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Subject: World War Z
Date Posted: 9/27/2008 1:00 PM ET
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I just finished World War Z by Max Brooks and I loved it!

I'm not sure which story I liked best - maybe the one with the Chinese submarine, or maybe the one with MetsFan. Oh- I also liked the one with the K9 trainer. I saw on IMDB that the movie is in preproduction. I think this could be a great Zombie movie - I hope they don't ruin it!

Anyone else read this? Thoughts?

Date Posted: 9/27/2008 3:26 PM ET
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i just finished it also, about two or three books back. i love the oral style, i think it really adds a lot to the book. i had read only one other book like that, palahniuk's rant, and wasn't too impressed but brooks really pulled it off. kind of timid about a movie, it'll probably be really really good or really really bad. =\

Date Posted: 9/27/2008 5:23 PM ET
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I agree with you about the oral style Lindsey, I think it did add alot to the book. I enjoyed getting the global perspective and don't think it would have been possible in a linear-type of story. Getting to the "what happened," especially in the begining, kept me turning the pages well past my bedtime. Scarier this way too, since I think it added to the build up.

I think all books-to-movies are either really good or really bad. The good thing about this one - I love all zombie movies, even (maybe especially) the bad ones!

Date Posted: 9/29/2008 8:51 PM ET
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Sounds good.  Can't wait to read it.  But I think it will be a long time- unless I go and buy it.   I am  241 or so on the wish list for this book.  :-(

Date Posted: 10/1/2008 2:44 PM ET
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The audio book is amazing, carrying the oral storytelling that much further by having different voices for the different people. Mark Hamill is the Army guy :)

I have high hopes for the film. I've heard they plan on sticking to the book style and not just making "another zombie movie."

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 10:20 AM ET
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I also really enjoyed this book.

I was curious about what happened to N. Korea. It was only mentioned in passing, you really don't know what happens in that country, it would have been interesting to hear how and why the entire country just disappeared.

I also think more detail on the Battle of Yonkers would have been cool to read about.

The only thing I wish had been given more page time was the virus itself. I wanted to learn about where it came from, and wish there had been a perspective told from a doc or other medical person dealing with researching on the virus.

Other than that, I really liked the book. I also liked the global perspective. Other zombie horror books I've read, it was always a small focus on a group of people in one country, and I've always wondered how the world would handle such a problem as a zombie plague.

It's not your traditional zombie horror book, but it was still scary because I could see people and government blundering and making a mess of things the way it was portrayed in the book. Very realistic to a disaster scenario (even though zombie plague is not realistic...I hope! LOL), the reactions of people and governments were.

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 2:39 PM ET
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Ed - I was wondering if they used a full cast for this on audio. I may have to check it out...

Lani - I frogot about the N. Korea part. Scary to think that they all went underground with someone who was infected and the country's whole population is down there...as zombies...in the dark...waiting...

I'm not sure that it was a virus. Did is actually say that somewhere? I thought the old woman from the Chinese village in the begining said it started in the flooded cemetery.

I also thought the images from the guy who was helping to clear the oceans was pretty frightening. To be in the murky water, fighting zombies, and having them on you, but not know it beacuse you're in a heavy diving suit....<shiver>

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 4:56 PM ET
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Well, one of the people "interviewed" was that doc that performed illegal transplants remember? You only learn the little the author gives you from that particular interviewee. The doc says that all they knew was that it was virus-like (so I assumed virus) and that was all he heard about it. They suspected method of transport was virus-like and know how it spread, but where it originated was unknown. I just thought it was interesting there wasn't any "interviewees" from the medical field touching upon the origins of the plague. Cause you know a plague of that proportions would have had at least some medical professionals trying to find a cure and figure out what caused it.

Date Posted: 10/3/2008 1:08 PM ET
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I remember the doc who did the transplants; you're right, it would have been interesting to get a perspective from doctors or other medical personel. I guess that it spread so fast, there was no time for doctors to find a cure. By the time they realized what was going on, it was too late...zombies everywhere.

Date Posted: 1/18/2009 6:13 PM ET
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Just finished reading it.  Usually I am a fast reader, but this one took me awhile to read.  I did enjoy it.  My only negative was following so many different people.  I know he went back to the same people at the end, but sometimes, I couldn't remember what that persons story was.  And there where too many stories for me to go back thru and figure it out.  But is was really interesting to see so many different perspectives.  I think I enjoyed the stories in the last 1/3 of the book the most. (the sub, dog trainer, pilot crash, military retaking the country)

Has anyone read his zombie survival guide?  Is it good?

Date Posted: 1/18/2009 10:19 PM ET
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I loved the book but I really dont know if it lends itself to becoming a movie.  Its strong on character and less plot-driven, the opposite of most zombie stories.  Which, IMO, is what makes it so unique and memorable as a book.