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World War Z

September 25th, 2006 · No Comments · Art, Misc.

When it comes to fluff reading, I don’t mind grabbing audiobook versions of various novels and churning through them while I work. Recently, I’ve been listening to the audiobook version of Max Brooks’ “World War Z.” So far, it’s great. Like the best works of horror, it’s actually a clever commentary on everyday life. I’m only a couple of hours in and it’s already tackled the Arab/Israeli conflict, the Iraq War and the role of Chinese authoritarianism in the modern age. A section about India and Pakistan is just starting up.

And, of course, there’s a chapter where Larry the Cable Guy - who was locked inside an fortified mansion with caricatures of Paris Hilton, Bill Maher, P-Diddy, Ann Coulter and various other celebs - gets blown to bits by a grenade. That chapter’s narrator? The real Henry Rollins.

There’s surprisingly (refreshingly) little ACTUAL zombie stuff in the book thus far. It’s almost entirely about the human response to a catastrophe that is blind to the divisions society makes between people. What divisions are reinforced? What sort of differences simply fall away? What old conflicts maintain in spite of the apocalyptic situation?

It’s a pretty good read (well… listen) so far, so if you’re looking for something to kill some time or if you just like well thought out genre fiction, it’s worth checking out.


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