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Top Ten Tuesday: Books for People Who Like World War Z

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is invited to share their answers. If you’re interested, head on over to The Broke and the Bookish to take a peek at upcoming Top Ten Topics.

This week’s topicTop Ten Books for Folks Who Like World War Z by Max Brooks

For the zombie elements

  • The Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant — Feed, Deadline, and Blackout
  • Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
  • The Walking Dead — TV show & Graphic Novels

For the structure — WWZ is written as an oral history and has a very nonfiction feel.

  • The Good War: An Oral History of World War Two by Studs Terkel — Brooks based the structure  of his novel off of Terkel’s work.
  • Robopocalypse by Daniel Wilson — I know a lot of people that didn’t enjoy this one as much, but I loved it.
  • And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Stilts — This is another nonficiton title, but there’s something about World War Z that reminds me of this  one. Even though one is based in facts and the other is fiction, they’re both readable…journalistic. Does that make sense?

And just because  

  • The Passage by Justin Cronin — Virals instead of zombies, but they’re both undead so they’re similar, right?
  • Oryx & Crake and The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood — The story of before and after the end of the world.

Because it can’t be left outPride & Prejudice & Zombies. I mean, it’s the classic love story with zombie kick-assery!

And one I haven’t read yet, but am looking forward to: This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

Read-alikes are a teeny part of my job (I’ve been thinking about a Walking Dead and/or zombie post for a while), so if you want to check out books similar to The Hunger Games, Bossypants, the Sookie Stackhouse series, and a few others….follow the links :)

0 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books for People Who Like World War Z”

  1. I still haven’t gotten to World War Z what is wrong with me right? Okay soon I promise. Then I’ll be back to pillage your list.

    Marissa
    here’s my TTT

  2. I love the way you segmented your list. Such a good idea! Haven’t gotten to it yet, but I’ve been dying to read ‘World War Z.’ Thanks for the increased motivation!

  3. Really enjoyed And The Band Played On, I read a few months ago and though it was quite dense, I couldn’t put it down. I also really enjoyed both the Atwood books on your list, so I’ll definitely have to take a look at some of the others you’ve got listed here!

  4. A well rounded list for lovers of zombie apocalypse literature.

    I would add two relatively new items for consideration in the canon.

    Metahorde by Sean T. Page John McCuaig
    This is a rousing tale that gets into the problems caused by large numbers of the undead.
    http://www.amazon.com/Meta-horde-Ministry-Zombies-Novel-ebook/dp/B0098YSFBU

    I, Zombie by Hugh Howey
    Hugh Howey wrote the fantastic Wool series. I, Zombie is his take on life as a zombie.
    http://www.amazon.com/I-Zombie-ebook/dp/B008PIHXS6

    I also humbly present my own addition to zombie literature
    Land Down Undead
    A zombie comedy guide to backpacking through zombie infested Australia.
    http://www.amazon.com/Land-Down-Undead-ebook/dp/B009EVP6Q4

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