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World War Z
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War | Max Brooks
Now a major motion pictureThe Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War. Most of all, the book captures with haunting immediacy the human dimension of this epochal event. Facing the often raw and vivid nature of these personal accounts requires a degree of courage on the part of the reader, but the effort is invaluable because, as Mr. Brooks says in his introduction, By excluding the human factor, aren't we risking the kind of personal detachment from history that may, heaven forbid, lead us one day to repeat it? And in the end, isn't the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now refer to as 'the living dead'?Note: Some of the numerical and factual material contained in this edition was previously published under the auspices of the United Nations Postwar Commission.Eyewitness reports from the first truly global warI found 'Patient Zero' behind the locked door of an abandoned apartment across town. . . . His wrists and feet were bound with plastic packing twine. Although he'd rubbed off the skin around his bonds, there was no blood. There was also no blood on his other wounds. . . . He was writhing like an animal; a gag muffled his growls. At first the villagers tried to hold me back. They warned me not to touch him, that he was 'cursed.' I shrugged them off and reached for my mask and gloves. The boy's skin was . . . cold and gray . . . I could find neither his heartbeat nor his pulse. Dr. Kwang Jingshu, Greater Chongqing, United Federation of China'Shock and Awe'? Perfect name. . . . But what if the enemy can't be shocked and awed? Not just won't, but biologically can't! That's what happened that day outside New York City, that's the failure that almost lost us the whole damn war. The fact that we couldn't shock and awe Zack boomeranged right back in our faces and actually allowed Zack to shock and awe us! They're not afraid! No matter what we do, no matter how many we kill, they will never, ever be afraid! Todd Wainio, former U.S. Army infantryman and veteran of the Battle of YonkersTwo hundred million zombies. Who can even visualize that type of number, let alone combat it? . . . For the first time in history, we faced an enemy that was actively waging total war. They had no limits of endurance. They would never negotiate, never surrender. They would fight until the very end because, unlike us, every single one of them, every second of every day, was devoted to consuming all life on Earth. General Travis D'Ambrosia, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe
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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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I saw the movie before I got to read the book and was shocked at how very different they were! I love the book‘s documentary-style presentation with a variety of voices giving different perspectives and experiences. It creates a rich experience of the event for the reader. The stories cover different countries, different timelines in the apocalypse, and the event from the perspectives of different kinds of people—some you like, some not so much.

Readergrrl While I enjoyed the movie, I had to separate it in my mind from the novel. I thought the novel was fantastic in its design. I loved the differing perspectives and the slow realization about who some of the interviewees were (Nelson Mandela, Prince Charles) without ever being told whom they explicitly were. Great premise! I recently read Brooks‘ novel, Devolution. It was a lot of fun too! 2mo
Readergrrl And I also discovered that Max Brooks is the son of the comedian/filmmaker Mel Brooks! 2mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit I found out the familial connection while reading. I haven‘t heard of Devolution—definitely adding it to the list! Thanks! 😁 2mo
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SarahBookInterrupted
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Check Lindsay‘s Book Review of World War Z on Book Interrupted‘s Manuscript Monday Blog Post. https://www.bookinterrupted.com/post/manuscript-monday-world-war-z

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TamTracy
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I liked the idea of this book but it didn‘t hit home for me. Not enough zombies or something. I‘m not a fan of war stories but I thought I‘d like a zombie war better. ⭐️⭐️

RamsFan1963 I liked the book more than the movie. 5mo
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Sleepswithbooks
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First New Read of 2022 - Happy New Year!! Thank you @iread2much 💛

MaleficentBookDragon This was also fantastic as a full cast audiobook. 6mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm One of my all time favorite books! I hope you enjoy it! 😍 6mo
iread2much I hope you enjoy it! It‘s one of my favorites! 6mo
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Traci1
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#12booksof2021

My #March pick is specifically the audiobook. I'd read this one previously and loved it, but I wanted to experience the full cast audio, which was spectacular. Mark Hamill's performance was particularly memorable.

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Gets a lot of positive comments. 6mo
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Reggie
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#21DaysofHorror Day 21. Ever since I read Yo! by Julia Alvarez, I‘ve been a sucker for interconnected short stories. And in here it‘s basically a man collecting stories from all over the world from before, during, and after the Zombie World War. There have been stories from when I first read it over 15 years ago that still talk to me. One is a woman who falls out of an airplane into zombie trouble when a woman over the radio leads her to 👇🏼

Reggie safety. Only later she finds out there was no woman on the radio and it was only her psyche. There is a man in a wheelchair who wants to sign up for his neighborhood zombie patrol who almost gets told no cause of his wheelchair. But then he reminds them of what situation they‘re in. Also, the same man talks about his huge house and how he‘s not so lonely now because they have placed a family in the two rooms he doesn‘t occupy. Wondering before👇🏼 8mo
Reggie the outbreak what we were all doing with such big houses and no one living in those extra rooms. There‘s a job re-education program that is happening for all the people like entertainment lawyers whose jobs aren‘t needed anymore. And that particular lawyer is now being taught by their old maid how to clean. Brooks says so much about the world we still continue to live in while using zombies while still serving up some zombie dread. I love this👇🏼 8mo
Reggie book. Thanks Scott @vivastory for this. It‘s been so much fun! Happy Halloween, everyone! 8mo
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Blueberry Interconnected short stories...have you read Anthony Marra's books? So good. 8mo
Reggie @Blueberry I have not. But I‘m pretty sure I have him stacked. Just never enough time. 8mo
vivastory This remains my favorite zombie book. I too still think about certain scenes in it from time to time. During the start of the pandemic I would have random scenes pop into my mind. I typically only listen to nonfiction audio books, but I have been really tempted to listen to this one. I've heard that it's worth it just to hear Mark Hamill's performance. Happy Halloween! 8mo
Reggie @vivastory I wish I was an audiobook listener. My mind just flies away onto other things. But everyone who has mentioned the audio on here has loved it. 8mo
Bookzombie A great choice! I have so enjoyed both yours and @vivastory ‘s posts. You have reminded me of great ones I already read, some I need to get to, and given me some new ones to look for. 💗 8mo
DivineDiana TBR list for next Halloween! 🧟‍♀️ 🧟‍♂️ 8mo
Suet624 @Blueberry thank you for mentioning Marra. Love him even if he is super depressing. 🙁 8mo
Rissreads Loved this book! ♥️ 6mo
Reggie @Rissreads ❤️Me too! 6mo
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Fortifiedbybooks
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Listening to the chapter "Blame", I just about crapped myself given the state of the world we currently live in. #readarhon

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Fortifiedbybooks
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#audiowalking at a local park during #readathon

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Nerdy_Bookworm
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Another addition to my Spooktober TBR! 😍

Zoes_Human Absolutely love this one! 9mo
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jackilynn
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Overall a good read. I really wish I could've listened to the audio though because I think I would've enjoyed it even more that way.

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jackilynn
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Book club is meeting in a little over a week so I guess I best get started on actually reading the book. I really wanted the audio but neither of my library apps (Axis360 or Libby) offered it 😩

marleed Oh dang- the full cast audio is great - I did print and audio simultaneously. I really liked the approach to this book. 9mo
jackilynn @marleed I have heard such wonderful things about the audio and that I why I really wanted to go that route but alas it just wasn't meant to be. 9mo
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jackilynn
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October has some great book club picks at the library. Even though I am never able to actively participate in the discussions (the meetings are always when I work at the school) I still enjoying picking up the books. I have already read the Silent Patient & The Girl who loved Tom Gordon but a reread of at least 1 (Tom Gordon) may be in order. I really wish Libby/Axis/Scribd had World War Z on audio because it is supposed to be fantastic!

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FelinesAndFelonies
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Max Brooks' book Devolution was so good that I had to read his claim to fame World War Z.
The story is told through a series of interviews with survivors of the Zombie apocalypse from all over the world. Each individual provides a micro level glimpse into the macro level issue. Brooks does a great job including the political and media dynamics that are entwined in modern life. I enjoyed this book but I liked the journal style of Devolution more.

FelinesAndFelonies @NikkiM5 thank you for the recommendation! Now to wait for his next book!! 😎 12mo
sharread Cool photo. 12mo
NikkiM5 @FelinesAndFelonies glad you liked it. I need more Brooks book 😂 12mo
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IsaRA150
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Súper entretenido, impactante para leer después de vivir una pandemia.

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sarahlandis
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Wowowowooww. What a fantastic book. When I was told this was “absolutely nothing like the movie” I believed it, but was still a little surprised that it was actually 0% correlated. this is a book of interviews with people recounting times before, during, and after a zombie war. It was.... amazing. And a very cool book to listen to. Kind of felt like a podcast in some ways! Loved the female pilot chapter the most.

DogMomIrene The female pilot was one of my favorite characters too. I should reread or relisten to this one. 1y
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Amiable
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It‘s snowing outside and it‘s a lazy Sunday—perfect time to start a book about a zombie plague pandemic, right?

mdm139 Good book and a great view! 1y
Gissy Beautiful view❄️❄️❄️ 1y
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BookwormM
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This book is nothing like the film instead it is a series of stories from those who survived the zombie war. Civilian and military and from all over the world.

The zombies are treated like a pandemic and it was interesting to see how Brooks predicted the behaviour of various government around the world not always attributed to the right country but still on the mark.

Kathleenkelly I loved the audiobook. 1y
Reggie Have you read the one he just came out with this past July? The one about Bigfoot? He‘s so smart. I read this book over 10 years ago and there were times things in the world that happened and I thought, how did he know?! 1y
BookwormM @Reggie Devolution is amazing first book in ages to give me nightmares because it was so believable 1y
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BookwormM
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#BFC21 getting in early with my February goals

Not sure which will be the hardest books or nails

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 1y
wanderinglynn Have you tried painting your nails? Even just a clear coat? That helped me. 1y
BookwormM @wanderinglynn that is the only thing that helps my problem tends to be when they get a bit longer I nibble instead of cutting 1y
rockpools Good luck! 1y
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Mangelli
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Absolutely incredible from start to finish. Brooks writes this fictional oral history in a way that makes it all feel so real. WOW.

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BookwormM
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#libraryhaul

As soon as I finish the #chunkster that is Midnight Sun I will be hitting these

Bookishlie World war z was an awesome read. 1y
BookwormM @Bookishlie Devolution was awesome so I wanted to read this as well 1y
Bookishlie I‘ll have to check out Devolution - I have not read that one. 1y
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bookseller_cate
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This is one that‘s been TBR for a long time. I was reminded of it before Christmas when I returned to bookselling for the seasonal rush and saw that Brooks has a new book out.

This was an especially interesting time to read it, as there are a surprising number of parallels between fighting zombies and fighting Covid-19.

While I enjoyed the story, I wish there had been more variety in the way the individual voices were recorded...

bookseller_cate ...It would have added another layer to the story to include transcripts and other records of in media res events, rather than all interviews occurring at the end of the war. 1y
marleed I just finished this too. Unfortunately, the way this pandemic has been handled added to my reading experience of this one, as well. 1y
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marleed
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Several years ago my boss was a full-bird colonel, and to my complete amusement his favorite off-topic was zombies- to which I knew nothing. As he deployed to Iraq, and out of concern for my ignorance, he provided me a list of movies to watch in sequence - so I‘d learn the zombie rules in order. Because there are rules! I can‘t wait to DM him to let him know my 2020-21 pandemic reading showdown was with my first zombie book!

Cathythoughts Nice pic ❤️ 1y
marleed @Cathythoughts Thank you! 1y
Amandajoy I live that! I read this because my boss (a Major at the time) told me it was required reading to be in the shop. They wanted to ensure I would survive the zombie apocalypse. (This was in ‘07 or ‘08.) 1y
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marleed @Amandajoy That‘s hilarious. Mine was ‘15 and ‘16. So if we do the math right we could imagine that we had the very same boss! 1y
Reggie I love this book and smiled so hard at this post. 😊 1y
marleed @Reggie Haha! I still smile when I think of all those zombie lessons! 1y
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm
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A day late, but couldn‘t pass this one up!!

1. Tagged. Y‘all know it‘s my fav at this point, I‘ve posted it about ten times. 😂🤣😂
2. Oooh, favorite? Either the original Night of the Living Dead or the 28 Days/Weeks Later duo.
3. Oh my...so many good ones to mention...I can‘t do just one! 😱
Train to Busan
Fido
Dead Snow
#Alive (that‘s the movie, not an actual hashtag 😅)
and of course, Shaun of the Dead.
#SpookySaturday @TheNeverendingTBR

TheNeverendingTBR Excellent, choices!! So many great ones here!! Thanks for playing along!! 🧟‍♀️☢ 2y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @TheNeverendingTBR Thanks! 🧟‍♀️ 🧟‍♂️❤️ 2y
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm
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-Indiana
-I can‘t handle this question, and refuse to answer. 😰 (*sigh* tagged is a major contender though... 🙄)
-Wheel of Time
-Just about as hard as choosing a single favorite book, and it changes all the time, but right now it‘s 1917
-Black Books
-Freddie Mercury
-Black
-If I had to choose only one, it‘d be fantasy
-School cafeteria and thrift store
-A cat, hedgehog, gargoyle gecko, four guinea pigs, and a dozen chickens
#MeetTheLittens

Amandajoy I couldn‘t answer 2 either, ridiculous prompt. It should be top 3 books you‘re really loving right now. 2y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @Amandajoy Lol, agreed! 😅 Although even then I‘d probably have a problem choosing. 😂🤣 2y
AmyG I want to come play with your pets. Amazing. 2y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @AmyG Lol, I always joke that we have a “mini zoo”. 😅 The goal is to have a little homestead someday with sheep, donkeys, ducks, goats, dogs, etc. added to the list. Also, if it hadn‘t have been for Covid, I had plans this past year to get several more lizards and even a tarantula or two at a reptile convention we go to every year. I have empty habitats just waiting for more babies to call them home. 😊❤️ 2y
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm
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2.It gave me nightmares (rare) the first time I read it years ago. It was the most realistic portrayal of the horror humans would face from a “zombiepocalypse”, most of the worst coming from other humans.
3.Dolls and clowns aren‘t scary.
4.Kaiju!!! 😍
5.Books! 🤪 Lol, also dinosaur stuff, fossils, dragons, chicken stuff (especially roosters since I can‘t have one for my hens 😅), vinyl records, dolls, and Skylanders. 😅❤️🤓
#CreepyChristmas

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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm
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1. It was originally Bookwyrm42 because my fav number is 42. I didn‘t like being one of fifty other people who used a variation of that and other numbers, so while in a goofy mood, I filled up every available character space to create what it is now. 😅
2. Coworkers that roll with the punches instead of throwing fits and causing drama. It‘s been rough lately, but we‘re pulling through! ❤️
#ThankfulThursday
@Cosmos_Moon

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Addison_Reads
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Loved this one!

Max Brooks is a favorite of mine. I loved his Zombie Survival Guide, and this book was even better. The interview writing style to tell the story felt like watching a movie. I may now need to see the movie that was made based on this book.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft #TeamHarkness #Scarathlon2020 @StayCurious

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm This is one of my all-time favorite books! Unfortunately the movie is pretty much an “in name only” adaptation. 🤦‍♀️ It‘s not bad on its own as a movie, but don‘t go in expecting the multiple points of view or really the same plot and you‘ll be fine. 😅👍 2y
Traci1 I totally agree with @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I love the book and really like the movie. But they aren't even remotely the same. Though I'm not sure the style of the book lends itself to a close film adaptation, so it's probably for the best. I also recommend his recent book, Devolution, if you haven't read that one. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay! Great progress!! 2y
Reggie The movie has nothing to do with this book. But this book, sigh, one of my all time favorites. 2y
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abookishbutterfly
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This wasn‘t quite what I was hoping for, but I can‘t call it a fail. Look how adorable Josie is!

CaffeineAndCandy ᴀ ғᴇʀʀᴇᴛ! ᴛᴏᴏ ᴄᴜᴛᴇ ❤ 2y
tracey38 Love! 2y
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Nazgul93
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Watched these movies and finished first season of scream this week! And my total points for the week is 1,733! #scarathlon #TeamHarkness @StayCurious

StayCurious Amazing! 2y
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Bookishlie
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This was pretty good. I liked the movie and I feel like this complimented the movie a lot. 4 stars and my 48/48 yearly goal is met. For the first time ever!!!!! Yay. This isn‘t bookspin bingo just my own. Trying it on before I commit. Lol

Hooked_on_books Woo-hoo! Congrats on your goal! 🍾 2y
Bookishlie Ironically now I don‘t want to read anything on this board:( 2y
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Jovy
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#3Books #atthebottomofmytbr

No idea when I‘m getting round to reading these 🤷🏻‍♀️

Traci1 Looking for Alaska is my favorite John Green, and WWZ is fantastic. 2y
Jovy @Traci1 Ohh then maybe I should move them up the list! 😀 2y
OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 2y
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Eggs
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Klou 👍📚❤ 2y
Zoes_Human I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. The audio of it is phenomenal! 2y
Eggs @Klou @Zoes_Human 🤗📚😊 (edited) 2y
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SailorJohn
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Not sure why I read a zombie book but having read it, it has a lot to say about our current pandemic. Zombies are a virus as is Covid-19. Leadership during wars means so much. If you have bad leadership you will lose lives. True in this book and in real life

bookaholic1 I agree 2y
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TheNeverendingTBR
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Catch up here with #3Books and yesterdays prompt was 3 books I HATED! 😝

1.) Station Eleven, read three quarters of it and nothing even happened and I couldn't have cared less about the characters or even the story; overrated.

2.) World War Z, overrated and I didn't like the way it was written.

3.) Revival, would have made a good short story; but this was a whole novel about THAT ending. 🐜

@OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Vansa Oh my god, I could not agree more about Station Eleven. Absolutely terrible book, and a ridiculously entitled perspective-in India,people literally walked home 1000s of miles after a lockdown was announced because they lost their jobs, and if I had accosted them and recited Shakespeare to them, they would have told me they would prefer food for their children! It's such a badly written book as well. 2y
Vansa Sorry for this long rant about it,and you made the right choice not finishing it, it only gets more and more banal! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ll not rush to read Station Eleven!!! 2y
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TheRiehlDeal @Vansa Does that mean I should still read it? I received it as part of a book swap last year. I heard her second book was not as great as the first. 2y
Vansa No, I wouldn't recommend it at all! For similar themes ( dystopia, people forced to leave their homes and so on), I would recommend Octavia Butler's Parable duology, if you haven't already read it! 2y
OriginalCyn620 📚👎🏻📚 2y
Susanita I hated Revival, thought WWZ was ... fine, and I loved Station Eleven. :) 2y
Reggie @TheRiehlDeal sure, does Station Eleven come off a little more decadent than most post apocalyptic stories, sure. BUT it has some really nice things to say about art and how we are all connected. Give it a shot. 2y
TheNeverendingTBR @Vansa I couldn't agree more, I don't know what people see in it; if people want to read a pandemic story they should read The Stand - not this drivel. 2y
TheNeverendingTBR @Susanita I thought Revival was all about that ending, I was just disappointed with it overall. 2y
mrp27 Ugh, I didn't like World War Z either! 2y
TheRiehlDeal @Reggie Thanks, I'll give it a shot. 2y
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm
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Tagged the one I‘ve reread most, but the other two are also sheer brilliance.
I LOVE dark humor, so I chose Tucker and Dale vs Evil to represent. It was between that or Cabin in the Woods. 😅 I love big creepy monsters, and of course all the classics and classic slashers, etc. Again, love the humor thrown in with my horror. They compliment each other SO WELL! 🖤💀🖤
Points if you recognize the background pic! 😜
#HHS @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn I can‘t quite put my finger on the background photo, but it seems so familiar . . . Great collage! 🎃🖤🧡☠️ 2y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @wanderinglynn Thanks! ☺️ I‘ll reveal the answer tomorrow if no one guesses. 😜 2y
Pageturner1 Tucker and Dale LOL great one 😂 2y
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @Pageturner1 I absolutely could not stop laughing the first time I watched it. 😂 2y
Pageturner1 i know the background pic!! 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Is that the house from the What We Do In the Shadows TV show? 2y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @Pageturner1 Did you want to say your guess before I give the answer? 😅 2y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Good guess, but nope. Although that definitely would have fit my aesthetic too! 😂🤣 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I thought the picture was too bright but it was the only one that came to mind. 2y
Pageturner1 @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I think its Crimson Peak 2015 2y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @Pageturner1 Nice job!! 🤘😆🤘❤️ You are correct! 2y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @wanderinglynn @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick It‘s from Crimson Peak. ❤️😍❤️ If you haven‘t seen it, do it! 😅 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I don't think I've seen it. I'll have to suggest it to my BF as one of our spooky season movies. 2y
Pageturner1 i just watched it a month ago is how i knew 2y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I‘m probably a little bias because freaking Tom Hiddleston. 😍🤤😅😂 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick He's not my usual type, but he is very cute. Is it him in Only Lovers Left Alive? I need to hunt that film down and finally watch it. I tend to go for the bigger guys like Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and Joe Manganiello but then Colin Farrell still holds a place in my heart. 2y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick It is! ❤️❤️ Yes, that is also a must-see! Oooooh, those are all delicious choices too! 😍 Admittedly I have a very wide range of “type”. 😅 Anyone from David Thewlis to Dwayne Johnson could be on my radar. 😂🤣😂 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Not do much on the David Thewlis train, but Dwayne is nice to look at. I watch wrestling so I always have a few of those guys I'm crushing hard over. If you don't watch, you might want to check out Drew MacIntyre now...he's like the cover of a Highlander romance novel. Not early pics with with lighter hair and weak chin, but dark hair and bearded 🤤 2y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Omfg, I watch wrestling too!!! My little brother got me into it when I was a teen. The first time Undertaker walked out, I was hooked! 😅 I know exactly what you mean by Drew looking like a Highlander novel cover! 😂🤣😂❤️❤️ Beards almost always improve a man. 😜 (edited) 2y
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Zoes_Human
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#ManicMonday #LetterW @joscho

📖 World War Z (Max Brooks)

💻 Jacqueline Woodson

🎬 Waking Ned Devine

🎤 Wings

🎼 While My Guitar Gently Weeps (The Beatles)

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MommyOfTwo
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Started this last night. It had this picture in the front. I‘ve seen the movie but I don‘t remember much about it. #Zombies

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Rissreads
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Thanks @Reggie for getting me to finally read this book! I loved it! It was a bit eerie that you could take out the word ‘zombie‘ and replace it with ‘coronavirus‘ and most of the book would still make sense! 😬
My reading spot was by the pool and beach in sunny Broome on a mini holiday! Lucky me!
😎🏖❤️🍹

Tanisha_A 😍 Your spot looks good 2y
Rissreads @Tanisha_A it was beautiful! 😍 2y
Reggie Yay!! Glad you liked it! There is a lot of relevancy to how that book relates to our world. 2y
JennyM Happy holidays - you‘ve picked a great spot! 🥰 2y
Curiouser_and_curiouser Oh gosh, that pool looks amazing! Lucky you! 2y
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802Librarian
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Published in 2006... could be today 🙄

Suet624 Ugh. 2y
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Erinreadsthebooks
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💯🔥Between Station Eleven and this one, I seem to be swan diving into the apocalyptic lit. Libby is about to yank this back in a couple of hours and I‘m not going to get to finish it, but let me go ahead and call this a pick. The oral history format works exceptionally well as an audiobook. The idea of an outbreak and the various characters‘ experiences is incredibly interesting, but if Covid is giving you serious anxiety, skip this one for now.

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Sweettartlaura
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Don‘t read this - LISTEN TO IT! This is expertly performed by a superb cast. Borrow or buy it - just listen.

This came up in my rotation just as coronavirus was hitting. And I said, nope! And I‘m glad I put it off a little longer. Now feels like a better time. The panic is over. But the battle is just beginning. Being reminded of how people fail in situations like this ~ while not at all inspiring ~ is sort of helpful 🤷🏻‍♀️

Go listen 🎧

callielafleur Totally agree that this is way better in the audio format. 2y
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ValerieAndBooks
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🧟‍♂️🧟‍♀️Because this is in interview format with several survivors involved in the Zombie wars, it lacked the momentum that a plot-driven novel might have. Still an intriguing concept. A lot of military references and methodology discussed — it was a war after all— but I wish there had been more civilian POV. I also liked the descriptions of this post-apocalyptic world and how some countries had changed as a result 😱.

#botm

Smrloomis I really enjoyed this but had to stop reading it at night 😂 It seemed so plausible (other than the zombies of course). 2y
Reggie Cuba is sitting pretty. I also liked that they started the reclamation at Hope NM, which is 20 miles from where I grew up! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @Smrloomis I make it a rule that books like this are to be read only during the day 😂. And yes plausible especially the post-apocalyptic scenario. 2y
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie that does make it meaningful 😊! There were a few times of “hey I‘ve been there” which made it easier to connect to the story. 2y
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This hard truth hit home today.
With everything going on, it‘s hard to keep hopeful, to keep your eyes on the goal.
And this just crystallized it all for me.

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Sweettartlaura
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I can‘t believe I‘m listening to a book about a plague in the middle of a pandemic 🤷🏻‍♀️

#readyoursign #cancer - a book you think is creative

I really like this format - Brooks inserts himself as a historian of this event, interviewing his fictional characters about a zombie apocalypse.

Sace I can't wait until my hold comes in! 2y
Sweettartlaura @Dave I finished it last night - outstanding 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻. Enjoy! 2y
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Is anyone else super excited about Max Brooks‘ upcoming novel, Devolution? I‘ve debated using my Libro.fm audiobook credit on either Devolution or Saving Ruby King next month. I think Devolution would probably be a lot of fun to listen to so I‘m leaning more toward that one. Why are book buying decisions so complicated??? Why can‘t I magically have more money so I can just buy them all??? 😂😂😂

ValerieAndBooks Just now started World War Z ! 2y
BookwormM Devolution is amazing definitely read it 2y
Sweettartlaura After finishing World War Z last night, I pre-ordered Devolution- it‘s out Tuesday 🥳! Now I can‘t wait 😊 2y
abookishbutterfly @Sweettartlaura Yes, I preordered the audiobook on Libro.fm. Definitely looking forward to it! 2y
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Seriously, I take it all back. #COVID19

Liatrek 🙌🏾 So true! 2y
Angeles Sad but true. Still, how young is this guy that does not know people are fundamentally foolish? I realized people are morons at fourteen and finally understood myself to be as dumb as the rest of humanity at fourty😒😔😭 2y
BillBlume @Angeles I‘m 47. I‘m also a 911 dispatcher, which makes stupid people my job security. 2y
Angeles @BillBlume Wow! That must be so stressful and satisfying. Despite the stupid people factor it must be great to make a difference. Thanks for sharing 👍 2y
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Phobos_Deimos
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A grounded and very human examination of a surreal pandemic. Though the world in which survivors tell their stories is profoundly changed, human ingenuity and perseverance ultimately won the day. Hopefully a message that rings true in the real world today.