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Overall, very disappointed.
on March 1, 2010
I love Zombie books, I've read probably 20 or so, so I was very excited to check this anthology out. The cover art is great, and I recognized several of the authors. I hate to sound negative and blast out such a bad review, but here's my gripes: first off, it is 236 pages, but the last 20 were author bios, then another several pages of ads for other books. The text is double spaced, large font, so a little dialogue fills up the pages fast. This sounds petty, but it just seems like a trick to make the $5 paper back seem like it might be worth $15. It wasn't.
The meat of the book: It appears several of these stories were online submissions, written by amateur writers. And that's cool, I want to encourage that sort of thing. However, several of the stories were very juvenile, predictable, and poorly written. It's not a good sign when I have a hard time finishing a 10 page story. Several (if not most) of these should not have made the cut. Maybe the editor had only a small pool of submissions to choose from?
What I did like: (1)"Stop Requested" by Rhiannon Frater. A simple, short, interesting angle, from the perspective of a seeing-eye dog. It was fun and immersive. (2)"Undead Overpass" by Gregory Michaels. A post-apocalyptic, alcoholic truck driver makes runs though a zombie infested world, reminiscent of Mad Max. Very cool. (3)"Same as You" by R. Thomas Riley. A starving family is holed up in an abandoned farmhouse. While returning from an unsuccessful food gathering run, the father has apparently attracted the attention of unknown assailants. This one ends with a very good twist. (4)"Children of Landford's Towers" by Brad Zipprich. With only 12 pages this story had the feel of an epic. Very well written, and I wanted more.
Bottom line: this book should have been 40 pages long. Hardly worth $15 in paperback. While reading it I kept wondering "Who the heck gave this book FIVE stars?" (which is why I chose it). When looking back on Amazon I noticed that most 5-star reviews from this book came from the authors, who admittedly did not review their own contribution, but I feel that that is a poor practice, and falsely padded the book's star rating.
I see they made a part 2 to this anthology, but I am very hesitant to give it a shot.