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  • gilwilson 9:26 PM on May 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    “Minecraft: The Island” (Narrated by Samira Wiley) An Official Minecraft Novel By Max Brooks 

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    An Official Minecraft Novel
    By: Max Brooks
    Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
    Release date: 07-18-17
    Publisher: Random House Audio

    Whether it’s a Zombie survival guide or this Minecraft survival story, Max Brooks can create a story that will not only suck you in but have you looking around making sure you have the tools.

    I wasn’t sure what I was getting into with this book but with Max Brooks writing I knew it would be fun. I’ve thought of Minecraft as a kids’ game, but after hearing the protagonist survive zombies, creepers, endermen and more, I think I may revisit the Minecraft world. This book not only gives a story within the Minecraft world and one person’s surviving being suddenly plunged into this world of right angles and no curves, but also several life lessons.

    I wanted the audiobook read by Jack Black because I’m a Jack Black fan, but I accidentally got the version read by Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black). It actually turned out to be better than expected. Wiley delivered the story with a sense of discovery that made the journey through this world fun.

    Publisher’s Summary
    The first official Minecraft novel! In the tradition of iconic adventures like Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island, the number one New York Times best-selling author of World War Z tells the story of a hero – stranded in the world of Minecraft – who must unravel the secrets of a mysterious island in order to survive.

    Washed up on a beach, the lone castaway looks around the shore. Where am I? Who am I? And why is everything made of blocks? But there isn’t much time to soak up the sun. It’s getting dark, and there’s a strange new world to explore!

    The top priority is finding food. The next is not becoming food. Because there are others out there on the island…like the horde of zombies that appear after night falls. Crafting a way out of this mess is a challenge like no other. Who could build a home while running from exploding creepers, armed skeletons, and an unstoppable tide of hot lava? Especially with no help except for a few makeshift tools and sage advice from an unlikely friend: a cow.

    In this world, the rules don’t always make sense, but courage and creativity go a long way. There are forests to explore, hidden underground tunnels to loot, and undead mobs to defeat. Only then will the secrets of the island be revealed.

    Two editions, two narrators, one thrilling story. Enjoy this version read by Samira Wiley, and then be sure to check out the other available version narrated by Jack Black.
    ©2017 Max Brooks (P)2017 Random House Audio

  • gilwilson 5:40 PM on April 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks 

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    by Max Brooks
    Published – September 16, 2003
    288 pages
    Publisher: Broadway Books

    I’m not sure exactly what it was that started this Zombie Apocalypse craze, but 2003 is definitely the year it was brought into mainstream a little bit more. 2003 brought us the premiere of “The Walking Dead” comic book and this book by Max Brooks. Then the rest just piled on to where we are now with families gathered around their TV Sunday nights to watch zombies kill or be killed.

    This book definitely has a great influence on all the zombies we’ve been having to deal with in all the media formats. What is really interesting about this book is that, while it is a humorous book written to teach how to avoid dying in the Zombie Apocalypse, it also has some general survival tips that could help in any survival situation, real or fiction.

    The first chapter, “The Undead: Myths and Realities”, outlines Solanum, a virus that creates a zombie, along with details on how it is spread and treatment of the infected. This chapter then goes on to explain the abilities and behavioral patterns of the undead, and the differences between “voodoo” zombies, movie zombies, and zombies created by Solanum. So at first it seems as though it will be a sort of novel with a story.

    The rest of the book describes weapons and combat techniques, places of safety, and how to survive a zombie-infested world. In the section describing weapons, Brooks writes about the human body: “If cared for and trained properly, is the greatest weapon on earth”. This is the part of the book where just general survival tips can be found

    I really loved the Recorded Attacks, zombie outbreaks through time, for example the missing Roanoke colony. This gave the book one last chuckle before closing. Most of the time when I’m done reading a book I will pass it on to someone who will enjoy it. This time however, I’m keeping this book as a reference guide.

    Publisher’s Summary

    The Zombie Survival Guide is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now. Exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective defense tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to survive and adapt in any territory or terrain.

    Top 10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack:

    • 1. Organize before they rise!
    • 2. They feel no fear, why should you?
    • 3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
    • 4. Blades don’t need reloading.
    • 5. Ideal protection: tight clothes, short hair.
    • 6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
    • 7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
    • 8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
    • 9. No place is safe, only safer.
    • 10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.

    Don’t be carefree and foolish with your most precious asset: life. The Zombie Survival Guide offers complete protection through trusted, proven tips for safeguarding yourself and your loved ones against the living dead. It is an audiobook that can save your life.

    ©2003 Max Brooks (P)2006 Random House, Inc.

  • gilwilson 10:01 PM on March 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    “World War Z” by Max Brooks 

    “World War Z”
    by Max Brooks
    Multi-cast performance
    Published by Random House Audio (2006)
    6 hours and 3 minutes

    Yes it’s another zombie book review from me. Hey, I just can’t help myself, I love these zombie books. Some are terrifying, some are humorous and some, like this one, just make you think. Nearly every zombie movie and book has somewhere in it the saying about when Hell is full the dead shall walk the Earth, they may not quote it exactly but it seems to be a great explanation for a zombie apocalypse. It also provides a great excuse for religious zealots to appear in zombie movies. Either way I’m not waiting for Hell to fill up, I’m getting prepared for the zombie apocalypse now, and Max Brooks books (World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide) seem to be great resources.

    This book tells of the Zombie Apocalypse and how all the nations of the Earth handled this horror show. Told in a series of interviews by the author, the apocalypse is reviewed from start to what may be the end. The interviews are with doctors, soldiers, the vice-president and other prominent political leaders. While this is a fun book with lots of pop-culture reference, it does, at times, seem like a slam toward government and bureaucracy. Due to the other conflicts in the world the army is not prepared for a horde of living dead that have no central command. At one point in the book a young Palestinian doesn’t believe the dead are rising and thinks it a trick of the Israelis. The war at first looks like it may be a total loss but when the president of the United States holds a U.N. meeting (or rather what is left of the U.N.) onboard the USS Saratoga he finally is able to get the world to band together to fight off the zombie horde in a fashion that will secure the world for the living.

    At first there are problems, with the thinking of zombies cannot survive the frozen north, many people migrate to colder climates for what they at first think is a simple camping trip, but once arriving and winter setting in, realizing they are not prepared, and when supplies run low, the people turn on each other.

    I have to tell you a bit about my journey into this full-cast production of the audiobook before I let you know how awesome this recording is. I knew I would be reading this book or listening to it, especially with my love of zombie books, but I was planning at first to read the “Zombie Survival Guide” by Brooks. But thanks to a few friends telling me how awesome this book was I decided to do this one first. I first checked out the unabriged version with a single reader and got through a few chapters of the book and was getting bored. The reader was doing a straight read and no acting, and this book really requires some acting involved. I was looking for information on the book while listening and found that a full cast version was recorded, albeit abriged. I don’t normally listen to or read abridged books, but when I saw some of the cast members of this book, I couldn’t resist.

    The cast includes; Alan Alda, Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, John Torturro, Henry Rollins, and more. Just those names mentioned and I had to get this book. I mean, c’mon Hawkeye Pierce in a Zombie book? Let me tell you It was worth it and more. The actors were superb, of course, and the mult-cast made this book much more believable due to the many people “interviewed” in the book. It was a blast to hear this version and I never regretted the abridged version.

    The social commentary made a lot of sense especially the aspect of Hollywood stars and social elite being totally worthless, and Joe the Plumber or Joe the Carpenter becoming the most valuable of citizens in time of disaster. The interview with Henry Rollins’ character T. Sean Collins, a bodyguard to the rich, proves this point perfectly in this book.

    This book combines horror, social commentary, and some fun into a must read, or in this case listen, zombie book. From this book you’ll learn just how close the human race is to becoming extinct. Whether you are a fan of zombies or not, trust me you will enjoy this book, and as an added bonus, you’ll learn how to prepare for the zombie apocalypse.

    And now for the good news; There will be a movie made from this book. I can’t wait.

    • gajenn 10:31 PM on March 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I loved this book, now I might have to listen to it! If you haven’t yet, maybe also try Warm Bodies – I found it to be a unique twist on zombie books!


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