View Full Version : Who's down for World War Z?

William R.
09-17-2006, 07:19 AM
Anybody pick this book up besides me? Being guts deep in DEAD RISING has definitely soaked my appetite for zombie mayhem and I nearly forgot this book was being released. Mel's favorite son, Max Brooks, author of the THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE takes a swing at an actual outbreak novel this go around and guess what all you fast-zombie nazis? They're slower than molasses dipped in dog shit. So, it should be interesting. Brad Pitt's production company already scored the film rights to this, which should be interesting as well, but not for Aaron G. Maybe for some others....

Dig it:

Brooks, the author of the determinedly straight-faced parody The Zombie Survival Guide (2003), returns in all seriousness to the zombie theme for his second outing, a future history in the style of Theodore Judson's Fitzpatrick's War. Brooks tells the story of the world's desperate battle against the zombie threat with a series of first-person accounts "as told to the author" by various characters around the world. A Chinese doctor encounters one of the earliest zombie cases at a time when the Chinese government is ruthlessly suppressing any information about the outbreak that will soon spread across the globe. The tale then follows the outbreak via testimony of smugglers, intelligence officials, military personnel and many others who struggle to defeat the zombie menace. Despite its implausible premise and choppy delivery, the novel is surprisingly hard to put down. The subtle, and not so subtle, jabs at various contemporary politicians and policies are an added bonus.

I snatched this along with a few other books. Keeping with the zombie trend I grabbed MONSTER ISLAND (http://www.amazon.com/Monster-Island-Zombie-David-Wellington/dp/1560258500/) and I also got THE ROAD (http://www.amazon.com/Road-Cormac-Mccarthy/dp/0307265439/) because for some reason if I bought this along with WORLD WAR Z it cut the price down on both books and totalled around $25, and it seemed cool enough.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to get back to hitting zombies in the face with produce.


Paul A J Lewis
09-17-2006, 08:12 AM
As a lifelong zombie movie fan and a certificated holder of the title of 'Zombie Combat Leader' (that's a whole other story), I may well pick this up. Thanks for bringing it to my attention, Will.

I've been absent from the Internet for a few days, and the reason is: all my spare time has been taken up by DEAD RISING, which I received on Wednesday. Best video game ever? Quite possible.

I'm on my first playthrough and I'm trying to complete the story: I'm hoping to unlock the fourth day. At the moment, I'm stuck on the bit where you have to defuse the bombs in the maintenance tunnels.

Damn, I love that game! :)

William R.
09-17-2006, 08:23 AM
The game is absolutely great, I was about to PM you and see what the verdict was. I love it to death even though I sometimes want to punch Otis in the face. :D

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Paul A J Lewis
09-17-2006, 08:45 AM
The game is absolutely great, I was about to PM you and see what the verdict was. I love it to death even though I sometimes want to punch Otis in the face. :D

http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/4983/060821tz5.th.jpg (http://img141.imageshack.us/my.php?image=060821tz5.jpg)
Those damned phone calls always come at the worst of times: when you're trying to escort some survivors past the convicts in the Leisure Park, or when you're battling one of the game's numerous psychopaths. (I took on the cult leader, Sean, only to be constantly harassed by Otis' phone calls.)


Don May Jr
09-17-2006, 11:33 AM
I just picked up WORLD WAR Z on Thursday, but I haven't started it yet. I have to finish Brian Keene's THE RISING first (only about 70 pages in). I, too, have DEAD RISING but I only played a bit of it before getting sucked completely into SAINT'S ROW for the XBOX360. Once I finish that, it's back to DEAD RISING for me!

Zane C.
09-17-2006, 03:37 PM
You guys are killing me with how great DEAD RISING is! I may just have to get an XBox 360 and some games this coming payday...here I thought I was done buying big ticket electronic items for a while! Damn!! :D

I'm just hoping if I DO buy a 360, I don't regret it when the PS3 comes out...although from what I've been reading about Sony lately, I'm not all that confident about the PS3. They're gonna have to bring something spectacular to the table, that's for sure.

That WWZ book looks great! I'm gonna order that in my next book order!

Andrew Monroe
09-17-2006, 04:19 PM
I just picked up WWZ today, along with the new issue of Cinema Retro (this issue has an interview w/Barbara Bouchet!). I thought Monster Island was pretty good. It has some novel ideas, like having mummies return to life too, along with the more recent dead. There were some bits I didn`t care for, like the zombie mind control, but it`s still a fun read. Looking forward to the next installment.

William R.
09-17-2006, 05:35 PM
You guys are killing me with how great DEAD RISING is! I may just have to get an XBox 360 and some games this coming payday...

...join the darkside.

You should go to a Gamestop and trade in a bunch of crap you don't want if you're serious. They take movies too. A buddy managed to get almost $180 taken off the premium 360 after a few trade-ins. (a few newer games, some older games, a tv box set, and some dvds). Also, don't forget to warranty the fucker, either from them or Microsoft.

Buy DEAD RISING and NHL 07 and bury yourself in a hole.

Andrew Monroe
09-28-2006, 12:55 PM
Well, I`m about 3/4ths of the way through WWZ...I fucking LOVE IT!!! The oral history style has always been one of my favorite approaches to nonfiction, and it also works very well for this. So many different types of people telling their stories of survival makes for compulsive reading. One thing though, I don`t see how a film could be made from this unless the story is drastically changed, it`s just too damn big to cover in a film. An HBO series would be much more preferable, but the budget would nix that I`m sure.

Zombies, zombies, zombies...I just ordered Monster Nation, the Monster Island sequel.

Horace Cordier
09-28-2006, 07:40 PM
I'm about a third of the way through and I think its fantastic. Brook's model was Studs Terkel's famous oral history of WWII called THE GREAT WAR and it really reads like the fictional Zombie War version.

I love the international perspective and all of the different voices in the book. My favorite part (no spoilers!) so far is the guy who is a veteran of the "Battle Of Yonkers" with his grunt's perspective.

Anybody into zombies or just smart horror should LOVE this.

William R.
09-28-2006, 07:47 PM
It's really one of the best reads I've had in a long time.

Ian F
07-02-2008, 12:09 PM
I've been re-reading Max's two great books recently, but I would also recommend the audio version of World War Z too as it's fully acted. Hell, Henry Rollin's pops up in it. I really think its an excellent book and its a shame that didn't do a full audiobook, but its excellently acted and is a great listen (and the editing was well done too). I also thought it was cool he thanks John Hackett whose Third World War Books which I read in libraries all the time in HS and College.

I just thing he took two amazing concepts and hit home runs with them. The best part was he was faithful to the premise, the Guide really is that, and World War Z, really is that and is by far the most epic scale book written on Zombies and attempt to address the topic as if it was completely real. Their is a ton of commentary and satire in it, the type of style I wish Romero would do, it can be a little heavy handed, but usually its done for comic effect (the Mansion of the Rich). The dog tale is really one of the saddest one in the book at times (uplifting in the end, but very depressing too).

I really have to say he's got a bright future ahead and I just can't wait to see what he writes next.

Alyss N.
07-02-2008, 12:31 PM
We had our own World War_Z this weekend. :p