8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2012
I'd heard in passing about this book and looked it over at a conference last winter and flagged it mentally as something to check out; I'd recently asked my college freshmen to examine particular zombies or vampires as products of the age that produce them, and while I'd been able to direct some of the more ambitious among them to Nina Auerbach's _Our Vampires, Ourselves, I knew that I needed a similar book for zombies if I were to assign the topic again.
Then I went to another conference and heard this book lauded by a scholar whose work I very much admire and I was sold! I took my library's copy out of circulation for the summer and only returned it once I'd ordered my own. This book is an excellent read for anyone who likes zombies and their places in the world; while I recognize the scholarly excellence of the articles individually and the collection as a whole, it is equally accessible to a more general reader. Seriously, you can just pick this up and read an article while lounging on a beach or waiting for a flight--it's seriously delightful *and* instructive.
I learned a lot from this book and it really expanded my thinking about zombies and their places in their worlds and mine.
on April 3, 2015
This is a collection of academic essays. As such, it is the usual issues, with sometimes being too dry or too obtuse. Most of the papers are of a shorter length though, which helps prevent any of them from getting too horrible. In addition, the collection covers a really wide range of zombie issues, becoming pretty impressive in its scope.
One interesting point for me was a coincidence. I happened to attend a book event where David J Morris was reading from and answering questions about his book on post-traumatic stress disorder, The Evil Hours, and I was amazed by the correlations. There is some reference to PTSD in this book, but it is more that there are areas of overlap that I never thought of.
Good food for thought.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2013
A great collection, a little more pop than I wanted, but really interesting. I do like that the authors go back to the Haitian origins of zombies, and show how different contemporary north American zombies are in comparison