Just finished reading World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks. Murdoc’s not particularly a zombie fan, but this book was a good read, definitely enjoyable for casual zombie fans. How it holds up for hardcore zombie freaks I can’t say, but one of them I know enjoyed it thoroughly. Here’s the blurb:
Brooks tells the story of the world’s desperate battle against the zombie threat with a series of first-person accounts “as told to the author” by various characters around the world. A Chinese doctor encounters one of the earliest zombie cases at a time when the Chinese government is ruthlessly suppressing any information about the outbreak that will soon spread across the globe. The tale then follows the outbreak via testimony of smugglers, intelligence officials, military personnel and many others who struggle to defeat the zombie menace. Despite its implausible premise and choppy delivery, the novel is surprisingly hard to put down. The subtle, and not so subtle, jabs at various contemporary politicians and policies are an added bonus.
Most of the military aspects of the story appeared to be spot on, with the exception of a few cancelled programs that are written about as if they entered the field. As far as I can tell, the Zombie War took place sometime in 2009-2012, in the term of the US president following George W. Bush.
I know that there are bunch of zombie fans out in the bunch of MO regular readers. Has anyone checked out this book? Is this considered a solid piece of zombie fiction? Most of what I’ve seen is pretty weak, honestly, and this book is not. Or does Murdoc ‘just not get it’?