World War Z by Max Brooks
Max Brooks is the son of Mel Brooks and Ann Bancroft. He is also the author of The Zombie Survival Guide. WWZ is a sequel of sorts to the survival guide.
Max Brooks' website.
- Follow Todd, Julie, and their dog Max as a strange new disease begins spreading, turning ordinary people into zombies. Stick around to the end for a surprising twist that will drive home the importance of being prepared for any emergency.
Max Brooks talks about the history and types of zombies
and how to survive in the event of a zombie pandemic.
World War Z official movie trailer - nothing like the book, stars Brad Pitt
Everything Wrong with World War Z In 6 Minutes or Less - by CinemaSins
Music & culture references
Iron Maiden - The Trooper (Charge of the Light Brigade) - Battle of Yonkers
Redgum - I Was Only Nineteen (Vietnam, mentioned twice by 2 different characters) -
The Smiths - How Soon Is Now - creepy documentary soundtrack
Free to Be You and Me Babies & song (soldiers act out skit & sing) -
Johnny Clegg - Asimbonanga - ("have you seen him?" 2nd interview with T. Sean Collins)
Short film - Alice Jacobs is Dead
More Zombies in the Library
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith (and a graphic novel version too)
- Gil's All-Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez
- The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
- My Swordhand is Singing by Marcus Sedgewick
- The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver
- Soulless by Christopher Golden
- Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
- Boneshaker and Dreadnought by Cherie Priest
- The Serpent and the Rainbow by Wade Davis (non-fiction, investigates Haitian vodoo zombies)
We talked about the role of women, how some people seemed to have gone crazy (the feral girl, Redeker/Xolelwa Azania, the downed female aviator who may or may not have communicated with someone in the bush who saved her).
Some were let down by the lack of a huge narrative arc (conflict, crisis, resolution) while others liked piecing together the action from the separate interviews.
Some were frustrated by the fact that we never know exactly what happened to the boy in China to start the pandemic -- we talked about the parallels with the spread of H1N1/swine flu in 2009, the exact origins of which we can only guess.
We jumped off of some of the questions in this blog post.
Next Time -
We're reading Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. Meeting will be on Thursday, January 9.