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21st Century Dead: A Zombie Anthology Paperback – July 17, 2012
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
Editor: Christopher Golden
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: July 2012
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excelent anthology I liked most of the stories it worths iT's 'pricePublished 9 months ago by julio cesar figueroa castillo
OK so I have been reading these types of anthologies for years now and I have to say the most recent ones that are supposed zombie collections are really hit and miss. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mike Donner
While I know some of the names behind the stories in here, some were new to me. Most of the stories are 3 or 4 star stories in my book, but there's some 5 stars in there, and a two... Read morePublished on April 2, 2014 by Utterly Undead Reads (and sometimes more)
This is exactly what I wanted. THe case looks awesome and I am glad to have gotten it. Im a huge fan.Published on April 23, 2013 by OsodeOro
creepy gold 10/10
came in 4 days in perfect condition
the array of different writers bring you into all new worlds of the un-dead
Loved all the stories, my favorite was Biters which showed so much imagination, it was awesome.
Oveall I thought it was well worth the money