World War Z

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By Max Brooks
2007

So I “read” this as an audio book that was marked as unabridged, but does appear to have lacked a few sections from the original book written in 2006. I now need to go back and read that whole book, because this was AMAZING and there are still parts I haven’t read!

Just, wow! So, so good!

The audio book was particularly good for an audio book because it was read by a full cast of voice actors, not just a single reader, and it really highlighted the way that this book was presented as an oral history.

For the rare person who doesn’t recognize it, it’s a fictional book inspired by the nonfiction book The Good War: An Oral History of World War II. In World War Z, though, the war in question is the zombie war, but for all the fantasy element, it’s addressed in a serious manner. I love the world building that went into figuring out how a zombie war could start, how different people would react, and how it would eventually end. I also loved the characters, who were all faced with this impossible conflict and did the best that they could.

I may very well be the last person to have gotten around to reading this book, so it hardly needs me to recommend it, but if you happen to have been living under a rock for the last decade, you really should read this!

The only thing that could have made it better is if it were longer, and apparently that wish got granted since there’s more for me to read once I get a text copy to read. (I really want to know more about the blind Japanese mountain man! But I’ll also take anything else.)

As a side note: ignore the movie. They took a really unique book essentially consisting of dozens of epic interlinking short stories and tried to shoehorn it into a traditional movie plot.

2 comments on “World War Z

  1. Anna says:

    I am so glad that you liked it – I read it years ago, per Kinsey’s recommendation and absolutely loved it. So many people then fantasized about it being turned into a Ken Burns-type mockumentary that the generic zombie movie they did make was just a huge disappointment. I did read a quote from the author saying that he knew that Hollywood butchered novels going into the contract, so was just happy to take his money, which I can respect.

    • Rebecca says:

      Yeah, I can respect the decision to just take the payment and let the producers do as they will rather than fight an uphill battle to have it done right. It just seems kind of crazy to me that anyone would license just a fabulous book and then make such a generic movie that could just as easily have been “based on” any other zombie book out there.

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