05 November 2011

So Now You're a Zombie: A Handbook For the Newly Undead by John Austin

So Now You're a Zombie: A Handbook for the Newly Undead by John Austin

Published: 1 October 2010

Pages: 145 (paperback)

Genre/s: Zombie, Humour

Source: Own library

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Being undead can be disorienting. Your arms and other appendages tend to rot and fall off. It's difficult to communicate with a vocabulary limited to moans and gurgles. And that smell! (Yes, it's you.) But most of all, you must constantly find and ingest human brains. Braaaains!!!

What's a zombie to do?

Thankfully, zombiologist John Austin details everything you need to know, as a newly undead soul, to hunt, fight, and feed on the living. As the first handbook written specifically for the undead, So Now You're a Zombie explains how you ended up in this predicament, the stages of zombifications, and what you need to survive in this zombiphobic world. Dozens of helpful diagrams outline attack strategies, such as the Ghoul Reach, the Flanking Zack, the Bite Hold, and the Aerial Fall, to secure your human prey. You'll even learn how to successfully extract the living from boarded up farmhouses and broken down vehicles.

This handbook also explores the upside of being a zombie. Gone are the burdens of employment, taxes, social networks, even basic hygiene, allowing you to focus on simple necessities in ''life'': the juicy gray matter found in the skulls of the living.

My Thoughts

As a self-confessed Zombie addict, I've read a lot of Zombie books over the past two years, and I've got very definite ideas about what I like, what entertains me, and what I don't like. This book falls firmly into two categories - I liked it, and it entertained me!

Although there is a glut of zombie-esque books available at the moment, this book is in two of the less travelled perspectives - survivor guide and zombie perspective. As such, it is quite unique in the Zombie world.

This is a funny book - the sarcastic, witty comments paired with some quite serious hints and tips for the newly infected made me smile, snicker and on some occasions, laugh out loud. The diagrams, graphs and graphics add to the feel of the book as well as enhancing the points made.

That said, some of the topics contradict our traditional ideas on the capabilities of zombies, however for me, that just added an extra consideration to what would happen when the zombapocalypse knocks on our door....or if we're an early victim.

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