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Max Brooks – World War Z | Review

Title: World War Z

Author: Max Brooks

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 344

Rating: 3.25/5

This is one of those interesting examples of when there’s been a movie adaptation of a book that really doesn’t lend itself to movie adaptations. In fact, there’s arguably not even a plot to this book, and if there is one then it’s deliberately thin and disparate. Instead of following a central story, Brooks wants us to see the war against the zombies as a whole, and he does this through this sort of found narrative, epistolary approach that reminded me of Dracula, although I definitely preferred Dracula.

It’s not that there’s anything wrong with this, and indeed I think it would be a good source if you were writing about zombies or studying their impact on popular culture for whatever reason. It’s just that it reads almost more like a non-fiction book than a fictional one, and in fact for something that focusses on zombies, it gets surprisingly boring. The epistolary layout, consisting mostly of the transcripts of interviews, is kind of cool to begin with, but after a while it started to jade on me and ultimately, it felt like a bit of a gimmick.

Still, it wasn’t too bad, and the writing itself was pretty good, as was the world-building. In fact, I’d argue that it’s the world-building that makes this worth reading in the first place. It’s more interesting to learn about the response that people have to the crisis from around the world than it is to follow any one group of characters, and indeed the structure of the story makes it almost impossible to do that in the first place.

Ultimately, that makes it an unusual book but one that’s worth reading, even if I myself didn’t fall in love with it. It was pretty cool to see what Brooks has in mind when it comes to our human reaction to the walking dead, and I don’t regret picking it up, though I doubt I’ll ever re-read it.

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Graham Greene – It’s a Battlefield | Review

Title: It’s a Battlefield

Author: Graham Greene

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 208

Rating 3.5/5



This book is definitely a product of its time, because there are some central themes following communism and the imprisonment and impending execution of a man who killed a policeman because he thought the policeman was about to hit his wife. It’s very much a human story, and that’s when Greene is at his best, at least in my opinion.

Still, I struggled to engage with this one, at least for a little while. Perhaps it’s because the communist elements were so far removed from what I see in my own day-to-day life, but I think it’s more likely that the little bit of romance here was still too much for me. I would’ve preferred more political intrigue and less romance.

All in all though, I’m glad that I read this and it’s nice to be able to tick another Graham Greene book off the list of books that I want to read before I die. He’s a fantastic author and eventually I want to work through his entire catalogue. This was better than some and worse than others. Make of that what you will.



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