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It's the month of October and I believe reading Zombie Novels would be a great thing to do, it goes along quite well with the Halloween atmosphere. If you haven't already known, I'm a huge enthusiast for anything zombie. I've read a number already and I thought that I should definitely share my favorites with you guys before the month ends. 

1. World War Z by Max Brooks - Most of you have probably already heard of the movie but I must tell you that it has a completely different plot. Not only that, but most of the characters that appeared in the film aren't in the novel. The book doesn't follow one single narrative throughout, instead, it is a collection of interviews with different people who survived the zombie apocalypse. 

Goodreads: The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. "World War Z" is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years. 

Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War. 

Most of all, the book captures with haunting immediacy the human dimension of this epochal event. Facing the often raw and vivid nature of these personal accounts requires a degree of courage on the part of the reader, but the effort is invaluable because, as Mr. Brooks says in his introduction, "By excluding the human factor, aren't we risking the kind of personal detachment from history that may, heaven forbid, lead us one day to repeat it? And in the end, isn't the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now refer to as 'the living dead'?" 

2. The Gathering Dead by Stephen Knight - Those who loves books with intense zombies and the military, you must definitely pick this up. Lots of military jargons, however, you'll come to understand it along the way. I like that it was fast paced and had tension throughout the novel. I don't really like 'smart' zombies because I really don't like the ones that run for some reason, but this one has great twist along it.

Goodreads: The Horde Is Always Hungry... 

The zombie apocalypse has begun, and Major Cordell McDaniels is given the most important mission of his career: lead a Special Forces team into New York City to rescue the one man who can stop the ghastly virus that reanimates the dead. 
But as a growing army of flesh-eating corpses takes over the streets and a violent storm renders airborne extraction impossible, McDaniels struggles to find a way out of the Big Apple. The odds of anyone getting out alive plummet further when slaughtered members of his own Special Forces team join the ranks of the gathering dead... with their military skills intact! 

3. Escaping the Dead by W.J. Lundy - This is my first ever zombie book and a great start as well. Unlike the books previously mentioned, the author uses simple words and less jargons which makes it an easy read. The second book gets better than the first which leads me to think that this is simply an introduction to the real story. I also heard that the writer created his notes and ideas while he was deployed to Afghanistan, and is still a serving Veteran in the US Army! 

Goodreads: The radio goes quiet while on convoy in Afghanistan, a lost patrol alone in the desert. 
With his unit and his home base destroyed, Staff Sergeant Brad Thompson suddenly finds himself isolated and in command of a small group of men trying to survive in the Afghan wasteland. The local population has been afflicted with an illness that turns them into rabid animals. They pursue him and his men at every corner and stop. 

Struggling to hold his team together and unite survivors, he must fight and evade his way to safety. 

I would also like to apologize for the three months of absence here in the blogging community. School and procrastination have taken a great deal of my time :( What have you read this October?