Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Zombie Autopsies

The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the ApocalypseThe Zombie Autopsies by Steven C. Schlozman
kindle edition purchased from Amazon
Description from Goodreads:
As the walking dead rises up throughout the world, a few brave doctors attempt to find a cure by applying forensic techniques to captured zombies. Based on the research of renowned zombie expert Dr. Stanley Blum, performed at a remote island where a crack medical team has been sent to explore a radical theory that may lead to a cure for the epidemic, THE ZOMBIE AUTOPSIES documents for the first time the unique biology of zombie organisms. Twenty-five detailed drawings of the internal organs of actual zombies provide an accurate anatomy of these horrifying creatures, including zombie brains, hearts, lungs, skin, and the digestive system, while Dr. Blum's notes reveal shocking insights into how they function, even as Blum and his staff themselves begin to succumb to the plague. No one knows the ultimate fate of Dr. Blum or his researchers, but now that his notebook, THE ZOMBIE AUTOPSIES, has been made available to the UN, the World Health Organization, and the general public, his scientific discoveries may provide the last hope for humans on earth!

My take:
The Zombie Autopsies is not your usual zombie book. It is written as a brief to be read before a UN meeting - think technical writing. Apparently this bothered some people. I was not one of those people.  I really enjoyed this book and read it in a day.  There are several sections to the book -- some summaries of historical information about the whole zombie infection and how it got so bad, the world's reactions to it, the results of their actions to eradicate the zombies, the status of zombies and the various stages of the infection. There is a personal journal that was recovered and pencil drawings and then some more summaries.  The whole thing is put together as if it were a package handed out before a meeting to catch everyone up. Despite this rather dull sounding premise, I found it to be quite a suspenseful and, honestly, one of the gorier zombie books I've read. This book probably isn't for everyone, but if you like zombie stories, you might give it a try.

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