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Memoirs of the Walking Dead: A Story from the Zombie's Point of View Paperback – January 19, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
This might have gotten five stars, but I deducted one due to a severe lack of proofreading and editing. I can always forgive a few, but there's at least one spelling error, grammar error or typo on practically every page and sometimes more than one. It was distracting enough to decrease my enjoyment, which is why it affected my star rating.
But overall, I recommend it, especially if you're in the mood for a zombie tale that doesn't take itself too seriously.
If you are into zombies you should definitely read this book! And if you enjoy it you should definitely read his other book, Dog World.
This work could benefit greatly from some additional editing. It has errors that need cleaned up and the story itself could be tightened up.
Overall, an interesting read and a good start.
The book follows the life and "unlife" of a thirtysomething, ordinary gentleman named Paul, who catches the flu and wakes up dead. His cat also becomes a zombie. I absolutely love the cat. The book goes into great detail with how Paul functions, how he learns how to cope with his new "undead" status. I was particularly fascinated with the descriptions of his new senses and abilities.
My favorite part was the scene when he dutifully went back to work after being "undead". Hilarious.
The book is also endearing with touching moments between Paul and his love interest.
I loved this take on the "undead". They are just like us, but pulseless.
I do agree with previous reviews that the book would benefit from editing and tightening in some sequences, but overall a very engrossing (ha!) read.
I would recommend this to anyone who would enjoy a different spin on the zombie genre.
They laugh. They love. They argue. They have (undead)awkward sex, which is a sentence I never expected to write about zombies.
In life, Paul Rierson would probably have been considered a bit of a sad case. Single, lonely, hopeless at socialising. It's only after he dies that he discovers his strength, finds love, and achieves something great, almost by accident. Accompanied by Charlotte the zombie cat, and the somewhat-needy love of his unlife Tracey, Paul Rierson embarks on an epic adventure of self-discovery.
There are a lot of layers in this book. On the surface it's a slap-stick comedy featuring the undead. Scratch at that a bit and you find an intelligent and detailed consideration of society, relationships and politics; underneath the funny is a bitter-sweet sense of sorrow for what has been lost.
The most fascinating bit for me was the zombie world building. The zombies in this book can still function on a moral and emotional level - and by developing laws and a code of living, they end up on the moral high ground. Overall, a great read.
Recommended for: people with a warped sense of humour and zombie lovers looking for a different take.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story, much more readable than I expected given the premise. Not what I expected, but better.Published 2 months ago by Marc Solomon
A fun, kind of lighthearted fictional take on becoming a zombie...which is only the beginning.
I like encouraging an indie book, and this one is fun. Read more
Disclaimer: I currently work with the author. That being said, this is a very clever and fresh take on the walking dead genre. Read morePublished on December 1, 2013 by j kavanagh
A unique and different approach to the zombie tale, with lots of humor. Kept me turning the page to see what was going to happen next. Can't wait to read more from Mr. McKinney.Published on July 10, 2012 by leeflan
there are not enough good things to write about this book aside from a few typos there are great twists lovable characters and dog world apearances I love the joke he makes at the... Read morePublished on March 11, 2012 by A. Gift For You