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A Good Zombie Read, Not One of the Best
on August 31, 2013
If you're like me you've read a lot of zombie literature. If the book is readable, has zombies, has characters, and something resembling a plot, I'm in.
This story was entertaining but there are a lot of superior zombie books out there. Unfortunately it's not enough anymore to simply go from building to building clearing out zeds. As another reviewer noted, a large part of zombie literature is about the societal collapse and possible re-birth. Apocalyptic stories, by their definition, should probably address the apocalypse itself. The main character in this book, primarily because of the story telling, didn't really draw any deep insights or offer much depth there.
Particular to me, the boating scene was absurd and the author either isn't a sailor or hopefully doesn't go offshore. A) He's in a storm with a spinnaker up B) Thinks that no one uses anchor chain and instead uses "high tech climber rope" C) Manages to singlehand dock a 40' boat like a champ and D) Have the boat self steer, under sail, away from a dock, towards a channel entrance.
I guess a lot of zombie readers aren't sailors, but if you're going to write about something and talk specifics, you should probably get it proofed by someone in the subject area. If the author mix-and-matched calibers of weapons and said an Uzi was a hunting rifle he's no doubt get the same treatment from weapon enthusiasts.