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Readings and Ramblings

This is Readings and Ramblings. It is readings because this is a site for blogging about books and I intend to do that. It is ramblings because I might want to write about something else now and then.

The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead - Max Brooks I expected this to be a zombie story. I had no expectations of whether it would be good or not, but I did expect it to be somewhat entertaining. I certainly found the movies "Dawn of the Dead" and "Day of the Dead" entertaining, so I expected this to be entertaining too. It was not very entertaining. It wasn't even a zombie story. It wasn't even a story at all. I can't criticise it for poor plotting because there was no plot. I can't criticise it for poor characterization because there were no characters. This was just a manual and like all manuals it was dull reading. It is written in just the way the title implies. It is a survival guide. It explains how to fight zombies, how to escape zombies, what zombies can and cannot do and so forth. I can't say that I learned much about how to fight zombies or escape them either. I learned pretty much all that it tries to teach from the much more entertaining movies many years ago. What was the purpose of this book? Well, I know nothing about the author except that he is the son of Mel Brooks. If he has followed in his father's footsteps then maybe he was trying to be funny. If he was he failed. It didn't get a laugh out of me. If he was not trying to be funny I certainly hope he did not expect anyone to take him seriously. If you like to read wilderness survival manuals or how to books you just might like this one.