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A fictional survival guide for any potential zombie invasion, written by author Max Brooks

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Make Sure You Are Prepared

  • Jul 13, 2010

I have always been a huge fan of monsters and all themes Horror related.  It is because of this that my jaw dropped the first time I ran across "The Zombie Survival Guide" by Max Brooks. Needless to say I purchased this book the moment I laid eyes on it. Max Brooks is a scary man just for the fact that he must spend all day thinking about Zombies.  After reading this book I am certain that he is the leading expert for the entire world in all zombie related material. 

Max spends quite the majority of this book discussing every possible zombie killing impliment from chainsaws to morning stars and various forms of body armor to save your skin from the carneverous dead. He even goes as far to draw detailed schematics for specific traps that would aid in the removal of any zombies in precarious places. The tone of the book is "Dead" serious and actually makes you start thinking, "So I hope I know what to do now once the Zombie Appocalypse happens!"

This book is done up much like a text version of those black and white contingency plan videos that where shown to children in schools during the Cold War Crisis, and the layout of the book is such that you feel like you are reading a boy scouts manual.  However, little Johnny won't learn how to start a fire from this manual.  He will learn the proper way to make a barricade to hold out a zombie, what is the ideal caliber of gun to carry with you for proper zombie dispatching, and the reason why ponds and oceans will be so dangerous even after the zombie catastrophe on land is put in check. 

Even if you aren't the biggest horror fan and don't find any entertainment from a cheesey zombie flick, you can still enjoy reading this book.  It has a charm and wit played out calmly through formal informative thought.    

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July 13, 2010
oh heck yeh! Love this book! Thanks!
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review by . February 26, 2009
Letter-perfect satire never winks, never nudges, never budges from its mission: document the physiology of zombies, weapons and techniques for stopping zombies for good, provide strategic considerations for defense-or-flight decisions, suggest how one might survive in a zombie-conquered world, and finally to list every documented historical appearance of zombies. As I read, I had the disturbing notion that Dwight Schrute, the beet-farm survivalist and paper salesman from "The Office" TV show, has …
review by . October 05, 2010
Pros: Excellent, well thought out guide      Cons: wish that it had color pictures.      The Bottom Line: This is an excellent reference for those of you that wish to be prepared against a zombie attack, very thorough.      If nothing else, I am truly know for the unique, random junk that I find both on the internet and in my wanderings in life. I am always looking for products that are quite a bit different than the norm and those are …
review by . May 12, 2009
Max Brooks has been to the "Zombie" fan's world what Tolkien may be considered to the fantasy-lover's; his two works, 2003's "The Zombie Survival Guide" and 2006's "World War Z" have both been met with widespread acclaim from critics and fans alike.  In "The Zombie Survival Guide", Brooks uses what must be considered astute knowledge of the Zombie-Horror film genre to create a step-by-step preparation manual for any type of zombie apocalypse. Within are included tips on what supplies to gather, …
review by . August 02, 2008
Should zombies ever rise, I know I will now be prepared! Anyone with any question of that would do good to purchase this book. It really has everything you could think of in case of a zombie uprising; shelter, food, weapons, transportation. Even though this is fictional, it reads like an actual how-to, making it that much more interesting. I'd highly recommend World War Z, too.
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The Zombie Survival Guide, published in 2003, is a tongue-in-cheek survival manual dealing with the potentiality of a zombie attack. Its author, Max Brooks, lays out detailed plans for the average citizen to survive zombie uprisings of varying intensity and reach.


  1. Organize before they rise!
  2. They feel no fear, why should you?
  3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
  4. Blades don't need reloading.
  5. Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
  6. Get op the staircase, then destroy it.
  7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
  8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
  9. No place is sage, only safer.
  10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.
Don't be carefree and foolish with your most precious asset - life.  This book is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now without your even knowing it.  The Zombie Survival Guide offers complete protection through trusted, proven tips for safeguarding yourself and your loved ones against the living dead.  It is a book that can save your life."

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ISBN-10: 1400049628 (pbk.)
ISBN-13: 9781400049622 (pbk.)
Genre: Humor
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Date Published: September 16, 2003
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