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This is a gruesome, ghastly, laugh-out-loud, gore-fest. Told from multiple points-of-view, from Jim and Phil, the survivor brothers, to Sophie (Jim's recently proclaimed ex) and her Mum, to the deranged Reverend, to the psychopaths Justin and Dan, and finally to the zombies, Colin and Ms. Pyjamas. With multiple story-lines going on (all but 1 of which come together at the end) and the heavy British-slang, one can either put his/her thinking cap on, or just sit back and let human and zombie carnage unfold on a page-by-page basis.
From page 1 Class Three pays homage to its zombie-genre roots. From Romero and Brooks, to Kirkmam and a slew of others. While Phil and Jim may initially come across as Ed and Shaun, the further one delves into the story, one realizes Jim may be like Shaun, and Phil may sound like Ed, however, unlike Ed, Phil has something useful to say and do. He is a continuous stream of dialogue comedy.
And this is black-humor down extremely well. There's no reason a zompoc shouldn't be funny. There are a plethora of serious examples of the genre, both written and film, some which take themselves far too seriously. This is not to say Bradshaw doesn't have a serious side. One scene in particular hits very hard: children on a stalled bus. I applaud Bradshaw for including it. In fact one could write a whole essay on the importance of this scene. The zompoc isn't the Biblical rapture, where all innocents are taken to safety at the beginning. No, the horrors are there for all to experience. Just like war, genocide, terrorism, natural disasters, children are not spared just because they are children.
A horrifying, graphic, blood-spattering, bone-picking, intestine-spilling extravaganza. Not for the squeamish, the overly sensitive, or Anglo-phobes. However, if you want to laugh and simultaneously choke down your own bile, then this is the book for you.
And there's a sequel, aptly titled Class 4 ~ Yay!!
I had previously read Celebrity Culture from this author, it's a bizarro fiction and as hard as I tried...I just did not get it, although I still oddly enjoyed it. I tried not to be too hard on myself (it's a tough genre) and I definitely did not blame the author.
He attempted with all his skill and might to keep me in the loop but I kept veering far left and crashing into the wall.
I did however love his humor and found his writing technique mesmerizing, I vowed to give his zombies a go.
So here I am and here we go:
Red skies appear on the evening that poor Jim gets dumped. While drinking his sorrows away in a pub, he decides he best call his brother Phillip to give him a ride home. Not overly concerned with much other than his heartbreak, they do still kind of wonder what the hell is wrong with the sky?
The next morning Jim is on his way to work, late and worried about an a** chewing, he barely notices all the chaos....until said chaos gets in his face ~ and tries to eat it off.
Regrouping with his brother, they set off on a series of misadventures, to find their loved ones, to find safe haven, and to NOT find the religious zealot cult that has formed under the disguisement of a fanatical reverend.
Yea...there's always one....
A lot of colorful and well written characters in this, some come and go before my brain even had time to process the words.
And with an abundance of spot-on humor, I really pictured a Shaun of the Dead type movie as I was reading this.
Mr. Bradshaw has a unique ability to deliver some brutal gut wrenching narrative followed by a funny. And it worked, that's not an easy thing to pull off!!
He also very cleverly addressed the awkward situation of two characters with the same name. That does happen in real life but rarely does it show up in movies or books, too hard to work with.
PLUS we get segments written from the point of view of a zombie named Colin, there ain't a lot of thoughts in his head but he's pretty damn observant.
I'm excited for the sequel, the epilogue of this reintroduced a really fun bada** character from a short battle at the beginning. YAAAY!!
There is just ALOT going on in this little story, it ebbs and flows brilliantly and hilariously.
And I must say that I'm a little in love with Philip, he is my sarcastic soulmate.
Why do I always fall for fictional characters...
I'm pretty disappointed that this little gem only has a handful of reviews, hard to believe that it isn't more popular.
It's fantastic and could benefit from more word of mouth, my mouth is only so big....regardless of what everyone tells me.