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After a while, I swore the dead walked the planet.,
This review is from: The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead (Paperback)
This is a book all of it's own. Nothing else comes close.
Why no one else before Max Brooks (son of Mel) thought of writing/compiling such a masterstroke book (including myself) is beyond my understanding given that this is such a well written and well defined set of 'do's & dont's'.
Suburbanised common sense juxtaposed with sheer and absolute abhorant terror.
The premise of the book suggests what would you do if the dead rose and proceeded to take over the world...starting with your town or city. What would you're first move be, would you stay in your house and hide in the bathroom?, what would you live on,- toothpaste?, how long would you expect to wait for help?, should you depend on yourself instead and take matters into your own hands?, what weapons to use?. Should you stay put or run to the hills?, and if so what transport is best, and so on, so forth.
Think you know... you would be surprised.
In the book Max covers every eventuality even going so far as to write the book as if the dead rising was a de-facto occurance. Max backs up this thrilling revelation by way of outlining numerous zombie risings throughout history right up the late 20th century - yikes!
Speaking as a long time zombie fan, this book rocks. It not only introduces a world overrun by the living dead but thrusts you into the middle of just such an infestation of horror and sheer unadulterated mayhem, albeit with the right clothing to wear & aware of the wrong places to be. This is a tour de force companion to every blood soaked zombie infested schlock movie you've ever been unfortunate enough to be attacked by on a dark winters night or when you least expected it on a warm summers afternoon.
Get this book. It might just save your poor pityful life!, and give you a tongue-n-cheek thrill while you're at it.
(This is one of the few books I've ever awarded five stars. I gave it five stars not for it's command of English language or it's literary sweeping. Instead, it deserves every star for it's sheer A-z steadfastness. Like one of the living dead dragging it's self towards you, this book is solid, unremitting and unflinching.
....and totally dependible like a good machette.