Books from the Backlog #202

Posted February 24, 2022 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 18 Comments

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #202World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
Published by Crown on September 12, 2006
Genres: Fiction / Horror
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Prepare to be entranced by this addictively readable oral history of the great war between humans and zombies.”—Entertainment Weekly

We survived the zombie apocalypse, but how many of us are still haunted by that terrible time? We have (temporarily?) defeated the living dead, but at what cost? Told in the haunting and riveting voices of the men and women who witnessed the horror firsthand, World War Z is the only record of the pandemic.

The 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, 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.

Why did I add World War Z to my bookshelf?

Of course, I want to read this book! This is exactly the kind of thing that I love reading. I really have no idea why this book is still sitting on my shelf unread. I love zombie stories and the fact that this book focuses on different survivor stories really appeals to me. I just noticed that the audiobook has quite the cast of narrators which is very tempting. Although the audiobook says that it is the complete version but appears to be abridged, which is curious, to say the least. Hopefully, I can get to this one soon!

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it?

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18 responses to “Books from the Backlog #202

  1. I have never read a Zombie book I just can’t imagine I’d like it. In fact Caffeinated Kim gifted me the first book in the White Trash Zombie series years ago and its still sitting in my Kindle library.

    • You should definitely give White Trash Zombie a try. It is a fantastic series with great characters. Angel is the least zombie-like zombie I have encountered.

    • I think that the movie is supposed to be based on this book but from the reviews I’ve read, the book is a completely different story.

  2. I watched the movie adaption on an airplane flight and that was pretty good. I’m a firm believer that the book is always better so you should love this one when you get to it, Carole. 🙂

    • From what I understand the book and the movie are completely different. I think that I watched the movie years ago but don’t remember much of it.

    • I just don’t read fast enough! I have so many books that I still want to read just as much as I did the day I bought them. I just can get to them all quick enough!

  3. This definitely looks like a book for you! I remember when this came out and I heard so many great things about it that I was almost tempted to pick it up even though I’m not a zombie fan.