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May's Sci-Fi (Morning Session) - World War Z by Max Brooks

Please join us as we discuss World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks. This best-selling novel has been one of the most interesting and compelling works to arise out of the latest zombie craze, and is being made into a movie starring Brad Pitt (view the trailer here) set to release on June 21, 2013. The book is a fairly quick read, at about 342 pages. Please note that there is an excellent award-winning audiobook available read by multiple actors (including the author, Alan Alda and Mark Hammill among others), but it is an abridged copy, so you may wish to read the full book as well.

Please keep your RSVP updated and accurate!* Space is limited for this event. If it fills up, please add yourself to the waiting list if interested. Please note that this is our smaller morning session (our afternoon session can be found here). If enough space opens up in the afternoon session, or if there isn't sufficient interest for our morning session, we may consolidate both sessions into the afternoon timeslot.

From Amazon:

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.

Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.

Most of all, the book captures with haunting immediacy the human dimension of this epochal event. Facing the often raw and vivid nature of these personal accounts requires a degree of courage on the part of the reader, but the effort is invaluable because, as Mr. Brooks says in his introduction, “By excluding the human factor, aren’t we risking the kind of personal detachment from history that may, heaven forbid, lead us one day to repeat it? And in the end, isn’t the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now refer to as ‘the living dead’?”


*Since missing one of these meetups is taking a spot away from someone else who wants to go, we'll need to have a stricter attendance policy than normal. For book discussions, 3 no-shows in a rolling 3-month period will prohibit you from attending any other book discussion for 2 months after your last no-show. In order to avoid a no-show, please update your RSVP no later than 10pm the night before a discussion. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

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  • Gwen H.

    Excellent discussion. World War Z is my favorite of the books we've read so far this year, and it's had lots of competition.

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Karen

    Thoroughly enjoyed the discussion. Came away with a deeper appreciation for the book.

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Kent

    I really enjoyed the wide-ranging and insightful comments! Thanx to all for your participation!

    1 · May 19, 2013

    • Kevin

      I like your apropos zombie pic.

      May 19, 2013

  • Kevin

    Even tired and grumpy I enjoy this book club.

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Bill K.

    Discussions were fun and interesting as usual. I am always amused at some of our side conversations, this week: Big vs. Small dogs (of course it began with each type's effectiveness with zombies.)

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Vijay

    Hi everyone. Just a reminder to please update your RSVP if you can't make it, to avoid a no-show and give someone on the waitlist a chance. Thanks!

    May 16, 2013

  • Karla K.

    Husband is running a half marathon so I have to go support him like a good wife lol. See you guys next time!

    1 · May 13, 2013

  • Vijay

    Hi everyone. I hope you're all enjoying the book. Now that we're less than a week away, please update your RSVP if your availability has changed, to give someone on the waitlist a chance. Thanks!

    May 13, 2013

  • Darryl

    An absolutely amazing book! :)

    May 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I acquired the audiobook (abridged). Only 5 CDs? One wonders why anything was removed.

    1 · May 6, 2013

  • Rahsaan W

    Really looking forward to this talk! What's our policy on Morning Session Bloody Mary's (appropriate for the book, I'd say...)

    1 · May 6, 2013

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