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Circus of the Dead [Kindle Edition]

Seth Blackburn
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Twenty years ago, the dead destroyed the world of the living. The survivors scattered in the wake of the Scourge, erecting small towns in the worlds' most sparsely populated areas.

For young Gabriel, the walking dead are merely the memories that haunt the eyes of those old enough and lucky enough to have survived. He is more concerned with his hard life in America's desert, where his chores keep him busy and the husks of books stashed beneath the cellar of the library are his only freedom.

Until the circus comes to town.

"Circus of the Dead" is a novelette of approximately 10,748 words.


Product Details

  • File Size: 113 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0063UL9FQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Circus of the Dead: Short Story November 21, 2011
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I really wish there were half increments on here for rating. But I'll give just a little more than just a little less than it deserves.

So the book started out promisingly. The writing style is a bit more elegant than your average teenage romance book, but it kept throwing me off when it would suddenly talk about sex or the like as a 15 year old boy would think about it. Just blunt and crass. Not a big fan, but it was only peppered throughout, not the bulk of the material.

This is, as others have said, a short story. That does not bother me. In fact, the night I began reading it, I finished it and was just as happy as if I'd had a part of a novel to read. It was just long enough to cover my 30-45 minutes of reading before I go to bed. Perfect length for a bedtime story. ;) ...albeit probably not everyone's idea of a good one....with zombies and all.

The story itself was alright. Post-zombie-apocalypse, small town, no electricity, etc. The "circus" comes to town, the Reverend forbids anyone from going, many people go anyway. Disaster strikes. There was a huge lead-up to the circus scene, then after the disaster (in which the carnage is skipped because our protagonist is conveniently unconscious), there are a few paragraphs to the end. More or less, "...and so they mostly lived happily ever after in a zombie-infested world." Kindof a bummer ending.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written short story December 31, 2011
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If you enter into this knowing it's a short story, you will not be disappointed. I love all things post-apocalyptic, and this story lends a cautionary tale about not learning from history and the dangers of overzealous religious leaders. I thought the "coming of age" theme was a nice touch as well. A good, quick read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect January 22, 2012
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If you want a cheesy, run of the mill zombie splatter fest, this is not for you. This is zombie literature...fantastic writing! It's in the style of King, Laymon, Simmons, McCammon. etc. who actually build characters and describe the setting so well, you are there. This is a perfectly ordinary day that goes bad in a huge way....almost a coming of age message set in horror and unsettling issues. Satisfying to those of us who enjoy a well developed story with FAIRNESS. The end, as well as the rest was fair and excellent IF you are a thinker and understand unwritten meanings within an elegant style. The prose manage to be descriptive without bogging down the action and the character (main) unforgettable. Bittersweet and perfect. Like zombie movies...this is a Romero-style classic and not a splatter fest (tho it does get icky and creepy and is fun!). I feel the mature reader will appreciate this. Five stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Circus of the Dead June 15, 2013
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2.5 stars

This book started out ok. Slow but alright. Then it got preachy and really philosophical. The writing style is very formal, almost poetic but it felt stilted and flat. The story is only 32 pages long. I never connected with the main character. ( Who is a 15 year old boy) It left out the meat of what could have been a pretty decent story. It went from two days into the story then to the epilogue of 20 years later. Just not my cup of tea.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read April 6, 2013
By Tick
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This story was a really fun read. I downloaded it for free and read it in one day. It was entertaining and it was a different look on the zombie genre!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good March 5, 2013
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Held my interest through the whole book. Couldn't put it down. Great story line and interesting characters. Two thumbs up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Circus February 19, 2013
By mmj
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Great short story, but it has a very predictable ending. I would have like a bit more of a surprise ending
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ok short story November 26, 2012
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This story is set in a world that has already been ravaged by zombies and told in the 1st person. Some towns are starting to move on and rebuild. One day, the circus comes to the town and claims they have a real, live zombie on show. To not give too much away, things don't end well, but that's all we know...the author doesn't give ANY detail as to what happened to make the ending but leaves it up to the reader. I know it's a short story, but it seems unfinished, maybe if the author had added a bit more on the end it would've wrapped it up nicely.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not bad of a book ---- wish it was more descriptive ...
Published 10 days ago by jackle
4.0 out of 5 stars Circus of the dead
Greetings Great short story. Truly I wish Blackburn finds the time to write a full Novel of the same title. In fact this story should be adopted into a movie or TV series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Claire R. Gayder
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
good short story.
Published 1 month ago by crissy bilskie
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It is pretty graphic I just can't seem to get into it.
Published 1 month ago by Karann
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Short Read
The emotions were excellently conveyed. As a main character goes, the conflict of boyhood desires and manhood duties was palpable. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kerby Hanson
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not a bad book kept me reading. But it could have been better.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but sweet
I only read through this on my Kindle App once, and I'm not sure if it was supposed to be a sample or an actual complete story, but it ended very abruptly. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Reggie H
5.0 out of 5 stars Thes book is so atching and grate if I was you I would check this...
So go and.by it and be so attached to the book lick me . And have fun. And tell your frens about the book
Published 2 months ago by moe richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Excitment of the Circus, in the Zombie Cleanup Aftermath Days
This was an interesting zombie outbreak, in the supposedly safe days aftermath short story. The tale will take you around half an hour or so to read. Read more
Published 3 months ago by James N Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars When you want something fast, this fits the bill..
Circus of the Dead is a "Yeah the zombie apocalypse happened, but that was before my time" type of story, with just a sprinkling of zombies tossed in. It's not the "Eek! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Annabele
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