Friday, September 22, 2017

This Book Is Full Of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It - book review

Rating: 4/5

So it’s a zombie story. Like all zombie stories, the initial premise of the zombie is the enigma of what the zombies stand as symbols for. Zombie stories, really, are all about social commentary.

This one is hilarious. The main characters may be losers, but they try really hard. The plot is intricate, taut and inwardly referential. What I love most about it, though, is that the main characters are aware that the hordes of infected will be branded zombies, which introduces a meta aspect to the writing and ushers in a dialogue about ostracism and tribalism.

I liked the passage about Dunbar’s Number as an explanation from evolutionary biology as to how bonds are maintained so as to form connections between people. It’s storytelling at its best: using situations to layer in thinking models.

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