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Most Helpful Favorable Review

115 out of 129 people found this review helpful.

The Dark Years...

I know what your thinking, zombies , seriously zombies???

Max Brooks did an outstanding job on this book!

I picked this book up at the bookstore because of the title "World War Z", once I realized that meant World War Zombie, I threw it down. Next trip to the book...
I know what your thinking, zombies , seriously zombies???

Max Brooks did an outstanding job on this book!

I picked this book up at the bookstore because of the title "World War Z", once I realized that meant World War Zombie, I threw it down. Next trip to the bookstore, this time I read the back of the book, read all the rave reviews there and inside. Still not fullly convinced, I flipped through it, I liked the format Mr. Brooks used and decided to give it a try.

This book is a fun read! It's a WHAT IF ? book, what if zombies were attacking the world and killing everyone or it could be a massive worldwide plague that is making people sick enough to kill?? Any worldwide event, something big enough to affect everyone, what would you do, how would we all survive??

The book is an oral history of World War Z, A narrator goes back and interviews people about their roles in the war. What they saw as it happened, what they thought when they first heard about it, how they survived. The interviews are conducted worldwide.

The book is very, very creative. It took me awhile to read, but it was worth it.

Max Brooks is a good story teller and will definitely keep your attention in this book!

posted by SavageBS on February 28, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

41 out of 93 people found this review helpful.

Where is the suspense

First of all I really wanted to like this book, unfortuantely Brooks uses a writing gimmick of stringing together numerous unrelated vignettes of 3-6 pages that utterly fails to allow the creation of characters we will ever have a chance to care about. Brooks does a fin...
First of all I really wanted to like this book, unfortuantely Brooks uses a writing gimmick of stringing together numerous unrelated vignettes of 3-6 pages that utterly fails to allow the creation of characters we will ever have a chance to care about. Brooks does a fine job in the opening 'chapters.' The discovery of patient zero is horriffing and compelling. However, does he really need to jump to the International Space Station and then to the frozen landscape of Antarctica and then over to a K9 training unit all in the matter of about 15 pages. I would not have minded this as much if Brooks had chosen to revist these scenes but Brooks I believe takes the easy way out by writing simple short short short stories tied together in the same theme. There is no chance for suspense to build. The closest he comes is a fine piece about a Japanese internet shut in trapped on the 19th floor of a high rise. That works. The rest comes close at times but just falls flat.

posted by Anonymous on March 18, 2007

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