Fat Zombie: Stories of Unlikely Survivors from the Apocalypse Kindle Edition
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In reality, while hardly anybody’s truly capable and ready, just like in real life there are advantages and disadvantages. Some are, for whatever reason, going to have it harder than others. And not simply in terms of not being an Olympic athlete or expert marksman.
This book is for those characters, the unlikeliest of survivors, the ones who already face burdens and struggles in their everyday lives that the average person might not even have to think about. Each of these eleven clever tales presents a different unusual take on the theme.
It opens with the painfully tragic and well-handled heart-wrencher, “Denial,” by Jay Wilburn. Senility, Alzheimer’s, and dementia are terrible. High on my own list of worst-ever fears, emotionally agonizing after seeing loved ones decline.
“Perfect,” by Rachel Aukes, strikes a similar painful, poignant note, deftly dealing with the chaos and fear of the outbreak from the point of view of a little kid with Down’s Syndrome. Strongly done, impressive and effective.
Others high on my list here would have to include the Don-Quixote-esque glory days of “El Caballero Muerte” by Martin Livings, Dan Rabarts’ wickedly devious “Endgame,” and the brilliant resourcefulness of “Mr. Schmidt’s Pet Emporium” by Sally McLennan.
The anthology closes with the ever-awesome Stephen Kozeniewski’s “The New Dark Ages,” sure to strike some familiar chords with every gamer geek and LARPer among us … a funny/gross tale that takes a sudden, dark, sick turn toward the end.
Usually with anthologies I love one or two stories, like a couple more and a few totally miss the mark. This anthology was pretty damn great from start to finish. There were no stories that didn't hold my interest. Having read a lot of zombie fiction I was very pleasantly surprised by how different these tales actually were.
I had three favourites that stuck out to me the most: 'Perfect' by Rachel Aukes, 'Mr Schmidt's Dead Pet Emporium' by Sally McLennan, and 'The Dark Ages' by Stephen Kozeniewski. While all of the stories were pretty unique these were the ones that surprised me the most with unusual twists and characters.
Overall this is an excellent read for fans of the genre. Highly recommended!
Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
I enjoyed the book a great deal. As often happens with collections, I liked some stories more than others. While all of the tales were well written and entertaining, there were a few stand-outs. "Perfect", mentioned above, hit all the right notes of urgency, innocence, and emotion to draw me in and get me invested in Benji's story of survival. Similarly, "Denial", by Jay Wilburn, tells the story of Marion Dougherty, a woman lost in dementia but somehow surviving by a combination of help from the family she doesn't recognize, and her ignorance of the state of the world.
And then there's the closer, "The New Dark Ages", by Stephen Kozeniewski, in which we learn what might happen if gamers are the ones that survive the plague. Sure, they have great survival tactics - but how far will they take them? Just as in his full-length novel "The Ghoul Archipelago", Kozeniewski holds up the mirror to ask who the real monsters are. It's twisted and creepy in the best way possible.
This is a great addition to the horde of zombie collections out there, one with a little less outright gore, a bit more empathy and emotion.
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