Closure, Limited and Other Zombie Tales MOBI á and

Closure, Limited and Other Zombie Tales MOBI á and
  • Audio CD
  • Closure, Limited and Other Zombie Tales
  • Max Brooks
  • 08 April 2019
  • 1978603894

Closure, Limited and Other Zombie Tales[Ebook] ➩ Closure, Limited and Other Zombie Tales Author Max Brooks – Essayreview.co.uk A terrifying new collection of short stories from the master of zombie fiction, Max Brooks, best selling author of World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide and Recorded Attacks A terrifying new collection of short stories and Other eBook ¸ from the master of zombie fiction, Max Brooks, best Closure, Limited Epub / selling author of World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide and Recorded Attacks.


About the Author: Max Brooks

Max Brooks is The New York Times and Other eBook ¸ bestselling author of The Zombie Survival Guide and World Closure, Limited Epub / War Z He has been called the Studs Terkel of zombie journalism Brooks is the son of Limited and Other MOBI ï director Mel Brooks and the late actress Anne Bancroft He is a graduate of Pitzer College His wife, Michelle, is a screenwriter, and the couple have a son, Henry.


10 thoughts on “Closure, Limited and Other Zombie Tales

  1. says:

    These zombie stories, can t live with em, can t kill em off Despite the zombie subgenre fad having passed ages ago, books like this one keep popping up to feed off of readers everywhere And from time to time everybody likes a good zombie thing, like an old George Romero film or a well written story, but not when it s been done a hundred times before and then some Closure, Limited has no depth in my opinion, no originality, not even anything new to offer the genre other than the usual post a These zombie stories, can t live with em, can t kill em off Despite the zombie subgenre fad having passed ages ago, books like this one keep popping up to feed off of readers everywhere And from time to time everybody likes a good zombie thing, like an old George Romero film or a well written story, but not when it s been done a hundred times before and then some Closure, Limited has no depth in my opinion, no originality, not even anything new to offer the genre other than the usual post apocalyptic brain eating ghouls and run of the mill trope based survivor characters

  2. says:

    I really enjoy Max Brooks stories I love his insightful way of looking at the zombie culture, what it represents, what it means for us, what we would, or could, do about it if it were to occur.I recently recommended Max s World War Z to a friend, and loaned him my copy so he could read it Don t worry, it s back in my possession now, and unharmed D He returned it with the comment that it was probably one of the best stories about society in crisis he d ever read, and that the realism was i I really enjoy Max Brooks stories I love his insightful way of looking at the zombie culture, what it represents, what it means for us, what we would, or could, do about it if it were to occur.I recently recommended Max s World War Z to a friend, and loaned him my copy so he could read it Don t worry, it s back in my possession now, and unharmed D He returned it with the comment that it was probably one of the best stories about society in crisis he d ever read, and that the realism was incredible I completely agree, which is why I recommended it to him in the first place So anyway, my point in mentioning this is that Max Brooks books have been on my mind recently, and so when I was browsing Audible last night looking for something to listen to so I could clean the kitchen What Like you don t , I discovered Closure Limited I d never heard of it before, so I was kinda excited by the thought of new material.So, I downloaded, listened, and cleaned in that order Priorities, people O_oOverall, I liked this maybe not AS much as Zombie Survival Guide or World War Z, but close I think part of what detracted from this a bit was the format and the reading For one thing, the reader sounded a lot like Max Brooks himself to me I have heard Max read on the WWZ audiobook the abridged one I ve yet to listen to the newer unabridged version , and I ve seen him on that one zombie documentary show that I can t think of the name of IMDBs Zombies A Living History So for the intro, the reader s voice worked fine for me but in the stories themselves it wasn t the best match.That s not to say that the performance wasn t good It was good, but I am kinda picky when it comes to audiobook readers, and I wouldn t say that Christopher Ragland is among my favorites The male voices were OK but the females were not And three times he had to do accents one from The Netherlands if I remember right , another from Vietnam, and then a woman from China Oddly, the Chinese woman s voice distracted me the least, which was kind of contradictory to how I felt about how he read other women maybe it was thestaccato way in which he read her that helped Not sure.Before I talk about the individual stories, I ll just mention one other thing that detracted from this book for me, with regards to the audio version That issue is that each story is headed by a chapter Chapter One Closure Limited I didn t actually NOTICE this, though, until midway through the 2nd story, when I was wondering what the hell the events I was listening to had to do with where I thought the story was going I m used to stories jumping around at chapter breaks It gives a different perspective, and progresses the story, etc, so I heard, Chapter Two Steve Fred and didn t think anything of it being a NEW story, but a 2nd chapter in the story I was listening to already.It was a little distracting, the be honest Probably in print form, this wouldn t be an issue, because I d know, getting to the next story, that it s not really Chapter Two Anyway, so when I eventually realized that it was a different story, it made a LOTsense.Moving on to the stories themselves, I really enjoyed them.Closure Limited Think about a zombie apocalypse You know that the undead are everywhere, and that they are relentless killing, and turning, machines Think about your loved ones, the ones that are now out of contact with you in your safehouse, or compound, or whatever You don t know whether they are alive or dead or undead You hope that they are alive, but the odds are slim After a while, the wondering starts to get to you it starts to be harder to live with NOT knowing than it would be to just mourn That s where Closure Limited comes in they allow you to end that uncertainty They provide a service that gives just what their name says closure Granted, there s a certain amount of self deception that s required, because, after all, you HIRED this company to give you closure but if you just need the symbolic aspect, you re all set.This one really made me think It is kind of awful in its way, and extremely risky, but could I really say that I wouldn t want something like this to exist if I was in the situation of needing it At the very least, it would be cathartic to destroy the hope that just stubbornly hangs on and insists on tormenting usSteve Fred When I listened to this one last night, I was not impressed It didn t help that I didn t realize it was a new story as I mentioned above , but to add to that the story also has a shift of its own So, to be fair, I listened to this one again this morning, and I ve changed my initial opinion This is a GOOD story It s like a little polaroid of a story, one that is still working on developing toward the middle There s not much to this one it s 22 minutes long, so, maybe I d estimate a similar number of pages if the reader goes through 1 per minute Maybe double if he reads slower I dunno But either way, the way it expands to show the whole situation is impressive, and enormous in its capacity for dread And the irony of the story within a story aspect is not lost on me This is good stuff The Extinction Parade This one is probably my least favorite of the lot, and oddly enough for the unreality of this zombie story containing vampires Yes Really I mean, it s not that I m against vampires and zombies in the same story in fact, usually I m good with that But in Max Brooks universe, zombies invade the normal, everyday world due to a virus There s nothing paranormal about them So the insertion of the paranormal here just felt out of place That being said, if I put that aside, the story is still a good one It brings to light the concept of resources that if suddenly a previously thought continually renewable resource suddenly starts to dwindle, would those who rely on the resource notice in time to stop it COULD they stop it even if they did The Great Wall This story, previous to my re listen to Steve Fred, was my favorite of the four Now, I d say they are tied I loved this story for everything that it represented in terms of human resilience and stoicism and courage It brought tears to my eyes, both of pride and sadness, and I loved every second of it This one is definitely a keeper for anyone who enjoys zombie lit, or who is a fan of Max Brooks, or both I definitely recommend it

  3. says:

    If I had paid 5.99 for this book I d have been extremely pissed off It s only 120 pages the print over covers about three quarters of the page and. well it s not great I loved LOVED World War Z but this does not live up to it, it s wreaks of cheap, lazy money making off the back of that Even the writing isn t up to Brook s usual standard I can only assume the endorsements on the back are for World War Z, and whoever wrote the blurb that calls this a terrifying new collection of short If I had paid 5.99 for this book I d have been extremely pissed off It s only 120 pages the print over covers about three quarters of the page and. well it s not great I loved LOVED World War Z but this does not live up to it, it s wreaks of cheap, lazy money making off the back of that Even the writing isn t up to Brook s usual standard I can only assume the endorsements on the back are for World War Z, and whoever wrote the blurb that calls this a terrifying new collection of short stories has clearly not read it or is a damn liar To be honest it barely even warrants writing a review for. but here we go..Two of the stories are completely forgettable, one is average and the fourth the one that makes the majority of the pages was not bad which is why it gets two stars.The first story The titular Closure Limited is set with World War Z, and while it was one of the better ones, and pretty creepy, I had the feeling that I d read it before Either I have and forgot, or it was included in the copy of World War Z I have Who knows. my memory is bad Steve and Fred was just crap It was boring and I found it impossible to focus on it It s not worth your time The Extinction Parade earns the two stars It s 54 of the pages, and it was an interesting idea telling the zombie story from the point of view of vampires Don t get me wrong. even this could have been a lot, LOT, better but I liked the idea, and some of it was cool.The final story Great Wall A story from the Zombie War was ok but instantly forgettable It s in the style of World War Z as a first person account of survival, but isolated on its own it s not of much interest.Honestly. don t pick up this book If you ve never read Max Brooks stay away. get World War Z. he s much much better than this pile of garbage If you are a fan I ll still warn you to stay away, don t tarnish your memories of his work It only took me a few hours to read, and it was my 50th book of the year. just a shame I went on on 2014 with this disappointing waste of time

  4. says:

    Four short zombie stories from the zombie master himself Closure, Limited A Story of World War Z Picks up right where WWZ ended in the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse The interviewer visits a post war company that goes to great lengths to make zeds up like lost loved ones so that the client can achieve some measure of closure With a handgun Well written and realistic, a solid addition to the oral history of the zombie war 4 stars Four short zombie stories from the zombie master himself Closure, Limited A Story of World War Z Picks up right where WWZ ended in the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse The interviewer visits a post war company that goes to great lengths to make zeds up like lost loved ones so that the client can achieve some measure of closure With a handgun Well written and realistic, a solid addition to the oral history of the zombie war 4 stars Steve and Fred Steve is an 80s style action hero He scores headshots at 200 yards while racing a motorcycle at high speed He Evel Knevels an 8 foot fence using a ramp of squirming body parts He tosses off idiotic snappy one liners And he does it all with a Hot Lady Scientist the second most tiresome character trope, after Moody Angst Ridden Teen clinging to him for guidance and protection I wanted Steve and HLS to get eaten for lowering my IQ.Except view spoiler OH, Steve isn t real. He s the main character in a dumb novel being read by a janitor stuck in a closet Fred has been trapped for weeks by a horde of zombies Fred is an incompetent, obese coward and Steve s perfect antithesis Fred will soon be ignominiously dead A fantastic reversal and juxtaposition And my own reversal was striking, how I went from hating Steve s story to loving it based only on the change in context Oh, it s not a shit story it s a terrific DEPICTION of a shit story hide spoiler 5 stars The Extinction Parade The spoiled, narcissistic vampire community smirks at humanity s struggles with the zombie apocalypse, until it suddenly dawns on them that their food is about to go extinct A few vampires actually find the will to fight for their own survival And, tangentially, man s.Eh, it reads like it failed to go through editing A contradictory triple negative here, a clearly missing word there Lines like I fantasized that suddenly hundreds of us would suddenly materialize out of the night Amateur hour It detracted from a well conceived story 3 stars Great Wall A Story from the Zombie War First paragraph a general store near the SIGHT of its former location I think I saw this exact mistake three times Did Brooks voice to text this one in on his celphone Sigh.Anyway, this is another solid WWZ chapter A Chinese survivor describes the desperate battle to rebuild the Great Wall of China before the arrival of the million strong mass of zombies People melting sand into glass bricks as fast as possible, dropping dead of dehydration and exhaustion by the thousands Long on wonderful details and logistics 5 stars This short anthology was even better on second read, back to back with World War Z

  5. says:

    This is a great little book with a few short zombie storiesIf you re expecting descriptions of gore however then avoid this book, this looksat the survivors and the war they wage upon the undead in order to survive It deals with self sacrifice, hope and strategy I particularly enjoyed the story The Extinction Parade because it dealt with vampires too..All in all a great book if you re after something to read in a day, however it fell short of 5 stars because I would have liked to ha This is a great little book with a few short zombie storiesIf you re expecting descriptions of gore however then avoid this book, this looksat the survivors and the war they wage upon the undead in order to survive It deals with self sacrifice, hope and strategy I particularly enjoyed the story The Extinction Parade because it dealt with vampires too..All in all a great book if you re after something to read in a day, however it fell short of 5 stars because I would have liked to have seenfrom the 2nd story

  6. says:

    Holy crap, it really is short Anthology includes 4 stories, all in the same world as WWZ, set during and after the war.Chapter 1 Set after the war, a company makes bank view spoiler altering zombies to resemble lost loved, or not so loved, persons People pay for the privilege of putting a loved one out of their misery, or to enjoy the chance to pop a few rounds into someone who always really deserved it hide spoiler This one had the voice closest to WWZ, in my opinion, but its all buil Holy crap, it really is short Anthology includes 4 stories, all in the same world as WWZ, set during and after the war.Chapter 1 Set after the war, a company makes bank view spoiler altering zombies to resemble lost loved, or not so loved, persons People pay for the privilege of putting a loved one out of their misery, or to enjoy the chance to pop a few rounds into someone who always really deserved it hide spoiler This one had the voice closest to WWZ, in my opinion, but its all build up to a big reveal that wasn t that big Enjoyable, and probably the strongest of the four, but I don t know how much re read value it has Chapter 2 Short story about a man trapped view spoiler in a water closet, with only the toilet tank for water and his belt for food He holds out hope of rescue as he starves to death hide spoiler I kept comparing it to the 2004 Dawn of the Dead short film, The Lost Tape Andy s Terrifying Last Days Revealed It doesn t have the quite pure dread of The Lost Tape and it really needs it , but it has a cute intro that plays with your assumptions An average tale Chapter 3 Man, this was the odd one out It was one of the most fleshed out stories, but was completely out of left field I enjoy little twists on my expectations see Clean Sweep , but this was a massive shift for the established universe, and not one I am sure can be pulled off in a single short story In short view spoiler Vampires Super fast, super strong, sunlight sensitive,human eating, immortal vampires hide spoiler It wasn t terrible, just an average short, but it didn t fit The characters also seemed kinda dim, but that is explained in universe as view spoiler the memories of an immortal gradually taking up too much brain real estate for conscious thought hide spoiler.Chapter 4 Short story centered in China and the rebuilding of the Great Wall If you liked WWZ you ll probably enjoy it it feels like and its alluded to as cut content from that book Its hard to say More of the same without it sounding like an insult This book overall is definitely weaker than the first two entries in the series, but I think its still a bit ahead of The Zombie Survival Guide Recorded Attacks My biggest issue is the length it really is short 2 3short stories would have made a huge difference

  7. says:

    I can t get enough of this author so I got this book through interlibrary loan It ended up coming from Ohio Crazy.So the first story follows the writing style and it s okay It s really secretive until the end so I don t want to give anything away but I m not sure why the excess effort would be spent on something like this when there s civilization to rebuild I suppose it depends on how long after the war the story was.The second story was two stories in one and were told in a completely diff I can t get enough of this author so I got this book through interlibrary loan It ended up coming from Ohio Crazy.So the first story follows the writing style and it s okay It s really secretive until the end so I don t want to give anything away but I m not sure why the excess effort would be spent on something like this when there s civilization to rebuild I suppose it depends on how long after the war the story was.The second story was two stories in one and were told in a completely different way from WWZ Uplifting and sad at the same time in an Atonement sort of way.I m pretty sure the third story was the longest in the book It s concept is freshest It focuses on vampires and how nonchalant they are about the breakout because humans have always been able to contain it At first, I thought that it was a bit unrealistic I mean,than there being vampires and zombies, obviously that you wouldn t worry about your one food source getting a virus and dying out but aren t humans doing that right now with earth compelling.The last story is also a nod to the original book with a woman who took part in rebuilding the Great Wall of China this time from the outside to keep the zombies in It was good, gritty, just like the original book.Overall it was a super quick read and I m so starved for another book like WWZ that I ll read anything having to do with it

  8. says:

    This was a short a very very short collection of just 4 short stories seemingly set in the same universe as World War Z An Oral History of the Zombie War I say seemingly because it is not specifically stated as such, it is just that the stories are all zombie related All are entertaining in their own way, the best of the bunch is probably the one which posits the question of how vampires might react to their food source all turning dead and inedible It s a question that has been asked befo This was a short a very very short collection of just 4 short stories seemingly set in the same universe as World War Z An Oral History of the Zombie War I say seemingly because it is not specifically stated as such, it is just that the stories are all zombie related All are entertaining in their own way, the best of the bunch is probably the one which posits the question of how vampires might react to their food source all turning dead and inedible It s a question that has been asked before, such as Spike s defense of humans in Buffy the Vampire Slayerby calling them Happy meals on legs and the film Daybreakers, but it is told in an entertaining way here I also appreciated seeing points of view from other countries and cultures, such as the story set in China.In the end though, such a small morsel doesn t really fill you up, and the author might have been better to wait until he hadstories to fill a book This smells just like it is, a cash in from the film based on his World War Z

  9. says:

    Decent zombie stories, but disappointing Max Brooks stories.

  10. says:

    I ve been hooked and smashed by World War Z so I wantedI enjoyed these short stories, especially the one with vampires Now I m on my way to finally read The Zombie Survival Guide

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