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A couple of criticisms: 1) the author spends the first quarter of the book throwing in way too many 5-dollar words and 2) while impressively expansive, it still has some telltale signs of being a first novel and doesn’t quite stick the landing.
Among my horror reading club, this one has been quite polarizing, but I’m glad I gave it a read. A must for horror fans who like dry British humor or lots of world building.
I tried to read THE DEATH AND LIFE OF SCHNEIDER WRACK with my speed reading app but there were so many words that were gigantic or outright invented there was no way that my eyes could keep up at 300 and 400 words a minute. I'm glad I slowed down; when I did I started really enjoying this book that is more akin to Alice In Wonderland than it is to most other zombie books.
Zombies in this book are one part steampunk wonder, one part magical mystery, and all horrific. They bear the marks of their execution method but also the wear of the work they do. They are sun baked, missing limbs and often preyed upon by the giant ocean creatures they are tasked with hunting. It was so much fun to have them evolve from creatures described as "one arm" or "the fat man" into characters with names and personalities; even if in one case, all he could say was "Fawk offff!!!".
In a book where the main characters are passionate and real, it's strange that it's the setting that steals the show. The world of Ocean and the fishing boat expands, bit by bit, as Wrack and his commerades fight back, learning new things about the various people, fauna and unknowns that inhabit their world.
THE DEATH AND LIFE OF SCHNEIDER WRACK is a trip, a book to read carefully but not too slowly. If you're the kind of person who looks up words in the dictionary, don't bother. If you love imagining massive creatures with names you can barely hold in your brain, dive in.