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Zombie Notes: A Study Guide To The Best In Undead Literary Classics Paperback – September 18, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (September 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599219115
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599219110
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,785,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

While scores of English teachers around the world ramble on about motifs, iambic pentameter, and deus ex machina, hordes of brain-swilling zombies and neck-chomping vampires are invading the major works of the world’s greatest authors! Now, Melville's infamous creature of the deep is actually a zombie whale. And while Will Shakespeare’s rhyme scheme ties tongues in knots, Hamlet’s uncle has become a villainous vampire in royal robes. That sexy beast Arthur Dimmesdale in The Scarlet Letter? He’s even sexier and beastlier . . . now that he’s a werewolf. Zombie Notes will quickly bring you up to speed on what's lurking in the literary canon. A study guide to literature's most famous scenes of love, heroism, brain letting, and countlessdecapitations, it is sure to reanimate your passion for the Great Books.

About the Author

Laurie Rozakis, Ph.D., is an English professor and the author of more than 100 books, including The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Grammar and Style, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Creative Writing, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Shakespeare, The Comma Sutra, and The Portable Jewish Mother.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DDC VINE VOICE on June 8, 2010
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In the ever expanding world of zombie literature, I felt that this was sort of middle of the road. I got it as a gift, and while I enjoyed it a lot more than Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!, it was nowhere near as good as World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. Still, it's filled with relatively quick takes on classic novels and has a funny and irreverent vibe to it. Zombie purists may wish to note that it also has vampire and werewolf tales in it, but this didn't bother me and the majority of tales are zombie related.

In fairness to the author, she seems to really know her literature and does a good job of basically rewriting the stories by adding undead and then adding a snarky, english-lit style, deconstruction of the stories she just rewrote.
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By Jaxroc on January 15, 2014
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I had high hopes for this book. I got it as a Christmas present and it looked [to the giver and myself] like a really interesting book. Unfortunately that is not the case.

It is hard for me to fathom that the author has a Ph.D. as the attempts at humor are so juvenile as that found on middle-school bathroom walls [however this book is NOT suitable for that age group].

The literary allusions are not done well especially for a book purporting to be a study guide on the same. The undead lore is convoluted to the point of ridiculousness. Vampires and zombies are one thing but are werewolves even considered to be undead?

The author also has a political agenda which seeps through from time-to-time. I don't read a book like this to be insulted with anti-conservative diatribe but that is what happened. I can laugh at political humor even when it is directed at me if it is done well- here it is not. It is not funny. It is not clever. It is not even fitting.

The anachronisms are ridiculous to the point of absurdity. It is one thing for the author to compare Moby Dick to the size of an airliner but it is quite another to have a character from the novel do so.

All in all my best advice is avoid this book like the zombie plague.
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