Anyone here read Max Brooks's "Zombie Survival Guide"

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Anyone here read Max Brooks's "Zombie Survival Guide"

Post by thegoatman » Mon Nov 18, 2013 3:49 pm

I'm trying to quantify the survivability probabilities in the specific locations mentioned in the book. If you have a statistics background, please PM me.

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Re: Anyone here read Max Brooks's "Zombie Survival Guide"

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Re: Anyone here read Max Brooks's "Zombie Survival Guide"

Post by Doryman » Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:17 pm

Never heard of it.
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Re: Anyone here read Max Brooks's "Zombie Survival Guide"

Post by yummbrains » Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:47 pm

I love that book. Hated stats though.

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Post by 74 or more » Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:58 am

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I've read it. It's a zombie book. Don't make it out to be more than it is. Have fun with it :)
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Re: Anyone here read Max Brooks's "Zombie Survival Guide"

Post by -Darkhorse- » Tue Nov 19, 2013 12:06 pm

I preferred the working title, or how to die horribly in a very stereotypical way during the zombie apocalypse. But to each their own.

I would possibly look into almost anything else for a source as how one should survive should the going get tough.

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Post by zykur » Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:25 am

I have it and its a fun read to kill time. I didn't know he was Mel Brooks son.

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Post by Rev » Thu Nov 21, 2013 1:01 am

Isn't he the guy who made Blazing Saddles?
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Re: Anyone here read Max Brooks's "Zombie Survival Guide"

Post by Sworbeyegib » Thu Nov 21, 2013 1:35 am

I remember when it came out, I was a senior in high school, and thought that it was just a great, fun read. Of course, after a few years I nitpicked the hell out allot of the details, but it is what it is.

I don't doubt that The Zombie Survival Guide, plus the Dawn of the Dead remake that came out in 2004 really pushed zombies back into the mainstream.

But trying to quantify "real" stats from a work of fiction is like trying to cook food out of pictures of the ingredients.
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Post by 74 or more » Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:33 am

Rev wrote:Isn't he the guy who made Blazing Saddles?
:shock:
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Post by Boondock » Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:50 am

74 or more wrote:
Rev wrote:Isn't he the guy who made Blazing Saddles?
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Yup. Max Brooks is the son of Mel Brooks.

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Post by Gaelin » Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:53 am

That's interesting. I never made that connection.
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Post by 74 or more » Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:08 am

Boondock wrote:
74 or more wrote:
Rev wrote:Isn't he the guy who made Blazing Saddles?
:shock:
Yup. Max Brooks is the son of Mel Brooks.
Actually I was :shock:ing at the fact that he didn't know Mel Brooks did Blazing Saddles. But I never made the Mel/Max connection. Pretty cool
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Post by Rev » Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:06 am

You try to Troll with some class and it always ends up with someone taking it seriously or just not getting it. Image
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Post by 74 or more » Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:44 am

Rev wrote:You try to Troll with some class and it always ends up with someone taking it seriously or just not getting it. Image
Sorry :oops:. The shock took over and my hands flew to the keyboard.
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Re: Anyone here read Max Brooks's "Zombie Survival Guide"

Post by Mikeyboy » Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:20 pm

74 or more wrote:
Boondock wrote:
74 or more wrote:
Rev wrote:Isn't he the guy who made Blazing Saddles?
:shock:
Yup. Max Brooks is the son of Mel Brooks.
Actually I was :shock:ing at the fact that he didn't know Mel Brooks did Blazing Saddles. But I never made the Mel/Max connection. Pretty cool
Yea I seen a tribute to Mel Brooks about 2 years ago when I was reading WWZ and the introduced his son and I was as all "WTF!" :ooh:

Its weird he got famous for Zombie stuff, he did some cartoon voice over work and minor acting in comedy/family shows, and was a writer for SNL. Yet his first two books on Zombies were instant hits.

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Post by Mikeyboy » Thu Nov 21, 2013 2:36 pm

thegoatman wrote:I'm trying to quantify the survivability probabilities in the specific locations mentioned in the book. If you have a statistics background, please PM me.
I don't own a copy of the Zombie Survival Guide and I am not a full blown mathematician, but I deal with some risk analysis with work. I'm curious, what are you looking at in the book and what is the question

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Post by wulfen » Tue Dec 24, 2013 8:01 pm

Mikeyboy wrote:
Yea I seen a tribute to Mel Brooks about 2 years ago when I was reading WWZ and the introduced his son and I was as all "WTF!" :ooh:

Its weird he got famous for Zombie stuff, he did some cartoon voice over work and minor acting in comedy/family shows, and was a writer for SNL. Yet his first two books on Zombies were instant hits.
He also won a couple Emmys for his writing on SNL, or at least his team did. I am not sure how writing teams get/split an Emmy win.

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Re: Anyone here read Max Brooks's "Zombie Survival Guide"

Post by Darkhunter » Tue Dec 24, 2013 11:03 pm

The only thing I like from the book is the Oil Drilling platform. Makes a good reasoning why it is the best of the worst in a SHTF plan.

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Re: Anyone here read Max Brooks's "Zombie Survival Guide"

Post by drop bear » Wed Dec 25, 2013 1:19 am

lost me at the ninja stars and katanas.

have we ever done our own?

I have allways had this idea about packing a ladder and sleeping on roofes.

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Post by Mikeyboy » Thu Dec 26, 2013 9:08 am

drop bear wrote:lost me at the ninja stars and katanas.

have we ever done our own?

I have allways had this idea about packing a ladder and sleeping on roofes.
I always wondered about that. Your classic zombie does not have the coordination to climb a ladder or walk a balance beam, and unless they do a WWZ dogpile they cannot climb. If I found a house, and barricaded it up the first thing I would do is take out some of the riser and runner planks out of the staircase to the 2nd floor. Leave just the stringer supports. Its just enough for you to climb up, but too difficult for zombies to climb.

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Post by drop bear » Fri Dec 27, 2013 12:38 am

Mikeyboy wrote:
drop bear wrote:lost me at the ninja stars and katanas.

have we ever done our own?

I have allways had this idea about packing a ladder and sleeping on roofes.
I always wondered about that. Your classic zombie does not have the coordination to climb a ladder or walk a balance beam, and unless they do a WWZ dogpile they cannot climb. If I found a house, and barricaded it up the first thing I would do is take out some of the riser and runner planks out of the staircase to the 2nd floor. Leave just the stringer supports. Its just enough for you to climb up, but too difficult for zombies to climb.

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Like a cattle grid.
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Post by drop bear » Fri Dec 27, 2013 12:43 am

And they make tacticool ladders.
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Re: Anyone here read Max Brooks's "Zombie Survival Guide"

Post by Mikeyboy » Fri Dec 27, 2013 9:59 am

drop bear wrote:
Mikeyboy wrote:
drop bear wrote:lost me at the ninja stars and katanas.

have we ever done our own?

I have allways had this idea about packing a ladder and sleeping on roofes.
I always wondered about that. Your classic zombie does not have the coordination to climb a ladder or walk a balance beam, and unless they do a WWZ dogpile they cannot climb. If I found a house, and barricaded it up the first thing I would do is take out some of the riser and runner planks out of the staircase to the 2nd floor. Leave just the stringer supports. Its just enough for you to climb up, but too difficult for zombies to climb.

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Like a cattle grid.
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Sort of, but I think zombies are dumber then cattle. Horizontal barriers like that zombies would still attempt to cross and get stuck, or like the pits in TWD the would fall in the hole, or get stuck in the mud. You would need to maintain it, and risk getting bit. If not over time they would clog up the cattle barrier, or fill a pit or mud puddle, to the point where it makes a bridge of zombie bodies to walk over.

On a side note I seen "virtual" cattle grids painted on the ground before. Cows and sheep still look and the black and white pattern and say to themselves, "crap that looks like a cattle guard, I'm not walking over that."

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Meanwhile I can stand on a roof of a tall building in a city, and a zombie can be standing on another roof across the street and "in theory" I can yell "come and get me" and the zombie would shamble right off the roof and fall to its death.

Going Vertical would be better, but then you run the risk of being trapped on the 2nd floor, roof, treehouse, etc. You might be stuck there like people in a sieged castle

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