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Book Review – The Zombie Handbook

The Zombie Handbook: An Essential Guide to Zombies And, More Importantly, How to Avoid ThemThe Zombie Handbook: An Essential Guide to Zombies And, More Importantly, How to Avoid Them by Robert Curran

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An interesting read, though it focuses more on the historical and cultural zombies than on the Romero style of undead. It is a quick read, focusing on the various types of “zombies” that are found in the world, from the well known “Voodoo zombies” to mummies to even Irish zombies. Also included are stories of people who were supposed to have created zombies, and tales of zombies themselves.

I did have a problem with the treatment of the Romero zombies. There is some passing mention early in the book about this style, and one chapter called “Know Your Enemy” which seems to focus on the cinematic zombie entirely. These references seem out of place in a book that focuses almost entirely on zombies in the traditional sense. I felt that the book would have been better served if it just focused on the traditional rather than the cinematic.

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