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The Living Dead 2 Paperback – September 1, 2010
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Starred Review. You don't have to be a zombie-lover to enjoy this outstanding follow-up to 2008's The Living Dead. Anthologist extraordinaire Adams has assembled 43 stories that showcase strong writing and imagination. Unexpected settings include a lost world with surviving dinosaurs (Brian Keene's "Lost Canyon of the Dead") and a pirate ship (Amelia Beamer's "Pirates vs. Zombies"). Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due's "Danger Word" and David Wellington's "Good People" contain powerful depictions of humans facing extinction at the hands of the undead. Cherie Priest revisits the walled, zombie-infested Seattle of her Clockwork Century books in "Reluctance" and Mira Grant adds to her Newsflesh trilogy with "Everglades." For the most part, the authors convey horror through suggestion rather than graphic gore. Readers will hope for many further additions to the series even after the zombie craze passes.
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"There are tons of themes and riffs that I've never encountered before. This collection is recommended for zombiephiles of all stripes ... [I]f you're looking for a showcase for the subgenre's versatility, or proof that short-form horror is the place to find true innovation, this is it." - Rue Morgue
"Overflowing with dark and evocative stories. [...] This is the definitive collection of zombie short fiction. Or, at least, it is until John Joseph Adams unleashes volume three on an unsuspecting world." - San Francisco Book Review
"A wonderful, rotting smorgasbord. Dig in!" - Library Journal (Starred Review)
"Zombie completists need look no further than The Living Dead 2. Editor John Joseph Adams has put together an impressive collection." - The Washington Post
"'Unliving' proof that it's the tellers, not the tales, that count. [...] It's not simply an excellent zombie anthology, or a testament to stellar horror writing. What it is, simply, is an excellent book [...] runs the gamut of undead storytelling: pathos and pain, blood and guts, humor and horror. It's a sensational collection that reanimates and reinvigorates the decaying dead back to exhilarating and entertaining life." - Fangoria (Named Fangoria's Book of the Month)
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The anthology is not perfect though. There are still a few "weird" stories that were just too weird for me to the point where I skipped them over, but like I said, this time they're in the minority, thank God. There are a few stories as well whose endings left me thinking the protagonist was a complete and utter idiot for giving into the zombies the way they did, but, that's more of a personal taste as I myself can't envision ever giving up, so I can't really relate to such actions, but that's not really a reflection on the quality of the story or the writing.
Overall this was a very good anthology and if you are a fan of the zombie or post-apocalyptic genre then this would be a fine addition to your collection.