What a book!

October 31, 2010

Review: The Last True Story I’ll Ever Tell: An Accidental Soldier’s Account of the War in Iraq

The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell: An Accidental Soldier's Account of the War in IraqThe Last True Story I’ll Ever Tell: An Accidental Soldier’s Account of the War in Iraq by John Crawford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Quick recommendation: I read somewhere, I can’t remember where, that the current armed forces are the most literate soldiery in world history and the volume of war memoirs in the past few years are proof of this.

I heard this author interviewed on NPR and he was very funny, which made me read the book.

The book, of course, wasn’t always funny because it is about war after all. It is funny, sad, heartbreaking, and sometimes inspiring. There are a number of excellent war memoirs, so many you certainly can’t read them all. Be sure to make time for this one.

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March 31, 2010

“World War Z” by Max Brooks

Filed under: Authors,Fiction,Max Brooks — ukmelia @ 8:00 pm
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I never thought of myself as a chick who liked zombie stuff. If I’m going to dig supernatural fiction, I tend to enjoy sexy vampires, not rotting corpses. Typical girl, I know 🙂

I think it was the film ‘Shaun of the Dead’ that started to turn me around on zombies and think about them and how they function (or don’t function as the case may be.) I once wrote a short story involving zombies which turned into a book and my zombie love was sealed.

I’m pretty sure I heard about ‘World War Z‘ on Twitter. I follow some authors and other fans of zombie stuff and while I never heard much about what the book was about, I was still intrigued because, you know, zombies. After checking with my Facebook peeps, all of whom highly recommend I get this book pronto, I bought it and, excuse the pun, devoured the thing.

It is perhaps the most unusual take on zombie fiction I’ve ever read.

It’s written as a sort of non-fiction fiction narrative.  A journalist travels the world several years after the Zombie Apocalypse interviewing survivors – doctors, military grunts, politicians, K-9 sniffer dog handlers, artists, spiritualists – to create the definitive (and only record) of those who survived the near-decimation of the entire planet.

It’s haunting. Thought-provoking. Riveting. Sad. Heroic. Uplifting. And creepy as hell. Imagine being tasked by what’s left of your government to march endlessly across the plains on a sweep and clear mission. You must take on wave after wave of “Zacks” (as army grunts call them) and they never seem to end. Only a head shot will take them out and your ammo is limited. Or perhaps you are a panicked, frightened teenager in what’s left of Kyoto. In your apartment building there are nothing but infected corpses reanimating as soon as they die and heading straight for you. How do you escape?

This book is a collection of tales like that and while, yes, it’s fiction, it’s written as if it really happened, without any irony or facetiousness and it will reach out, grab you and make you think about stocking up on bottled water and canned foods.

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: You enjoy zombie stuff 🙂 Honestly, it’s one of the better zombie books I’ve read.

World War Z on Wikipedia.

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