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Married with Zombies (Living with the Dead, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2010
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I enjoyed the main characters (who seem like that typical "growing up and apart" couple) as I followed their adventures of slaying zombies and saving their marriage.
It definitely isn't your usual zombie book! It'll make you laugh out loud at times as the author's sense of humor comes shining through. At other times you'll see a whole different serious side of a "zombie" plaque. Yes, I was weeping at times.
It's certainly a multi-dimensional story (as in it's not just about zombies people!) that will keep you reading straight through to the end. I know I can't wait for book 2!
Tongue in Cheek "Take what I say with a grain of salt". Why would I think that is book is written in this fashion?
First let us examine the cover. Title Married with Zombies. Maybe I'm old school but the first thing that popped into my head was the Bundy's. We all know the Bundy's were the America's 90's version of the dysfunctional family. The one thing that you don't do is mess with a Bundy; a Bundy is allowed to crap on a Bundy but not an outsider.
Second you have to look at the content. This book had me laughing from the first chapter till the end. Sara and Dave haven't got a clue there is a zombie apocalypse until they reach there therapist and have to kill her. Their knowledge on zombie killing is clearly based on all the movies they watched or the games that Dave has played. Sara used her skills from therapy to help her deal with the marital issues and zombie killing. It was amusing how Jesse Petersen incorporated the therapy into her book. Bashing a few mushy zombie brains is an excellent stress reliever. Let me point out that these two make a great zombie killing team, even when there bitching about their marital issues.
This book doesn't contain sexual material. To me this book is a romantic comedy/horror. This book is for the sheer fun of it! This is no traditional or hard core apocalyptic book. This one is meant to tickle your funny bone and leave you gasping on the floor.
I loved it! I didn't want to put it down. While it did give me the creeps a few times, most of the time I was just sucked in and didn't want to put it down. The characters of Sarah and David are interesting, likeable, and I found myself rooting for them from the start. The other characters (the non-zombie ones!) were also interesting and I hope we may find out what happened to one of them later on.
The storyline is believable enough to give me the creeps! Even though I finished the book two days ago, I still find myself wondering what I'd grab if we needed to flee zombies. LOL The nice thing is, Ms. Petersen takes zombies and actually injects humor into the story. I wasn't a huge fan of vampires until I read MaryJanice Davidson's "Undead" series--while this book isn't as "slapstick", it still reminded me in style of Ms. Davidson's books by taking a normally "scary" genre and making it a more fun series.
The ending of the book was good, and it left me wanting to read the next one in the series. I want to know what's going to happen to Sarah and David. Will they ever team up with anyone else? Will they find any more of their friends or family safe? Will the country overcome the zombie plague, or will it be the end of the world? I would (and have) recommend this to anyone looking for a new take on zombies!
Summary: Sarah and David have hit a rough patch in their relationship. After five years of marriage, they are both unhappy and fight constantly with each other. In an effort to resolve their issues, they have been going to counseling once a week for the past six months.
On their final visit with Dr. Kelly, they walk into a scene right out of a horror movie. Dr. Kelly is literally eating two of her patients. As Sarah and David stare in shock and disbelief, Dr Kelly turns her attention on them. Before this counseling session is over, Dr Kelly is dead.... for a second time.
Sarah and David soon learn that all of Seattle is under siege by the undead. Some sort of experiment at the University of Washington went horribly wrong and resulted in Zombies taking over the city. The Zombies are multiplying at an astounding rate, and no where in the city is safe.
When the couple is finally able to leave the city, they decide head toward a small town in southern Washington to find out if David's sister has survived. Along the way, they battle zombies, they escape the clutches of a cult, and they become thieves. But, by working together against a common enemy, they also begin to repair their marriage.
Review: As a general rule, zombie stories have never really appealed to me. No matter how talented the author, zombies are still going to be decaying human bodies... YUCK. I picked up this book because the cover made it look like it might be satire instead of a "serious" zombie story. It was not satire. It was a real zombie story with truly disgusting zombies. And believe it or not, I liked it. A lot.
So what made this one different? Humor. Sarah and David are hilarious. It isn't intentional on their part.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
At first I found the banter between Dave and Sarah amusing. They are having marital problems and are seeing a marriage counselor. Read morePublished 6 months ago by lmills10
In my scouring the literary landscape for a decent zombie apocalypse read, I somehow skipped over Jesse Petersen's Living with the Dead series, a blunder that I've rectified now. Read morePublished 6 months ago by H. Bala
Very funny spin in the Zombie genre. Ms. Peterson took a risk with having the couple not only together but on the cusp of divorce, it works here which is not always the case with... Read morePublished 11 months ago by traci lynn
What couple bring an on the verge of divorce couple closer than the zombie apocalypse? Absolutely nothing. Read morePublished 14 months ago by bookwormbug
I absolutely LOVED this book from start to finish! I've become addicted to zombie movies and tv shows lately due to The Walking Dead and Zombieland, but I'd never read a book about... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amy McClung
Dumb story. Made me realize I should probably borrow books to read before I buy.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love zompoc! I really love zombie fiction that can make you laugh and cringe at the same time. This is just a fun,laugh out loud story. Blood and guts tossed all about. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Allen Gamboa