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Every Sigh, the End: A Novel About Zombies Paperback – October 5, 2007

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Jason Hornsby's Every Sigh, The End may be the best zombie novel I have read. It feels like a grand truth is peeking through the enigmatic and conspiratorial fog that suffuses the novel. It all seems to mean something... -- Devon Kappa, None May Say

About the Author

Jason S. Hornsby is an honors graduate of the University of South Florida and was once accused of authoring The Perfect Spiral. When not visiting haunted schoolhouses or chasing down the Florida skunk ape, Mr. Hornsby teaches high school English and prepares for the Apocalypse, which he believes will be soon. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press; 2nd edition (October 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978970780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978970789
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,961,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jason S. Hornsby is the author of the horror novels "Every Sigh, The End" and "Eleven Twenty-Three," as well as several short stories and articles for time travel and zombie anthologies. His work has been highly lauded for its originality, dark humor, themes of paranoia, and extreme horror.

His latest novel, "Desert Bleeds Red," has already proven a huge critical success, and is widely considered his best work yet. Several early readers have commented on certain passages of the novel actually causing physical discomfort, hallucinatory sensations, and an overwhelming sense of despair. Audiences who are new to Hornsby's work are advised to approach "Desert Bleeds Red" with caution.

Originally from Lakeland, Florida, Hornsby is an honors graduate of University of South Florida, with degrees in Literature and American Studies. His first major release, "Every Sigh, The End" was written in his first year following graduation.

The author moved from his hometown to Beijing in 2008, where he remained for nearly four years. After the release of "Eleven Twenty-Three" in 2010, Hornsby began traveling to some of the most remote areas of China in preparation for "Desert Bleeds Red." He was present when the 2009 Urumqi riots began, as well as political insurrections in Sichuan and Inner Mongolia. He was witness and even party to stabbings, brawls, and routine sidewalk bloodshed, and spent a month recuperating from surgery in a Beijing hospital. He was a regular in the expat nightlife scene, frequenting dive bars and concert halls and hidden hutong hangouts. Fortunately, Hornsby was able to somehow balance work and play, teaching several creative writing courses to hopeful young authors, as well as tutoring several adult pupils in his off time from regular lessons.

He has traveled and dodged trouble in over fourteen provinces in China thus far, as well as backpacked through Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia.

When not teaching English literature or traversing the globe, he also contributes to several travel and expat lifestyle magazines in Southeast Asia and China. Since 2012, Hornsby and his family have lived in rural Malaysia, getting lost in jungles while searching for spiritual enlightenment. His daughter, Taraniya Tian, was born in July 2013, and he considers her his proudest achievement, by far.

He has no current plans for a permanent return to America.

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This mind-bending novel by newcomer Jason S. Hornsby is fresher than the flesh of a newly turned zombie.

Hornsby's ideas are the most creative and original to hit the living-dead genre since director Danny Boyle gave us fast and furious zombies in the movie "28 Days Later."

For one thing, Hornsby meshes the apocalypse with reality television, a perfect marriage for the new millenium. For another, he plays with the space/time continuum in a truly chilling way. Protagonist Ross Orringer must fight zombies on soundstages with shifting rooms and bit players who disappear into thin air.

Poor Ross. He knows he can't trust the zombies who surround the house where he's partying on New Year's Eve. But it turns out he can't necessarily trust his closest friends or even his family.

Hornsby's book is confusing at times, frustrating in places, and brilliant throughout, with some truly scary moments. It's one of the most exciting novels I've read in recent months -- and that's all novels, not just zombie novels.

I strongly recommend "Every Sigh, The End" to readers who are willing to get onto this up and coming author's intense and bizarre roller coaster. But I warn you, stand next to the wooden cutout before you do and make sure your "creepy tolerance" is high enough to ride.
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I write this review with some trepidation. I almost feel as if the story should be reviewed and analyzed in an English or Literature classroom, or perhaps in some exotic American Philosophy class, rather on a website that sells this book. This is a book that reminds me to look at things a bit differently, to try something new and completely different. It reminds me of stories read in college and high school that I was turned on to not by friends or family that know my tastes but by someone who felt I should try something that would lead me down a different path entirely.

What I write here is for the people who are curious about this book, people who want to see if this book is up their alley. Some of the previous reviews seem of a personal nature perhaps written by folks who know Jason Hornsby. I can say that I definitely do not know the author. I came into the book with no preconcieved notions or presumptions as to what I should expect. I would also say that, after reading this review, if you feel that this book is perhaps not right for you, you might want to reconsider that, as it is certainly a very challenging and intriguing work that might make you think more than you expected.

This book is angry, it is dark, and it is about zombies. But it does not follow any known pathway to completion that I have ever seen in a tale about the undead. The author has completely transcended the genre with a work that is more philosophy and questions our society, our reality, and what we are as individuals than even the works of Romero and other "deep thinkers" of this realm.

Like so many high quality works the zombies here are a tool that is wielded by the author or film maker to force us to look more closely at ourselves.
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I'll spare the rehash of the plot, as it is somewhat disappointing in its surfaced cliche-ness and its obvious lack of completion and besides you can find summaries elsewhere on this page.

In a nutshell: Every sigh, the end is a moderately well written book that suffers mainly from the authors inability to remove himself and his issues from the narrative. Now, its true that every piece of art stems from the artist and that the creation's existence demands a creator and blah, blah, blah, but at a certain point the co-mingling becomes tedious. Much like Wes Anderson can not resolve his looming daddy issues, Jason Hornsby can not shake his near paralyzing feelings of immense inadequacy and geek self loathing, as evidenced not just by this book, but by the author's puerile responses to some of his negative reviews on this very site. The result is a muddled blend of horror, pop culture and nihilism all covered by a raw and exposed desire to be oh-so-deep while ignoring the fact that he's merely waist deep in the shallow end. The characters are inconsistent and interchangeable, the plot a meaningless jumble of moments barely strung together by the reappearance of occasionally familiar names.

Its as if Mr. Hornsby has never gotten over the fact that he set out to write the great American novel and ended up with just a zombie book and the sad part of it is: you get the feeling that if he could just get over himself, that he could write something pretty damn good. If he'd just realize that there is nothing wrong with genre work, he might turn out some pretty seminal zombie tales. You can tell that he's familiar with horror and zombies. He can really write some good gore.
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I am an avid zombie novel reader, so I was excited to get started on reading this one when it came in the mail. I forced myself to finish it, because I apparently hate myself. The author tries to be clever and unique by bolding the words, sigh and end on each page, linking it to the title of the novel. He also uses one phrase repeatedly (approximately every 1-2 pages), which isn't even a good phrase and becomes quite annoying.

There are numerous grammar and spelling errors, which are clearly mistakes and not some original use of the English language. The plot could have used some work. If you want a good novel about changing time continuums, then read The Time Machine. Don't waste your time reading this one. Save your money. Buy something else.

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