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Zombie Survival Guide Review
The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection From The Living Dead, is a subtle zombie parody by Max Brooks. In a very serious (yet humorous) manner, the book explains in great detail how to prepare for and protect against a possible zombie invasion. The book begins by explaining the definition of a zombie and the origin of the fictional zombie virus, solanum. It then goes on to describe the physical characteristics of a zombie, the pros and cons of weapons to fight with, how to build and maintain a protected fortress, hunt zombies, travel through zombie infested territory, and even lists real life accounts (still fictitious) of zombie outbreaks all over the world from ancient times to the present. Unlike recent interpretations of zombies as highly coordinated, agile beings, the book attempts to reconstruct the zombie mythos by reconciling the classic, slow-walking zombie image with the scientific, zombification virus theory of modern times.
The sheer attention to detail alone can cause the reader to occasionally forget that this book is made just for entertainment purposes; it is that good. Many of the techniques listed in the book are also great for learning the basics of survival for any situation. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in zombie fiction, or anyone looking for a nice satire to laugh along with. This is a wonderfully entertaining book, and in the potential yet highly unlikely scenario of a zombie outbreak, could very well become humanity's greatest weapon against the undead. (Figuratively speaking of course; simply tossing the book at a zombie will in no way deter it nor dispose of it)