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  • File Size: 2811 KB
  • Print Length: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press (December 20, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 20, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HG4NPVE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #672,684 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Daniel Cotton is a New Hampshire native currently residing in Iowa with his lovely wife and two sons. He derives inspiration from his own life and over-active imagination, offering an assortment of subjects. He taps into pains from his past as well as the current joys in his life, blending them into tales that are both dark and touching. Dan delves into his own life experiences; his factory jobs, his time working on a psychiatric ward, his time in the Navy, all of the places he has lived and people he's known to make the worlds he creates seem more real. When you read one of his works, you are actually reading a piece of him.
Follow Daniel Cotton on Twitter: @DanielCCotton or visit his website: http://danielcotton.weebly.com/

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Being a book buyer in the mindset of "safety in numbers," I was unsure if this book would live up to my expectations because there was only one review out there at the time that I bought it for my Kindle... Wow - did I get a lot for my money or what? This meaty book started out as a series of what I thought were merely unrelated vignettes, but the author was going somewhere signficant with all of it. There are so many stories going on in this one lone book, and they all tie together in the end, I didn't notice any loose ends at all.

I loved the characterizations and how real the people in the book seemed... And as in real-life, many of the coarsest people in the book turned out to be the most competent and big hearted down deep. This is an epic story describing the hurdles that surviors of a real zombie acopalypse may need to overcome, and not just from zombies! As a bonus, you are not left hanging there wondering what happened to anyone... and it has a great ending, which is a prerequisite for me to write a 5 star review. I also liked the humor of some of the characters, care for family, self-doubt, winning against all odds -- real life is like that too, which makes it even better reading.

The only thing, which I have noticed in a couple of zombie books I have recently read, is that fictional characters in their 50s and 60s are continuously referred to as the "old guy", "old man", etc., etc. (although the older characters generally show more intelligence from their years of life experience, i.e., "don't sweat the small stuff."). Dude (sorry -- not just you but many authors) you must be a young person, like in your 20s or 30s.
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What is it about Kindle and zombies? Pretty soon, zombie books will have infected all the rest, and Kindle will be populated solely by the dead. "Life Among the Dead", makes that outcome a not altogether bad prospect, since it proves that some of these novels are animated by something special. I don't claim to be an expert on the genre, but Mr. Cotton has written the best zombie novel that I have read to date, peopled by interesting characters who intersect in some surprising ways. There is, I suppose, a need for any zombie tale worth its salt to shock, and this one manages to do that in sometimes novel but always horrifyingly believable ways. And yet the reader never wants to shout at the characters for doing things that seem outrageously stupid; rather, there are moments of courage, sacrifice, and pathos that make everything all the more compelling.

The main character is a reservist named Dan Williamson who wants desperately to find his wife and baby. I will not describe more but his story is gripping, as are those of other characters who avoided being bitten in the first days of the infection's spread. Dan has some military skills, but he is not an elite soldier by any means. He is, however, a brave leader and one that the reader hopes will survive against the odds.

It isn't really worth it to complain about typos in Kindle books, but how many times did I see "passed" for "past", indicating an over-reliance on spell check rather than the old Mark One Eyeball. That complaint notwithstanding, it seems to me that zombie books must, at their core, be about holding out hope when hope is rapidly disappearing. "Life Among the Dead" hits the zombie right in the head.
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It took me a solid week of good reading to get through this book. The writer comes full circle with a lot of the characters, and isn't afraid to hit nerves with readers by killing off any of the characters that are introduced, especially well liked ones. The reader is also faced with some of the terrible decisions that survivors must face. While other writers may skirt the issues that are prevalent in our minds, Daniel Cotton hits them head on with lifted up black 4x4 with a hinged skylight (you'll get it after reading). HIGHLY RECOMMEND for anyone interested in Post-Apocalyptic or zombie-related literature.
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I will say this for Daniel Cotton's zombie tome: I enjoyed it. I'm pretty sure that was the author's primary goal here. I particularly enjoyed Bruce, and found that one of the author's primary strengths was dialogue involving this character. He definitely had a 'schtick,' but I never grew weary of it. It was a refreshing jolt of humor in a world gone completely bonkers.

Some critiques involve supporting character development and, of course, the utter lack of editing. Some of the characters from the beginning (Barbara and Becka) are almost entirely ignored in the second half of the story. The most frustrating thing is the feeling that the author, despite the time taken writing this story, gets paid despite committing mistake after mistake. Sure, he's probably not making a killing off this story, but if someone spends years of his life crafting an apocalyptic tale, you'd think he'd care enough to completely polish it.

There were numerous misspellings. A herd of zombies was written as 'heard,' a few times. Wheelbarrows was written as 'wheel barrels." Words after an ellipses were always capitalized, which is just plain wrong. Whoever was typed as 'however.' Some sentences contained both mangling and misspellings. ("The old man is yanked from of the congealing soil up to his naval.") For real. Sometimes I wanted to hurl my Kindle. Another thing that stuck with me was the description of Dan's wife, postpartum. He got to her the day she gave birth, if I'm remembering correctly. The description of her breasts as already being engorged with milk would be highly inaccurate. Milk doesn't come in, especially after first-time childbirth, for a few days. Even after subsequent births, engorgement doesn't just happen. Anyway, hopefully you can see my point.
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