The Official Zombie Handbook by Sean T. Page

Posted on: April 20, 2011

I’ll tell you something. If there ever were to be a zombie uprising, this is THE book I’d want on hand. In The Official Zombie Handbook, Sean Page covers everything from historical zombie attacks to what a person can do to fortify their homes once the dead have risen. Page is in the UK and that’s the focus of this book. Thus, there is little information on firearms. But a wide range of melee weapons are discussed, each rated on a uniform system as to how effective they will be against the undead.

Obviously, the book is written somewhat tongue in cheek. However, what Page has done here is write quite an effective survival manual, with information and tips applicable to a wide range of disasters. I particularly liked the sections on home fortification, as that is something often overlooked in most end of the world survival books.

Page covers all manner of preparations — food, water, transportation, medical needs, even reviewing various public and semi-public locations for places to go for shelter. Everything is discussed in a matter-of-fact form, yet very entertaining.

Honestly, I enjoyed the heck out of this book. It was a lot of fun and chock full of great information. The only downside was, being written by a Brit, there is a fair amount of terminology and slang with which I, living in the US, am not familiar.

All in all, if you have a horror fan on your gift list, or if your a fan yourself, pick up a copy of The Official Zombie Handbook. Fun reading and well worth the cover price.

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