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Zombies for Zombies: Advice and Etiquette for the Living Dead Paperback – October 1, 2009
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"Murphy simply takes the niceties of modern life (and occasionally the lack thereof), throws in the added dimension of recent zombification, and presto: instant cultural mishmash, suitable for snorting coffee all over." - Sacramento News and Review
"Once bitten it is vital to be familiar with the impending challenges and how to deal with them swiftly and appropriately. For the infected, Z4Z is a must have." - The UnClean
"I love that zombies are making the trasition for horror to humor - this book is perfect for those who agree! " - The Hiding Spot
About the Author
David P. Murphy is a living, breathing guy, and a songwriter who, inexplicably, spends an excessive amount of quality time thinking and writing about zombies. Murphy and zombies go way back. He saw Invisible Invaders as a child and it scared the bejeepers out of him. However, he quickly moved past the nightmares of his youth and began dreaming of visits to Caribbean jungles to experience his zombie friends firsthand. The realization of that dream, sadly, led to yet more nightmares and deeper issues. Gratefully, his fascination eventually evolved into a profession once he obtained his Ph.Z. from the prestigious Port-au-Prince Capon Academy.
Murphy currently can be seen shambling about the Omaha, Nebraska area where he closely guards his brains and those of his cat, Beany. He has no affiliation with QualiCorps although hes been known to enjoy a product of theirs every now and then. And one day, God willing, he hopes to retire to one those lovely Scarlet Shores facilities.
Daniel Heard is a living, breathing illustrator and graphic novelist. A graduate of the S.F. Academy of Arts, his artwork is featured on the cover and interior of Daniel H. Wilson and Anna Long's book, The Mad Scientist Hall of Fame and the Tori Amos graphic novel, Comic Book Tattoo.
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Murphy is also a songwriter and producer of five CDs, "Shining in a Temporary Sun," Henry Perry's "Effortless," Camille Metoyer Moten's "A Simpler Christmas" and Beth Asbjornson's "Gratitude." "My Fraudulent Memoirs," his latest solo album was released in 2013.
He has recently completed his newest musical, "anotherwhere."
He has been playing piano since he was a kid and is still trying to get it right.
Mr. Murphy currently resides in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska with his unusually large cat, Beany.
Top Customer Reviews
While the book is listed at 240+ pages it is small and really a fast read with lots of art. So, it is ideal for a cross country flight or a rainy day.
David Murphy has created a zombieverse where most of the undead go all runny in the head and turn into the horde, which are your traditional flesh and brain eaters. But I believe the percentage is around 18% that work hard to retain at least some of their humanity...at least enough that they are elligible to live in one of the Scarlet Shores facilities that have been built near the barricaded areas where the horde resides. There, these post-lifers get the opportunity to socialize with others of their kind, get quality meds that keep them happy with their diminished abilities, and overall, a chance to un-live as much of a normal un-life as possible.
This book was funny and a highly detailed step by step program to adjust to your new rotting existence by the author. The illustrations were top-notch and the book was pretty entertaining overall. I think I liked the two interludes that consisted of short stories even better than the chapter by chapter overview on how to prepare for your transition. I am not sure if David has done other short stories but I think if he compiles some more involving the horde I would like to check them out.
The author keeps a snarky edge through out this book and while I have to admit that not all of his humor hit the mark, overall Z4Z was quite entertaining. If you can appreciate zombie humor or plan on getting bitten by the living dead any time soon, this is probably not a bad book to add to your collection.
I suppose it shouldn't have surprised me. I devour Woody Allen, reach for Mel Brooks DVDs repeatedly, snuggle up to Jon Stewart, and TIVO Conan. I appreciate humor of a subversive kind and this is where Zombies succeeds. Its humor is stylized and drawn from the masters of triple-edged story-telling. Think Monty Python, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Conan O'Brien, Jon Stewart.
So. True. I can't tell you if it qualifies as a success when parsing the Zombie question, but it leads with a strong story line, leans on the forever crying-to-be-parodied 'For Dummies' format, and then delivers non-stop innuendo, slapstick, and laughs.
Bottom line: if you have a brother, sister, friend, child, or neighbor who _is_ wrapped up in the dead/undead/living dead conversation, you can't go wrong with this book.
(I said devour Woody Allen....too funny.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is probably the funniest book on the zombie phenomenon I've seen yet! I received this as a Christmas present and I haven't put it down yet! Read morePublished 18 days ago by I Drank WHAT?!
I bought this as a gift for an adult and ordered it online. It was perfect for the person and gag gift it was intended to be. Read morePublished on December 23, 2013 by HappyCustomer
What is there to say, it's a great book. I love all things zombie. I like the concept of zombies and given this country is shoving big pharm down our throats, I think a zombie... Read morePublished on December 16, 2013 by Dave
Funny and insightful. A must read for those who won't survive the zompoc in one piece. Unlike any other book I've ever read.Published on July 10, 2013 by Reesa F.
funny funny book...i now konw what to expect when and if i turn in to a zombie..lol ive all ready told all my friends about this book...Published on June 24, 2013 by faygolover
This is cute, silly read for zombie lovers. The illustrations cracked me up too. If you like zombies you'll like this.Published on June 5, 2013 by Ashley Hardy
This book has all the info you will need when the apocalypse strikes and you just aren't fast enough to get out of the way of that zombie horde. Read morePublished on May 7, 2013 by korriaan
i got this for my bf as a present and he just loves it. he told me he was trying to find this book for months. it goes well this his other zombie stuff. money well spentPublished on March 4, 2013 by km88