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World War Z: book excerpt

Every time the subject of zombies comes up, I begin the pimping of my favorite book WORLD WAR Z by Max Brooks (son of Mel Brooks, the movie icon). So instead of the usual shenanigans of saying how great it is, I am just going to publish an excerpt. Every chapter of the book starts off with brackets. This sets the stage for that particular story, since the book covers every corner of the globe.

[At its prewar height, this region boasted a population of over thirty-five million people. Now, there are barely fifty thousand. Reconstruction funds have been slow to arrive in this part of the country, the government choosing to concentrate on the more densely populated coast. There is no central power grid, no running water besides the Yangtze River. But the streets are clear of rubble and the local “security council” has prevented any postwar outbreaks. The chairman of that council is Kwang Jingshu, a medical doctor who, despite his advanced age and wartime injuries, still manages to make house calls to all his patients.]

…I was still lost in my grand, cultural criticism when I knelt to examine the first patient. She was running a high fever, forty degrees centigrade, and she was shivering violently. Barely coherent, she whimpered slightly when I tried to move her limbs. There was a wound in her right forearm, a bite mark. As I examined it more closely, I realized that it wasn’t from an animal. The bite radius and teeth marks had to have come from a small, or possibly young, human being. Although I hypothesized this to be the source of the infection, the actual injury was surprisingly clean. I asked the villagers, again, who had been taking care of these people. Again, they told me no one. I knew this could not be true. The human mouth is packed with bacteria, even more so than the most unhygienic dog. If no one had cleaned this woman’s wound, why wasn’t it throbbing with infection?

I examined the six other patients. All showed similar symptoms, all had similar wounds on various parts of their bodies. I asked one man, the most lucid of the group, who or what had inflicted these injuries. He told me it had happened when they had tried to subdue “him.”

“Who?” I asked.

I found “Patient Zero” behind the locked door of an abandoned house across town. He was twelve years old. His wrists and feet were bound with plastic packing twine. Although he’d rubbed off the skin around his bonds, there was no blood. There was also no blood on his other wounds, not on the gouges on his legs or arms, or from the large dry gap where his right big toe had been. He was writhing like an animal; a gag muffled his growls.

Yep. The book is amazing! Definitely worth every word.

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bottom – BALACLAVA…………. Living Dead Pants – charcoal (HOT FOR ZOMBIE)
smoke – Nightshade Designs…………. London Fog Clove Cigarette
heels – Dead Designs…………. Rose Heels (HOT FOR ZOMBIE)
skin – &Bean…………. Lake Smiley Group Gift
hair – Tiny Bird…………. Love Love Love – vanilla
poses – Olive Juice

Excerpted from World War Z by Max Brooks, author of The Zombie Survival Guide Copyright © 2006 by Max Brooks. Excerpted by permission of Crown, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.

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More to Love

Good news, heartbreakers. coffeesmoke is expanding it staff by one. You’ve got more to love, more to read and more awkward moments coming your way. Buckle up kids, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.


Introducing Miss Shellbee . . .

Miss Shellbee has decided to accept my offer and join the coffeesmoke staff! I’ve been a long time fan of all things Miss Shellbee and am eager to pass the mic to her. Give her a warm welcome, round of applause and someone buy this girl a drink!

*tackle hugs Miss Shellbee!*

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Facebook™ Drama

I met up with this old friend of mine from college via Facebook™ – which was really cool since we hadn’t spoken in many years. Truthfully, I had always had a crush on him. Years ago, he was interesting and could keep up with banter. Well, what I thought was banter. In retrospect, it was probably more him talking AT me and I being wide-eyed and eager to listen to sage words of advice.


Time happens. Years later, we start bantering again. At least, I thought it was an equal opportunity banter. I was wrong. Maybe when I addressed him as “Mr. Citizen of the World” he took it the wrong way. I did “wink” after to denote that I was just poking fun, like he had poked fun of me when he implied I had a “fascists post-puritan mindset”.

I mean…wtf… that’s a serious poke on his part, right? I mean he actually said “I also consider myself a citizen of the world” – how could I not poke at the pretentious statement?

To wrap up this story, I logged into Facebook™ this morning and I was officially un-friended.

Le sigh.

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bottom – Jumbie …………. Lox Shorts – moss
shoes – Pididdle …………. Canvas – grape jelly
socks – blueblood …………. The Lonely Doll Socks
eyes – Poetic Colors …………. autumn beach
skin – L’oring …………. Yokuba – 3B
hair – Donna Flora …………. Amelie – dirty blonde
poses – Hiccup

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Librarians Dewey It Better

Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey was an American librarian and educator, and the inventor of the Dewey Decimal Classification system of library classification.


Dewey was born in Adams Center in Jefferson County, New York. He attended Amherst College, and graduated in 1874 with a bachelor’s degree. He received a master’s degree from Amherst in 1877.

Dewey is considered to be the pioneer of American librarianship. He is best known for the decimal classification system that is used in most public and school libraries, but the decimal system was just one of a long list of innovations, among them the idea of the state library as the agency best suited to see to the development of school and public library services within a state. Dewey is also known for the creation of hanging vertical files, which first premiered at the Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago.

Thank you Mr. Wikipedia Internet Encyclopedia Thingy. You can read more about Mr. Dewey, here: He was a pretty stellar guy. Support your local library.

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bottom – LeLutka …………. Shoreline – coffee
shoes – MIEL …………. Zebra skirt – forest green linen
necklace – Miriel Everyday…………. Find Your Way Necklace
glasses – VW …………. Classic Frames – black
eyes – …………. hazel
skin – fleur …………. Lotus – shoujo 4
hair – booN …………. SKN152 – chestnut
poses – Long Awkward Poses

Bettiepage Voyager – *BP* Old Library Card Catalogue

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