Tag: Zombies

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 – Once Again with Blood | Review

Title: Once Again with Blood

Author: Larry Weiner

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 222

Rating: 4*/5


Larry Weiner - Once Again with Blood

Larry Weiner – Once Again with Blood


Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, Larry Weiner is an author friend of mine.

This book is the second book in Weiner’s triumphant Island series, and if you’ve read the first book – Paradise Rot – then you’ll know roughly what you’re getting into. The first book featured zombies, while this one revolves around vampires – but either way, they revolve around the shenanigans of former advertising executive Kyle Brightman. Weiner himself used to be an art director, which is why he’s able to paint such a vivid picture of life in the marketing department.

What we have here, then, is a collision between horror and comedy which verges on satire while it knocks your socks off with a plot that barrels along right up until the end. Weiner’s work is a lot of fun, but it also makes you think – especially when celebrities start to get involved and you realise that zombies and vampires have been living beneath our noses all of this time.

It’ll make you laugh and it’ll make you cry. Or at the very least, it’ll make you smile. You’ll also be supporting an indie author. What more do you need to convince you to buy it?


Larry Weiner

Larry Weiner


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