World War Z

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie WarWorld War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

You know that scene in Silver Linings Playbook where Bradley Cooper’s character gets so infuriated with Hemingway’s A farewell to Arms that he throws it through the window? Well that’s what i wanted to do to this. Only i didn’t because it was on my iPad, and that would be really expensive, yet alone the cost of fixing the window…

Global Zombie Apocalypse as told by the survivors, what’s not to like? On first sight, the oral history premise seemed really interesting (I’ve avidly listened to many of the WWII remembrances that the BBC has played over the years as part of their WW2 People’s War project – I’m a big fan), but frankly – and sadly – this came over like a political report, dull and lifeless (no pun intended). You only need to read the first couple of accounts, and you basically have the whole story. yes the others add little dribs and drabs of info here and there, but there’s no excitement or tension, or indeed anything driving or encouraging you to keep going.

The one good thing? The zombies didn’t sparkle.

There’s a movie coming out later in the year, but judging by the trailer, it has an actual story and isn’t a direct adaptation of the book. So it might actually be worth seeing.

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