Closure, Limited and Other Zombie Stories, by Max Brooks

baytos1's review

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dark mysterious tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No


zoey_emma's review against another edition

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I would be very happy if Mr Brooks wrote Steve's story, because that one really drew me in.

memydogandbooks's review

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I LOVED World War Z and this collection of short stories is another good wee zombie read, just not up there with Z. Max Brooks (son of Mel) is the master of writing zombie stories, but he writes about zombies not just as a gritty horror but “as the perfect lens for examining societal collapse. Zombies are SARS... or the hurricane that drowned an entire city or ‘the master race’ that burned an entire continent” as Brooks tells it. It’s his way of commenting on our society and our own destruction of it.

One of my favourite and most poignant quotes from this book was the one which absolutely describes what we are doing to our own species right now:

“We are predators! They are the plague! Predators know not to overhunt, or overpopulate! We always know to leave one egg in the nest! We know that survival depends on maintaining the balance between ourselves and our prey! A disease doesn’t know that! A disease will grow and grow until its infected its entire host!... It can not grasp the long term consequences of its actions... We can but we don’t! We’ve been condoning it! We’ve been CELEBRATING it! For the last few years we’ve been blithely dancing in a parade to our own extinction!”

mhairi's review

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Originally posted at Mhairi Reads.

Coming in at a baby 124 pages, Max Brook’s collection of four short stories continues on from the amazing World War Z. It took me a while to pick up a copy of this, only because it was initially retailing at around $20 (AU) at my local bookstore and I couldn’t justify spending that much on a tiny book, even if its predecessor is one of my all time favourite novels.

I came to this with pretty high expectations. Of the four stories, I most enjoyed ‘The Extinction Parade’, by far the longest in the book, where Brooks adds vampires to his undead legions. I really liked the way he built their community and that it could be read as inhabiting the same world as World War Z or another one entirely.

‘Closure Limited’ and ‘Great Wall’ both fit well with his previous novel and are enjoyable reads but ‘Steve and Fred’ left me cold. It just felt like a bit of a nothing story to me, more of a place filler. It contrasts the thrilling ‘fictional’ world of zombies and the harsh ‘reality’ of Brook’s universe but there’s no pay off (which, to be fair, might be the point).

All in all it’s an okay read but you’re not missing anything if you skip this offering from Brooks.

3 stars

laurahuelin's review

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Me ha encantado, pero este libro debe considerarse un anexo a [b:World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War|8908|World War Z An Oral History of the Zombie War|Max Brooks||817], no un libro autónomo. Sin conocer la otra novela antes no creo que se entienda ninguno de los relatos y es casi imposible que guste. Sin embargo, me parece una curiosidad y un pequeño alivio para los que nos quedamos maravillados con Guerra Mundial Z y que, tras llegar a la última página, nos quedamos con ganas de más.