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World War Z

I finally got a copy of "World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War". It's written by Max Brooks, who also wrote the Zombie Survival Guide which was both fun and informative.

When I got home from nerd night last night, rather than check email or watch Heroes or whatever, I just went to bed and started reading. I used to read myself to sleep every night, but anymore that's maybe 50% of the time. (The other 50% of the time, I'm either fightning ninjas to sleep, or playing the musical saw to sleep.)

I'm sure you can see why this was a mistake, and what the nature and character of my dreams last night were. No Austen romance, these. To start with, I was a doctor investigating the plague, and I had the hardest time getting the zombies to sit still at the clinic and let me get their pulse and heart-rate and so forth. It was almost as if they didn't want to be cured! Later things became more stressful and along the lines of staving off the inevitable, rather than actually escaping my fate. I do recall that the roaring of the zombies in my dreams was far more bestial than I'd have thought - which I took note of even as I tried to dig my way under the back of the tent and escape in a direction from which tthe zombies weren't coming. But then, the landscape was thick with them, so ...


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Jan. 23rd, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
Have you considered reading something like Winnie-the-Pooh before going to sleep?

Alternatively, you may consider a job as a Science Geek. We need people who have the nerves to take the pulse of zombies and scribble down notes while escaping from flesh-eating hordes.
Jan. 23rd, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
Well, as a Computer Geek I feel that I'm a pretty close cousin to the Science Geek, so we can at least compare (hastilly scribbled) notes.
Jan. 23rd, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
As long as you don't write them in ASCII or Pascal; I'm afraid I can only read a bit of Basic.
Jan. 23rd, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
WWZ is a great book, from what I read. I read about half over my Xmas vacation at a friend's house... It reads like it could be a real history/anthropology monograph.

Fortunately, I am not prone to zombie nightmares/dreams :o
Jan. 23rd, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
This book is on my list...down the road though. I've had the same experience the last few days. It's "Regents" week, meaning midterms for our students. We have a high English as a Second Language population, so my roomate who teaches 11th grade (the students taking the class) has been deluged with questions about where the ESL kids take the test.

Last night I had a dream that my wife was in my class and speaking Italian. I got so frustrated that I told her to "Shutta you mout!" and told her to go talk to Mr. Anderson (the head ESL teacher)
Jan. 24th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
Rob and I have been listening to this book on audio. Very good, that way... it's got a full cast, so each person is voiced by a different actor.
Jan. 24th, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
I also note that Brooks, presumably independently, came up with many of the same solutions that The Hobbit and I came up with for the Zombie Protocols.
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