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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (2006) 
Author: Max Brooks
Genre: Horror, Post-Apocalyptic
Pages: 352 (trade paperback)
Series: Stand-Alone 

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 calico_reaction's Alphabet Soup book club (July)

I've heard a lot about this book. The general consensus is that this novel is essential zombie fiction, and that it's really, really good. I'm also very familiar with Brook's other book, The Zombie Survival Guide, which is also very successful. Despite all this, I tried to keep my expectations low to avoid disappointment. Thankfully, I had nothing to worry about. 

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Final Verdict: This is a solid book. The structure of having a bunch of different stories told from all kinds of people in the aftermath of the zombie war really worked for me, as it presented all kinds of different angles and views of it, and showed all kinds of roles people played within the war. The many voices of all these characters managed to stay distinct, and each story felt like it was covering something different; I never felt like I was retreading the same path. The stories themselves had their ups and downs of course, but the overall quality was consistently good. The style of the novel gave it a distinct "documentary" feel, which I found refreshing after watching/reading/knowing about so much zombie stories about watching a group of people survive the onslaught. I think this is a must-read for any fans of zombie fiction, and for those who aren't, or who are newbies to the genre (like myself), this is a great place to start. 

Cover Commentary: Love the burnt orange/rustic kind of color palette going on here. I'm not a graphic designer or anything, but I also like the font and the font placement. It's simple and mostly symmetric. I also like the blood splatters -- they look kind of sheeny-ish in person.


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