Time for my second book review. I like survival guides and Max brooks ”The Zombie Survival Guide (complete protection from the living dead)” is one of the best out there.
of course it is of some use to know which aquatic plants are edible, or how to make them edible, but no other books in the survival genre tackle the real important issue of how to survive a zombie attack.
The ZSG is very comprehensive, and I do have to admit repetitive at times, but considering how dense humanity is at this moment in time, completely oblivious of the dangers of a zombie outbreak, I think a bit of repetition cannot hurt.
The ZSG contains information such as a decription of ”Solanum” the substance, virus, spores, whatever it is, which is believed by most scientists to be responsible for the infection which turns normal, dull, brain dead humans into the walking dead, brainless, killing machines we call ”zombies”.
From classic zombie behavior to relocation out of densely populated areas, and even the dangers of roaming bands of unscrupulous fellow-survivors has not been forgotten. There is also a very interesting section describing recorded zombie attacks over the course of history. From reading these it is clear that for all their limited ancient weaponry the ancient Romans were the most effective in dealing with any zombie outbreak.
Talking about weapons, although I do not concur with some of the choices of weaponry, you will never see me with a crappy M-16 in an apocalyptic zombie-war, give me an AK-47 anytime, especially the improved version made today. And unless you can lay your hands on an extremely rare, expensive antique Japanese katana, I would not trust my life to the substandard blades sold today outside of Japan as ”katanas”. I have a folded steel Chinese Liyue Dao. However, a sturdy machete can be handled by every one is very effective and should be everybody’s #1 choice for home defense. I am also in huge favor of the trench-spike for those really close encounters.
The real importance of the book is that it makes you think: Have you stockpiled enough, and the right weapons? Is your house well stocked? Are you prepared? Do you have a plan for relocation in case of a more widespread zombie outbreak?
To be prepared and make all necessary preparations to help you survive the next global zombie outbreak this book is the best way to start.
So what’s my rating? Six stars!
No home should be without The Zombie Survival Guide!
This music video of Metallica contains historic Russian film clips and explains some of the origins of Solanum. It’s got Spanish subtitles, but it is the best version I could find.
For the most realistic zombie movie, also containing lots of important tips and strategies, as well as examples of what not to do, watch ”Shaun of the dead”