Just a few links I have found and enjoyed all about zombies!
Plus, a quick quiz to see how long you would survive … I make it apparently a few months surprisingly!
And finally … some zombie films … *** I have not seen them all so can not say if they are good in any way*** but thought someone may want to see some of these!
I enjoyed this book quite a bit, actually! I liked how the book was a compilation of multiple stories from people all over the world and from all walks of life. I also enjoyed the fact that the book was clearly separated into sections and gave views about more than just the actual outbreak. Reading this book has made me consider possibly reading the rest of his books as well, such as The Zombie Survival Guide.
My favourite story was the first one about the Chinese doctor who interacted with Patient Zero. I found it fascinating to think that someone who had interacted that closely with Patient Zero was still alive and able to tell the tale many years later. I would have assumed that whoever had contact with Patient Zero would not have survived, because of the close proximity to the disease when it was not known what it is.
The zombie apocalypse has started … stuck in the city, I become a zombie or “straggler”. What would I do?
Honestly, I probably would find myself in a library attempting to shelve books or at home curled up in blankets attempting to read. That or catching a bus trying to get to campus … whatever my usual daily routine that day would be, I would probably stick to it. Books are such a big part of my life that whatever I do, it would probably somehow involve books.
I don’t think I would survive very long as I would want to help as many people as I could. I would give food, blankets, and shelter to as many and probably more than I could feasibly protect or help. I wouldn’t want to leave anyone behind and I don’t know if I would actually be able to kill someone. If I was in the city, I think my chances of survival would be much lower than if I was out in the country somewhere. If I was in the country and didn’t have to kill people/zombies and had food and supplies to help the people who came through, I could probably survive for a while … at least until the zombies come to the country!
I think I would rather be in the country for several reasons: Firstly, your closest neighbours would be much further away and thus you would have a better chance of not getting bit and having time to secure your house. Secondly, there would be more visual warning if and when the zombies came. As well, you would have less competition for food and would have the land around on which food could be grown if properly secured. There is also the chance that you may have a water source such as a river or pond that you are able to get water from to survive.
In the city, you would have a much harder time escaping zombies and the virus/zombie disease would spread much faster. In addition, there would be a significant number of people to fight for supplies, which would be much more scarce as well.
I honestly did not finish this book. I found it extremely slow moving and boring in the beginning. I have heard that the third part of the book makes up for the rest, so maybe someday I will finish it.
I found the zombies or “stragglers” very different then my original idea of what zombies were. They didn’t attack until disturbed, so even if they had heard a sound they had not turned to it and tried to attack or get to it. The idea that they would stay and not eat each other in desperation to try and stay alive was also curious (although maybe I just didn’t read far enough into the book!).
I did enjoy the fact that, as the reader, you were clearly able to follow his path and where his memories were made. I did find an interactive map as well that made the whole journey a much more visual idea (http://thezombiearchive.com/map-zombie.html) . I like to have visuals such as this because then it feels more realistic and I am able to place myself in the shoes of the characters easier.
One thing I did notice about the book Feed was the multiple references to various popular things, including works of literature such as T.S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland” (referenced in one of Shaun’s first blog posts) and of course in the names of all of the female characters (Georgia referencing George Romero and Buffy referencing Buffy the Vampire Slayer). There did seem to be a lot of these references. I did not find them overly intrusive or annoying until the same thing had been referenced multiple times. As some one who hadn’t known a lot of zombie writers or movie facts, I found the explanation of the references wonderful. I do understand how someone who has some knowledge of these zombie facts could find it rather annoying. I think that through the use of these references, Mira Grant is trying to bring in some of the “normal” of before the virus and reconnect the people to the world that had been lost.