Recommended Readings

To know how to fight your enemy you must first understand your enemy.  Here’s some of the required readings for any zombie enthusiast.  Don’t worry, we have only listed the best books on this page.  We will not recommend something we haven’t tried out ourselves first.  There are a lot of books that didn’t make the cut…

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After writing The Zombie Survival Guide, Brooks’ wrote World War Z, which shook the zombie community and continues to inspire new readers every day.  World War Z is a fictional account of first-person interviews detailing the international outbreak and spread of the living dead.  Written from the perspective of a U.N. investigator, World War Z stands as a political and social commentary on the human spirit and how far it will go to survive.  Brooks explores practical issues of fighting an enemy that seeks solely to devour human flesh as well as the reactions of rational beings in a post apocalyptic environment.  This book is absolutely a must read.

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The Zombie Survival Guide is something that should be studied or at least skimmed by any self-proclaimed zombie survivalist.   Max Brooks (son of Mel Brooks) pioneered and formalized much of the early zombie survival research.  At the very least his book has been cited by many zombie research and discussion groups.  This book comes highly recommended.

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Another worthy zombie survival guide is The Zombie Combat Manual.  This book contains everything that Max Brooks may have missed in his survival guide about actually combating the undead.  The book opens with a much needed chapter on dispelling common misconceptions about zombies and the proper ways to combat them.  Alongside information for effectively selecting weapons, as well as varying techniques and strategies for combating the undead, the book stresses the importance of preparing for the unknown.  We here at Zombie Gear Review couldn’t agree more with the underlying messages of this book.

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All zombie experts should at least be familiar with Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel I Am Legend, which was the book that started it all.  George Romero, who is credited as the father of the modern day zombie genre, claims that he was inspired by Matheson’s concept of a world wide epidemic to create the Night of The Living Dead in 1968.  Interested readers might be curious to know that the book, which was later adapted into a movie in 2007, originally featured vampires in place of zombies as we know them today.

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Day by Day Armageddon originally started in 2004 as an online fan fiction blog, but due to its success online, it was later published as a novel.  The zombies depicted in the book are the slow, stumbling, Romero type zombies, and J.L. Bourne does an excellent job of portraying the terror associated with what would naturally follow.  The book is written from the perspective of a U.S. Naval officer and addresses tactical subjects that other authors may not be qualified to tackle (Bourne is also a member of the U.S. armed services and much of the expected lingo appears throughout the book).

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Fans of the recent hit AMC TV show The Walking Dead should definitely check out the original graphic novels.  While the TV show diverged and took a slightly new route when compared to the comics, the two worlds share the same overall feel and intense focus on the human psyche.  With over 14 volumes of graphic novels and no end in sight this is a series that even a modest reader can enjoy.