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Married with Zombies (Living with the Dead, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2010
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About the Author
A Facebook application once told Jesse Petersen that she'd only survive a day in a zombie outbreak, but she doesn't believe that. For one, she's a good shot and two, she has an aversion to bodily fluids, so she'd never go digging around in zombie goo. Until the zombie apocalypse, she lives in the Midwest with her husband and two cats. Find out more about the author at www.jessepetersen.net.
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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!
Sarah and David will remind any couple of themselves, as you can tell they'd have a great relationship if they'd just let the little things go. If David wants to play video-games with the neighbors, let it go. If he leaves the toilet seat up, let it go. (I didn't find David to be as anal over Sarah's actions where it wasn't deserved, but that's probably because I'm a guy)
Then, the zombie infection breaks out, Sara and David are the only survivors in their entire neighborhood, it's kill or be zombified, they need each other to survive...yet the little things still bother each other. Sarah is still complaining about the toilet seat, even while their neighbor is trying to eat her.
My one complaint about Married with Zombies is how easily they adjust to killing people who have been turned into zombies. Even if you put the ethics and guilt aside, being able to fire guns, use knives and take down attackers without any sort of experience or training whatsoever felt a bit far fetched. At no point did I fear for Sarah or David's continued survival. With that said, the very real chemistry between Sara and David, and even the insanity of the characters they meet, far outweighs the lack of realism in the action.
As a "unique writer" myself (as quoted by many of my own reviewers), I felt this was a story that could have easily come from my head, especially with Peterson's sense of humor. The narration had a good personality to it and I have already ordered its sequels. I recommend this book to anyone who is not a hardcore zombie fan.
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