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The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse (edition 2011)

by Steven C. Schlozman, Andrea Sparacio (Illustrator)

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Title:The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse
Authors:Steven C. Schlozman
Other authors:Andrea Sparacio (Illustrator)
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2011), Hardcover, 208 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Read in 2012, Sci-fi, Horror - Zombies

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A quick read, but also a boring read. Since the story is mostly a doctor's journal entries, you don't get to know any characters. Most of the writing is medical in nature and there is very little action. It is mostly just description of medical autopsies. Even the pencil illustrations of the zombies were not enough to interest me. Pass this book up and pick almost any other zombie book that has come out in the last couple years and it will be a billion times more interesting. ( )
  clockwork_serenity | Jan 23, 2016 |
A quick read, but also a boring read. Since the story is mostly a doctor's journal entries, you don't get to know any characters. Most of the writing is medical in nature and there is very little action. It is mostly just description of medical autopsies. Even the pencil illustrations of the zombies were not enough to interest me. Pass this book up and pick almost any other zombie book that has come out in the last couple years and it will be a billion times more interesting. ( )
  clockwork_serenity | Jan 23, 2016 |
A quick read, but also a boring read. Since the story is mostly a doctor's journal entries, you don't get to know any characters. Most of the writing is medical in nature and there is very little action. It is mostly just description of medical autopsies. Even the pencil illustrations of the zombies were not enough to interest me. Pass this book up and pick almost any other zombie book that has come out in the last couple years and it will be a billion times more interesting. ( )
  clockwork_serenity | Jan 23, 2016 |
I enjoyed this glimpse into zombie studies. Told in a diary format, where we know the writer succumbed to zombie-ism (or No Longer Human) status. It is very interesting to see the medical world's take on zombies.

Why are they able to keep moving when by all accounts they should be dead? What happens to the brains of a zombie? What about all the flesh they eat, where does that go? (Come to think of it, I've never seen a zombie use the restroom!)

What keeps this book from attaining a 4 or 5 star rating is in fact how short it is, and there really isn't much new information. I saw this book while at Barnes and Noble, but got it from my library instead. To this I am verrry grateful, I wouldn't have wanted to spend $15 on a book that only took a day to read.

So, it is short, simple and fun, if you like xombie lit, I think you'd like this book. :) ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
I have a hard time envisioning this book as anything other than a gimmick, no matter how the actual construction and writing turned out. It appears that Schlozman wanted to write a book that both playfully constructed zombie physiology and also realistically imagined the zombie apocalypse based on factors that were scientific rather than supernatural.

In that respect the book does reasonably well. It's obvious that some thought went into how zombies could function when not animated by purely supernatural means, but just when some profound originality could have emerged (and is fully expected to come to light by readers) Schlozman sort of cops out on us. The bulk of the book follows the hand-written journal of a man sent to a remote island with a set of other military officials and scientists so that the contagion responsible for zombiism can be more fully understand (and a vaccine could then be manufactured). A so-so job is done on character development -- I was not entirely apathetic about the characters but due to the format of the book (brief journal style entries for half of it that were mainly descriptions of the titular zombie autopsies) it was very hard to form any sort of real attachment to anyone and so character deaths were met mostly with frustration rather than alarm.

This is just as well, as the strength of the book should have been in its ability to make the reader believe the sort of zombiism the author was selling. However, though a significant amount of page space is taken up detailing the anatomy and physiology of the zombie specimens and considering how they could continue to function following so much damage to their bodies, for example, we are never given a true answer. The overall impression is that the idea was just not fully thought through and Schlozman couldn't do very much more other than leave it open-ended, following some scattered attempts at hinting at a more interesting and surprising conclusion.

The other half of the book consists of fabricated reports about treaties written in response to the zombie plague, some ponderings on the nature of humanity, transcripts of correspondences, etc. While the entire book is wrapped up in the concept of an informational packet distributed in an attempt to encourage people to put more effort into unraveling the information obtained by the main characters during their time doing research on the island, the majority of this material falls very flat and is entirely uninteresting. I think the space could have been much better spent on elaborating more fully on the actual storyline introduced in the protagonist's journal entries.

It's overall an adequate but at times very boring attempt at introducing some originality to very formulaic zombie novels currently being published. Though the format is not the same, there is still nothing dramatically thought-provoking or memorable about this book. I would recommend it to those that are zombie-obsessed and simply have to read everything published on the subject or someone looking for a mildly scary light afternoon read, as the book is extremely short due to formatting. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0446564664, Hardcover)

"Humanity has a new weapon against the living dead and that weapon is Steven Schlozman!"
--New York Times bestselling author Max Brooks

"I've written and made films about zombies for over forty years. In all that time, I've never been able to convince my audience that zombies actually exist. On page one of THE ZOMBIE AUTOPSIES, Steven Schlozman takes away any doubt. This fast-moving, entertaining work will have you chuckling...and worrying."
--George A. Romero, director of Night of the Living Dead

"Gruesome and gripping! Steven Schlozman reveals the science behind zombies from the inside out."
--Seth Grahame-Smith, New York Times bestselling author of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

"With THE ZOMBIE AUTOPSIES, Steven Schlozman redefines 'weird science' for the 21st Century. Brilliant, bizarre and wonderfully disturbing."
--Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Rot & Ruin and Patient Zero

"Dr. Steve's 'Zombie Autopsy' will charm and excite a new generation into loving science."
--Chuck Palahniuk, New York Times bestselling author of Fight Club

As the walking dead rise up throughout the world, a few brave doctors attempt to find a cure by applying forensic techniques to captured zombies.

On a remote island a crack medical team has been sent to explore a radical theory that could uncover a cure for the epidemic. Based on the team's research and the observations of renowned zombie expert Dr. Stanley Blum, THE ZOMBIE AUTOPSIES documents for the first time the unique biology of zombie organisms.

Detailed drawings of the internal organs of actual zombies provide an accurate anatomy of these horrifying creatures. Zombie brains, hearts, lungs, skin, and digestive system are shown, while Dr. Blum's notes reveal shocking insights into how they function--even as Blum and his colleagues themselves begin to succumb to the plague.

No one knows the ultimate fate of Dr. Blum or his researchers. But now that his notebook, THE ZOMBIE AUTOPSIES, has been made available to the UN, the World Health Organization, and the general public, his scientific discoveries may be the last hope for humans on earth.

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Based on the research of renowned zombie expert Dr. Stanley Blum, performed at a remote island where a crack medical team has been sent to explore a radical theory that may lead to a cure for the zombie epidemic, this notebook documents for the first time the unique biology of zombie organisms.… (more)

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