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The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks - Excerpt

The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks - Excerpt

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The Zombie Survival Guide is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now. Fully illustrated and exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective defense tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to survive and adapt in any territory or terrain.

Top 10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack

1. Organize before they rise!
2. They feel no fear, why should you?
3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
4. Blades don’t need reloading.
5. Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
9. No place is safe, only safer.
10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.

Don’t be carefree and foolish with your most precious asset—life. This book is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now without your even knowing it. The Zombie Survival Guide offers complete protection through trusted, proven tips for safeguarding yourself and your loved ones against the living dead. It is a book that can save your life.
The Zombie Survival Guide is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now. Fully illustrated and exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective defense tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to survive and adapt in any territory or terrain.

Top 10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack

1. Organize before they rise!
2. They feel no fear, why should you?
3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
4. Blades don’t need reloading.
5. Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
9. No place is safe, only safer.
10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.

Don’t be carefree and foolish with your most precious asset—life. This book is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now without your even knowing it. The Zombie Survival Guide offers complete protection through trusted, proven tips for safeguarding yourself and your loved ones against the living dead. It is a book that can save your life.

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Categories:Books, Humor
Publish date: Sep 16, 2003
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The
ZOMBIE
Survival Guide
Complete Protection from the Living Dead 
Max Brooks
Illustrations by Max Werner
 
Text copyright ©2003 by Max BrooksIllustrations copyright ©2003 by Max WernerAll rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form orby any means,electronic or mechanical,including photocopying,recording,or by anyinformation storage and retrieval system,without permission in writing from the publisher.Publishedby Three Rivers Press,New York,New York.Member of the Crown Publishing Group,a division of Random House,Inc.www.randomhouse.comTHREE RIVERS PRESS and the Tugboat designare registered trademarks of Random House,Inc.Printed in the United States of AmericaDesign by Debbie GlassermanLibrary of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataBrooks,Max.The zombie survival guide :complete protection from the living dead / Max Brooks.1.ZombiesHumor.I.Title.PN6231.Z65 B762003818'.602dc212002155370ISBN 1-4000-4962-810 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1First Edition
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mephistia reviewed this
Rated 1/5
I checked it out of the library. It looked funny. I ended up not reading it. I tried to, really. I read almost a chapter, but it was kind of boring, and then I flipped further along, and I ended up just kind of putting it down in irritation, thinking I'd get in the mood for it later. But somehow there was always something else more interesting to do, and then the due date came up, so I returned it.

No loss.
suzemo reviewed this
Rated 3/5
This book is hugely overrated. It's not bad at all, but I don't think it holds a candle to World War Z, a much better book by Brooks.

There are two main problems with this book:

1. The science. If you don't know your science, don't try to write about it. I can forgive ignorance if you aren't making a point of the science, but if you are, at least try to get it right. This is, of course, so much worse with biology for me since I'm a biologist, but it was so bad I kept coming back to being annoyed by it.

2. Too much flashy, console-gaming violence and not enough with the practicalities.

All in all, it is a fun little book, and I'll be quite happy to pull out a couple of the arguments in the book with the people that I generally have zombie-survival-strategies arguments with.
murphy4jacobs reviewed this
Rated 3/5
This book is unique in that it can be taken multiple ways -- as a tongue-in-cheek joke, as a subtle horror story, or as a wild-ass yet practically minded non-fiction guide. I like to get a good mix of the three for maximum enjoyment. It spooked me just enough that I found myself wondering where the machete was in the garage (yes, we have one) and it made me laugh just enough not to think about it as I went to sleep.
knowledgelost reviewed this
Rated 3/5
The Zombie Survival Guide, is a tongue-in-cheek survival manual written Max Brooks. It reads like a normal manual and is quiet amusing, I now know how to dealing with the potentiality of a zombie attack. The guide concludes with a fictional list of documented zombie encounters throughout history. The oldest entry is 60,000 BC, in Katanga, Central Africa, although the author expresses doubt to its validity. Instead, he presents evidence from 3,000 BC in Hieraconpolis, Egypt as the first verifiable instance of a zombie outbreak. The most recent entry is 2002, in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
deathbykleenex reviewed this
Rated 3/5
If this is humor, it's the driest humor I've ever seen. The book is exactly what the title describes: a handbook to surviving a zombie apocalypse - weapons, strategies, equipment, etc. Certainly worth the read for anyone interested in zombies - and required reading for anyone looking to write their own zombie book/screenplay/etc.
beequiet reviewed this
Rated 4/5
The only reason I'm giving this such a low mark is because such a fragmented book really by default struggles to get above a certain level in my opinion. That said, this is wonderfully fun, witty yet making you think...what if? A brilliant read, one that I would recommend. That said, World War Z (by the same author) is better by far!
saben3 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Shows Most of everything but lacks very much in combat techniques.
norabelle414 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I take zombies very seriously. Thus I was quite thrilled to see that this book had been tagged often as "non-fiction". A non-fiction book on how to prepare for zombies is just what the world needs! I was quite excited. My hopes were dashed, however, on the top of page 2, which reads: "Their origin stems from a virus known as Solanum, a Latin word used by Jan Vanderhaven, who first "discovered" the disease". So, the zombies in this book are specifically the zombies from Max Brook's universe. I don't have a problem with that, but the truth is that we don't know how the zombie outbreak is going to come (when it does). Thus, some of the information in this book might not apply to our own zombie survival scenario. But it's still good information.I really appreciated the weapons section, as I don't have much knowledge about them. There were only a couple paragraphs about each weapon, which is exactly the amount of information I want.The "On the Defense", "On the Run", "On the Attack", and "Living in an Undead World" sections were pretty repetitive. This is useful in case of an attack, when you can focus only on the section you need, but I was just bored.BUT the best coolest awesomest part of the book was the "Recorded Attacks" section. It gives case reports (from 1 paragraph to 2 pages in length) of dozens of recorded zombie attacks, ranging from 60,000 B.C. in central Africa to 1587 A.D. in North Carolina to 2002 A.D. in the Virgin Islands. This was without a doubt my favorite section.I enjoyed this book a lot. It was both informative and entertaining. However, I will not be tagging it as non-fiction.
bragan_8 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
It's hard to know how to categorize this book. It's marketed as humor, but really the only joke here is in how deadpan serious it is. This is a guide from a world in which zombies are a real and documented (if often covered-up) threat, and as far as it's concerned, they are no laughing matter. If anything, it's actually somewhat scary; while reading it you sort of tend to forget that zombies don't in fact exist. (Or do they?) You could probably make an argument for it being fiction, as it presents a single, consistent zombies-are-real scenario, complete with lots of examples of "historical" zombie attacks. Me, I'm inclined to tag it "non-fiction" and put it with the other survival books, such as The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook. After all, it does really teach you how to handle a zombie attack, and you never know when that's going to be useful.Whatever it is, it's a surprisingly compelling read, especially when you consider that most of the tips and survival scenarios are things that are already familiar from any number of zombie movies, novels, TV series, etc., etc. Although it does also include a few points that your average movie character usually gets wrong or fails to think of. Why does nobody ever seem to use a bicycle to flee from the undead?It's fun enough that I sort of want to give it four stars, except that the "recorded attacks" section at the end, which takes up a good chunk of the book, kind of lost my interest after a while. It's not bad, but it's less involving than the actual survival guide part (which, by its very nature, pretty much demands that you imagine yourself as part of the action), and it's just similar enough to Brooks' World War Z to suffer by the comparison.
iftyzaidi reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I'm not entirely certain what makes this faux 'survival guide' in the case of a zombie apocalypse so entertaining. But despite expectations to the contrary this was engaging reading all the way through. The tone is consistently 'serious' throughout but the humour does shine through, whether its discussions of the practicality (or lack thereof) of trying to weather a zombie outbreak on an oil rig to different methods of hunting zombies underwater. The 'recorded outbreaks through history' portion at the back provides the icing on the cake. Its also the kind of book you can just pick up and browse through anytime.

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