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Zombie, Illinois: A Novel Paperback – October 1, 2012
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I can't think of any other zombie story, be it movie, book or comic, that takes its setting so seriously, which is precisely what gives the book such a powerful verisimilitude. Frankly, most others feel like fake, bloodless, stumbling clones by comparison. Ultimately, perhaps the highest compliment I can give this book is that I think it's a horror tale that Mike Royko would have loved. FIVE STARS FOR SCOTT KENEMORE!
A few things worked, the way Pastor Mack, Ben, and Maira's lives kept intertwining felt more believable than contrived. I loved the part where Pastor Mack is talking about the parts of the bible where it's not so comforting about the dead and the afterlife. Who Maria is and why that involves them in the political mess is good.
There are a lot of F-bombs, including from the pastor. After awhile they stop being effective and just get gratuitous.
I thought I was buying a book about zombies, not a diatribe about Illinois politicians with a few zombies thrown in.
The author has a knack for writing good dialogue from multiple points of view. Anyone who loves Chicago, and likes Zombie stories, would probably enjoy this book.
I'm kinda sad that I finished it. Scott, you should write more stories around this plot line in Chicago. But only if it interests you. Its obvious that a lot was put into this, and that you had fun writing this. I had fun reading it! Thank you!
The title of my review would've been a better title for the book, since there's much more to Illinois than Chicago and virtually the entire story takes place there.
Zombie, Illinois tells the tales of three survivors interlinked by fate (and deft storytelling), each in first person and in turn. The chronology is the same as "Ohio", but other than a global zombie apocalypse beginning in winter, there is no direct correlation. In fact, the style and tone of each book is very distinct. "Ohio" has a black comedy flavor, and catches you up with its unique and very engaging, deeply, ironically-flawed narrator. "Illinois" is a much more straightforward adventure novel, which works because it is so well-written, about true-to-life characters whose skills and knowledge and instincts probably echo your own. A nice, healthy racial and sociological mix, a sinister dose of Chicago politics and plenty of Oh Yeah! Zombies!
For it's genre it should probably get 5 stars, but I withhold one because it isn't a book that everyone MUST read. It's just a hella lotta fun. Also, my Kindle Edition -- full price, remember -- is filled with typographical and formatting errors which made this pleasant book a real chore to read. Toward the end (I haven't read other reviews, so I may be repeating info) several entire chapters are repeated, a very disconcerting thing! This doesn't detract from my rating of the book, but I hope an update is in the offing, and I hope the paperback doesn't have the same flaws!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed "Zombie Illinois." The writing was great...liked the way each character was introduced into the story line. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gail McEwen
Entertaining read, recommended if you enjoyed the first story.Published 5 months ago by Daniel Hardgrove
I liked it. I gotta read Zombie Ohio and Indiana as well. This was the first I've read from Scott. He had another unrelated about a hotel I thought I'd hate but liked it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Taylor Stevens
This was a good read but I liked Ohio better I still recommend reading it yourselfPublished 11 months ago by Victor Sellick
So I really liked how Zombie Ohio was different and told from the zombie's point of view. This was a good zombie book but pretty typical as far a they go. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Z
I really enjoyed this book. Each character's story merged nicely with the others. I had a few complaints, but they are minor.
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This is the first Zombie genre book I have read. It seems more realistic in that the panic and infighting people go through does more damage than the actual zombies. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ryan Costa
Well written and well thought out. And definitely a Chicago story. I am happy to recommend it.Published 14 months ago by Robert B. Lyons