Friday, October 21, 2011

Z.E.O. A Zombie's Guide to Getting A(Head) in Business

R.I.P VI Challenge  (R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VI Challenge) Is hosted by Carl over at Stainless Steel Droppings
Peril The First
Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (my very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature. It could be Stephen King or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ian Fleming or Edgar Allan Poe…or anyone in between.

Written By: Scott Kenemore

Copyright: 2009
Publisher: Fall River Press
Hard Cover Pages: 254
Illustrated By: Adam Bozarth

Z.E.O. is a personal guide to getting a(head) in business...Zombie style ;) Upon seeing the cover at my favorite bookseller, I instantly thought it would R.I.P appropriate. The price was right, the time was right, so I picked it up. 

It's divided into two sections...Business Tactics of Zombies, and Your Quarterly Guide to Becoming a Z.E.O. in One Year, along with an introduction and the authors final thoughts. 

Chapters range in topic from Zombie Time Management, to Crisis Control, to Self Motivation and I must say...everything in between. Comprehensive, would be the word I'm looking for...and It's loaded with kick a$$ Zombie illustrations!!! ;)
Believe it or not, this book is also loaded with sound business advise. If you've ever read a "Getting Ahead in Business" book before, you'll certainly get a familiar vibe from Z.E.O., but presenting those ideas in a way that compares business tactics to a Zombie's technique for acquiring brains puts a whole new twist on it, don't you think?

The way I see it: Z.E.O. is a quintessential spoof on so many duuuuull, boooooring business books. It offers a feast for the brain (valuable information) aaaaand a feast for the eyes (lots of bloody zombie illustrations), who could ask for more?

The bad, the bad, and the ugly: Unfortunately, (if you posses a sense of humor like mine) this is NOT a book to read in public places. My laughing out loud caused many a stare in the waiting room at the doctors warned :o

Favorite Bits: 
"A zombie is a successful leader because it never looses sight of it's ultimate goal, and it never compromises (like by eating just part of a brain, or a monkeys brain if no humans are handy)"
Number 35 of the 48 "Laws of Power" Master the Art of Timing- "Knowing when to strike is key to being powerful and getting ahead. Zombies provide copious examples of exactly when and where to strike. You can sneak up and eat the brain of the dedicated cop anytime during his beat, but if it's on the night he just proposed to his girlfriend and found out he got into law school, then trust me, his brain is going to taste even sweeter." 
Sun Tzu's The Art of War, "Attack him where he is unprepared--appear where you are not expected." "Zombies are masters of popping up where people don't expect them and (more importantly) aren't equipped to deal with them. Zombies climb through holes in masonry and shuffle into houses where defenseless humans are waiting. They walk underwater (occasionally fighting sharks), and decimate weaponless tourists on tropical islands. Zombies take "business" to people, even if people aren't expecting it."

Love it or Leave it: I may not be quite right in the head, but I Looooved this book. It was delightful and incredibly funny. Be aware that I am partial to off color humor, but I have to say, I highly recommend this book :)


naida said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like my kind of read!

Carmen said... Best Blogger Tips

I am a tad partial to off colour humour too so this sounds right up my street :D

animewookie said... Best Blogger Tips

It's a lot of fun :D

animewookie said... Best Blogger Tips

@Carmen Then you'll just looove :D

Melissa (Books and Things) said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh man this sounds classic! I need to read it! LOL

Nymeth said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds like a lot of fun, and I love the illustration!

DesLily said... Best Blogger Tips

humor is good. the first book I ever read for RIP a few years back was "Gils All Fright Diner" the protagonists were reluctant hero's.. a werewolf and a vampire. off the wall.. I do like when some things we wouldn't think could be funny are turned into comedy.

Novroz said... Best Blogger Tips

I think I might like this book too!! I love cruel comedy. I amused to people's stare when laughing so hard over a book...or even cried over a book.
Thank you for sharing it Kelly :)

....Petty Witter said... Best Blogger Tips

Yes, at last I'm able to comment again - I don't know why but most days I just get a message saying there is a long term error script that closes the programme down.

Hmm, love it or hate it? I'm not too sure as I've never read anything like this, perhaps now is the time to try.

Anyway, many thanks for your continuing visits, I do visit you daily but as I said can't often get through.

....Petty Witter said... Best Blogger Tips

Stopping by to say hello and to wish you and yours a happy thanksgiving.

....Petty Witter said... Best Blogger Tips

Wondering where you are and hoping all is well.

....Petty Witter said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for your visit, it was great to hear from you. Best wishes, PW.