This is one of those times when I really wish there was three and a half stars. I'm half-way between liking it and really liking this book. First off, it's not a comedy. His previous zombie effort was written in a tongue-in-cheek tone, and sometimes even funny, but this is a work of serious fiction. (I mean, as serious as any book with zombies in the title can be.)Instead of telling the story with a standard narrative, Brooks goes for an "oral history" -- not even short stories in some cases, but interviews with the historian compiling the oral history. Overall, I'd say the storytelling works fairly well, but there are times when I really wanted more from a particular character. And sometimes a lot less. And in the end, I found the story quite unsatisfying. I felt like I got just a glimpse into the overall possibilities.That said, the writing is good, and I love the way he's merged international relations, and multiple non-English speaking voices into the mix of stories. Worth a read!