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22nd Jun '16 2:32:56 PM PixelKnight
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** Bolt-action rifles are highly recommended as well, as they are very tough, can be used as a good hand-to-hand weapon, and thanks to the bolt-action, the person can make every hit count, and therefore have a higher chance of killing a zombie.

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** Bolt-action rifles are highly recommended as well, as they are very tough, can be used as a good hand-to-hand weapon, and thanks to the bolt-action, the person can has a great need to make every hit count, and therefore have a higher chance of killing a zombie.
25th Apr '16 6:45:11 AM EchoFourDelta
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* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Averted. Because you have to destroy the brain to take a zombie out, for a shotgun to work you have to let the zombie get closer than you probably want. Also, ammo is extremely bulky. A semiautomatic assault rifle is far more effective.

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* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Averted. Because you have to destroy the brain to take a zombie out, for a shotgun to work you have to let the zombie get closer than you probably want. Also, ammo is extremely bulky. A semiautomatic assault rifle is far more effective.
16th Mar '16 10:48:54 PM Deathhacker
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** Despite Armor that can stop a human bite being the first clothing people would think of in the situation, the book notes that most armors of that type would either seal in your sweat (in the case of a shark suit) or be too cumbersome to wear for more than a few hours (platemail). It instead recommends tight fitting (but comfortable) clothes with little pockets, short hair and running shoes, as these have nothing for the zombie to grab on, is quite maneuverable, and won't tire you out.
16th Mar '16 10:44:41 PM Deathhacker
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* BewareTheLiving: In the "Defense" chapter, which is about the pros and cons of different forms of shelter, Brooks discusses whether or not a prison is a viable option. He mentions that while some prisons are sturdy enough to hold off the living dead indefinitely, you still have to worry about the inmates...

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In the "Defense" chapter, which is about the pros and cons of different forms of shelter, Brooks discusses whether or not a prison is a viable option. He mentions that while some prisons are sturdy enough to hold off the living dead indefinitely, you still have to worry about the inmates...


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** When discussing where to go to during the initial outbreak, Brooks notes that Police Stations and Gun stores are probably the last places you want to go. Police Stations would be flooded by unprepared citizens freaking out (which would both attract zombies and most likely result in you being trampled to death by the mob), while Gun Stores would either be occupied by a very paranoid shopkeep, or already overrun by crazy people looking for firearms to defend themselves and would probably shoot you dead the moment you came in.
28th Nov '15 12:15:26 PM morenohijazo
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* TheJaywalkingDead: It includes one account of a driver accidentally running over a slow-moving pedestrian. As soon as he gets out of his car, he notices the victim slowly crawling towards him...
22nd Nov '15 9:50:48 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* AnachronismStew: In the book a zombie attack in China was mentioned. The zombies were said to be attacking a nuclear power plant in 1987. What's the problem with radioactive zombies in China? There were NO nuclear power plants in China until the 1990s' and they produced less radiation than most power plants at the time.



* ArtisticLicenseHistory: 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.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: 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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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.
** In the book a zombie attack in China was mentioned. The zombies were said to be attacking a nuclear power plant in 1987. What's the problem with radioactive zombies in China? There were NO nuclear power plants in China until the 1990s, and they produced less radiation than most power plants at the time.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: ArtisticLicensePhysics:
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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.



** [[WordOfGod Brooks himself]] explained both in one interview and the foreword to the book: men have perfected over millennia [[HumansAreWarriors the art of dealing with]] ''living'' predators. But predators, from a wolf through a tiger and towards an armed human, can be swayed, scared, wounded, starved, outwitted, baited, trapped or poisoned. Zombies don't obey any law of evolution, they kill because they were programmed to do so. In Brooks' words, zombies are like a virus themselves, not predators.



** The good news? The "trench spike", a set of brass knuckles with spikes on either end, are fantastic zombie-killers. The bad news? They haven't been in mass-production since World War One.
*** Some manufacturers do still produce trench spikes, though they don't always refer to the weapons as such. Alternate names include "trench knives" and "knuckle knives".
*** The French came up with an alternative that can be produced readily for little cost even today, but that falls under BoringButPractical.
*** WorldWarOne trench spikes were made in frontline workshops, [[http://www.fightingknives.info/Collection/AlamoCollection/FrenchTheatreKnives/tabid/1200/Default.aspx by combining a sharpened segment from a barbed wire pole with a bayonet handle]]. Anyone with decent [=DIY=] skill can make one by modifying a very large and strong screwdriver.



* BoringButPractical: The book highly recommends using a crowbar as a melee weapon over more exotic weaponry, due to its reach, balance, and ability to tear down any blockades that people might have set up.

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The book highly recommends using a crowbar as a melee weapon over more exotic weaponry, due to its reach, balance, and ability to tear down any blockades that people might have set up.
24th Oct '15 10:31:19 AM SithkingZero
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** Hilariously, in-universe this book is considered this in non-United States areas in the sequel, World War Z. Interviewees state multiple times that the book is almost exclusively written for Americans, and that several things mentioned (easy access to weapons, Sport Utility Vehicles, not to mention certain attitudes and weapon types) are simply not found in other places.
24th Oct '15 9:07:09 AM SithkingZero
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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.

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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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** It specifically mentions machine guns and chainsaws- yes, awesome, but they're loud (which draws the attention of zombies), heavy (which makes you tired, while the zombies won't lose any steam), rely on fuel (which other weapons such as machetes or the aforementioned trench knives don't), and more importantly don't always destroy the brain. Chainsaws are heavy, lifting them up to destroy the brain takes some time, and the primary advantage of the machine gun is that it unleashes a storm of fire on enemies, incapacitating them with massive wounds... but since all you need is ''one'' bullet to the head, it's just a massive waste of ammo.
21st Sep '15 3:20:47 PM Lightice
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: 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.
30th Aug '15 5:49:52 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* VoodooShark: In order for the zombies to function like classic Romero zombies, the virus has a wide array of ridiculous secondary effects. For instance, the problems of why the walking corpses aren't devoured by insects and why there isn't a corresponding plague of zombie animals are solved by making the flesh of the infected utterly lethal to everything but only infecting humans. See the Artistic License entries for more examples.
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