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06/11/2013

Big Mac books: World War Z rocks

200px-World_War_Z_book_coverDo yourself a favor and read Max Brooks' "World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War" before the movie opens on June 21. And then do NOT expect to see the book on the big screen. There is no way the Brad Pitt take on this fun book can be made into a straight translation ... although I would like to have seen them try.

The trailers of the movie look very little like a book that, when reading, appears to be difficult to translate to a big screen. 

The book was published in 2006 and actually achieves the impossible as it serves as an original take to what is becoming a tired, played, but still fascinating genre. 

The format alone makes the book a fascinating read as Brooks follows a government-commissioned man who is documenting the Zombie apocalypse 10 years later.

It is a fun look at the different continents and how they respond to zombie disease spread and the ensuing panic to the war against the virus that was eliminating the human race. It is an oral history and reads almost cinematically; it is easy to visualize this book as a documentary on The History Channel.

This is not just an American look at zombies but an international look at how the world would potentially respond to a massive panic and epidemic.  There is no side love story or anything sappy - it's a straight take on panic, how rumors spread, how stupid governments can be, and how resourceful humans are.

The book is 342 pages and reads quickly. 

World War Z is not "Sense and Sensibility"; it's a fun read not just for zombie-genre lovers but anyone who can appreciate an inventive take on a subject that, for some reason, we simply will always enjoy.

 

 

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