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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934861251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934861257
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,870,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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See, we really all can get along.
Steven Scharmer
If you're a fan of the zombie subgenre, or post-apocalyptic stories, or just of original, intelligent and riveting fiction, you'll really like this.
M. Baugh
Some of these stories are just unbelievable.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. Baugh on November 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
The World is Dead is editor Kim Paffenroth's follow-up to his earlier collection, History is Dead. The eighteen stories are very diverse, but all are united by a common theme. They are set in a future world that exists after the zombies have risen and laid waste to civilization.

The stories are well-chosen. Some are stronger than others but there's not a bad tale in the bunch. The book is handsomely put together, though I didn't care for the cover art by Christian Dovel which seemed a bit wooden to me.

The book is divided into four sections: work, family, love and life, with four stories in each of the first three and six in the last. "Life" seems to have been the catch-all where stories not explicitly in one of the other three categories came to rest.

"Dead Men Can't Complain" by Peter Clines was one of my favorites in the book. In it the protagonist, is revived in the hospital to learn that he is now one of the living dead. In this world, zombies have varying degrees of awareness, and Lawrence Secord has come through with his mind and personality intact. He hopes to pick up his existence where he left off but for him being legally dead, with none of the rights of the living, proves to be a bigger challenge than anything. It's a great story, clever and often hilarious with some nice social commentary worked in for good measure.

"The Office Party" by Walter Jarvis covers some of the same ideas from a different angle. It begins, appropriately enough, in an office where more and more of the living are being displaced by the dead. Zombies, it seems, are the ultimate low-wage employees. However, an office Christmas party and a clueless supervisor add up to a predictably horrific conclusion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrick S. Dorazio VINE VOICE on November 25, 2009
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The World is Dead is the latest zombie Anthology from Kim Paffenroth, who also oversaw History is Dead. This anthology looks forward, to the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse, as opposed to looking back at key points in our history where zombies reared their ugly heads, which is what we got in his last anthology.

The nature of this book makes most of these stories personal and intimate, with sadness and regret tinging many of the tales. We are not looking at things from a worldwide perspective where politicians and the military play a big role, but instead how individuals deal with the burden of the dead coming back to life and being a part of every day life and death. The book is broken up into four sections: work, family, love, and life and we get each author's take on how the stiffs impact things in these key areas of our existence.

It is interesting to see how a diverse group of authors would perceive how things would be after the dead have risen and taken their place either as the dominant species or the dominant pest (or even the ultimate grunt labor force) in the world. Loss plays a big role in most of these tales: loss of loved ones, loss of humanity, loss of what has meaning in life. Some stories seemed hopeful, though you get a healthy dose of the hopeless, which is to be expected in most tales where zombies playing a major role.

I did see a couple of stories here that were repeats from other anthologies but most were new to me and most were quite entertaining. It was a nice change of pace from reading zombies stories that mostly focus on the actual coming of the undead. Here, they have settled in and become ingrained the fabric of the character's existence. Definitely worth picking up if you are a fan of zombie fiction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Wilson VINE VOICE on November 5, 2009
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I was iffy about reading Zombie short stories, but I found this book to be even better than a lot, if not most of the zombie books I've read. There are funny stories, heartbreaking ones and ones of hopefulness and hopelessness. And they are all surprisingly original. I would read novel length stories from any one of these authors (and have already read novels from quite a few), and I would even love to read full book versions of any of the shorts. I love that each short focused on the aftermath mostly rather than the occurence (like most books). I am a bigger fan of the post-apocalyptic and I love seeing the different versions of our world through different authors, and how people have learned to live and cope. This is a must read for any zombie fan and is lengethening my top favorites of zombie books. I was a little disapointed that there were no shorts by Kim Paffenroth (a favorite and a reason I picked this collection up), but the quality of the stories and his editing made up for it. I would recommend anything by him also.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TorridlyBoredShopper VINE VOICE on April 11, 2010
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Anthologies seem to be the way to go when it comes to many genres, and that seems especially true when one stumbles into the realms of horror. Since there are so many types of the horrific out there, with things ranging from the human to more ethereal beasts, it makes sense to group horrors by the "what." In this way, the reader has an idea of what they are getting into before they buy something, and they do not feel slighted by some gargantuan space slug or some brain-eating zombie when that suddenly appears.

The problem that occurs in here is the fact that you have to have someone picking out stories that has a feel for that specific genre. That has been painfully obvious in some of the things I have purchased in the past, when I thought I was getting something amazing and ended up wondering what I had brought on myself. That's why I like Kim Paffenroth: here we have a horror writer with an eye for things that will attract others. When I note new attractions noting K.P. on them, I normally pick them up right away because I know I will not be disappointed. And I certainly wasn't here.

One thing I liked about this book was the way it was set out for the reader. Instead of simply sticking stories in random areas and not giving the reader any sort of direction, there were four areas that stories could find themselves placed within. You either had Work, Family, Life, or Love, and each of these had stories that called to me in their own ways. Combine that with the people that you know, the people that you don't, and the things you expect and you have yourself a beautiful thing being built.

I was really happy with what I found.
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