If you’re like me, you have probably found yourself scowling at your back door around 2 AM, realizing that it would be very easy for a zombie to gain entry to your home. Maybe you’ve already spent sleepless nights lying in bed pondering how you could close your attic door from the inside, and figured out a method to survive up there over a long period of time. If you sleep with a Katana less than 5 feet away from you at all times, then “The Zombie Survival Guide” by Max Brooks is probably the book for you.
The title pretty much sums up exactly what this book is all about. Written in an instructional guide format it provides you with everything you need to know in the event of an outbreak of the undead. Ranging from practical knowledge about Zombie physiology and proper corpse disposal methods to weapons and home fortification, this book is an absolute asset. You may be saying to yourself “But Steve, a Zombie invasion? Ludicrous!”. Well… that’s the exact kind of mentality that gets motherfuckers killed. Worse than killed actually, you will become one of them: a mindless, automation bent only on the consumption of human flesh. Me? I’m not taking any chances for the well being of my family.
The book does an excellent job of breaking down many misconceptions Hollywood has given us of the proper way to handle a Zombie attack. For example, you may be familiar with the idea of the hero racing through a mob of zombies with a chainsaw, lobbing off heads and screaming like a madman. While this makes for good entertainment, The Zombie Survival Guide teaches us that weapons like Crowbars, Cross-bows, Bolt-action Rifles and the Japanese Katana are actually the best weapons to use against a Zombie.
I could go on and on about the topics covered in this book, but it would really only be a disservice to to you, my potential comrade in the battle for our lives. Everyone should read this book, four times if necessary. Because when the rise of the undead happens, I don’t want to be stuck on a roof with some jackass that’s gonna get me eaten because his stupid dog went running after a piece of meat.
After all, Halloween is right around the corner… it’s time to get prepared.
Update: Like deathThrasher said, there is also another book by Max Brooks called “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War”. I picked up the audio book version from itunes, it features voice work by Mark Hammil, Alan Alda, Carl Reiner, Henry Rollins, Rob Reiner, and John Turturro. I’ll read the printed book later as it has more stories than the Audio Book. It should make for some nice listening at work.