TEotWaWKI Book Review: The Zombie Survival Guide

Zombie Survival Guide

Zombie Survival Guide

by Max Brooks, Zombie Survival Guide

[Updated to remove reference to my no longer used Star Rating system.]

OK, I am loathe to criticize anyone who survived The War. If the zombies didn’t get you, then there were plenty of healthy humans who would have gladly done you in. Idiots were quickly weeded out.

And I know I’m going to take some heat for not giving the book two thumbs up. It truly is required reading for anyone who faces such a catastrophe. I’d’ve given my right nut to have a copy before SHTF. My problem is that, in general, Max Brooks comes across as a master of the obvious and he does make some, well, not mistakes, but expresses subjective opinion as objective fact.

From personal experience, his statement that apartment buildings are the best places to make a stand is just plain wrong. Sure, if you know the crisis is coming, you have time to prepare and can ensure that none within the building are infected, such locations provide a strong defense. I just never encountered such a situation. In fact, several times I nearly met my end in an apartment block.

My wife claims that my beef with Mr. Brooks is personal. It is true that I was interviewed by him during his research for World War Z and was promised that my story would make the cut because it was so interesting. Alas, it did not. I do not harbor any grudges. I would just as soon continue to live in anonymity.

I am a little miffed, though, that his advice to keep your hair short, while practical during the crisis, has remained the style of choice among women. We no longer need to fear the grasping hands of the undead. For the love of Pete, why can’t these ladies grow their hair out again?

I miss that so.

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~ by Bill Drinkmore on October 19, 2008.

5 Responses to “TEotWaWKI Book Review: The Zombie Survival Guide”

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  5. […] never wrote them down, dammit!). While some of these are obvious and covered in other sources like The Zombie Survival Guide, he came up with a few that I had not considered, such […]

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