Originally Posted by Battle Pope
World War Z is a very good book. Far better then the deluge of zombie novels that followed it.
All indications are that the movie will be pretty bad - lots of changes to the basics of the book (fast rather than slow zombies like in the book, near instant zombiefication rather than hours or days etc). Plus there has been a ton of re-scripting & reshooting.
I started reading The Zombie Survival Guide - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
which is the first book in that series.
I did not like it and did not finish it - basically it was trying too hard at creating science fiction - while not being very good at the science part.
When you read proper sci fi - you can sort of get good ideas about actual science - there's usually a very very clear leap between the actual/real science and the "fiction part" - a lot of hard-sci-fi authors for example explain why faster than light speed is not possible. A lot of space-opera-sci-fi explain red shift of star light. Heck, even the softest space opera will usually give you good ideas about theory of special relativity At absolutely worst you can look up stuff like "what the hell are ions and why do they always get accelerated!" and learn some good stuff (if you're not into physics/chemistry to being with!)
And then there is zombie survival guide
Whole time I was reading it, i felt like I a hammer was hitting the part of my brain that stores my biology knowledge. There's no break between "this is actual stuff you could learn in biology" and "I just made it all up lol" - it's all very very badly made up.
At least half of the book is just random pseudo-medical/biological jargon thrown about with zero regard as to what it actually means
You can learn more astronomy from deep space 9 than you can learn biology from zombie survival guide.
Now you are probably saying "lol veilo who reads fiction to learn something why not just learn a book instead lol" Fair enough - but the zombie survival guide is still not entertaining - imagine a star trek episode where nothing happens except for scotty explaining how the warp drive works - using borderline meaningless terms. The only possible excitement comes when he explains what the procedures for different engine failures.
That's basically zombie survival guide - in excruciating detail
How many hours can a zombie run, how many hours for different stages of the infection, etc.
Reading this book felt like studying - except what is going into your head is total rubbish that is not useful in any way whatsoever. Learning about the history of the numenor or istari in lord of the rings FELT more useful.
Would not recommend