather than a stand-alone piece - as someone remarked, this feels like some missing chapters from "World War Z". You can easily finish the book in an evening and, just like the book that made Mr Brooks famous, you will ponder them for a few days (or months, perhaps?) afterwards. There is the trademark mix of Hollywood stereotyping and cliche, mixed in with scenes and themes that provoke thought and haunt the mind.
In short, read this if you're enjoyed "World War Z". If not, read that first. Both make a nice holiday read - you won't mind getting sunscreen all over the pages and you can still lend it to your friends afterwards (I read "World War Z" on a beach in Thailand and then spent a couple of (admittedly fairly stoned) weeks expecting zombies to march out of the azure blue waters in front of me).
3.0 out of 5 stars Alright but not great,
This review is from: Closure, Limited and other Zombie Tales (Paperback)I was quite keen to read this because I enjoy reading short stories, I did quite enjoy parts of this but not as much as I had hoped. I wasnt gripped by any of the stories and wanted more human emotion than was given but it is short and it gave me something light to pop in my bag when babysitting. Not a book to treasure and keep though.
2.0 out of 5 stars Too short,
This review is from: Closure, Limited and other Zombie Tales (Paperback)The book if you can call it that is far too short it might aswell just be leaflet for a new book coming out.
1.0 out of 5 stars AVOID EVEN IF A WWZ FAN!,
This review is from: Closure, Limited and other Zombie Tales (Paperback)I was mugged off paying the full £5.99 for this leaflet[it really is that short] but even at £2.99 I would still acoid. Dire. Short. Uninspiring. World War Z and the Zombie Survival Handbook are modern zombie classics, this is nothing of the sort. Four random, unconnected poorly written short stories, one of which is about VAMPIRES, really? Vampires Mr Brooks? Cashing in on the Twilight craze?
If i could give this 0/5 I would, avoid, avoid, avoid.
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it,
This review is from: Closure, Limited and other Zombie Tales (Paperback)As a massive fan of WWZ I picked this up to read for when I went on holiday. So I while waiting in Gatwick I decide to crack on and get started. An hour later I had finished it. 70% of the book had been about Vampires! The title is very misleading, the story it relates to was about 5 pages long, and felt more like an intro, very disconnected to the rest of the book (sorry pamphlet, I had not noticed the page count in my eagerness to order). Massive let down, even for £3.99, avoid or just read WWZ again.
1.0 out of 5 stars I have had it with this cat walking on my keyboard, whatever I'll publish anyway,
This review is from: Closure, Limited (Kindle Edition)This book teaches us a good lesson. Better to stop at the point of "I wish there was more" than "they raped Indiana Jones". WWZ was an awesome and wholesome book, and gives you craving for more and more. But Closure ltd is ... lets say... you would rather stare at a fresh pile of predigested and exceptionally unkind to your smell glands ex foodstuff for 90 minutes than reading Closure ltd.
Vampires seriously??? what's next how the loch Ness monster deals with zombies, or the challenges faced by Martians trying to invade a Zombie earth(this is sarcasm not suggestions).
1.0 out of 5 stars Save Your Cash !!!!!,
This review is from: Closure, Limited and other Zombie Tales (Paperback)Firstly this is not a book it is a PAMPHLET.So thin it's untrue and the stories are not too clever either.It feels like Max Brooks was missing his deadlines for the publishers and just rushed through a few stories one night(whats with the vampires?). Max , I am marking you one out of ten with a must try harder. I will definitely wait for reviews for your next book before I part with my cash, " you suck buddy ".
1.0 out of 5 stars Seems to be a bit of a cash-in, to be honest,
This review is from: Closure, Limited and other Zombie Tales (Paperback)It was a great disappointment to read this collection of stories. I know that continuity and consistency can be hard to come by and one of the stories at least does fit into the familiar mould that Max Brooks has carved, but the other tales simply don't fit.
If taken in context with his other works - ZSG and WWZ - and their starkly realistic tone, I just don't see where the Vampire story fits or how it can be taken seriously. The obvious rebuttal here is to decry my opinion on Vampires when I am reading a few books on Zombies, and I understand that, but if you're trying to go for out-and-out fantasy, then why start now? Why didn't his other books illustrate the struggle between the Vampire/Zombie threat? I didn't even bother to finish this short story.
I digress, the book seems (per the title of this review) to be purely a cash-in on the hugely popular Vampire obsession right now coupled with the flurry of information on the impending World War Z movie. The timing is perfect for that!
It is a sad point to make though. If you're new to Max Brooks (and I doubt anyone reading this review will be) then please - read ZSG and WWZ. Forget that this book exists.
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful........,
This review is from: Closure, Limited and other Zombie Tales (Paperback)To start with, I want to say how much I truly loved World War Z and the Zombie Survival guide, so when I heard that Max Brooks was to release Closure, Ltd, I was over the moon to say the least. Until I got it. It appears as though he is now trading purely on name, as what I received was around 100 pages containing four short stories, three of which are ridiculously short, and the other I found just plain stupid.
I wouldn't have minded if the stories were decent, but the one about the Great Wall of China aside, they were awful. The one which completely got my goat was the one from the point of view of a vampire during WWZ......
I would not recommend this to anyone
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Closure, Limited and other Zombie Tales by Max Brooks (Paperback - 16 Feb 2012)