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“This powerful anthology shines a bright and unflinching light on the fears of death, decay, and loss that underpin America's longstanding obsession with the undead.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The New Dead

About the Author

CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) The Map of Moments. Golden co-wrote the lavishly illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola, which they are currently scripting as a feature film. He has also written books for teens and young adults, including Poison Ink, Soulless, and the thriller series Body of Evidence. Golden was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family. His original novels have been published in more than fourteen languages in countries around the world.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (July 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312605846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312605841
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By The Alternative VINE VOICE on August 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
21st Century Dead (A Zombie Anthology)
Editor: Christopher Golden
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: July 2012
Trade Paperback
352 pages
Advance Readers Copy - Uncorrected Proof

Short fiction has always been problematic for me. Even the best anthologies sometimes fail to hold my interest for very long. In addition, there's the long-argued dilemma of how to review an anthology. Should the book be reviewed as a single entity or should each story be reviewed separately? What makes matters infinitely worse for me is that five of the last seven books I've received for review are short story anthologies. Guess it's time to make up my mind... or not.

So, zombies, right? What could possibly be wrong with a short story anthology featuring zombies? In the case of 21st Century Dead? Absolutely nothing! Infinitely better is that Chris Golden has brought together some of the most unusual and interesting "zombie" stories ever written. This is not your usual faire of shambling undead but a strange mixture of victims, weirdoes, and the most maladjusted walkers and non-zombie zombies in the history of all lifeless, ambling brain-eaters.

The first three stories, for instance, do not fit any "normal" zombie mold. Chelsea Cain's Why Mothers Let Their Babies Watch Television is a lesson in why zombie babies should be allowed to watch TV. In Carousel by Orson Scott Card we are given a new perspective by a post-living person. ("It's all poop!") And when the dead are suddenly resurrected a discussion with God at the Carousel puts an end to all the suffering. In Reality Bites by S. G. Browne we see Reality TV with a twist. The Zombie Jersey Shore. The Amazing Zombie Race. American Zombie Idol.
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I won this book as a early reviewer through Goodreads, and I am so glad! What a great anthology. Often times I am disappointed in anthologies as I enjoy only half of the stories, but with this one there were no weaknesses. "Biters" was a excellent choice to begin the journey! "Down and Out in Dead Town" was a masterful short piece that touched your sentiments and reminded me of the homeless in our urban city. I did not want "Ghost Dog and Pup " to end. "Tender as Teeth" was delicious, and "Parasite" finishes the anthology with a fantastic apocalyptic last line. Wonderfully edited, fantastic stories and a book I will hold onto to read over again.
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This was an excellent anthology.All the stories had
different takes on the Zombie lore. I like the fact
that some of the stories were set in the not too distant future as well as situations topical with
today's environment and world-view.
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If you like stories about zombies, you'll be about 60% satisfied with this book.
It's a collection of short stories more around the themes of change/transformation and death.
There are a few good zombie stories mixed in, but some of the weirder, non-zombie stuff is a bit of a let down.
There are some new takes on zombies themselves, but those stories should have been in another book. This title and cover are VERY misleading.
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Great new zombie anthology. Lots to love about this book. If you don't like a story just read the next and you'll love it. Something for every zombie lover. Book was packed well and arrived ahead of schedule.
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Anthologies can be a mix bag. Zombie Anthologies are typically worse. Stories vary in quality when you tie them down to the zombie genre. This grouping of stories is not subject to those foibles. Great stories by great authors.
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Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

Christopher Golden's vision of the zombie apocalypse is a rich, dark, tapestry of humanity's worst fears, our world and loved ones gone, violent and strange. Each story has its own spin on the source of the affliction, but the common thread that stole the show was how the zombie plague impacted the pain and loss already in the characters' lives.

Mark Morris's BITERS is the perfect opening for this anthology, at once more horrific and hopeful than any zombie story I've ever read. The zombie crèche is a horrible image, made no less haunting by the prospect of a cure being found. Stephanie Crawford and Duane Swierczynski explore the pain of a zombie recovery in TENDER AS TEETH, as well as how our media may interact with the phenomena. I liked their human, pained exploration of infamy a lot more than S. G. Browne's REALITY BITES, which was more of an indictment of Hollywood's carnivorous machine than a zombie story.

From mysterious plagues to alien attacks, there are many flavors of zombie in 21st CENTURY DEAD, but the themes of loss and grief pervade them all, (other than REALITY BITES). Cancer, neglect, Tourette's... there are many pains that make these characters' lives difficult. Golden's anthology has me embracing his opening hypothesis; when this myriad of ever day heartbreaks is contrasted with zombies, you can't help but find some release.

Sexual Content:
Kissing
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