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Product Details

  • Paperback: 474 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466288140
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466288140
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,643,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well written, great imagination and well paced.
Canuck Chuck
This collection of stories is an awesome addition for the zombie enthusiast.
JET
As the previous review stated, this is a superb new anthology!
Ryan

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on December 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
As the previous review stated, this is a superb new anthology! It's always good to see these little publishing companies churning out quality horror, and that's certainly what the collection is. I like to start with the bad news:

Cons: The collection contains a LOT of nontraditional zombie works. To be fair, that could be a good thing, but I'm kind of a stickler for the classic, mindless-moaning-flesh-eating-shamblers, that can't think or fight or do anything constructive. Quick Note: The first piece in the anthology, Bint Arab's "Remembering Human," is definitely nontraditional, but although my reactionist genes were twitching, I had to enjoy it. Second, as the first review pointed out: This was a looooong anthology, and some of the fat definitely could've been trimmed. I don't have any complaints about the novel preview at the end; it was pretty good! But it really doesn't seem to fit with the anthology as a whole, maybe not at the end like that. I dunno. And thirdly, the price is a little bit higher than usual, anthologies are usually around $15 or so, especially paperback.

Pros: But the good FAR outweighs the bad! The book is full of excellent stories from up and comers and established horror-jockeys alike! Some who deserve mentioning here:
-"Remembering Human" by Bint Arab
-"OCD" by Joe Sherry
-"Unusual Appetites" by Jessica Weiss
-"Waiting for Gordon" by Allen Jacoby

All in all, the book is worth buying, and a great read for the zombie enthusiast on your gift list.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JET on January 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
This collection of stories is an awesome addition for the zombie enthusiast. It's a nice mix of shorts and longer stories with plenty of brains on the menu!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rschenker on December 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
Zombies are all the rage these days and it's tough to find a new angle. The chomping brains theme runs short unless authors look to the complex social themes behind the monster. So Long, And Thanks for the Brains is just that kind of anthology. Many of the authors in this collection go well beyond the blood and guts of the typical zombie outing. Delving into controversial issues such as race, religion, and the meth epidemic, these stories highlight the powerful social commentary zombies provide. A few standouts:

"Remembering Human" by Bint Arab
"Troubleshooter" by Gary Madden
"Dry Rot" by Jamal K. Luckett
"Unusual Appetites" by Jessica A. Weiss
"Folks Like Us" by B.E. Scully
"Waiting for Gordon: by Allen Jacoby

The collection definitely needed trimmed a bit as it's well over 400 pages. Some of the stories are repetitious (one too many military commandos here) and an edit here and there would have given the anthology a better pacing. Overall this is an excellent zombie collection that takes the mindless walker story into new realms!
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Format: Kindle Edition
There's a lot here to like. The sheer volume of stories for the price makes this a great deal. Very creative concepts behind many of the stories; a Leper colony in colonial Louisiana, a hit man in a grave yard, time travel to the start of the outbreak, and zombies in Oz, among others. Most of the writers did a great job with credible characters, dialog, and gripping situations. The book missed the fifth star due to the editing. Grammatical errors abound, not to be caught with spell check alone. Dual should have been duel, steal should have been steel, vile should have been vial, on and on though out the book. It was enough to jar me out of a suspension of disbelief in multiple stories. The editors also clearly did not work consistently with the authors to polish the writing as a few short stories fell flat, were predictable, or missed a crescendo or twist that an attentive editor could have evinced through another draft. However, the majority of the stories at least deliver zombie goodness. Some were even able to highlight the human condition through the use of zombies as a lens, transcending the typical gore fest fare. Worth the money for volume, and worth the time for the creativity and skill shown in most of the tales.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I've always had a soft spot for zombies. I'll admit it! But even as a long-time fan I can see when a walker has passed its less than fresh date! In the wave of zombies over the last number of years, the story seems to be getting stale. So Long, And Thanks for the Brains is a welcome change from the traditional but tired brain eating Romero clone so popular now.

A lot of the authors in this collection really push boundaries for the walking dead. The opener, "Remembering Human" by Bint Arab, turns the narrative on its head by giving us the zombie's point of view as it slowly loses the last traces of humanity. In the government experiment gone wrong obsession, a lot of people don't realize where the true zombie legend comes from! In "Troubleshooter" by Gary Madden, we return to the real zombie concept, voodoo priest and all! Robert Forrester's "Necropolis is Burning" describes a unique post-zombie apocalypse world where walkers are a `normal nuisance' to be dealt with. "Dry Rot" by Jamal K. Luckett is a really fascinating look at leprosy, zombies, and what happens when superstition and reality collide. Vampires and zombies share space in "Unusual Appetites" by Jessica A. Weiss. Like Luckett's story, B.E. Scully looks at what happens when the very real meth epidemic morphs into something much darker. These are by no means the only standouts here. This collection has an incredible list of authors!

Anthologies, particularly those with a specific theme, can run the risk of repetition. So Long is 474 pages and some of the stories sounded too similar. I found myself skimming through the third government experiment gone wrong story. There were also a few that dipped into the gratuitous zombie violence with little plot category. The standout stories here were more than enough to make you forget the weaker ones though! If you're tired of the same old zombie trite this is your answer!

Alex Mcdermott from The Kindle Book Review
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