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The Living Dead 2 Paperback – September 1, 2010
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"Overflowing with dark and evocative stories. [...] This is the definitive collection of zombie short fiction. Or, at least, it is until John Joseph Adams unleashes volume three on an unsuspecting world." - San Francisco Book Review
"A wonderful, rotting smorgasbord. Dig in!" - Library Journal (Starred Review)
"Zombie completists need look no further than The Living Dead 2. Editor John Joseph Adams has put together an impressive collection." - The Washington Post
"'Unliving' proof that it's the tellers, not the tales, that count. [...] It's not simply an excellent zombie anthology, or a testament to stellar horror writing. What it is, simply, is an excellent book [...] runs the gamut of undead storytelling: pathos and pain, blood and guts, humor and horror. It's a sensational collection that reanimates and reinvigorates the decaying dead back to exhilarating and entertaining life." - Fangoria (Named Fangoria's Book of the Month)
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Top Customer Reviews
And fortunately it is an entirely different monster (pun intended).
Of the 44 short stories collected in this anthology, 22 were some of the best stories of zombie horror I have read.It should come as no surprise that the well known authors in here prevailed: Brian Keene's ("Lost Canyon of the Dead"), David Welington's ("Good People"), Max Brooks's ("Steve and Fred") and Robert Kirkman's ("Alone Together") works were outstanding but to me it was some of the lesser known, obscure and new authors on the block whose stories captivated me the most. Having already read both of Joe McKinney's novels ("Dead City" and "Apocalypse of the Dead"), the fact that his short story "Dating in Dead Town" was incredibly rich and entertaining was of little surprise to me. "Who We Used to Be" by David Moody and the disgusting, yet highly enjoyable "Zombie Gigolo" by S.G. Brown (a story that won 3rd place in the annual Gross out Contest in the 2008 World Horror Convention) take the reader into the mind of the undead, answering the questions of what the undead feel, think, and do.
With so many good stories, its hard to find the best works but I believe the best piece(s) ,for me anyways, comes to a 2 way tie between Gary A. Braunbeck's "We Now Pause for a Station Identification" and the fantasticly written and original "The Rapeworm" by Charles Coleman Finlay.Read more ›
- an enemy that used to be us, that we can become at any time;
- a canvas writers can use to comment on almost anything;
- a morality-free way to fulfill a world-destruction fantasy; and
- a monster that remains scary and cannot be easily romanticized.
I would add that much of my own fascination is based on how I think I would do in a zombie-infested world. Would I survive?, would I survive with honor?, would I be a leader?, and what would I gain or lost of my own humanity? Deep huh? In actuality, I just love these books as thrilling escapes. And I applaud this collection which is stronger than Volume One.
Standouts for me included: Kirkman's Alone Together which has a forlorn twist, Barnes & Due's Danger Word that explores loyalty, Wellington's Good People that provides fun formula, Keene's Lost Canyon of the Dead that could have been co-written with Douglas Preston, Brooks' Steve and Fred which explores heroism versus survival, Fingerman's The Summer Place features a lead character one can empathize with, Edelman explores an anti-terrorism angle in The Human Race, and McAuley's The Thought War will get you thinking.
The editor provides interesting information on each contributor along with a thoughtful introduction to each story. I found this helpful as it provides other titles from these authors to seek out. Definitely great entertainment overall and practically speaking a solid value for the dollar as there over forty stories. I am looking forward to Volume Three.
Like most anthologies, it's a mixed bag. A few are so-so, a few are amazing (don't miss Steven Barnes' and Tananarive Due's Danger Word), and most are somewhere in between, but they're all entertaining enough to make this a worthwhile read.
With over forty stories included, themes run the gamut from aliens to teenagers to the military to viruses to cowboys and more. I sometimes found it a little jarring to move from story to story - they are in such a specific genre but at the same time vary so much from each other. A major brain reboot was required at the beginning of each new story. But some people may not have that problem, and after all, this is a collection of shorts so it's easy to take them one at a time and give yourself a break in between.
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There were some hits and misses throughout this collection of zombie horror. A few I loved, a few I disliked and a few that were a bit confusing and hard to read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Diana Allen
I've nearly finished this collection of zombie-themed short stories, and with the exception of one so far, I've really enjoyed each quick read! Read morePublished 7 months ago by TucsonTNR
Read the sample, good stuff but... Monthly Deal closes out before the end of the month???Published 9 months ago by Michael Boyle
I wouldn't recommend even one of these stories. None have any kind of definitive ending, most just stop as if the writer grew as bored writing them as I was reading them. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
Why not all five stars? There is something wrong about publishing a Kindle edition of an anthology of short stories - especially in 2015 when the Kindle format is far from new -... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Richard D. Grant
When I first bough this I though it was one novel but found out it was a bunch of little stories. Some were good some were bad.Published on January 22, 2014 by David Garcia