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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks Sucked. Only Max Brooks could write a zombie story and make it boring. The "interviewing survivors" narrative was a bad choice. Totally removed any drama or suspense from the stories - you knew everyone was going to live or else they wouldn't be alive to be interviewed! Plus, each character only got a handful of pages at most, not enough space to create in-depth characters. They were mostly stereotypes either because of this or because that's all Brooks knows. Despite the plague being dubbed "African Rabies" in the book, there is only one black character. I can recall two female characters in the book. One, the downed pilot, has a nervous breakdown while running from a zombie hoard and "hears" her dead mother's voice over her radio. The other, Russian soldier, becomes a human incubator spitting out babies. The other characters that seem like average joes but rise to the occasion are modeled after friends of his father, Mel Brooks, such as the movie director character, based upon Steven Spielberg.