Category: Book Reviews
Written by Gabino Iglesias
Published on Friday, 26 October 2012 12:00
"The Brain Eater's Bible: Sound Advice for the Newly Reanimated Zombie" Book Review
Written by Gabino Iglesias
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Written by Pat Kilbane and J.D. McGhoul
2012, 160 pages, Fiction
Released on October 2nd, 2012
When you expect a book to be good and it delivers, you feel satisfied. When you expect a book to be good and it exceeds your expectations, you feel delighted. I recently experienced the second, which is sadly a rare occurrence. The book was Pat Kilbane's The Brain Eater's Bible. Kilbane is a very funny guy, so I anticipated some humor, but the tome turned out to be a well-researched and very entertaining example of what black comedy should be.
Imagine you wake up and realize that you no longer need to breathe. If this happens, you've been infected with the PACE virus. Your condition, known as Postmortem Ambulation with Cannibalistic Encephalophilia, translates to this: you're now a zombie. Scary thought, isn't it? Thankfully, now there's no need to fret if you find yourself in this predicament. The Brain Eater's Bible is chockfull of valuable information for those who have recently joined the ranks of the undead. While not breathing might scare you momentarily and your appearance will undoubtedly have suffered a few unpleasant changes, there are many advantages to being a zombie, and this book explores them all.
That the zombie genre is overflowing is old news, but this amusing tome brings something different to the table. For starters, this book is for zombies and by zombies. While the undead are called a plethora of simplistic and derogatory names everywhere else, here the tables are turned and humans are the ones being called things like freshies and breathers. Also, the information provided is all for the benefit of those that are usually getting their heads bashed in. Everything a new zombie needs to know, ranging from self-defense techniques and stalking tactics to ways of covering up the smell of a rotting corpse and psychological insights into human behavior in stressful situations, is in these pages.
Besides all of the things mentioned, The Brain Eater's Bible is truly a must have for any zombie enthusiast for two reasons. The first is the unique way the book is put together. The combination of glossy paper, photos, illustrations, and ripped portions of McGhoul's diary makes this visually striking. The second reason is the extent of the research Kilbane went through to put this guide together. A Firearms Instructor, a PhD in immunology, and a Headmaster from the U.S. Navy SEAL Sniper Course are just a few of the experts that joined Kilbane's team in order to make the information presented 100% accurate.
The death, violence, and gore that make the zombie genre so popular are all here, but there's also plenty of science (both real and fictitious), a first-person account of what it's like to be a smart zombie, and a very healthy dose of gallows humor. Kilbane has shown that you can be gruesome and hilarious at the same time. With The Brain Eater's Bible on your shelves, you won't mind it so much when the zombie apocalypse gets here.
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