History Headscratchers / TheZombieSurvivalGuide

18th Dec '17 6:52:09 PM NoriMori
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** Where else would you put it, aside from [[SciFiGhetto sci-fi]]?



* Why doesn't the author mention semi auto versions of assault rifles?
99.99% of self loading rifles in civilian ownership are semi auto only due to legislation. They have all the perks for a military rifle (low recoil, long range, common ammo) but not once mentioned. Also, does Brooks know anything about the M16?

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* Why doesn't the author mention semi auto versions of assault rifles?
rifles? 99.99% of self loading rifles in civilian ownership are semi auto only due to legislation. They have all the perks for a military rifle (low recoil, long range, common ammo) but not once mentioned. Also, does Brooks know anything about the M16?
18th Dec '17 6:44:26 PM NoriMori
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** The book did not at any point treat zombies as common knowledge in the modern world. It only treated them as ''real''. In fact it made it pretty clear that most people in modern society ''don't'' know about zombies, precisely because of all the cover-ups.
8th Sep '17 8:25:05 PM Arisaka99
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*Why doesn't the author mention semi auto versions of assault rifles?
99.99% of self loading rifles in civilian ownership are semi auto only due to legislation. They have all the perks for a military rifle (low recoil, long range, common ammo) but not once mentioned. Also, does Brooks know anything about the M16?
15th Jul '17 3:09:05 PM nombretomado
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*** or.... buy some ammo and a gun, [[WeirdnessCensor and go about their business as usual.]] Worst case scenario and you have a panicked evacuation and the rest can do [[CrazyAwesome some recreational zombie-hunting after work]]. [[WorldWarII If Londoners can go about their business during the day and take shelter from German bombs at night]] then Suburban Joe can at least keep his shit together long enough for the calvary to arrive.

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*** or.... buy some ammo and a gun, [[WeirdnessCensor and go about their business as usual.]] Worst case scenario and you have a panicked evacuation and the rest can do [[CrazyAwesome some recreational zombie-hunting after work]]. [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII If Londoners can go about their business during the day and take shelter from German bombs at night]] then Suburban Joe can at least keep his shit together long enough for the calvary to arrive.
6th Jun '17 10:44:52 AM OctoberRaven
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**May also have something to do with the fact that Max Brooks, on top of having been an SNL writer at the time, happens to be the son of one of the most recognizable names in comedy.
23rd Nov '16 5:03:44 PM Jallen
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* Out of all the various types of armor discussed, there wasn't any mention of an NBC suit, HazmatSuit, or anything similar. While a full military-surplus suit would likely be cumbersome without defending much against bites, a basic painter's coverall plus a plastic face shield would be reasonable protection against infected bodily fluids.

* Brooks recommends that you wear tight clothing with absolutely no straps, packs, pockets, pouches, buckles, or belts on it for zombies to grab hold of...yet he also outlines a list of what must be a good 50 pounds of gear that you should have with you if you're on the move. Where the hell are you supposed to keep all that stuff?
** This was already covered above. He's clearly talking about having those straps and so on be loose, rather than tightly bound in place.

* The book covers the decomposition time before a zombie would be rendered ineffective (which I feel is a rather dubious number but that's another argument). However, why doesn't it take into account that every movement a zombie makes is, almost literally, causing it to deteriorate. It moves its legs, the muscles are damaged, it bites, the jaw muscles are damaged. Every single movement is effectively hurting it, and it can't rebuild it cells (it's how humans build their muscles). So by that logic, it shouldn't take long at all before a zombie renders itself completely immobile.

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* Out of all the various types of armor discussed, there wasn't any mention of an NBC suit, HazmatSuit, or anything similar. While a full military-surplus suit would likely be cumbersome without defending much against bites, a basic painter's coverall plus a plastic face shield would be reasonable protection against infected bodily fluids.

* Brooks recommends that you wear tight clothing with absolutely no straps, packs, pockets, pouches, buckles, or belts on it for zombies to grab hold of...yet he also outlines a list of what must be a good 50 pounds of gear that you should have with you if you're on the move. Where the hell are you supposed to keep all that stuff?
** This was already covered above. He's clearly talking about having those straps and so on be loose, rather than tightly bound in place.

* The book covers the decomposition time before a zombie would be rendered ineffective (which I feel is a rather dubious number but that's another argument). However, why doesn't it take into account that every movement a zombie makes is, almost literally, causing it to deteriorate. It moves its legs, the muscles are damaged, it bites, the jaw muscles are damaged. Every single movement is effectively hurting it, and it can't rebuild it cells (it's how humans build their muscles). So by that logic, it shouldn't take long at all before a zombie renders itself completely immobile.
fluids.
13th Jun '16 2:16:53 AM Luppercus
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** As the above troper, I get from the book that the events were told as if they happen in OUR world, in RealLife, so is the way to explain that zombies' existence is not wildly accepted. Most fiction histories use some sort of Surrogate Universe pretending to be our own but many tropes then to treat them as meta-universes.

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** As the above troper, I get from the book that the events were told as if they happen in OUR world, in RealLife, so is the way to explain that zombies' existence is not wildly accepted. Most fiction histories use some sort of Surrogate Universe pretending to be our own but many tropes then tropers tend to treat them as meta-universes.
13th Jun '16 2:15:32 AM Luppercus
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**As the above troper, I get from the book that the events were told as if they happen in OUR world, in RealLife, so is the way to explain that zombies' existence is not wildly accepted. Most fiction histories use some sort of Surrogate Universe pretending to be our own but many tropes then to treat them as meta-universes.
29th May '16 2:48:23 AM jmic417
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** Max Brooks displays some rather antagonistic views against white people that aren't Romans. Seriously pretty much every "encounter" post-Rome is basically a bunch of white buffoons getting wrecked by zombies. The will either all die or require the help of a Magical Native American or Magical Negro to survive.
17th Mar '16 10:56:00 PM Deathhacker
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** The book discusses the matter in a CassandraTruth manner; it pretends to be in our universe for the added realism and is suppose to sound like one of those crazy survivalist manuals you'd find that sounds like it was written by a conspiracy theorist.
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