World War Z

Doesn't hurt to have one in the collection. I only asked since he brought it up. Where do you get your stuff from?

I got my AR15 during the dark days of the Assault Weapon Ban, so it didn't come with the telescoping stock or flash suppressor. I have since corrected these defects and now have a nearly flawless M4. I got the flattop and ACOG sight, as well as the Surefire taclight and Rock River two stage trigger put on later.

I got it and the subsequent improvements at the Gun Rack, my favorite local gun shop.

Paleocon wrote:

Gentlemen, gentlemen! We aren't Third World primatives making do without indoor plumbing. Why satisfy your tool needs with a communist ghetto gun? Only a backwoods secessionist would consider one of those when civilized options are available.

Backwoods Secessionist?

You know me so well.

Ed, there's a place in Athens, GA that sells nice, Hungarian-made AKs for ~$500. I was going to get one earlier this spring, but I opted for an Xbox 360 instead...

Edwin wrote:

I am about to inherit a pretty huge gun collection but I'm missing some key armaments for WWZ.

*ears perk up* Tell me more! And if you're interested in selling off pieces, let me know. My collection has been sadly stagnant for many years.

I don't know the full extent of what it contains, I just know this guy is single and has two houses full of pieces. From the few that i've seen (SKS, .357 revolver, and 9mm) they are in disrepair.

Edwin wrote:

I don't know the full extent of what it contains, I just know this guy is single and has two houses full of pieces.

And the pieces just fall together.

I just want to say Thanks! to the GWJ Zombie Book Club. Leading up to and during my vacation at the Outer Banks, I read Monster: Island, Monster: Nation and I just finished World War Z.

Of Dave Wellington's two Monster books, I think I enjoyed the first one Monster: Island a bit more, though it was a close call. Monster: Nation gave a good opportunity to roll back time and see how the world of M:Island came to be.

World War Z was a really fun read. I enjoyed the format Max Brooks used for telling his narrative(s?). The Redeker doctrine in particular invoked a bit more reflection than I would've guessed. While I lay on the warm sunny beach with a cocktail in one hand and my eyes glued to the book in my other, with the waves slowly lapping at the sand, I surely paused to consider the foundation for his strategy "The first casualty of conflict must be our own sentimentality... for its survival will lead to our destruction." I bet there's a zombie inspired P&C discussion in there somewhere....

(And yes, of course I peeked over my book from time to time just to make sure no zombies shambled out of the surf. I kept one of the kids sand shovels nearby in case i needed a lobotimizer to deal with the walking dead.)

I am now reading through the Survival Guide. I've just started and hope the 'guidebook' format keeps my interest.

Wellington has a 3rd Monster book out as well.

karmajay wrote:

Wellington has a 3rd Monster book out as well.

Thanks for the tip!

Looks like Monster: Planet was published in book format last month.

This is great timing for me

It should be on the website as well, I read all three online!

I also would like to extend my gratitude to the GWJ nation for introducing me to World War Z. I finished it a couple of days ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the journalistic format and the way it allowed each character to show their point of view of the war. I'll be tackling the Survival Guide next. Thank you, GWJ!

Okay, I just finished reading the book and have to say that I still don't get the total incompetence of the governments involved. Forming square? GMAFB! Humans are the ones with the brains. Why are they not using the terrain to their advantage? Running out of ammunition? Why the hell were they not using their tracks to just freaking run over the bonebags?

Here's an easy one: funnel the G's into a choke point using either concrete Jersey walls or city buses and RUN THEM OVER WITH YOUR TANKS. The ones that aren't crushed to powder will be lit on fire by the gas turbine roar of that glorious M1A1 Lycoming Textron.

Even after Yonkers and the Great Panic, what the hell was stopping folks from making mobile funnel traps with armored buses and bulldozers?

If the zombies come for us, I hope you folks will have the sense to put me in charge of DeStRes.

Arise from the dead.. hah!

Anyway, just thought I'd mention the movie is moving forward now. They signed on a writer, J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5 and the movie Changling) and a director, Marc Forster (Quantom of Solace).

J. Michael Straczynski wrote:

"Most zombie movies to this point have been small, focusing on a few people in a house. And this has got real scare. You're in India with hundreds of boats trying to get out of there with a tidal wave of zombies. The scale of what we're doing here is phenomenal."

"Now that Marc is here, I'm working with his notes to make one final pass on the script," he said. "Our hope is to get it moving into production by the first of the year."

"The fictional concept of the book is that its written by someone with the UN, so let's tell that story," explained Straczynski. "Let's show the book being written. We follow this guy all over the world as he goes on these interviews, and he has his own personal story as well. You're cutting between the past and the present, how he got to this point."

I'm glad to see they're sticking with the interviewer style of the book and we'll get the story in flashbacks. I still wish this had been done as a HBO or Showtime series with each "interview" being it's own 1 hour episode.

I am so stoked for this movie. L4D and now this...!

As Rachel Ray would say... Yum-O!

I'm glad to see they're sticking with the interviewer style of the book and we'll get the story in flashbacks. I still wish this had been done as a HBO or Showtime series with each "interview" being it's own 1 hour episode.

Yeah that's sort of how i would have liked to see it - perhaps done in the style of a history channel documentary with "archive footage" and talking heads.

Still, sounds like they're going in the right direction with it though.

I think its fantastic that they are giving this a real epic feel and look. The novel is simply one of the best horror books ive read in the last five years. I enjoy the work of Mr. J. Michael Straczynski, especially his comic work and his writing on Lost, and Forester seems to be trying to establish himself as a jack of all trades director.

They've gone the interesting route with the creative team. It could have just as easily been Akiva Goldsmith and Bret Ratner on board. So, I think at the very least we will get something that strives to be great.

I loved this book, although I found it surprisingly bleak and grim, not at all what I was expecting. I later read Whitley Streiber's book WarDay, which had a similar 'interview' structure and tone, but was post-nuke instead of post-zombie. Highly recommended.

Definitely looking forward to the movie. Can't get enough of zombie apocalypse.

I finished the books a few days ago and have to praise it as well. Playing Left 4 Dead and Fallout 3 along with it somehow made it even more memorable:)

I wonder if they will be able to give the movie same global sweep as the book. But hey, movie makers were able to put Lord of the Rings to the moviescreen in a very fitting way, so technically it shouldn't be a problem. If max Brooks will take a part in scripting, then all the better.

If the zombies come for us, I hope you folks will have the sense to put me in charge of DeStRes.

The apocalypse hasn't even started yet, but the egos are already flaring up!

NM

Late to the party, but if you haven't already, check out the WWZ audio book. It was the gateway drug that led me to tearing through the book. It's basically like listening to a radio drama; a superb audiobook. We've got Mark Hamill, John Turturro, Henry Rollins, Alan Aldo, Carl Reiner, and more. Great, great readings.

-Andy

I actually really disliked this book, but I'm excited by the movie. It wasn't so much that the story was weak so much as that it was poorly executed. And I had no idea JMS had written The Changeling. Good for him for finally getting some big recognition in Hollywood.

Taking the book as a nonfiction recounting, as intended, it was awesome. It wasn't a novel, it was a compilation of interviews covering a chaotic period in history.

I'm thrilled to hear they're taking a similar approach for the film, even if I'd rather they make it a documentary style and not try to give the interviewer his own story.

Farscry wrote:

Taking the book as a nonfiction recounting, as intended, it was awesome. It wasn't a novel, it was a compilation of interviews covering a chaotic period in history.

I'm thrilled to hear they're taking a similar approach for the film, even if I'd rather they make it a documentary style and not try to give the interviewer his own story.

My problem with the book wasn't that I was expecting a novel. I thought that about half-way through the book stopped being a realistic, reasonable account of a war on zombies and started being cheesy and nerd-boy wish fulfillment. A modern-day group of warrior monks founded by an otaku and a blind man? Come on.

adam.greenbrier wrote:

My problem with the book wasn't that I was expecting a novel. I thought that about half-way through the book stopped being a realistic, reasonable account of a war on zombies and started being cheesy and nerd-boy wish fulfillment. A modern-day group of warrior monks founded by an otaku and a blind man? Come on.

Ah! Ok, now I get it.

Zigguratbuilder wrote:

We've got Mark Hamill...
-Andy

They put the Joker in the audio books?

Zigguratbuilder wrote:

Late to the party, but if you haven't already, check out the WWZ audio book.

Zigguratbuilder speaks truth. Definitely worth a listen.

Great book. I have been wanting to check out the audio book since hearing about the cast put together for it. Hopefully they will do a lot of stock-footage type of shots in the movie like TV reports and maybe military films (especially for the Battle of Yonkers).

They have to take a documentary approach to do this book justice.

Raising from the dead a thread about Rising from the dead? No jury would convict me!

I picked this bad boy up for $3 from a used book store, and really enjoyed the first half. When it moved from the frightened onslaught of the undead phase into the inevitable win of the war, and all of the military jargon, it started to lose me; I don't want to read about superior military technology mopping up remaining Zacks/economic ramifications of a recovering planet moving toward an inevitable win, I want to read about people getting eaten by zombies/straggling bands trying to eek out survival amongst the battered world! Anyway, *definitely* worth it for the $3 I spent.

Any other good 'zombie/monster/mutant-pocalypse' books rearing their fearsome heads lately? I enjoyed The Swarm (though I could have done with a *bit* less of the 'old foreign guys are hawt and cultured! vibe, where 56 year old dudes were just entering the prime of their 'girl-trappin' days' - kinda creepy) which relayed an interesting tale of sea-based apocalypse for mankind.

Puce Moose wrote:

Any other good 'zombie/monster/mutant-pocalypse' books rearing their fearsome heads lately?

Well, it's not exactly new (although there is a sequel on the way in July) but I thoroughly enjoyed Day By Day Armageddon.