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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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Larry Weiner – Hindu Sex Aliens | Review

Title: Hindu Sex Aliens

Author: Larry Weiner

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 208

Rating: 4*/5


Larry Weiner - Hindu Sex Aliens

Larry Weiner – Hindu Sex Aliens


This is a very odd book, even compared to Paradise Rot and Once Again, with Blood, the first two books in this trilogy. This one is the finale of Weiner’s Island books, but this one breaks the pattern of the previous two by basically taking the writing rulebook and setting fire to it.

Weiner himself is a character here, and it works surprisingly well. Weiner doesn’t just break the fourth wall – he drops a nuke on it. The reader is treated to transcripts between Weiner and his psychiatrist as they discuss his writer’s block and his inability to finish the third book in his series. And so of course, in the end, he goes along to the very island that he created to find out what happens.

At the same time, aliens are invading and IT engineers from HP in a parallel universe are making their way to the island. Plus there are yoga mums and Hindu deities and a quite frankly impressive amount of amusing sex. This is delightfully farcical and satirical and a worthy end to the trilogy. Now I think I need a holiday.


Larry Weiner

Larry Weiner


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