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Opening Night of the Dead Paperback – June 21, 2012
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About the Author
Blake M. Petit is a writer, columnist, reviewer, podcaster, actor, director, and teacher from Ama, Louisiana. He is the author of the novels Other People’s Heroes and The Beginner (coming soon as an eBook), as well as the short story collection A Long November and Other Tales of Christmas. His weekly comic book column, Everything But Imaginary, has appeared Wednesdays at CXPulp.com since 2003. In January of 2007 he joined with his longtime friend Chase Bouzigard to host the weekly 2 in 1 Showcase comic book podcast, appearing every weekend at CXPulp. Blake is a member of the board of directors of the Thibodaux Playhouse theatre company in Thibodaux Louisiana, where his original stage play The 3-D Radio Show was produced in 2004. In a former life as a newspaper editor, his weekly Think About It column won the Louisiana Press Association Award for best column in 2001. In his free time, he teaches high school English, which at the moment pays better than the rest of his more impressive-sounding endeavors put together.
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Opening Night of the Dead isn't just your typical "end of the world" story. Instead, it's a glimpse into an entirely new universe. A universe that is every bit as interesting as the characters who live in it. It's a universe that makes you struggle with your assumptions: What would happen if the line between life and death blurred? How would you react? Would you survive? These are the questions Blake Petit tackles in a semi-follow-up to his book The Beginner.
In Blake's usual style, the book builds tension rapidly, making it a page turner. While some authors build tension by giving their heroes ever harder problems to solve, Blake builds tension by giving readers one more mystery to unravel. (It's the difference between a show like 24 and Lost.) But there's also enough humor in the pages to make it enjoyable. There were even a few times that I (literally) laughed out loud.
Great action and solid humor combine to make the book a fast-paced, enjoyable read. More than once I said to myself "just one more page." 30 pages later, I finally put the book down. That's probably the highest praise I can give to any book.
So do I recommend it? Absolutely. I'd say anyone who wants a good summer read, a quick page-turner, or just loves zombies will be thrilled by this book. (I can't recommend it for kids though. While most of the scenes are older-kid friendly, there are a few scenes that are just too intense. Which is a shame, because that's probably the only "flaw" I see in the whole book.)
I laughed--yes, actually laughed, out loud--kind of a lot, which would be enough for me to recommend the book, because it's really not often something strikes me that way. But, the story itself is worthwhile, too. There's plenty of mystery, action and more than enough hooks to keep you turning the pages. Which I did. And did. Until there was no more book, and it was 3 AM.
I'd recommend it for a very entertaining summer read, particularly if you don't have to go to work tomorrow morning.