The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead

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Duckworth, 2004 - Graphic novels - 254 pages
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Drawing from historical data, laboratory experiments, field research and eyewitness accounts, this comprehensive guide provides all the reader needs to face the greatest challenge mankind has ever encountered - the living dead.

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When I was looking for this book I couldn't understand why a book about zombies would be in the humour section. Once I was reading it I realised it's because it's hard not to do so without a wry smile.
It pretty much does what it says on the tin and that's what I wanted.
He covers off everything very thoroughly and I couldn't think of any essential advice or information that was missing. There were some things I didn't agree with though. For example he doesn't rate a machine gun while I think it would be a good way of slowing down a hoard of the undead as they advanced on you en masse.
The book is organised quite simply. It starts with an explanation of what zombies are then goes on to different types of outbreaks and how to survive them. There are sections on weapons, transport, travel, essential kit and safe havens. Plus probably some more that I've forgotten.
The final part of the book details 'recorded outbreaks' in chronological order. It starts with evidence found in archaeological digs and historical records then progresses to the present day mixing the evidence up with hearsay, official records, myth and conjecture. This whole section is brilliantly done so that it seems very believable that this thing is real but has been suppressed by the powers that be.
One negative is that because this final section has no structure (apart from chronology) or plot it was hard to read for too long before getting a little restless/bored. But then it wasn't long before I wanted to pick it up again and find out more.
 

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If you want to survive......read this.

About the author (2004)

Max Brooks was born in New York City on May 22, 1972. He received a bachelor's degree in history from Pitzer College. From 2001 to 2003, he was a member of the writing team at Saturday Night Live and won an Emmy for his work. He is the author of The Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, and The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks. World War Z was made into a movie starring Brad Pitt. He is also a television and voice-over actor. He has appeared on Roseanne, To Be or Not to Be, Pacific Blue, and 7th Heaven. His voice-over work includes Batman Beyond, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, and Justice League.

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