Zombies are wildly popular! Many of you mailed in for a chance to win free tickets to the upcoming movie World War Z. The winners are:
Arnoud Pinoit, Oona Juutinen & Youri Zoutman
Congratulations! To everyone else: sorry you weren’t lucky this time, but keep checking this blog for future prize draws.
Now, we asked you 2 questions, and your answers had us in stitches! Seriously, ABC customers are the best in the world! And you all have clearly done some very in-depth prep work… 😉
Enjoy all the suggestions made by other entrants. You’ll have to scroll down a bit for all the answers to the second question.
1. What is your favorite zombie/disaster/post-apocalyptic book and why?
My favourite book is World War Z. I find it on the one hand highly entertaining and on the other remarkable in its combination of actual sociopolitical issues.
My favorite post/apocalyptic book would have to be The Road because of its terrifyingly realistic portrayal of how such a scenario could unfold. Human nature reduced to raw animal/cannibal instinct. Luckily there is a little hope at the end… or I would have just sat down and died from sadness and despair!! 😀
My favorite post-apocalyptic book is Frederic Pohl’s A Plague Of Pythons (1965). In that book, a few people play with the rest of humanity by turning them into zombies. Doesn’t it sound familiar?
I hate to have to not answer a question, but it’s impossible to choose my favourite zombie/disaster/post-apocalyptic book. I write a blog that specializes in post-apocalyptic and dystopian books, for christ’s sake! So I’ve most definitely read my fair of those books – and loved most of them, too! But I guess if push came to shove I might mention either The Handmaid’s Tale or Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. Or Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead. Or Into the Forest by Jean Hegland. Or… Right, no, I really, really cannot choose just one.
My favorite zombie book is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls due to its sheer novelty and uniqueness. As an avid Jane Austen AND zombie-fiction fan, seeing them each reinvented through combination was sheer delight to me as a reader. This slim book was unputdownable for me, and remains tantalizing yet light enough for me to return to in the future as many times as I have returned to the original Pride and Prejudice or (the remake of) the Dawn of the Dead film in the past.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy because it takes post-apocalytic genre to a new level. Very dark, depressing and thought provoking.
George Romero, Night of the Living Dead.
Best zombie book is The Zombie Survival Guide, which I have signed by a Zombie Survivor from Dublin, who has an entire Save Dublin From Zombies plan.
My favorite Zombie book is World War Z because I like how the story is told through individual accounts rather than specific characters that are followed throughout the book. Because of the way the story is told World War Z is one of the most unique books I’ve ever read and it was a pleasure to read as well.
My favorite “zombie/disaster/post-apocalyptic book is The Road. Why? This book doesn’t just describe the things that happen in such horrible circumstances, and granted, there are no zombies, but it makes one think about how important the people and relationships they have are. With little instruction, the reader is forced tho value the little things in his life that seemed benign and “everyday” prior to the event.
My favorite zombie book is The Zombie Survival Guide. The why is because it opened my mind to the results of an pandemic of a deadly diseases and what you can do to survive.
My best book would be World War Z coz the film looks zombietastic.
The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore. While most zombie novels are extremely dramatic and serious, Christopher Moore’s The Stupidest Angel takes the Zombie genre and turns it into a hilarious story of small town people trying to survive the Christmas holidays and getting attacked by zombies in the process.
2. What would be your weapon of choice in the event of a zombie apocalypse?
My weapon of choice would be a samurai sword – an exceptionally sharp samurai sword.
My weapon of choice in the event of a zombie apocalypse: throw them one by one from the top of a cliff. And enjoy the splash sounds.
My weapon of choice would probably be a crowbar. It’s one handy bugger to have around in general, and it’ll also never run out of ammo.
In the event of a zombie apocalypse, my preferred weapon would be a sharp but light sword, similar to the katana carried by Michonne in The Walking Dead or else the swords of the Braavosi watermen in A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones. Essentially, I would want a non-noisy weapon that could be used at a relative distance without a huge amount of strength necessary (I am a small woman). In the beginning, I would only be able to “stick them with the pointy end,” but the self-training (likely largely with the help of books from the library) would have the bonus of offering a centering meditation practice and give me a purpose to propel me through the downfall of humanity.
My weapon will be a flame thrower.
A club. Distance.
My weapon of choice would be a spear because with the long shaft there would still be a good amount of distance between me and the zombie.
My weapon of choice in the case of a zombie apocalypse would be the air weapon used by Benicio del Toro’s character in the movie No Country for Old Men, since it makes little noise and can obliterate the brains of any zombie. In every zombie movie, a head shot is a kill.
My weapon of choice during the event of a zombie apocalypse would be a metal staff, because they don’t need reloading or maintenance.
My weapon of choice would be to turn myself invisible.
A crossbow, mainly because, unlike with guns, the ammo is reusable which I guess is maybe the best asset in an apocalypse scenario.
Image credits aren’t always known but included in the picture info when I did find out. Click on the weapon’s picture above or else the name to the right to see the website where I found the image: lightsaber, samurai sword, cliff, crowbar, Arya with Needle, M16, flame thrower, Captain Caveman, shaolin spear, Anton Chigurgh’s airgun, metal staff, Violet, Daryl Dixon.