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So Long, and Thanks for All the Brains Paperback – March 26, 2012
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The only negative to comment upon is the editing of the stories. There are numerous grammatical errors that slipped through the editor's fingers, giving some stories an unpolished or unprofessional touch. But despite this, the book is well worth the price, and I highly recommend it. If you've never read a zombie book, give it a try - you might be surprised at how engaging these stories can be. And if you have a Kindle, by all means buy the ebook - at that price, it's a steal!
I am glad I bought the book. I am looking forward to reading all of the other stories.
Cons: The collection contains a LOT of nontraditional zombie works. To be fair, that could be a good thing, but I'm kind of a stickler for the classic, mindless-moaning-flesh-eating-shamblers, that can't think or fight or do anything constructive. Quick Note: The first piece in the anthology, Bint Arab's "Remembering Human," is definitely nontraditional, but although my reactionist genes were twitching, I had to enjoy it. Second, as the first review pointed out: This was a looooong anthology, and some of the fat definitely could've been trimmed. I don't have any complaints about the novel preview at the end; it was pretty good! But it really doesn't seem to fit with the anthology as a whole, maybe not at the end like that. I dunno. And thirdly, the price is a little bit higher than usual, anthologies are usually around $15 or so, especially paperback.
Pros: But the good FAR outweighs the bad! The book is full of excellent stories from up and comers and established horror-jockeys alike! Some who deserve mentioning here:
-"Remembering Human" by Bint Arab
-"OCD" by Joe Sherry
-"Unusual Appetites" by Jessica Weiss
-"Waiting for Gordon" by Allen Jacoby
All in all, the book is worth buying, and a great read for the zombie enthusiast on your gift list.
"Remembering Human" by Bint Arab
"Troubleshooter" by Gary Madden
"Dry Rot" by Jamal K. Luckett
"Unusual Appetites" by Jessica A. Weiss
"Folks Like Us" by B.E. Scully
"Waiting for Gordon: by Allen Jacoby
The collection definitely needed trimmed a bit as it's well over 400 pages. Some of the stories are repetitious (one too many military commandos here) and an edit here and there would have given the anthology a better pacing. Overall this is an excellent zombie collection that takes the mindless walker story into new realms!