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First Time Dead 2 Paperback – February 13, 2011
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With any collection, there are some great stories, some good stories, and stories that didn't work for me. I'm happy to say that most of the stories were great to me, and honestly only 2 stories didn't work.
The opening story,"In This House I Dwell" by Ron Harris, sets the pace with a little twist on a zombie story, and it was an excellent opener to showcase how this collection was going to be different.
Other highlights for me included "Zombie Bites : The Old Dead" by D.A. Chaney, and another story that is unique for a zombie tale; "Ooky" by Matthew E. Davis that is again creepy and different and a favorite; "Zombies in Puerto Rico: Island of the Dead" by Alexandro Rios is like a chapter from World War Z and well-written; and "The Mission" by Eric Pollarine was an excellent tale with a strong main character.
Recommended, especially if you're getting bored with the same old zombie story all the time. There are some keepers here, and I hope to read more of these authors in the future.
"First Time Dead 2" is a tight 220 pages with a dozen tales by first-time published authors and it has just about everything I could hope for in a book about the undead:
1: No vampires.
2: Lots of gory description.
3: (Almost) No voodoo zombies.
4: A good variety of situations and approaches.
I won't go over each story (Stuart Cooper's review did that very well); I'll just briefly mention a few of my favorites.
Voodoo zombies are weak, but "Once More without Feelings" by Joe Blevins was so well-written, it turned out to be one of my favorites in the collection despite a little bit of voodoo action.
"The Mission" by Eric Pollarine was way cool. I want more.
"The Hungriest Zombie" by Jason Thacker reminds us all of the horrors of gingivitis.
"Ooky" by Matthew R. Davis is quite possibly the perfect zombie short story: sexy, gross, funny, and memorable.
"The Last Legacy" by Amanda Larson struck me as more of a cautionary tale. Despite not actually having any zombie encounters, I found it very compelling.
This was the most consistently good anthology I've had the pleasure to read in a long time. Fans of the genre should find plenty to sink their teeth into, and there's something wonderfully reciprocal about the potential for first time zombie readers devouring these stories from first time authors.
And, you know, there's another "First Time Dead" volume: First Time Dead 1. Check them both out... if you dare!
The fresh perspectives are imperative. Too much zombie fiction is just the same story reworded over and over again. READ: World War Z wannabees. This is a collection of young blood dying to share their take on zombies.
No two stories are alike. Some are better then others. All tackle the nature of the creature and the world they exist in differently. I felt like perhaps there were a few stories too many in this collection but the variety kept me from losing interest.
All in all a great read for zombie enthusists. The publisher it should be noted is an excellent resource for quality zombie fiction. Read this and the original collection as well as book 3 which has just been released at the time of this review.
Also check out BookedPodcast.com for reviews of books by this publisher as well as many other great reads.