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Max Brooks: World War Z

Polly Parrot

Staff member
I'm sure there are decent Belgian beers. Funnily enough, almost every Belgian beer I've ever had seems to have been brewed to taste like anything but beer. Any country that puts fucking raspberries in their beer deserve zombies.

I like raspberry beer, nice and girly. :flowers:


Yeah I'll watch it on Netflix just because it is a zombie movie but the only thing it has in common with the book is the title. I hate fast moving zombies.

Conscious Bob

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Hello Will, In I am Legend, the moral seems to center around self-sacrifice for the ultimate good of humanity. In World War Z, it seems to be that we all can be zombies; we are all infected. Or at least that's how I interpret it.

It's worth mentioning that 'I Am Legend' the movie differs greatly from the Richard Matheson novel. The novel is about an outside observer witnessing humanity adapting to change without heroism. If the idea is 'we can all be zombies' then I Am Legend the novel also makes that point.

Conscious Bob

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This doesn't really look anything at all like what I wanted a movie version of World War Z to be.

Sorry, didn't realise this was such an old thread beer good. It is annoying going to the trouble of digging up an old thread only for someone else to reply to an ages old post. By the way, the street scenes were filmed in my hometown.


New Member
I think I'm going to have to give this one another try. I read the first two chapters and couldn't really get into it.

beer good

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Good interview with Brooks:

Max Brooks is not kidding about the zombie apocalypse

Here’s a small sampling of other topics Brooks covers in his lecture: Chernobyl. Flatulence. “Snow Klingons.” Fjords. Rambo. Saber-toothed tigers. “Ball cancer.” Crystal meth. Socialists. Rodney King. Rednecks. Glitter.

What’s clear from all this is that Brooks has a deep understanding of history and geopolitics — he isn’t just a standard-issue sci-fi author hopping on the zombie train. Rather, he’s the engineer of that train, at least in its modern renaissance. “W.W.Z.” was featured on a reading list put together by a former president of the U.S. Naval War College, and Brooks has lectured at various army bases on zombie preparedness. He’s a zombie laureate, our nation’s lone zombie public intellectual, touring everywhere from Long Island to Ireland to Sugar Grove to prepare humans for the coming zombie plague.

What’s not clear is just how much of this zombie stuff he believes himself. One thing is for sure, though: Max Brooks is very afraid of something.

When we met in West Hollywood for lunch two days after the Sugar Grove lecture, he tried to explain. He’s not making a joke. It’s not even that he’s being hammy or gimmicky. It’s just that it feels obvious to him: Of course there’s no such thing as zombies. And yet —

“Since 2001, people have been scared,” he explained. “There’s been some really scary stuff that’s been happening — 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan, Katrina, anthrax letters, D.C. sniper, global warming, global financial meltdown, bird flu, swine flu, SARS. I think people really feel like the system’s breaking down.”

He can be a little intense, but hear him out.

“It’s Hurricane Katrina. It’s neighbors knifing each other for food, women being raped, the cops not showing up, children dying of starvation, an old lady dying in a wheelchair.” Brooks reasons that many folks can’t cope with real-life dangers; they (like him) would prefer to metabolize their anxiety through science-fiction. “If all that happens because of a zombie plague, then you can say, ‘Oh, well, that would never happen, because there’s no zombies.’ ”


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I just have a problem with running/quick zombies. That should so not happen! It's unfair!:p


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The book was prominently displayed at my local library this past week. I did pick it up and skim through a few pages and looked at the jacket. I was in more of a mood for a financial/economic apocalypse than a zombie apocalypse and chose likewise. Perhaps another day. :devillook

Conscious Bob

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I think the point about 2001 is well made perhaps it's genuinely when the 21st century began. There was what felt like a relatively stable patch beforehand, the time between the Fall of The Wall and The Fall of The Towers (not my phrase, Ken MacLeod's).