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Max Brooks was born in New York City on May 22, 1972. He received a bachelor's degree in history from Pitzer College. From 2001 to 2003, he was a member of the writing team at Saturday Night Live and won an Emmy for his work. He is the author of The Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z: An Oral mostrar mais History of the Zombie War, and The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks. World War Z was made into a movie starring Brad Pitt. He is also a television and voice-over actor. He has appeared on Roseanne, To Be or Not to Be, Pacific Blue, and 7th Heaven. His voice-over work includes Batman Beyond, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, and Justice League. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Max Brooks

The Zombie Survival Guide (2003) 7,319 exemplares
Minecraft: The Island (2017) 438 exemplares
The Harlem Hellfighters (2014) 288 exemplares
Closure, Limited (2012) 96 exemplares
Minecraft: The Mountain (2021) — Autor — 72 exemplares
World War Z: The Art of the Film (2013) 11 exemplares
Minecraft: The Village (2023) — Autor — 9 exemplares
In de val (2020) 3 exemplares
The Extinction Parade #3 (2013) 2 exemplares
Zombie Survival Mini Note Pads (2008) 2 exemplares
L'armée des morts (2014) 2 exemplares
The Extinction Parade #2 (2013) 2 exemplares
The Extinction Parade #5 (2014) 1 exemplar
Boom, Corrie Ten 1 exemplar
War of the Zombies — Autor — 1 exemplar
The Extinction Parade (2014) 1 exemplar
The Great Wall (2017) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The New Dead: A Zombie Anthology (2010) — Contribuidor — 370 exemplares
World War Z [2013 film] (2013) — Story — 357 exemplares
Zombies: The Recent Dead (2010) — Contribuidor — 122 exemplares
Dark Delicacies II: Fear (2007) — Contribuidor — 111 exemplares
To Be or Not to Be [1983 film] (1988) — Actor — 42 exemplares

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Book Discussion: World War Z *Spoiler Free* em The Green Dragon (Abril 2010)
World War Z and the End of Civilization em Thing(amabrarian)s That Go Bump in the Night (Janeiro 2008)

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Usually, I dislike zombie movies and stories, but I was impressed by this. It's really well done, like a collection of interviews from a real event. The cast does a good job presenting the overall story and it's enjoyable to listen to.
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JohnMB69 | 710 outras críticas | Feb 23, 2024 |
Well that was disappointing. I was really excited about the prospect of a Bigfoot horror/survival story, but "Devolution" didn't deliver. Half of this book is Brooks preaching about people's lack of survival skills, reliance on electronics, lack of natural disaster preparedness, and a whole host of other topics, and it's funny because I actually agree with him on many on these points, but the incessant harping about all these things got SO TEDIOUS. I probably sound like one of the people Brooks was narrating against, but it got to the moment where all I was thinking was, "Can we PLEASE just stop being serious and get back to the story?! " Yeah, he made some great points, but in doing so he sacrificed a lot of plot development.

The other half of the story is predictable and substitutes blood and gore in place of real terror. Sure, I had a chill here and there, but it was the same chill you get from watching a C-list horror movie knowing from the increasingly spooky music that some dude in a mask is about to jump out of a closet. Also, there was nothing new offered to the Bigfoot legend, or even anything that was new, period. It was, again, like a subpar movie, although now it's one of those survival ones where a wizened old scientist quips, "Humans took over Mother Nature...now Mother Nature is taking back what belongs to her!" I could have only read the first and last chapters of this book and then told you with 90% accuracy what happens, who dies, and what the climax of the book looks like. I went into this book prepared to enjoy every second of the Bigfoot-ness, but even as I was trying to force myself to like it I just couldn't: as the story went on it just devolved (lol) into a hot mess of predictable tropes and plot points, unlikeable characters, and dry dialogue.

There are other numerous little things I don't think were well done (the main character, Katie, is annoying as HELL; the Bigfoot for some reason speak a vaguely defined "American folk language" that SOMEHOW another character speaks, too; a bunch of really unnecessary footnotes) but I'm just leaving it here.

Can someone PLEASE write some good cryptid novels?! Cause this ain't it.

TL;DR "Devolution" is basically just the "Jurassic Park" movie but with Bigfoot. Spielberg=1, Brooks=0.
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deborahee | 54 outras críticas | Feb 23, 2024 |
I think this book was more like a distopian work of fiction than pure horror. It's not really a novel: it's a collection of fictional interviews with survivors of a zombie epidemic. People from all creeds and nations describe national politics and personal feelings.
This book is more like a very elaborate description of a setting, a bit like what Jose Saramago does in Death With Interruptions. It was a fascinating read.
 
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jd7h | 710 outras críticas | Feb 18, 2024 |
Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre by Max Brooks is set in the deep Pacific Northwest forests near Mount Rainier in Washington State. The story is set in a small, isolated community developed specifically for technologically-dependent people. They are suddenly cut off from the rest of the world by a volcanic eruption. Then in addition to lacking outdoor survival skills and resources, they find themselves being attacked by a group of Bigfoot. While usually any writing about the legendary Sasquatch emphasizes that they are shy, solitary creatures, in this book they are like a tribe of chimpanzee, following a female leader and working together as a cohesive unit.

The story is dark and violent so words like “fun” and “enjoy” seem rather inappropriate but this stylish, dark, and captivating tale certainly pleased me. This isn’t a slow build up to excitement, the imaginative story quickly became disturbing and frightening. I live in the Pacific Northwest and do not for a moment believe in the Sasquatch but as a scary monster story, Devolution is very well done.

The author doesn’t bother with questions like “how did they get here?” or “where did they originate?” he simply jumps into this story of super-predators driven by hunger, stalking and hunting a group of lessor beings. As horror stories go, this one is a good one.
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DeltaQueen50 | 54 outras críticas | Feb 11, 2024 |

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