Saturday, February 4, 2012

In My Mailbox #16

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren in which bloggers are able to show off what books they received. If you want to learn more, you can read about it here. 

Woah, okay, so I got a ton of books this week. :D I told myself I wasn't going to get anymore, but I bought most of them super cheap from Goodwill and Half-Price Bookstore, so I really just couldn't pass any of them up. I just hope I actually have enough time to read them all. D:

Supernaturally by Kiersten White
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Red Glove by Holly Black
Passion by Lauren Kate
Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Release date: Sept. 16, 2003
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Format: paperback
Source: Christmas gift
Pages: 254
Series: --
Challenge: --
The Zombie Survival Guide is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now. Fully illustrated and exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective defense tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to survive and adapt in any territory or terrain.
Top 10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack

1. Organize before they rise!
2. They feel no fear, why should you?
3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
4. Blades don’t need reloading.
5. Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
9. No place is safe, only safer.
10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.

Don’t be carefree and foolish with your most precious asset—life. This book is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now without your even knowing it. The Zombie Survival Guide offers complete protection through trusted, proven tips for safeguarding yourself and your loved ones against the living dead. It is a book that can save your life.
So, let me ask you a question. Do you want to live when the zombie invasion finally occurs?

If your answer is yes, then you should definitely buy this book. It may look like it's a humorous book (that's what I thought when I first bought it), but trust me, it's really not. Well, I mean, there are some humorous parts, but the book has a generally serious tone. It reads exactly like a guide, just as the title promises.

As a guide, I feel that this book does a pretty good job. It covers nearly everything that you'll need to know during a zombie apocalypse, such as what weapons are the best to use, the best shelters, and how to survive while on the run or creating a new fort. It even goes into detail of how zombies are created and their basic biology.

The end of the book contains records of "actual zombie attacks", that date back to hundreds of years ago. I thought these were a pretty nice addition to the book, and it definitely made zombies seem more like a reality than an idea.

If you're really into all things zombie, then I suggest that you buy this book. While I may have loved it, however, I feel that maybe people who aren't zombie enthusiasts like I am may get bored of this pretty quickly. If you're not sure it's your thing, maybe rent it out from the library instead.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #2

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine which allows bloggers to spotlight the upcoming releases that they're really looking forward to!

This week, I chose:

Above by Leah Bobet
Publication Date: April 1st, 2012
Matthew has loved Ariel from the moment he found her in the tunnels, her bee's wings falling away. They live in Safe, an underground refuge for those fleeing the city Above—like Whisper, who speaks to ghosts, and Jack Flash, who can shoot lightning from his fingers.

But one terrifying night, an old enemy invades Safe with an army of shadows, and only Matthew, Ariel, and a few friends escape Above. As Matthew unravels the mystery of Safe's history and the shadows' attack, he realizes he must find a way to remake his home—not just for himself, but for Ariel, who needs him more than ever before.

I have to admit that it was really the cover that drew me in at first. I mean, just look at it! I love the whole dark feel of it, and how the girl's wings look. But judging from the summary, this also sounds like a really unique idea! I don't think I've ever read about a girl with bee's wings before. :)

What are you guys waiting on? Leave a comment with a link to your own post, and I'll visit!