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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Mary Roach
Stories: All-New Tales
Lawrence Block, Richard Adams, Roddy Doyle, Jeffery Deaver, Chuck Palahniuk, Joyce Carol Oates, Diana Wynne Jones, Peter Straub, Michael Marshall Smith, Michael Swanwick, Tim Powers, Joanne Harris, Gene Wolfe, Michael Moorcock, Stewart O'Nan, Jeffrey Ford, Walter Mosley,
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks Maybe this is a somewhat unfair rating on my part. I HAVE been waiting for a LONG time to get my hands on this book and was really looking forward to the experience. Does this mean that it was built up too much in my mind? I don't think so.

I DID like this book and I am glad that I finally got to read it. But I think I enjoyed [b:The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead|535441|The Zombie Survival Guide Complete Protection from the Living Dead|Max Brooks|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1320562270s/535441.jpg|818] more. It captured more of Brooks' comedic style, and I think he tried really hard to make this book scary. The only times this book got scary was when it triggered my imagination to concoct zombie scenarios in my mind, but I think I'LL take the credit for THOSE ideas! :)

As far as zombie novels go, there are MUCH better books and if zombies are your thing, I'd suggest the following:
[b:Cell|10567|Cell|Stephen King|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348207498s/10567.jpg|3017730] [b:Raising Stony Mayhall|9466865|Raising Stony Mayhall|Daryl Gregory|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1326125621s/9466865.jpg|14351915] or [b:The Living Dead|3302568|The Living Dead|John Joseph Adams|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347985248s/3302568.jpg|3339382]. Heck, even [b:Hater|263460|Hater (Hater, #1)|David Moody|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1266509430s/263460.jpg|255392] or [b:Hollowmen|10579347|Hollowmen (The Hollows, #2)|Amanda Hocking|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1316723128s/10579347.jpg|15486472] was better in the arena of characterization and getting the reader to identify or even just plain care about one of the characters.

That is what this book lacked. An identifiable character, which is a downer, because there was an opportunity to do that with each interviewee in the book. Maybe the sections were too short, or they just lacked something or felt a little too redundant. Also, Brooks had an incredible opportunity to really create a horrific sense of worldwide doom with the interviewees coming from everywhere on the planet. I would have liked the characters to each have more of their own voice, more of a global/culturally diverse feel overall. I think the boat was missed on that. Maybe there were too many zombies in the water?? Haha.

I have heard that the film, which is coming out soon, is very different from the book. For some, this is a huge disappointment and point of anger, but I am actually really looking forward to seeing what changes were made. For the better. That. Is. All.