Adam’s Book Club: World War Z

If Oprah can do it, so can I, and I don’t think any of our book selections will overlap. (maybe some of these authors might start bribing me to be in my book club too!)  So here you go, if you like my twisted sense of humor, or you’re just looking for something to read, I am going to post a quick review of whatever book I happen to be enjoying each week.  I’ve always been an avid reader, and I try to read at least one book a week.  This week I’ve been reading World War Z.  It’s about the Zombie Apocalypse, but before you groan about zombies, the author  narrates the story from an interviewer’s perspective as he debriefs people about their experiences in key moments during the war.  That is why it’s subtitled “An Oral History of the Zombie War”  So you get little short stories told by different people from front line soldiers, doctors who treated patient zero, war profiteers, politicians, and the everyday people who became heroes.

Yes it is a zombie book, and there is blood and gore. However, the zombies aren’t the story the people are; as such their stories are quite surprising.  It’s not about a superhuman zombie terminating good guy. This book is about normal people in extraordinary circumstances, being the best or worst they can be in the face of overwhelming odds.  The story of the Battle of Yonkers, as told by a front line infantryman, and his criticisms of his officers and intelligence personnel, it is a standout chapter. But even the story about the agoraphobic internet nerd from Japan was impossible to stop mid-read.  Max Brooks does a great job seeing things from many different perspectives, including psychological factors, egos and intelligence that come across differently from each character, but are well translated by the UN Narrator.

And As Much as I enjoyed this book, obviously someone in Hollywood liked it too, because the movie version is under production, starring Brad Pitt, and is slated to hit theaters in 2012.  Do yourself a favor and definitely read this one before you see the movie.

I am always looking for something new to read, so if you have a book selection you think I might enjoy, email me the title and author and I will take a look.