I reluctantly started this one and finished it enthusiastically
A friend from work had World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War on his desk and said I should read it.
Zombies!? No thanks!
I've avoided all of the Twilight books and the other undead/monster books. He pitched it by saying it was fictional (of course!) but modeled after the very real work of Studs Terkel, The Good War: An Oral History of World War II. For those that don't know, Terkel interviewed hundreds of people about World War II and arranged their interviews into a narrative of sorts that told the history of the war.
Well, that wasn't much of a selling point either because I never really got into Studs Terkel very much, so this was strike two. But, I took it home and started reading.
There are recurring characters but the four that struck me the most were the Japanese gardener and the computer geek, the Chinese submarine and the dog handler. The dog handler struck me as the most "human" story of the bunch because of the unabashed affection and bond between dog and handler. I was actually moved to tears about this fictional story about a man and his dachshund/beagle mix - partially because I had one and he described its fiesty, independent, love to fight personality to a tee, and partially because they survived.
Well, there it is - I went from reluctant reader to nearly crying about what I was reading. That's why I'm giving it 5 stars out of 5.
By the way - so much better than the movie - and much different! Basically, they share a common theme and a title.
This book can be found on Amazon.com here: World War Z.
Reviewed on December 23, 2009.