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Realism that gnaws at your senses
November 14, 2006
Just read the book in one weekend--bought it Friday and closed it Sunday night and I gotta tell you, the creeps you get that make your skin crawl like slugs on your arms or hypersensitizes every creak and bump you hear reading this at night are genuinely giddy. Brooks's approach has that desensitized, cold detachment on an otherwise horrific and terrorizing 'what if" that gives the zombie phenomenon a sense of legitimacy--as if it COULD really happen and that thought creeped the hell out of me. It had the same crawling, rising creepiness when you watch the newscasts on "Night...", "Dawn... (orig and remake), and "Shaun...". What Brooks leaves out in terms of detailed gore, he leaves it up to you to envision the undead devouring masses of fleeing people with eyewitness accounts. And the detail of each character's back history only provides depth to the impact a zombie horror has on the diminishing human race. If you want to immerse yourself in a reality where zombies DO exist despite the cynicism the characters share with you and the illicit sense that -yeah it IS happening oh my god-read this book. Click here to read the staff review by Mania.