The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead

Written by: Max Brooks

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The Zombie Survival Guide is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now. Fully illustrated and exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective defense tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to survive and adapt in any territory or terrain.

Top 10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack

1. Organize before they rise!
2. They feel no fear, why should you?
3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
4. Blades don’t need reloading.
5. Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
9. No place is safe, only safer.
10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.

Don’t be carefree and foolish with your most precious asset—life. This book is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now without your even knowing it. The Zombie Survival Guide offers complete protection through trusted, proven tips for safeguarding yourself and your loved ones against the living dead. It is a book that can save your life.
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Ryan
This book tried too hard. This is a subject that should be easy to write about given the plethora of movies, books, urban legend, etc. material available. The tone was different (that giving it 1 star for failed originality) and thats about it. The author tried so hard to be funny by not being funny that it never was FUNNY.
On the outside and only given a precursory glance I thought the book would be great, I hoped it would be a fun read during my flight, I thought it would be the great satire of This book tried too hard. This is a subject that should be easy to write about given the plethora of movies, books, urban legend, etc. material available. The tone was different (that giving it 1 star for failed originality) and thats about it. The author tried so hard to be funny by not being funny that it never was FUNNY.
On the outside and only given a precursory glance I thought the book would be great, I hoped it would be a fun read during my flight, I thought it would be the great satire of survivalism sub-culture. Alas, it was god-awful. Thats it. You can pretend it was hilarious, you can talk about how funny the writing style is for the given subject, you can say what you will but nothing changes the fact that this book is horribly boring, slow, dumb, uncreative (its ZOMBIES after all, how can you be uncreative when the subject matter is so wide open?), and of all things poorly researched!
It's satire of the Survivalist sub-culture, satire means you have a good working knowledge of the actual subject. This book had no working knowledge of survivalism. I really wanted to like this book and I can't even donate it. I think I will use it for toilet paper and to start my fires next time I am camping...
Jesse
This is not a humor book. Maybe a horror reference manual? Not sure but there is not an ounce of sarcasm in the book. Nevertheless I became engaged with it once I let go of the fact it was supposed to be funny. There is some poor editing, however. For instance once it says that zombies cannot rise from the grave and then in a real life incidents talks about zombies rising from the grave. And also once it talks about the first recorded zombie incident in the US being in the 1800s when just pages This is not a humor book. Maybe a horror reference manual? Not sure but there is not an ounce of sarcasm in the book. Nevertheless I became engaged with it once I let go of the fact it was supposed to be funny. There is some poor editing, however. For instance once it says that zombies cannot rise from the grave and then in a real life incidents talks about zombies rising from the grave. And also once it talks about the first recorded zombie incident in the US being in the 1800s when just pages before he discussed an incident in the 1600s. Okay, now I sound like I am taking this seriously.
Candace Schaddelee
I enjoyed every aspect of this book. If zombies ever decide to swarm the earth from a "Class 4 Outbreak", I will know exactly what I need to do. Zombies aside, I think it's a legitimate survival guide for many apocalyptic situations. Think about it; if you were to survive the initial chaos of any type of apocalypse, what is your next greatest threat? Other people. People loot, turn to violence, encourage chaos, etc. So replace "zombie" in this book with "crazy people", and you still have a decen I enjoyed every aspect of this book. If zombies ever decide to swarm the earth from a "Class 4 Outbreak", I will know exactly what I need to do. Zombies aside, I think it's a legitimate survival guide for many apocalyptic situations. Think about it; if you were to survive the initial chaos of any type of apocalypse, what is your next greatest threat? Other people. People loot, turn to violence, encourage chaos, etc. So replace "zombie" in this book with "crazy people", and you still have a decent survival guide with sound advice.
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Gareth
This was a funny book, the author really spent too much time thinking about how to survive a zombie outbreak. It's fun to read if you're interested in that kind of thing.
Sarah Fourman
We are so lucky to have Max Brooks! Finally our society has a concise, user friendly manual that can be referenced for all of our undead needs! From hiding, survival, outsmarting and killing the undead, this has it all. Another bonus to this manual are the diagrams! It makes the instructions easy to follow. I have to tell you, I don’t know what I would do if I hadn’t seen a visual of how to harpoon a zombie while perched on a raft (pg. 149 of your manual). I was not around for World War Z, but f We are so lucky to have Max Brooks! Finally our society has a concise, user friendly manual that can be referenced for all of our undead needs! From hiding, survival, outsmarting and killing the undead, this has it all. Another bonus to this manual are the diagrams! It makes the instructions easy to follow. I have to tell you, I don’t know what I would do if I hadn’t seen a visual of how to harpoon a zombie while perched on a raft (pg. 149 of your manual). I was not around for World War Z, but from where I’m from every once in a while we get the occasional Zombie who manages to tear itself out from the bottom of the lake and come crawling ashore. Fortunately we have lookouts who handle those but if we ever break out into a Class 2 or 3 infestation I feel secure that I’ll know how to handle myself and those walkers. As long as I have a backpack, hiking boots, water canteen, water purification tablets, wind and waterproof matches, bandanna, map, compass, flashlight, poncho, small signaling mirror, sleeping bag, first-aid kit, Swiss Army knife, handheld radio with earpiece, knife, binoculars, primary firearm (preferably, a semi-automatic carbine), fifty rounds, secondary firearm (preferably a .22 rimfire pistol), hand weapon(preferably a machete), signal flares, daily rations, grappling hooks, 500ft of rope, bolt cutters, crowbar, toolkit, this survival guide, Mary Poppins’ bag, the strength and stamina of the Hulk, and some friends, I should be just fine.
The undead are still mucking about deep in the oceans and valleys that border our homes. Reality TV shows such as iZombie have glorified zombies making them appear to be less of a threat which is why we desperately needed this manual. Zombies are no joke and it is a reminder that if you let your guard down for even a second it could be the catalyst to Z War Two. Do you want that on your conscience?
If you do not yet own this book I implore you to GO GET IT NOW! You never know when another massive outbreak will occur and it is best to be prepared. Now, Brooks recommends that in case of a Class 4 outbreak, a destination for permanent living must be decided upon. He recommends a remote location, several hundred miles from any civilization and that you live there for a period of time to make sure you can adequately survive and live off of the land. SO if you do not hear from me for a while it is because I am: a) scoping out my Class 4 zombie outbreak home b) my nature survival instincts have failed me and I have perished or c) I have been infected by the Solanum virus and am now a part of the undead, in which case, you will see my television debut as I am shamelessly displayed on The Walking Dead.
Symon PhoeniX
I thought about The Walking Dead TV show the whole time I read this book of strategies and tips and warnings. I liked the dark humor.
Rena Star
Really entertaining read...and useful if civilisation ever does decide to go like that. :D
Darinda
Everything you need to know to survive a zombie attack in one book. The idea of the book is humorous, and the format is laid out in typical survival guide format. Book contents include myths vs reality of zombies, weapons and combat techniques, surviving at home and on the go, and a list of recorded zombie attacks. A good read for zombie fans.
Julia
Rating: 3.5

Lets say, hypothetically, that the world really does come to some kind of an end this year, or next, or in five years.

Are you ready?

I am.

“1. Organize before they rise!
2. They feel no fear, why should you?
3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
4. Blades don't need reloading.
5. Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
9. No place is safe, only safer.
10. The
Rating: 3.5

Lets say, hypothetically, that the world really does come to some kind of an end this year, or next, or in five years.

Are you ready?

I am.

“1. Organize before they rise!
2. They feel no fear, why should you?
3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
4. Blades don't need reloading.
5. Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
9. No place is safe, only safer.
10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.”


This book will tell you everything you need to know about preparing for the zombies. Its funny, detailed, and won't leave anything out. Written similar to the humorous style of other survival books, you'll be ready for the next invasion. This book closes out with examples of previous "zombie attacks" in history. Ever wonder what really happened in Roanoke?

Oh yes. Zombies.

Five things I learned from this book:
1) Zombies will deteriorate in an average of 5 years (unless cold whether preserves them longer).
2) Zombies can walk under water, but they can't swim.
3) The only bullet wound that will kill a zombie is a shot to its head
4) If under attack and you live in a two story house, the first thing you should do after securing yourself upstairs is to fill the bathtubs with water in case you are stuck for a while and the water is shut off
5) Despite what we see in horror movies, guns shouldn't be the first weapon you go to to take out a zombie - they create too much noise, and therefore will attract more zombies (unless you have a silencer, but are those really that silent?) - better to use a quite weapon like a bow and arrow.

Very amusing. I read it in shorter installments - I don't think its the kind of book you would sit and read through in one sitting unless you are a very zealous zombie fan - I love zombie and horror stories but I'm not a zombie fanatic, so I needed to take breaks (also, although it was pretty funny/entertaining, it was as full of humor as I had thought it would be - a lot of it is very tactical based).
Eva Leger
4.5 - This genre hasn't stopped leaving me amazed yet. I'm floored that I'm so in love with a genre that I never, not for one second, ever thought I'd read. I'm loving every second of it.
Max Brooks seems to be one of the best. I heard his name and the titles of his books before I really got into zombie books so once I fell in love I knew I had to check them out. I loved World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - loved it.
This I also loved, and this could have went all wrong in the wrong 4.5 - This genre hasn't stopped leaving me amazed yet. I'm floored that I'm so in love with a genre that I never, not for one second, ever thought I'd read. I'm loving every second of it.
Max Brooks seems to be one of the best. I heard his name and the titles of his books before I really got into zombie books so once I fell in love I knew I had to check them out. I loved World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - loved it.
This I also loved, and this could have went all wrong in the wrong hands. I didn't list this to-read when I found it because I wasn't sure what to expect. I knew I liked/loved the "standard" zombie stories and this was obviously not that. Then again, WWZ isn't either.
I gave in and eventually knew I had to try it and I'm thankful I did. The second half of the book, very similiar to WWZ, is my favorite by far. The first half could have easily gotten tedious but it didn't - Brooks (thankfully) kept it at an appropriate page length IMO. Just when it was *about* to *start* getting a little bogged down we got to the 'Recorded Attacks'.
I can't imagine the work that goes into creating any book, much less one like this. This reads like an actual guide. I have no doubt that if (when?) the zombies come for me I'll know what to do. That's not to say I'll actually do it. I'm far too lazy for all the work that must go into battling zombies. But I will make sure Julia and any other close family make it to my friend Felicia's house. There will be no safer place on the whole of the East Coast, hell, maybe even all of North America.
Hey, maybe I'll even be a hero, once everyone is situated I'll go out with my trusty gun, lead the zombies away from my friends and family, and take the bullet with my name written on it. Then they can say, instead of "damn, she was a lazy bitch", "damn, that Eva, she really came through for us. She even gave her life so that we could have more time to get ready."
Hmmmm.....
Megan
Bring on those damned dirty zombies. I’M READY!!!

This guide covers all the bases (from preparation to action and beyond) on how to survive not if, but when the next zombie outbreak occurs. Yes, you heard/read that correctly, I said the “next” one. Because throughout history, numerous accounts of mysterious murders and plagues of the undead have been recorded and told by those who have survived them and they’re all in this book so that you won’t make the same mistakes and become zombie chow. Actu Bring on those damned dirty zombies. I’M READY!!!

This guide covers all the bases (from preparation to action and beyond) on how to survive not if, but when the next zombie outbreak occurs. Yes, you heard/read that correctly, I said the “next” one. Because throughout history, numerous accounts of mysterious murders and plagues of the undead have been recorded and told by those who have survived them and they’re all in this book so that you won’t make the same mistakes and become zombie chow. Actually not really because this is a work of fiction, but Max Brooks had me really paranoid and scared because he tells it all so matter-of-factly that you do not want to mess around. While reading, I felt a sudden urgent need to scout out a location for a safe house in the tundra for when the zombies come to kill us all. So I’m thinking I should probably start stock-piling canned goods and invest in a sturdy sword of some sort and get to practicing. You know, just in case.

Brooks goes over all the different varieties of zombies so that you’ll know your enemy’s strengths and weaknesses no matter what. Next is the weapons overview which was really quite interesting and informative. You can tell that he researched and thought through all the possible scenarios so you know exactly what to pack and what to leave behind (hint: you’re gonna want a crowbar). Then there are overviews of how to act while on the run, on the attack, and on the defense. Different terrain types are covered so that you can get a sense of which direction to run when all hell breaks loose and what obstacles you’ll probably face while going through each environment and season. Basic survival strategies (like how to live in the wilderness and make fire and all that) aren’t covered since there are plenty of other guides out there to teach that. Same goes for basic medical and agricultural knowledge, which you’ll need to know when rebuilding society – you’ll have to consult some textbooks. This book is all about surviving in a zombie-filled world. I will keep it close at hand on my bookshelf next to an emergency knapsack and my handy sword.
Snort
The world ends tomorrow 21121012. In anticipation, and to pay homage to thwarted dreams of girl scouting, I have revised this meticulously researched piece of non-fiction. Sceptics and armchair prophets believe it will come as a solar storm... but I know better, purely from esoteric inspiration. Already, I’ve lured my parents out to my Melbournian safe house (in the guise of my brother’s graduation ceremony), though unfortunately the sister prefers to remain in Adelaide for work. The gravity of th The world ends tomorrow 21121012. In anticipation, and to pay homage to thwarted dreams of girl scouting, I have revised this meticulously researched piece of non-fiction. Sceptics and armchair prophets believe it will come as a solar storm... but I know better, purely from esoteric inspiration. Already, I’ve lured my parents out to my Melbournian safe house (in the guise of my brother’s graduation ceremony), though unfortunately the sister prefers to remain in Adelaide for work. The gravity of the threat cannot be underestimated, for I’m at the frontline of danger - a hapless roamer across the northern suburbs, in the milo can of a Hyundai work vehicle, ministering to the sick. How much closer can one get to an entire family of walkers writhing under one roof?

Let’s face it... In a zombie-eat-man-decapitate-zombie world, there’s no way I can survive without stern preparation. I am capable of the random maim, but not a reliable aim, so god help any fellow humans close by. There is no doubt this textbook has changed my life, and I draw your attention to a few notable examples:

1) Petrol. I no longer run my car on near-empty, despite my confidence in successfully siphoning petrol from one car to another. (I'm not sure how to work out whether I'm siphoning petrol or diesel, but big-picture people will consider that a minor detail).

2) Footwear. I either wear flats (best for any terrain, though for vanity's sake I draw the line at wearing runners to work) or hardy stilettos (stab heel firmly into eye socket to reach brain)

3) Daily weapon in handbag. While I have plans to upgrade to a machete, I currently rely on the trusty tendon hammer. Stainless steel, not surgical grade, but it still possesses a fatally pointy end, again, for thrusting into the eye socket.

Meanwhile, at 22 minutes to midnight, hearing nothing but the paranoia of silence... I huddle with my teddy bear and Chinese military shovel (see it to believe it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b60OZh...), to await this undeadly serious event to unfold. See you in the next baktun.
Tung
I read Brooks’ World War Z before I read this book, and that might have been a mistake. World War Z was a story with a plotline; this book is instead a tongue-in-cheek handbook on how to survive in a world overrun by zombies. The book is obviously well thought out – Brooks establishes an imaginary framework that zombies operate under (they don’t need sleep, they can’t swim or climb, they spread their virus quickly, they feel no pain, they can only die when their heads are destroyed etc), and the I read Brooks’ World War Z before I read this book, and that might have been a mistake. World War Z was a story with a plotline; this book is instead a tongue-in-cheek handbook on how to survive in a world overrun by zombies. The book is obviously well thought out – Brooks establishes an imaginary framework that zombies operate under (they don’t need sleep, they can’t swim or climb, they spread their virus quickly, they feel no pain, they can only die when their heads are destroyed etc), and then takes that imaginary framework and places it into reality to see how one should act under those rules. The book lists the best types of weapons to use against zombies and why they are the best to use (for example: machine guns spray lots of ammo, but only head shots kill zombies, so machine guns are useless; medieval flails are good at smashing in zombie skulls, but are rather heavy and require strength to use; etc.). The book describes the list of things you should have in your house to survive a zombie siege. The book describes different modes of transportations to use when fleeing from zombies (cars require too much gas and are difficult to maneuver offroad; bicycles are the perfect means of transportation; etc.). You get the picture. Unfortunately, it’s told very straightforwardly, and even though it’s tongue-in-cheek since zombies don’t exist, it’s so straightforward that it comes off dry and boring. The last fifth of the book describes “documented” cases of zombie occurrences throughout history, and is the most readable part of the book – you can see how it sets the stage for World War Z which was released three years later. But ultimately, I found this book rather boring. If you’re a fan of zombies, you’ve already read this. All others should pass.
Philip
EDIT 6-2-12 The book SAID the media would claim it wasn't really zombies. That it was an isolated attack, drugs, a person with mental health issues, etc... Is it time to prepare?

*edit* I was just looking over the New York Times Bestseller List and found that this book is in the top five for paperback nonfiction. Well, I guess I'm really glad I read it after all.
This book was complete. While it's quick to point out that I'm still not an expert at disposing the undead, I'm well (and I mean WELL) EDIT 6-2-12 The book SAID the media would claim it wasn't really zombies. That it was an isolated attack, drugs, a person with mental health issues, etc... Is it time to prepare?

*edit* I was just looking over the New York Times Bestseller List and found that this book is in the top five for paperback nonfiction. Well, I guess I'm really glad I read it after all.
This book was complete. While it's quick to point out that I'm still not an expert at disposing the undead, I'm well (and I mean WELL) on my way.

This is the kind of book that's good to have out on a coffee table as a conversation starter. I don't recommend reading it the whole way through, unless you're serious about killing the undead or have problems putting down books if you started them. (I fall in the latter category, though the book does make some compelling arguements as to why I should care.)
Yomna hosny
This was pretty fun in an insane sort of way..
I learned a whole bunch of stuff like:

the AK47 'Russisn Wonder" is the best assault rifle in the world!
and that the best weapon to cut through a person's skull and mangle their brains (in hand to hand combat) is the fabled trench knife!
If you can find one. and have cause to inflict some suffering upon some unsuspecting person, oops, I mean zombie. :)

I now know that if I get shot with a .22 bolt action rifle, I shouldn't be all that worried because th This was pretty fun in an insane sort of way..
I learned a whole bunch of stuff like:

the AK47 'Russisn Wonder" is the best assault rifle in the world!
and that the best weapon to cut through a person's skull and mangle their brains (in hand to hand combat) is the fabled trench knife!
If you can find one. and have cause to inflict some suffering upon some unsuspecting person, oops, I mean zombie. :)

I now know that if I get shot with a .22 bolt action rifle, I shouldn't be all that worried because the bullet is too small to cause harm anyway. (unless I'm unlucky enough to get it between the eyes or something)

You can tell the chapter about weapons was my favorite one.

But all kidding aside this book will add all sorts of valuable info that you need to know in order to be prepared for a crisis on a national level. Power outages, looting, floods whatever. This stuff isn't just for zombie nuts, you know. I think Max is great. I enjoyed this very much.
Amanda
This was cool! I really liked the actual survival guide, it was really informative and at times I felt terrified with the thought that zombies might actually take over the world someday since this gives you a good visualization. There's a bit of humor which I enjoyed and you can't help but get a kick out of those illustrations. I'm a huge zombie fan so I thought this would be perfect for me and it was until I got to the "Recorded Attacks" section at the end. I'm more into learning how to survive This was cool! I really liked the actual survival guide, it was really informative and at times I felt terrified with the thought that zombies might actually take over the world someday since this gives you a good visualization. There's a bit of humor which I enjoyed and you can't help but get a kick out of those illustrations. I'm a huge zombie fan so I thought this would be perfect for me and it was until I got to the "Recorded Attacks" section at the end. I'm more into learning how to survive the future apocalypse than learning about past events so I found the last 70 pages or so pretty hard to get through, still interesting at the least but I could have done without that part. Fans of The Walking Dead will eat this up... no pun intended.
Eze
Despues de leer Guerra Mundial Z, la cual en mi opinion es una de las mejores novelas de la historia. No pude evitar la curiosidad y leer alguno de sus otros escritos sobre el tema.

Uno parece un rejunte de historias que no lograron pasar la prueba para quedar en su novela. No alcanzan el nivel.

El otro no llega a libro, es una guia de supervivencia (como bien su nombre lo indica) para un mundo en el que ya sabemos sobrevivir. Todo lo que puede llegar a enseñarnos, ya fue probado, aprendido y pues Despues de leer Guerra Mundial Z, la cual en mi opinion es una de las mejores novelas de la historia. No pude evitar la curiosidad y leer alguno de sus otros escritos sobre el tema.

Uno parece un rejunte de historias que no lograron pasar la prueba para quedar en su novela. No alcanzan el nivel.

El otro no llega a libro, es una guia de supervivencia (como bien su nombre lo indica) para un mundo en el que ya sabemos sobrevivir. Todo lo que puede llegar a enseñarnos, ya fue probado, aprendido y puesto en practica en numerosas ocasiones. Tanto en Guerra Mundial Z, como en la mayoria de las historias de zombies.
Ryan Mishap
I picked this up ready for a fun read, you know, a little lark and larf from a campy survival guide. Brooks completely forgot to be funny. If there is any humour here, it is so dry, the dust blows away in the wind.
This is written exactly like a boring survival guide and has no spark, no wink-wink nudge-nudge...nothing to make it interesting. You can do this so straight forward, there has to be a little camp to make it fun...and worthwhile. Avoid at all costs.
Vee Charles
If it weren't for the Zombie part I would have never read this book. It has some pretty good information on survival.
Incorporating real life survival methods with Zombies kind of freaked me out...had me thinking a bit lol. However it got a bit boring and repetitive. I had to force myself to keep reading.
sologdin
what must have seemed like a great idea at first turns out to be almost irredeemably tedious by the end, with too much detail paid to, say, the best weapons for splitting a human skull. It could've been good menippean satire, but just descended into a weird neo-hobbesian travaux preparatoires.
GUS BUS!
This is a great book to have when you are suddenly overrun by zombies. It details every supplie and every weapon you will need to survive. It has where you should go and other survival tips if you ever come across and undead army.
Robert
Possibly the most important book I've ever read. Now, when the zombie apocalypse comes, I know what steps to take to survive. Do you?
Minna
This book annoys me to no end with its sometimes faulty assumptions about both realistic and imagined facts. It is probably more funny and enjoyable if you're not a nitpicker like me.
Noran Miss Pumkin
met the author at C2E2 and got a signed edition--really nice man--very funny and charming in person. the book is a fum read, even for non-zombie people like me!
Chava
I tried, but wow what a bad book! I HATE ZOMBIES!
My husband challenged me to read this book. NEVER. EVER. will I let him pick a book for me again! URGH
Jakk Makk
Surprisingly entertaining. Enjoyed the historical flourishes and combat theories.
Natalie
That was a really weird read, and not at all what I was expecting ._. Despite the fact that this novel is tagged as humor (quite a bit too) it reads more like a dry university textbook than anything even remotely humorous... to me at least, some people may find the humor in it where I didn't.

It was just kinda... okay... from beginning to end. I mean, certain aspects felt like they could have been funny (or even interesting) but nothing really stuck with me and it just felt kinda "bleh"?

With the That was a really weird read, and not at all what I was expecting ._. Despite the fact that this novel is tagged as humor (quite a bit too) it reads more like a dry university textbook than anything even remotely humorous... to me at least, some people may find the humor in it where I didn't.

It was just kinda... okay... from beginning to end. I mean, certain aspects felt like they could have been funny (or even interesting) but nothing really stuck with me and it just felt kinda "bleh"?

With the amount of different things covered... everything from the "basis of the zombie myth" to the best weapons to defend yourself against zombies, how to create a zombie-proof fortress, the best ways to survive on the run vs. in a stationary location, how to destroy the zombies in combat, what to happen if (though it's implied WHEN) they become the dominant species on the planet, and even a list of "recorded attacks" organised chronologically... well honestly, I just felt like I wanted more?

Everything was skimmed over, and with all the "you should read books on this subject to better prepare yourself" I was honestly expecting a reading list at the end for recommendations. I felt like for something that was so "textbook-like" in its style of writing... it was missing the huge thing that all textbooks have; citations. If you're going to go this far into the topic and present it as a work of non-fiction, please include citations for all the claims (even if some - or ALL - of them are false)! It would've sold it to me more having that aspect to it, and I'm really disappointed that there were no citations/references, recommended reading lists, nothing ;u;
Cole Rogers
The Zombie Survival Guide, a book well worth the read if you hope to survive the inevitable apocalypse. Living in a townhouse in a well-populated area, I would say I am royally screwed if someone were to get infected as it would spread very quickly. But thank god I read this book, I can now say I know what to do if an outbreak were to occur. This book will give you a brief history of how the virus came into contact with the human world. It also teach you the types of outbreaks, what weapons you The Zombie Survival Guide, a book well worth the read if you hope to survive the inevitable apocalypse. Living in a townhouse in a well-populated area, I would say I am royally screwed if someone were to get infected as it would spread very quickly. But thank god I read this book, I can now say I know what to do if an outbreak were to occur. This book will give you a brief history of how the virus came into contact with the human world. It also teach you the types of outbreaks, what weapons you want to acquire, where to hide out, what to do while on the run, what type of equipment you should use and most importantly how to chop a zombie’s head off. The book also mentions recorded times in history where people have come into contact with the living dead, this part being the most interesting to me. It shines light on the subject that one day there will be an apocalypse. During my short stay on Earth, I could spend my free time sharpening my blade and cleaning my rifle to be ready when the threat limps to my stronghold. But judging by the detailed thought put into this book and how I took it to heart makes me question the authors sanity and myself. Needless to say, I recommend this book for anyone looking for an easy, comical read and to the hardcore doomsday preppers out there. Stay frosty.

KLeigh
The author wants to inform others about the outbreak of the Solanum Virus. Using real world examples, he shows the proper places to go and the best weapons for the apocalypse. He explains in detail how ignorance is the zombies’ best advantage and also its greatest weakness.

In the book, the author explains how the book is your greatest ally against the ravenous undead. As the book is about the zombie apocalypse, it doesn’t really have a main character as the book is to give information about th The author wants to inform others about the outbreak of the Solanum Virus. Using real world examples, he shows the proper places to go and the best weapons for the apocalypse. He explains in detail how ignorance is the zombies’ best advantage and also its greatest weakness.

In the book, the author explains how the book is your greatest ally against the ravenous undead. As the book is about the zombie apocalypse, it doesn’t really have a main character as the book is to give information about the Solanum Virus.

The way I relate to the book, is me and my mom watch The Walking Dead together. When a character does something stupid, we will most likely point it out and explain what they could’ve done that would have been a better choice.

As a person who likes things about about post apocalyptic worlds, I enjoyed this book from front to back. The author did well in explaining why something can either save or endanger your life. I also like how he chose popular, well known weapons, and explained what their strengths and weaknesses were.

I would recommend this book to someone who enjoys zombie related stories. I also think people who believe in doomsday scenarios would also enjoy this book in the sense that it could save their life.
Anthony Powers
I rate The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks a 4. The reason I rate the Zombie Survival Guide a 4 is because the humor wasn't that good. While some of the humor was funny, not all of it was. Max Brooks is a good author. He has wrote another book that is bestselling(World War Z). Although I have not read World War Z I am certain that it would be as good as the book Zombie Survival Guide is. The reasons I like Zombie Survival Guide is because I am into Survival. I also like The Walking Dead. Whi I rate The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks a 4. The reason I rate the Zombie Survival Guide a 4 is because the humor wasn't that good. While some of the humor was funny, not all of it was. Max Brooks is a good author. He has wrote another book that is bestselling(World War Z). Although I have not read World War Z I am certain that it would be as good as the book Zombie Survival Guide is. The reasons I like Zombie Survival Guide is because I am into Survival. I also like The Walking Dead. While reading the book I could relate some examples it uses in the book that I reminded me of the show.
Susen liest
Beim Zombie-Survival-Guide handelt es sich um eine amüsante Lektüre für Liebhaber des Zombie-
Themas. Man erfährt, wie man sich auf den Ernstfall vorbereiten kann, wie man eine beginnende
Epidemie erkennt, welche Waffen und sonstige Gegenstände man brauchen kann – kurz: wie kann
man eine Zombie-Apokalypse überleben!
Ab und an gibt es auch Verweise auf (fiktive) historische Begebenheiten mit der jeweiligen
Quellenangabe. Jedoch ist nicht alles Humbug, weil manche Aspekte sich durchaus auf andere
Katast Beim Zombie-Survival-Guide handelt es sich um eine amüsante Lektüre für Liebhaber des Zombie-
Themas. Man erfährt, wie man sich auf den Ernstfall vorbereiten kann, wie man eine beginnende
Epidemie erkennt, welche Waffen und sonstige Gegenstände man brauchen kann – kurz: wie kann
man eine Zombie-Apokalypse überleben!
Ab und an gibt es auch Verweise auf (fiktive) historische Begebenheiten mit der jeweiligen
Quellenangabe. Jedoch ist nicht alles Humbug, weil manche Aspekte sich durchaus auf andere
Katastrophen anwenden lassen – ein kleines beiläufiges Survival-Training sozusagen. Insgesamt hat
mich der Guide daher gut unterhalten und inspiriert ;D
Raúl
Decepcionante. Parte de una idea buena pero se vuelve tedioso y aburrido, con fallos respecto a sus propias pretensiones y "normas" sobre los zombies.
La ultima parte, de ataques registrados, resulta más curiosa que el resto del libro.
Daiva
So... after reading this - if zombie apocalypse happens I will have this guidebook and I...

I...

Okay fine... I would still die...
Thomas Flowers
Fun collection of how to survive a zombie end of the world type situation. Felt like Max went around and jotted notes from talks with fellow zombie enthusiast on how THEY would survive.
Anto
Muy entretenido, y obligatorio ante el inminente apocalipsis zombie que viene.
Steph Hayward-bailey
This book is exactly what it says it is however I found it very repeative at points and the 'recorded attacks' section a little boring due to its repeatative nature.
Alex
This is not the best book for getting for ready for the zombie apocolypse, but it is a good book.
Eglė
They may be stalking you right now without you even knowing it.
This book, can save your life.
Selenita
Esperaba mucho de este libro, pero lamentablemente me ha decepcionado en todos los sentidos. Aquí explico bien por qué, pese a lo prometedor que sonaba: https://lasangrealrio.wordpress.com/2...
Waleska Jungmann
Lo que me gustó: está escrito desde la perspectiva de que ya vivimos en un mundo que está lleno de zombies y las tres primeras partes, donde te explican sobre la anatomía de los zombies, como atacarlos y como encontrar un refugio ideal para sobrevivir son excelentes.
Lo que no me gustó: hacia el final del libro el autor comparte una serie de historias de diferentes épocas de casos documentados de ataques de zombies. Los primeros son bastante entretenidos, porque te sentís como que sos parte de u Lo que me gustó: está escrito desde la perspectiva de que ya vivimos en un mundo que está lleno de zombies y las tres primeras partes, donde te explican sobre la anatomía de los zombies, como atacarlos y como encontrar un refugio ideal para sobrevivir son excelentes.
Lo que no me gustó: hacia el final del libro el autor comparte una serie de historias de diferentes épocas de casos documentados de ataques de zombies. Los primeros son bastante entretenidos, porque te sentís como que sos parte de una teoría de conspiración, pero después de unas 15 páginas de mini cuentos de no más de una página y media de largo se vuelve un tanto monótono. A mi parecer era la misma historia una y otra vez, con diferentes personajes.

What I liked: it's written from the perspective that we are currently living in a world full of zombies and the first three parts, where they explain the anatomy of a zombie, how to attack them, and how to find the ideal refuge to survive, are excellent.
What I didn't like: towards the end of the book the author shares a series of stories placed in different times of documented cases of zombie attacks. The first few are quite entertaining, because you feel as if you are part of a conspiracy theory, but after about 15 pages of mini stories no longer than page and a half it becomes rather monotonous. As I see it, it seems to be the same story over and over again, but with different characters.
Janelle Dazzlepants
I was absolutely terrified by World War Z, so was eager to pick this up and scare myself shitless once more. Unfortunately, while the first 2/3 of the book had me paranoid and scouting for places of refuge from the bus window, the last section of this book was a total let down.

I was utterly bored by the random pseudo oral history that Max Brooks had thrown in, and I found myself actually falling asleep. The terrible last part of this book is almost unredeemable by the actual survival guide sect I was absolutely terrified by World War Z, so was eager to pick this up and scare myself shitless once more. Unfortunately, while the first 2/3 of the book had me paranoid and scouting for places of refuge from the bus window, the last section of this book was a total let down.

I was utterly bored by the random pseudo oral history that Max Brooks had thrown in, and I found myself actually falling asleep. The terrible last part of this book is almost unredeemable by the actual survival guide section, and I'm just so disappointed by a book that had so much potential. I'll recommend it to others in the future, but I'll advise them against the last section.

But when this book was good, it was really fucking great. Brooks makes the idea of a zombie apocalypse so real and terrifying, and I found myself forming mental plans on where I would go in the event of an outbreak of the living dead. I did, however, get frustrated at how often Brooks would recommend a weapon/terrain/vehicle and then go on to provide 123840293840 reasons why it is a terrible weapon/terrain/vehicle.

Jesus Christ, just say that it's a bad weapon/terrain/vehicle and let's move on.
Helena

Firstly, the book is written by Max Brooks, a one time SNL writer and the son of Mel Brooks- that alone should set the tone for this one! The Zombie Survival Guide begins with a chapter on how 'the undead' are created, myths, and how to detect them. Subsequent chapters describe in great detail, survival techniques, supplies one would need to survive a siege, living in an 'undead world' and finally a detailed 'record' of zombie attacks throughout history.

As I started reading this book, I found “
Firstly, the book is written by Max Brooks, a one time SNL writer and the son of Mel Brooks- that alone should set the tone for this one! The Zombie Survival Guide begins with a chapter on how 'the undead' are created, myths, and how to detect them. Subsequent chapters describe in great detail, survival techniques, supplies one would need to survive a siege, living in an 'undead world' and finally a detailed 'record' of zombie attacks throughout history.

As I started reading this book, I found the gravity with which it was written very funny; but as I read on, I found myself wondering where one could purchase a machete. Even if you are not concerned about an attack of the undead, the valuable information provided here can be applied to multiple real- life scenarios, such as a massive power failure or long-term rioting. My only criticism would be that I found some of the information regarding weaponry a bit repetative. All in all the book was very well researched and full of practical knowledge. Now I'm off to preserve some veggies... just in case ;-)
Blake Brubaker
I liked World War Z best, but this book has the same power to make you forget that you are reading fiction
Brigit Zelenak
Highly original and delivered with such deadpan force, The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead is a real treat. At first blush it sounds like a comedy, and in some ways it is... it has to be, right? But it is presented in such a factual, almost droll way, that you’re left scratching your head, and then grinning.

Written in the style of vintage military public service announcements, The Zombie Survival Guide covers everything from how to prepare your house for a zombie o Highly original and delivered with such deadpan force, The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead is a real treat. At first blush it sounds like a comedy, and in some ways it is... it has to be, right? But it is presented in such a factual, almost droll way, that you’re left scratching your head, and then grinning.

Written in the style of vintage military public service announcements, The Zombie Survival Guide covers everything from how to prepare your house for a zombie onslaught to which weapons are best for fighting the undead, to the types of terrain you’ll encounter running from outbreaks and how to traverse them as quickly and quietly as possible.

And though I know it’s all hokum, I caught myself more than once taking mental notes. Kudos to Max Brooks for pulling me so completely into his world that I really didn’t want to leave it, zombies and all. Can’t wait to sink my teeth (heh) into his next offering: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.
Tucker
The Zombie Survival Guide is the holy book of the next generation. It gives us facts on how to survive when the inevitable Zombie Apocalypse dawns upon us. Max Brooks lists everything as if he has already been through the zombie revolt. The only thing that I can really say is bad is that the author doesnt really explain why you should alot of the tips he gives you. You can tell that the author took his time with his research though. Some of the more important things I picked up from the guide ar The Zombie Survival Guide is the holy book of the next generation. It gives us facts on how to survive when the inevitable Zombie Apocalypse dawns upon us. Max Brooks lists everything as if he has already been through the zombie revolt. The only thing that I can really say is bad is that the author doesnt really explain why you should alot of the tips he gives you. You can tell that the author took his time with his research though. Some of the more important things I picked up from the guide are: Tight clothes and short hair are ideal. Blades don't need reloading. And always go for their head.

There is quite a bit of backstory in this also. Over 50% of the book is reportings of people seeing the undead and fighting against it. Max Brooks brings up alot of really good points in this book. I can surely say that anyone that reads this would have a hard time dying during the Zombie Apocalypse.
Kieran Delaney
This book should be amazing. Its about Zombies. Its a survival guide for the end of the world. Surely, it shouldn't fail?!

Unfortunately it just doesn't hit the spot. Its not funny. Its not clever. Its not even that accurate when regarding actual facts (like desert survival and plastic guns!).

The thing is, I was expecting a humourous book about how to best despatch a zombie and how to live like a bear. Instead I got some half arsed attempt at cleverness (they are zombies because they have the zom

This book should be amazing. Its about Zombies. Its a survival guide for the end of the world. Surely, it shouldn't fail?!

Unfortunately it just doesn't hit the spot. Its not funny. Its not clever. Its not even that accurate when regarding actual facts (like desert survival and plastic guns!).

The thing is, I was expecting a humourous book about how to best despatch a zombie and how to live like a bear. Instead I got some half arsed attempt at cleverness (they are zombies because they have the zombie virus, its called sonamblahblahblahium because, get this, they look like they sleep walk hahahaha) and a load of stuff I already knew.

For example - did you know that buses are not that good at driving through muddy fields?! Did you know that guns fire bullets?!

Also, and perhaps I missed the point because the whole thing seems quite american, where the fuck am i to get AK47's from at the end of the world? Essential kit apparently.

Poor.

Stephanie F.
I admit that I am a fan and enjoy many zombie films. I find this whole zombie craze to be fascinating and fun. My roommates and I even have a zombie survival poster on the dining room wall and have spent many hours creating our ZAPP [Zombie Apocalypse Preparation Plan]. This is the first zombie book I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The book describes how a person should be prepared should zombie outbreaks occur. It describes the pros and cons of many different weapons and terrains throug I admit that I am a fan and enjoy many zombie films. I find this whole zombie craze to be fascinating and fun. My roommates and I even have a zombie survival poster on the dining room wall and have spent many hours creating our ZAPP [Zombie Apocalypse Preparation Plan]. This is the first zombie book I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The book describes how a person should be prepared should zombie outbreaks occur. It describes the pros and cons of many different weapons and terrains throughout the world. This is all information that I think is mandatory should a zombie attack happen, but it is also just good information to know, especially should any sort of crisis occur. My favorite part of the book, however, is when Max Brooks details 'actual' outbreaks that have taken place throughout history. Now I am off to go study on how to survive in a polar climate : P
Am Y
The front part of the book teaches survival tactics and lists weapons, hideouts, armour, etc.
The second part of the book contains stories of recorded zombie outbreaks throughout history, in different civilisations around the world.

I found the first part boring and not that fun to read.
The second part was more interesting because of the drama involved, but there were loopholes galore. Like for instance how the DNA of a missing person - who was never reported missing by his family or anyone else The front part of the book teaches survival tactics and lists weapons, hideouts, armour, etc.
The second part of the book contains stories of recorded zombie outbreaks throughout history, in different civilisations around the world.

I found the first part boring and not that fun to read.
The second part was more interesting because of the drama involved, but there were loopholes galore. Like for instance how the DNA of a missing person - who was never reported missing by his family or anyone else - could be matched to that found on a victim. Many other things were glaringly illogical or just didn't make sense.

When the purpose is to write a book that makes it seem as if everything really happened and the zombie threat is real, you'd think one thing that would be addressed is plausibility, which is still greatly lacking in many areas to the discerning scientific mind.
Hone Haapu
Interesting read, I would only recommend to hardcore fans of the genre only. Brooks approaches this book with the same factual realism as his 'World War Z' effort, but lacking a cohesive or sustained narrative line, does make for an arduous read.

This story is set in a time when zombies are a reality. A reality that has existed throughout recorded time, but due to superstition and governmental control, is considered by many to be a fable. Brooks painstakingly provides a compendium on how to iden Interesting read, I would only recommend to hardcore fans of the genre only. Brooks approaches this book with the same factual realism as his 'World War Z' effort, but lacking a cohesive or sustained narrative line, does make for an arduous read.

This story is set in a time when zombies are a reality. A reality that has existed throughout recorded time, but due to superstition and governmental control, is considered by many to be a fable. Brooks painstakingly provides a compendium on how to identify, prepare for, and repel a potential zombie attack. The final third of the book details recorded breakout dating back hundreds and hundreds of years.

Being somewhat of an undead aficionado myself, I enjoyed this book. But I did think that it dragged on a little. Having recorded outbreaks at the end was a refreshing change to the style
Gen
It was interesting then it got repetitive and monotonous. I don't blame it on the author's lack of penmanship. On the contrary he was engaging and hilarious, wait, maybe he wasn't joking. He did seem dead serious about this whole zombie business. My total lack of foresight and reluctance to be prepared for a zombie infestation were the reasons why I read the first few chapters, gave up and skipped right through the middle to the end. The "historical" account were interesting reads. The endless p It was interesting then it got repetitive and monotonous. I don't blame it on the author's lack of penmanship. On the contrary he was engaging and hilarious, wait, maybe he wasn't joking. He did seem dead serious about this whole zombie business. My total lack of foresight and reluctance to be prepared for a zombie infestation were the reasons why I read the first few chapters, gave up and skipped right through the middle to the end. The "historical" account were interesting reads. The endless pages dictating anti-zombie weaponry, tactics and defense mechanisms were another story (I paged briefly through them, yawnsville.) To be fair, if a zombie infestation does break out, I'd be one of the first to go then.
Jennie
It's hard for me to even bother rating this book. It's classified as humor but it takes itself 100% seriously which is..well..incredibly boring. I kept thinking to myself that perhaps this was like some sort of Family Guy joke that is meant to become funnier the more times you are bludgeoned with the premise. But no, this is really, truly a comprehensive guide on how to survive zombie attacks right down to the deeply uninteresting brass tacks. It is even filled with exacting lists of the specifi It's hard for me to even bother rating this book. It's classified as humor but it takes itself 100% seriously which is..well..incredibly boring. I kept thinking to myself that perhaps this was like some sort of Family Guy joke that is meant to become funnier the more times you are bludgeoned with the premise. But no, this is really, truly a comprehensive guide on how to survive zombie attacks right down to the deeply uninteresting brass tacks. It is even filled with exacting lists of the specific supplies you will need. Part of me admires Brooks for going to such lengths but I can't recommend this as anything other than a gag gift (I bought it to put in my husband's Christmas stocking). Unless the zombie apocalypse does arrive in our lifetime, in which case it will be my Bible.
Robert Bor
If you have read World War Z and hope for something similar, you are bound to be disappointed. This book is about surviving a zombie apocalypse as an individual, nothing like the very interesting series of interview in WWZ. All kinds of tips are given how you can prepare. Some are a bit weird, like the advice to work out while on the run; is preserving energy not more important then? Mr Brooks enumerates a series of "historical" attacks that have taken place by zombies (ie, Solanum-infested huma If you have read World War Z and hope for something similar, you are bound to be disappointed. This book is about surviving a zombie apocalypse as an individual, nothing like the very interesting series of interview in WWZ. All kinds of tips are given how you can prepare. Some are a bit weird, like the advice to work out while on the run; is preserving energy not more important then? Mr Brooks enumerates a series of "historical" attacks that have taken place by zombies (ie, Solanum-infested human beings). Regrettably little is said about how a virus like Solanum was able to respawn over and over again, seeing how it so quickly flares up and dies out. This feels like an itch that wasn't scratched. Perhaps material for another book?
Zoey Nealon
Oops! Forgot to add it to my currently reading. It's been added only to be removed again. Nevermind.

So, I found this to be an absolutely fascinating read (listen). Max Brooks has a way of making the reader believe that what you have in your hands is FACT! World War Z had that effect on me and he has done it again with this!

Zombie Survival Guide is packed with information from what the virus actually is and how the zombies move and react, to what sorts of weapons you should use and where the bes Oops! Forgot to add it to my currently reading. It's been added only to be removed again. Nevermind.

So, I found this to be an absolutely fascinating read (listen). Max Brooks has a way of making the reader believe that what you have in your hands is FACT! World War Z had that effect on me and he has done it again with this!

Zombie Survival Guide is packed with information from what the virus actually is and how the zombies move and react, to what sorts of weapons you should use and where the best place to set up a safe zone is.

Brooks holds nothing back and you leave the book feeling more prepared for a zombie apocalypse than you did going in. I am now ready for the end of the world!

5 out of 5 stars!
Madeleine
Brilliant idea, interesting idea, but a little slow moving about half way through.
Reading about how to defeat zombies, with specific analysis on specific weapons and gear and hideouts got a little bit hard to focus on, especially since none of it is actually applicable in real life.
Now I just want to read , because I think it's the great idea, but no need for real world application to keep it moving, since it's a novel.World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
Michael
The Zombie Survival Guide, is a tongue-in-cheek survival manual written Max Brooks. It reads like a normal manual and is quiet amusing, I now know how to dealing with the potentiality of a zombie attack. The guide concludes with a fictional list of documented zombie encounters throughout history. The oldest entry is 60,000 BC, in Katanga, Central Africa, although the author expresses doubt to its validity. Instead, he presents evidence from 3,000 BC in Hieraconpolis, Egypt as the first verifiabl The Zombie Survival Guide, is a tongue-in-cheek survival manual written Max Brooks. It reads like a normal manual and is quiet amusing, I now know how to dealing with the potentiality of a zombie attack. The guide concludes with a fictional list of documented zombie encounters throughout history. The oldest entry is 60,000 BC, in Katanga, Central Africa, although the author expresses doubt to its validity. Instead, he presents evidence from 3,000 BC in Hieraconpolis, Egypt as the first verifiable instance of a zombie outbreak. The most recent entry is 2002, in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Jttr
The Zombie Survival Guide is a book that will provide you all the information that you need, to face a Zombie Apocalypse. Very well researched, the language used by the author is very specific, giving to the reader a very detailed information about Zombie concept.

One thing is certain: Max Brooks is the Master, when it comes to Zombies theme, and the proof of that, is when you begin to read only for pleasure, and then, you end up by checking every corner, to see if a Zombie is ready to bite you! The Zombie Survival Guide is a book that will provide you all the information that you need, to face a Zombie Apocalypse. Very well researched, the language used by the author is very specific, giving to the reader a very detailed information about Zombie concept.

One thing is certain: Max Brooks is the Master, when it comes to Zombies theme, and the proof of that, is when you begin to read only for pleasure, and then, you end up by checking every corner, to see if a Zombie is ready to bite you!

Providing you the best locations you need to go, when facing a walking dead, or the strategy that you need to possess, this title is definitely recommended to every Zombie fan.
Isaac
Alright I absolutely loved this book. Actually I think this is the top 5 for this year on my list. I'm going through my own "zombie stage" of my life and am just so fascinated by these creatures that never stop hunting. Do I think that a zombie apocalypse could happen? yes. I do. Now people will say that I am weird...trust me I already know this fact, but let's be honest, though it my be improbable that a zombie apocalypse would happen, that doesn't mean that it can't. So this book will help you Alright I absolutely loved this book. Actually I think this is the top 5 for this year on my list. I'm going through my own "zombie stage" of my life and am just so fascinated by these creatures that never stop hunting. Do I think that a zombie apocalypse could happen? yes. I do. Now people will say that I am weird...trust me I already know this fact, but let's be honest, though it my be improbable that a zombie apocalypse would happen, that doesn't mean that it can't. So this book will help you prepare for the worst and just between you and I, I've already started making my B.O.B or my bug out bag. Got to be prepared at all times.
C.I. DeMann
At times, this was fabulous. Specifically, when it was dealing with zombies. But at other times, it was just a guide on how to prepare a first aid kid. Or stock food that lasts a long time. And, yeah, sure the first aid kit and the canned food were because you might have to hide from zomibies, but in reality, you could pull those sections out and paste them directly into a bunch of other survival books. This book was great when zombies were first and foremost. ESPECIALLY when he gave anecdotal s At times, this was fabulous. Specifically, when it was dealing with zombies. But at other times, it was just a guide on how to prepare a first aid kid. Or stock food that lasts a long time. And, yeah, sure the first aid kit and the canned food were because you might have to hide from zomibies, but in reality, you could pull those sections out and paste them directly into a bunch of other survival books. This book was great when zombies were first and foremost. ESPECIALLY when he gave anecdotal stories from past zombie attacks. That's when this book shone as brightly as "World War Z" shone. That book gets 5 stars. This one, only 3.
Stephen Huang
Great book!
Funny, and really smart. All of the "evidence" was top notch and even had me wondering if zombies truly existed for just a bit!
Awesome book! Even loved the little drawings. The only thing I didn't like was how it ended with all the "real accounts" and there were so many of them it got boring way too fast.
Pretty cool book to read! My brother read it in less than 5 hours, and he doesn't even like reading! It took me a bit longer, simply because I've been reading other books while readin Great book!
Funny, and really smart. All of the "evidence" was top notch and even had me wondering if zombies truly existed for just a bit!
Awesome book! Even loved the little drawings. The only thing I didn't like was how it ended with all the "real accounts" and there were so many of them it got boring way too fast.
Pretty cool book to read! My brother read it in less than 5 hours, and he doesn't even like reading! It took me a bit longer, simply because I've been reading other books while reading this one. But not only am I glad I read it, I'm glad I picked it up just in time for Halloween.
Trae Brookins
Total meh. People like this book? Really? Or do we all just think that it has a fun title and a cute cover. If anything, this slender volume points out the very narrow limits of the traditional zombie genre. If you're telling a zombie story a la the Romero school, there's a set of rules and this book fairly well codifies them. I had a similar complaint about World War Z...all concept, no characters or story arc. This book is like an authors notes for writing a novel...without bothering to write Total meh. People like this book? Really? Or do we all just think that it has a fun title and a cute cover. If anything, this slender volume points out the very narrow limits of the traditional zombie genre. If you're telling a zombie story a la the Romero school, there's a set of rules and this book fairly well codifies them. I had a similar complaint about World War Z...all concept, no characters or story arc. This book is like an authors notes for writing a novel...without bothering to write the novel. Skim it...or if you're right a zombie novel and need a reference book (are you an idiot?) keep this next to your manual typewriter.
Bill
Overall, it was good, it was fun, it was a quick read. The only critique I have is that the actual "survival guide" part of it is a little dry. The intro has little snippets of incredibly dry humor, which is something Brooks excels at, and the same can be said for his descriptions of famous zombie outbreaks. The guide, however, reads more like a highly practical guide than another part of tongue-in-cheek zombie fiction.

Still, despite that, Brooks is just so damn good at what he does, it doesn't Overall, it was good, it was fun, it was a quick read. The only critique I have is that the actual "survival guide" part of it is a little dry. The intro has little snippets of incredibly dry humor, which is something Brooks excels at, and the same can be said for his descriptions of famous zombie outbreaks. The guide, however, reads more like a highly practical guide than another part of tongue-in-cheek zombie fiction.

Still, despite that, Brooks is just so damn good at what he does, it doesn't matter. The Zombie Survival Guide is still a must-read for anyone who enjoys zombie fiction, or just for anyone who wants to outlast the undead when it all hits the fan.
Sarah
Many of the reviews here say that the content is too dry. Personally, I liked it - until about halfway through the book, when it just became tedious. In the last hundred pages, I just wanted to get through it so I could start on the next thing. That said, I really did enjoy the first half, and I'm glad I finished the book. It is obvious that Brooks put so much thought into how these survival scenarios would play out, that it does come off as a genuine survival guide. He created the rules for how Many of the reviews here say that the content is too dry. Personally, I liked it - until about halfway through the book, when it just became tedious. In the last hundred pages, I just wanted to get through it so I could start on the next thing. That said, I really did enjoy the first half, and I'm glad I finished the book. It is obvious that Brooks put so much thought into how these survival scenarios would play out, that it does come off as a genuine survival guide. He created the rules for how his zombies behaved, and he stuck by them. I look forward to reading WWZ (after a non-zombie breather).
Du4
Many of you think this is a comedy book. A funny. A light diversion from real life. Well, make no mistake, future zombie food, this book CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE. When the inevitable zombie apocalypse happens, the hardest thing for me to do will be concealing my glee... because I've read this manual and I know what to do. Do you? It's filled with tips on strategy, tactics, recognizing when someone's been infected by the zombie virus, and easy-to-find weapons critical to your survival while living in t Many of you think this is a comedy book. A funny. A light diversion from real life. Well, make no mistake, future zombie food, this book CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE. When the inevitable zombie apocalypse happens, the hardest thing for me to do will be concealing my glee... because I've read this manual and I know what to do. Do you? It's filled with tips on strategy, tactics, recognizing when someone's been infected by the zombie virus, and easy-to-find weapons critical to your survival while living in the post-zombie world. Don't be stupid. If you want to survive, read this manual. Otherwise, if the zombies don't get you... I will.
Katrina
I love zombies. I watch any zombie movie I can get my hands on, I watch the Walking Dead religiously, and I'm in th eprocess of reading the comics right now. So I should have loved this book, right? Wrong. I was so bored while reading this. Some parts were interesting, but for the most part, this book as a whole just wasn't. I feel like this was all just a bunch of random zombie information that I could easily look up on Google if I ever got bored one day and wanted to read up on zombie fanatic I love zombies. I watch any zombie movie I can get my hands on, I watch the Walking Dead religiously, and I'm in th eprocess of reading the comics right now. So I should have loved this book, right? Wrong. I was so bored while reading this. Some parts were interesting, but for the most part, this book as a whole just wasn't. I feel like this was all just a bunch of random zombie information that I could easily look up on Google if I ever got bored one day and wanted to read up on zombie fanatic theories. It was very dry, and just not my cup of tea I guess. Bummer.
Josh Cummins
So far this book has been amazing, it has really opened my eyes to the posibility of zombies excisting. Also it has an amazing amount of convincing facts of which really helped me in my book i am currently writing which is also zombie based. I can't wait until another one of my friends reads this, it will be awesome to talk about. My favorite part so far has been about the weapons to use in a zombie invasion. I highly recomend this book for anyone interested in science fiction books or conspirac So far this book has been amazing, it has really opened my eyes to the posibility of zombies excisting. Also it has an amazing amount of convincing facts of which really helped me in my book i am currently writing which is also zombie based. I can't wait until another one of my friends reads this, it will be awesome to talk about. My favorite part so far has been about the weapons to use in a zombie invasion. I highly recomend this book for anyone interested in science fiction books or conspiracy theories.
Aneta
I think the most important lesson I have learned from this book is to join the forces, not oppose: attend zombiecon annually! At first, I thought this book was ridiculous and a waste of my time but when one chooses to be involved with costumes and zombies and suddenly has a strong desire for brains, this is the MUST NEED guide. I can't really see myself driving a machete into my fellow zombie's brains. I care too much. I'd rather not try and beat the virus known as "Solanum", but merely would en I think the most important lesson I have learned from this book is to join the forces, not oppose: attend zombiecon annually! At first, I thought this book was ridiculous and a waste of my time but when one chooses to be involved with costumes and zombies and suddenly has a strong desire for brains, this is the MUST NEED guide. I can't really see myself driving a machete into my fellow zombie's brains. I care too much. I'd rather not try and beat the virus known as "Solanum", but merely would enjoy embracing it.
Caron
Recently, I became obsessed with how I'd protect my family during a zombpocalypse. I was thinking the best zombie-proof building on Bainbridge Island to hole up in, how we'd get food and water, and how to keep the gouls at bay. I had plenty of questions, and this book answered them all. If you start hearing the moans of the undead, just remember I have first dibs on the windowless-walled Battle Point Park observatory building.
Lisachan
A tratti noiosetto, ma per la maggior parte piuttosto intrattenitivo, soprattutto nei capitoli dedicati alla difesa, alla vita post-apocalittica e agli "attacchi documentati". Ogni tanto Brooks si fa ripetitivo, ma per la maggior parte del tempo sa cosa sta facendo, e porta a casa un libro divertente. Ora sono pronta all'apocalisse, devo solo trovare una barca e un'isola deserta nelle vicinanze. Bring it on.
Tim Weakley
This one was a lot of fun. It's pretty much exactly what the title says. Done in a mock serious fashion, it details the historical assault of zombie kind against us folks as food. It takes you through where to go to survive, and how to fight them. I found myself chuckling all the way through. Someone had mentioned to me that the author is the son of Mel Brooks. I can certainly see where he gets his timing from in that case. Great read.
Evelyn
I'm sure that most people at some point in their lives, have pondered that all important question of what they would do if a zombie outbreak actually happened, but Max Brooks has made a career out of it. His Zombie Survival Guide is so well written and thought out, that you almost want to write down notes from it, should certain key information become vital for our survival in the future.

Very well done Mr Brooks! This was a fun read.
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