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    Posted: February/18/2009 at 7:53am
Premise: In the near future, the author of a "just-the-facts" government report on the Great Zombie War feels the need to inject a personal voice in order to preserve that vital element of the devastating event. So, he collects interviews from current & ex military, government, and civilian accounts from all over the world. World War Z is the oral account of the war against zombies.

It's really amazing how Brooks creates such unique, realistic voice in all these different interviewees. The thing reads like a nonfiction oral account on some other world war or disaster. At times humorous, often frightening, WWZ attacks all aspects of today's global society--social, economical, political, etc.

Very rarely do I begin to feel so strongly about a book before I'm even halfway through with it (I'll come back to complete my thoughts when I'm finished with the book). But WWZ is going to be one of the best reads of the year, I can already sense it.

It helps to be a fan of the genre (28 Days Later, Romero, etc.), but it's not a requisite. It's in paperback form so go to your library, borrow it from a friend, or pick it up at your local bookstore. Let me know what you think of it.
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Originally posted by Ben Marco Ben Marco wrote:

Premise: In the near future, the author of a "just-the-facts" government report on the Great Zombie War feels the need to inject a personal voice in order to preserve that vital element of the devastating event. So, he collects interviews from current & ex military, government, and civilian accounts from all over the world. World War Z is the oral account of the war against zombies.

It's really amazing how Brooks creates such unique, realistic voice in all these different interviewees. The thing reads like a nonfiction oral account on some other world war or disaster. At times humorous, often frightening, WWZ attacks all aspects of today's global society--social, economical, political, etc.

Very rarely do I begin to feel so strongly about a book before I'm even halfway through with it (I'll come back to complete my thoughts when I'm finished with the book). But WWZ is going to be one of the best reads of the year, I can already sense it.

It helps to be a fan of the genre (28 Days Later, Romero, etc.), but it's not a requisite. It's in paperback form so go to your library, borrow it from a friend, or pick it up at your local bookstore. Let me know what you think of it.




Ben, I've read World War Z and thoroughly enjoyed it. I like Brook's style and I LOVE zombies!

I've tried Brian Keene but had a hard time getting into The Rising, I'd like to try again...
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Haven't read World War Z yet, but I did really enjoy the zombies of The Rising, just because I thought his concept of what created them was unique and the action was strong.
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Originally posted by FinalExam FinalExam wrote:

Haven't read World War Z yet, but I did really enjoy the zombies of The Rising, just because I thought his concept of what created them was unique and the action was strong.


So I should give The Rising another try? Or would you suggest a different Keene book? I know I've got a few kicking around.
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I would give The Rising at least one more try. He has a more traditional zombie novel which I also love (and honestly I like it a bit better) called Dead Sea.

Which ones do you have by him and I'll tell you what I think of them.
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