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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2011
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
on December 31, 2011
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
on January 22, 2012
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
on June 15, 2013
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
on April 6, 2013
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
on March 5, 2013
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
on February 19, 2013
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
on November 26, 2012
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2012
I don't know what I expected when I purchased this short story for my Kindle, but at the sweet, sweet price of FREE, it wasn't much.

The pace isn't BAD, the story really had me going at some points, and I overall enjoyed Circus of the Dead, and I am glad I read it. It just felt...undercooked? Diluted?

Now, many reviewers have commented on the length of this story. It was a fine length, easily readable in about one or two sittings. My concerns stem from the abrupt end of the story itself, and the somewhat minor role played by the dead.

I am not complaining about the length; the length was agreeable as far as short stories go. In this case, it just seems like this was a part of what could have been a much longer tale. Had this NOT been a short story, and had it been doubled, or possibly even tripled in length, this rating could have been a star or two higher.

Overall, it wasn't bad, I just feel like it could have been better. In spite of this 3 star rating, I am anxious to read more by this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2012
This is a short story, the average reader will finish the tale promptly. This is a very easy read, well written and interesting fiction. I recommend this to people that enjoy apocalypse stories, yet desire a unique perspective on life after a holocaust of epic proportions.
I especially appreciate the perception into life among religious zealots and the consequences. I would recommend this to my friends, especially friends that are fans of Horror fiction.
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