I received this book for free from Online Book Club in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Ultimate Guide to Zombies by Dave Robertson
on September 6th 2016
Genres: Horror, Non-Fiction
Source: Online Book Club
The Ultimate Guide to Zombies is your handbook to all thing zombie. It traces the history of zombies from tales of Haitian Voodoo through their portrayal in movies, games, and books to their current status on TV's "The Walking Dead". The book discusses what might cause a zombie outbreak, the anatomy of a zombie's brain, and how to effectively deal with them. It also covers the way zombies have been used by various organizations and the media to further their own ends. Lastly, the book has information about zombies in movies, music, advertising as well as information on zombie survival camps, zombie weddings, and world-wide zombie events. This book is a must for any zombie fan or for anyone wanting to understand the planetary phenomena they have caused.
Wow! You think you know something about a genre, then someone comes along that has obviously done a ton of research and blows what you thought you knew out of the water!
This is a non-fiction in the fact that Dave Robertson is discussing what we know about zombies. He uses information found in the world from voodoo practices, and splices that information with the myriad of movies, books, television shows, and games that are out there. So, this is non-fiction but technically the subject matter is fictional. Let’s all hope they remain that way!
The book goes through the zombie timeline introducing his readers to a subject that started in the early 1900’s. Through this timeline, I was surprised to find that zombies have been more relevant throughout culture than I had imagined. Most people that love to talk about zombies, myself included, think that this is a relatively new sub-genre of horror. It obviously had a great number of movies made in the 80’s and beyond but what Dave Robertson brings to the picture is the fact that there are many, many more zombie movies than we probably imagined!
While mentioning these movies, he also takes the time to describe the differences between the zombies. Romero’s zombies shambled, whereas recently we have seen movies where zombies can run. Some movies are acknowledged, like 28 Days and the sequel 28 Days Later, however Dave also brings up the discussion of whether or not these rage victims are even zombies.
Interestingly enough for a fiction discussion, there are rules to the zombie genre. Many of these rules are written here to remind readers how and why zombies came about, but these rules also allow the reader to have their own idea of whether or not a movie hits the zombie culture. He says “28 Days Later either totally changed how zombies behaved or it wasn’t a zombie movie at all” which gives some food for thought! Or debate.
I especially loved the chapter headings and endings. This book is chock full of information but he narrows down all the information given into a succinct chapter end, called Zombie Media. In this zombie media he narrows down all the information to what he thinks is the must read or see zombie films and books.
To top the zombie book sundae, Dave Robertson adds even more detail by adding in zombie events, drinks, and music. Just when you thought it was safe to go outside, you’re now going to feel inundated with zombie culture! For me, this is awesome, which is why I absolutely love this book.
The only downside to this is the idea that I thought I knew the zombie genre. It is painfully obvious that I had not done my homework, but this book makes that homework much easier. I now have a list of books to read and movies to watch to get me up to speed.
I thoroughly recommend reading this. If you are not a fan of zombies, but interested in how the culture has evolved, then this book is for you. If you are a fan, this book is most certainly for you. I cannot wait to share this with friends and family that are zombie obsessed and for that reason this review gets a 4 out of 4 stars!
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