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The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead (original 2003; edition 2003)

by Max Brooks

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Title:The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead
Authors:Max Brooks
Info:Three Rivers Press (2003), Edition: 1, Paperback, 288 pages
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Informative book..It's not the Zombies I am worried about it's the humans. Glad I grew up in an area and time that enabled me to learn survival skills in the wild. The book is fun but all joking aside it is better to be prepared than to be dinner. ( )
  Hymlock | Apr 21, 2017 |
This is a great read. It's funny and very informative. It's a must have for when the zombie apocalypse hits! ( )
  PriPri77 | Jun 23, 2016 |
I first read an abridged version of The Zombie Survival Guide about a decade ago, when it was included as a promotion in an issue of a PC gaming magazine. Now I've finally got around to reading the full version, and I'm glad I did.

I should point out that in those intervening ten years I've read quite a few zombie books, including Max Brooks' own World War Z twice. And The Zombie Survival Guide is the most genre-savvy of the lot; it is a straight-laced guide covering in varying amounts of detail each important aspect of the zombie phenomenon and the correct way to react to them. What I like about Brooks' books - and which put them on the highest tier of zombie fiction - is this genre-savviness. Brooks has no Omega Men or Hollywood heroes in his books; in The Zombie Survival Guide he notes that those who choose to 'go it alone', or who 'rock and roll' with their guns on full-auto, or who choose fancy but inappropriate weapons like chainsaws, are likely to get killed. Those who survive are those who are prepared, plan things through, have an escape route and keep a level head. Brooks laments the modern American techno-chauvinism and the absence of practical [survival] experience" (pg. 45) and his books also work as social commentary. World War Z would prove to be better at these qualities (and is a book which is wholeheartedly recommended), but The Zombie Survival Guide first codified it, and has its moments too. It is fiction that doesn't insult the reader's intelligence, making it very moreish.

The survival-guide stuff does get a bit samey after a while, but it is very quick to read. The 'recorded attacks' bit at the end was very good and a bit creepy: closer in tone to what Brooks would later achieve with World War Z but not as refined. The Zombie Survival Guide works best as a complement to the later, greater World War Z, but is still a worthwhile read on its own. And if there ever actually is a zombie outbreak, you'll be better-prepared too!" ( )
  MikeFutcher | Jun 3, 2016 |
Not nearly as inventive as World War Z. At times humorous, but mostly droll. ( )
  apomonis | Jun 2, 2016 |
I'm ready for the Zombie invasion ( )
  jimifenway | Feb 2, 2016 |
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Drawing from reams of historical data, laboratory experiments, field research, and eyewitness accounts, this comprehensive and illustrated guide is the only book you'll need to face the greatest challenge mankind has ever encountered. Granted, you probably already know that skills such as wilderness survival, leadership, and basic first aid are important when fighting off hordes of the undead. But The Zombie Survival Guide doesn't stop there, teaching you how to: Identify cases of infection by the zombie virus, Solanum, and recognize the hourly progression of symptoms: 'Hour 8: Numbing Of Extremities And Infected Area, Increased Fever [103-106 Degrees], Increased Dementia, Loss Of Muscular Coordination'; choose the right weapon: 'A Section Of Lead Pipe Will Work For A Single Encounter But Is Too Heavy For Those On The Move'; defend your home: 'A Ten-Foot Cinder-Block Wall, Reinforced Wih Steel Rods And Filled With Concrete, Is The Safest Barrier In Both Class 1 And Class 2 Outbreaks'; and much more. Filled with helpful illustrations and a sample 'Outbreak Journal' that should be kept on your person at all times, The Zombie Survival Guide is the only guide you will need to survive a most certain pandemic. 'Ignorance is the undead's strongest ally, knowledge their deadliest enemy,' Brooks writes. 'Personal choice, the will to live, must be paramount when the dead begin to rise. The choice is up to you.'

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A guide to surviving an attack by hordes of the predatory undead explains zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective weaponry and defense strategies, how to outfit one's home for a long siege, and how to survive in any terrain.

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