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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie Wars

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie Wars

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By (author) Max Brooks

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  • Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 344 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 24mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 27 July 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0715637037
  • ISBN 13: 9780715637036
  • Sales rank: 1,480

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It began with rumours from China about another pandemic. Then the cases started to multiply and what had looked like the stirrings of a criminal underclass, even the beginnings of a revolution, soon revealed itself to be much, much worse. Faced with a future of mindless, man-eating horror, humanity was forced to accept the logic of world government and face events that tested our sanity and our sense of reality. Based on extensive interviews with survivors and key players in the 10-year fight-back against the horde, World War Z brings the very finest traditions of American journalism to bear on what is surely the most incredible story in the history of civilisation.

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Max Brooks is the author of 2003's prescient Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection From the Living Dead. He has since received hundreds of awards and honorary degrees from around the world. Last year he received the joint Papal and UN citation, Pro Humanitate.

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By Nuno Geraldes 17 Apr 2014 5

This is a sic-fi book with a hardcore, consistent and well written story.
To zombie fans worldwide, this is a must have and a pleasure to read several times.

By SkeletonOrchid 04 Jul 2013 3

Hellow
Zombies is always a good subject, although a very used one, specially lately, since it's "fashion", and knowing that this book was quite different from the ones I am used to reading on this matter I decided to give a go. I end up leaving it in my to read list for a while although I have it for several months, because I wanted the plot to be fresh on my brain when the time to see the movie come.
Max Brooks writing is nice, nothing to complain on that matter, and this is probably the most realistic book I ever read about zombies, most of things did make sense and kept me wandering about the possibility of them to happen on real life.
"World War Z" for me its more of an anthology, every interview sounded like a short story and sometimes there was no guideline at all, the fact that we already know the end since the beginning and that there is no action makes this a slow read in fact.
Looking back I did enjoy that there was several different points of view and ways to escape/survive and that he explored lots of them, not only within the American country(that was a big plus to me) but sometimes I felt like everyone was disconnected from their feelings and that every one being interviewed had a political or military agenda going on.
One thing that bothered me was that everyone seem to have a similar voice/point of view on politics, and that the journalist roll was almost inexistent, that made this history sound more like a lecture that real time interviews, and that was a bit disappointing. I wish the interviewer had asked more and bolder questions to the ones he was talking with and not disappear on the stories.
The most important thing about this book, and probably what disappointed me the most, was the fact that an horror book to me, needs to be a thriller somehow, this book needed to keep me expecting something, to get me nervous, to give me a reaction somehow, and what I've got from this was far from that.
There is just no climax at all, and believe me, I was not expecting something like the movie, the true American hero ,tormented one, fighting for his family in order to save the world... not at all, that is not my type of plot. I just wanted to connect with the characters, to feel with and for them when they told me about what they've been through and unfortunately that just didn't happened.

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Yours sincerely,
Skeleton Orchid

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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, writer and director, Shaun of the Dead 'A cracking read... Brooks has hit gruesome gold with this beauty... one of the best books I've read all year' - The Darkside Magazine 'Every page of Word War Z screams "film'" - SFX"