On AMTwib today Aaron was talking about finding people to talk to about WWZ, and I’d like to start a discussion of it here. I loved the book so much, I read it right when it came out and I’ve been a big evangelist of it in the ensuing years. For a long time I was pissed about how the movie throws out basically all of the book, but I’m more sanguine about it now. ANYHOW!
The book World War Z is “An oral history of the zombie war.” If you’ve read a book by Studs Terkel or seen a Anna Deavere Smith play you’ve got an idea, it’s people talking about their lives and experiences…but those experiences are about a global zombie apocalypse. The stories range from a doctor in the PRC who treated patient zero to a corporate profitteer who go rich selling a placebo zombie vaccine to a soldier who to part in several key battles between the US Army and the zombie hordes to a Cuban businessman who lead his country to greatness during the war.
Like I said, I love the book and can talk about it forever, and it’s worth your time definitely. If you don’t want to read the whole book I’d heartily suggest the audio book which has a full cast reading the different parts. The abridged book is 6 hours (I haven’t heard the unabridged one but it looks great), and I think TWIB has an Audible deal every now and then?
BUT NOW SPOILERS
What’s your favorite character/story in the book? My top 3 are:
A. Arthur Sinclair Jr, the head of the government agency that basically rebuilt the US during the War, his story about reeducating all the rich folks was great
B. Todd Wainio, everyman infantryman first losing the war in Yonkers then marching back across the country to take it back!
C. T. Sean Collins, a body guard for the rich and famous that sees the death of reality television happen right before his eyes (if you take my meaning)/
Who do you like, what did you like about the book? Or what did you hate about it, you sourpuss you!?