Hello again Bombers, I’m back with a quick review today, this one on Max Brooks’ “The Zombie Survival Guide.” After reading the aforementioned author’s fantastic zombie opus “World War Z,” I felt I would be doing myself a disservice by not checking out his first foray into the undead world.
Unfortunately, The Zombie Survival Guide is exactly as the title suggests: a rather stale handbook explaining--in excruciating detail--the precautions one should take when dealing with an undead uprising. In fact, Brooks is so painfully thorough throughout the book that you can’t help but think he may have already taken some of the precautionary steps he describes. Whether he’s telling you exactly which kind of nylon rope you should pack into your survival kit (including thickness and weight load capacity) or explaining why a chainsaw is not the preferred close combat weapon of the zombie survivalist, Brooks explores such minutiae as to make you wonder just how seriously he takes himself. The result is a dry take on its squishy subject matter that often feels like reading a textbook.
All-in-all, The Zombie Survival guide makes for a good coffee table or throne room read. Something to flip through a couple pages of while you’re otherwise engaged and move through at your own pace. Three out of five stars.
Thanks for reading,