If the primary goal of a fictional work is to transport you into its alternate reality, Roger Ma does this astonishingly well, considering his chosen method of transport. Ma uses a survival/combat manual to paint the picture of a world not only overrun but perennially and hopelessly infested by the scourge. It is a world where the people have got used to this reality and is adapting to and surviving in pockets of ‘secured areas’. The short combat reports which pepper the manual is effectively used to enhance the pathos of this devastated world, giving a human element to the otherwise monochrome delivery style. The manual is Ma’s way of describing the true horrors of this world where the most outlandish methods and survival techniques are now part of a standard manual issued by the government for the perusal of all its citizens.
Even though written in a language meant to reproduce the dry tone of a technical manual, the book is still strangely compelling and can, quite surprisingly, be even called a page-turner, in spite of being so repetitive page after page in its admonitions and entreaties.
As for the techniques and the numerous advises given, I thing this cartoon would do a better job of readying you for a zombie outbreak than the entire book:
- Prepared for Zombies? Then British Columbia Thinks You’re Ready for Anything (wired.com)
- Surviving the Zombie Outbreak (geekmygadget.com)
- Zombie Nation – Start prepping – and purchasing – now for the undead apocalypse (theinsider.retailmenot.com)
- CDC Denies Zombie Apocalypse, Despite Bizarre Incidents (ZOMBIE TRACKER) (blippitt.com)
- Ok, Apparently The Zombie Apocalypse HAS Started (buzz103.radio.com)
- “Zombie Apocalypse Survival Class” being offered in Conover (wcnc.com)
- What Is Up With All Of These “Zombie” Attacks? (newsfeedoftoday.wordpress.com)
- 5 Tips On Running Barefoot During The Zombie Apocalypse (beginningbarefoot.com)
- Zombies! (callmelisa.wordpress.com)