History Literature / TheZombieSurvivalGuide

18th Jul '17 1:24:36 PM PlasmaTalon
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* RealityEnsues: Being a book about what to do and what not to due during a zombie outbreak, the guide points out how "obvious" ideas and tactics won't work and will likely get you killed. With BoringButPractical being the better bet.
** The police station is naturally going to be swarmed with scared people, and thus an easy target for the undead, while the gun store is naturally going to be overrun with people looking for weapons.
** As stated in AwesomeButImpractical, weapons like chainsaws and machine guns, while usually lauded as the ultimate anti-zombie weapons would be horribly inefficient. As opposed to lighter and silent weapons, capable of destroying the zombie's brain without attracting more or hindering mobility.


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* ShedArmorGainSpeed: Highly advised. Since any armor that would provide complete protection would be heavy, and no doubt cook the wearer. With mobility and being harder to grab being much better.
29th Jun '17 10:25:54 AM superkeijikun
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* SlidingScaleOfUndeadRegeneration: Type I: zombies cannot heal and gradually continue to rot away until they are reduced to little more than an infirm pile of gore.

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* SlidingScaleOfUndeadRegeneration: Type I: I, for the most part: zombies cannot heal and even though Solanum slows decomposition, zombies will gradually continue to rot away until they are reduced to little more than an infirm pile of gore.gore. Nonetheless, they appear to be capable of reanimating after being frozen solid, and continuing to function at oceanic depths that would crush a living man, both of which, according to the author, are enduring mysteries.
29th Jun '17 10:23:04 AM superkeijikun
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* SlidingScaleOfUndeadRegeneration: Type I: zombies cannot heal and gradually continue to rot away until they are reduced to little more than an infirm pile of gore.
29th Jun '17 10:20:12 AM superkeijikun
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* ILoveTheDead: Brought up very briefly: it is unknown whether Solanum can be sexually transmitted, but anyone who would attempt to find out is TooDumbToLive anyway.
16th Jun '17 4:13:19 PM eroock
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* DrivenToSuicide: Some men of the French Foreign Legion committed suicide during the three-year long zombie siege on their fortress.
26th May '17 2:14:46 PM ToWhomItMayConcern
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** The ancient Romans were not nearly as pragmatic and rational as the book suggests; they attributed success and misfortune heavily on divine signs and portents, and would have viewed walking corpses as a revenge of angered gods or ancestors.

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** The ancient Romans were not nearly as pragmatic and rational as the book suggests; they attributed success and misfortune heavily on divine signs and portents, and would have viewed walking corpses as a revenge of angered gods or ancestors. portents.
19th May '17 6:31:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* YouCantKillWhatsAlreadyDead: The book mentions that part of the reason why zombies are so dangerous is because their pain receptors have ceased to function, therefore most damage inflicted on them will just be ignored. Only incinerating the body completely will stop a zombie.
23rd Apr '17 5:19:44 AM Owlorange1995
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** Brooks [[http://zombie.wikia.com/wiki/Katana recommends]] the [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] as the best melee weapon against zombies. While many actual sword experts disagree, a good katana can easily decapitate a zombie provided the proper two-handed draw-cutting method is used. Traditional tamahagane katanas are prone to rusting, require constant maintenance, and are somewhat fragile, so a [[http://www.coldsteel.com/Product/97THKL/TWO_HANDED_KATANA_MACHETE.aspx katana made of modern alloys]] may be preferable.

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** Brooks [[http://zombie.wikia.com/wiki/Katana recommends]] the [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] as the best a good melee weapon against zombies. While many actual sword experts disagree, a good katana can easily decapitate a zombie provided the proper two-handed draw-cutting method is used. Traditional tamahagane katanas are prone to rusting, require constant maintenance, and are somewhat fragile, so a [[http://www.coldsteel.com/Product/97THKL/TWO_HANDED_KATANA_MACHETE.aspx katana made of modern alloys]] may be preferable. Brooks eventually concludes that a machete, preferably of high-grade military issue, would be the best bladed weapon.
19th Nov '16 10:28:51 PM Dingbot
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** The idea that the solanum virus renders zombie flesh a UniversalPoison. And it's not just brought up once or twice; it's stated that ''every animal from every ecosystem'' recognizes and flees from the smell of zombie flesh. Even other bacteria and viruses dare not to occupy a body that's infected with solanum. From the solanum virus's point of view, this makes about as much sense as an animal rendering all its own prey items inedible. It does mention that there ''are'' some types that can infect a solanum-infected corpse, otherwise they wouldn't decompose, but which ones they are are not mentioned.

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** The idea that the solanum virus renders zombie flesh a UniversalPoison. And it's not just brought up once or twice; it's stated that ''every animal from every ecosystem'' recognizes and flees from the smell of zombie flesh. Even other bacteria and viruses dare not to occupy a body that's infected with solanum. From the solanum virus's point of view, this makes about as much sense as an animal rendering all its own prey items inedible. It does mention that there ''are'' some types that can infect a solanum-infected corpse, otherwise they wouldn't decompose, but which ones they are are not mentioned.
26th Oct '16 9:13:56 PM DustSnitch
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** This really applies to ''any'' work of "standard" zombie fiction, but it is particularly glaring in this book, because the author goes to such pains to appear realistic. Zombies apparently gain no nourishment from the flesh they eat; they just have a compulsion to gorge themselves until their stomachs burst. And they can live for years. Even a dismembered zombie ''head'' can continue to live if its brain is intact. In RealLife the universe follows a little rule called the SecondLawOfThermodynamics, which states that, basically, you can't get something for nothing; if you consume no fuel, you cannot use energy. [[PerpetualMotionMonster So where are the zombies getting the energy to move from?]] The guide even makes a point of bringing this up and commenting on how baffling it is.

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** This really applies to ''any'' work of "standard" zombie fiction, but it is particularly glaring in this book, because the author goes to such pains to appear realistic. Zombies apparently gain no nourishment from the flesh they eat; they just have a compulsion to gorge themselves until their stomachs burst. And they can live for years. Even a dismembered zombie ''head'' can continue to live if its brain is intact. In RealLife the universe follows a little rule called the SecondLawOfThermodynamics, Second Law Of Thermodynamics, which states that, basically, you can't get something for nothing; if you consume no fuel, you cannot use energy. [[PerpetualMotionMonster So where are the zombies getting the energy to move from?]] The guide even makes a point of bringing this up and commenting on how baffling it is.
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