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The Undead That Saved Christmas Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
I've been following Lyle and this project for a few months now. What this project is (or was and will be) is that Lyle set out to do something unique and truly great for society. Put together a book of short stories, carols, and comics encompassing Zombies...and Christmas. But the thing is not only does that make for a captivating read but this book is also giving back to this world after zombies have taken so so much.
You see, The Undead That Saved Christmas is proof that Horror Fans are the BEST Fans. This book set out to do two things...add more zombies, gore, and Christmas to our lives...AND put presents under trees for foster kids at Christmas. Proceeds from this book go to the Hugs Foster Family Agency to help buy presents for kids this Christmas. Now THAT is what horror is all about. Also the gore, nudity, blood, guts, eye gouging, elf torture, and brutal murder. But mostly giving.
I have tremendous respect for this book and what it sets out to do. You can tell this thing was put together with serious reflection. He didn't just throw the names of stories into a hat and pull them out, there's enough combination between stories to keep this book moving. You'll read a story about a Frozen Elf Zombie and switch to a serious Family death Zombie story. It just goes back and forth instead of the stories being bunched together so you absolutely love the first half and hate the second. It makes the pace of this thing go very quickly.
The stories. There are a couple dozen stories in this thing...maybe more I don't have the book in front of me...but I loved ALL but like two. And those two didn't suck or anything, they just weren't as good when compared with the rest. And it also has to do with my dislike of first person written stories. I just have a hard time imagining it, it's just not my thing. (And that's ok, it's not bad, it's just not for me.) Novelists and filmmakers really need to read this thing. There's more originality and humor in this book than anything big publishing/Hollywood has been putting out lately. The stories range from just ridiculous fun to serious of the serious. All of them truly unique of one another.
Then just when your getting sick of reading stories...there's something else! We move on to Christmas Carols and some original poems. There's a few pages of these, all of them are pretty amazing. But from there we go to my favorite part...the comics. There's like 5 or 6 of them...all of them very well drawn with great stories. The last one had me laughing really hard!
Ok so now that you know this book is awesome, buy it. Even if your not sold on what I just told you, buy it anyway and help put some presents under some kids' Christmas tree this year. Every bit helps and you'll be getting something amazing in return as well.
- It's entertaining for young and old alike.
- It helps out Foster kids which is nice and all, but really, the book is worth buying outside of that- that is just a bonus in my eyes.
- The variety of having poems and comics set this apart from a 'regular' anthology, I might have mixed them up instead of grouping them together... but that's more of a personal preference though, no sleight on the book.
- Full Disclosure: I am one of the contributors (We all donated our works so we don't 'profit' by talking it up at all), but I'm really surprised at how great the book is. I'm honored to be a part of it. I thought it was gonna be a little thing with a few stories... I had no idea how amazing it is until I read it. I'm also a little embarrassed at having thought it was just going to be a little story collection sold at bake sales or something. I'm humbled to be included with such great writers and to be a part of an amazing project. My little grinch heart grew 3 sizes reading it... Yours will too!
- Oh, my last point? BUY IT!!!
The stories themselves are long enough to flesh out (no pun intended) the story line but are short enough to be easy reads. I would not suggest sitting down to read this cover to cover unless you really love zombies. Really, how much zombie can you take in a day? However, I love the stories for in between times- waiting rooms, bedtime or when I just want an amusing easy read. You might also want to try reading it while waiting in line with your kids to see Santa at the mall, but that could get a bit surreal.
An anthology is a very good way to try out a number of authors without having to commit the time and money to reading an entire novel. I figure that if an author can catch my attention and entertain me in a short story without leaving me wondering about missing details at the end, there's a good chance that their longer works will be great, too. I like that the book has links to more information on the authors. It makes it easy to read more if you enjoyed their style.
This is a fantastic find for a zombie lover. Even if you are only so-so with zombies but love a good chuckle this is also a good choice. I'm very glad I got this collection.