Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Book Review - The Making of Zombie Wars - Aleksandar Hemon




“What doesn't kill you makes you horny”

I picked this book up on a complete whim, I knew absolutely nothing about either the story of the author. Basically, it looked cool and I judged the book by its cover...but opposite to how the saying goes, it worked out pretty well

The Making of the Zombie Wars is hard to describe... its about Josh Levin a neurotic American teacher who is trying to make it in the screenwriting world. The books blends both his Zombie Wars script idea with his real life - though I'll be honest I didn't really pay attention to the screen play parts, which I regretted when I finally got to the end - which I didn't understand?! I think I know what he was going for but.... its just didn't seem to work with me. I would happily have finished the book a chapter early to skip the ending as to me it just didn't fit. (If you've read it let me know what you think about the ending below, I haven't spoken to anyone else that has read to book yet so I really want to know what other people think about it!)

Zombie Wars is basically about a self absorbed guy, he thinks the world is against him and is very 'pity me, pity me' - he is kinda hard to like - who goes and fucks up his life even more. There is a lot of sex and violence, so if that isn't your thing, then this book isn't for you. 

Josh's landlord is probably one of the best characters, he is just so utterly mad, suffering from severe PTSD, which really helps progress the story - when you're like, wait, when the fuck did it get to bad, just blame him. I also ended up really liking Kimmy, Josh's girlfriend, and felt pretty bad for her in the end, she doesn't deserve a shit like Josh. I can't say I liked Ana, a woman in Josh's ESL class who comes onto him, I didn't pity her like I think we were supposed too, instead I see her as quite calculated and manipulating - not that Josh didn't deserve this.

I understand why some people don't like this book - 'oh look, another whiny white guy' - but I don't think you have to like Josh, you don't have to pity him for the shit that happens, I think I enjoyed it more just watching him fuck up his live.

I think I would give this book a 4 out of 5. I enjoyed how character driven it was, and it was an actual fnny read. 

Have any of you read The Making Of The Zombie Wars? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below. 
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