Valley of the Dead (The Truth Behind Dante's Inferno) Kindle Edition
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So yeah, I don't usually read much involving zombies.
Unless Kim Paffenroth writes it.
See, Paffenroth has a way of exposing the selfish, greedy, lecherous horrors of the living as even worse than the mindless hunger of the undead. Valley of the Dead asks "What if Dante Alighieri witnessed a zombie plague and based his Inferno on the horrors of said plague?"
But Valley of the Dead is more than a zombie book. It's more than a "travel story", too. (The episodic nature of Dante's experiences with different groups reminds me of Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.) Yes, it is both of these things, but a lot of "big questions" about human nature arise through the narrative. Dante and his companions (a pregnant woman, a monk of sorts, and an AWOL soldier) run across a rather sorry lot of (living) human examples of the seven deadly sins and more. He ponders the big questions about suffering, evil, and God while trying to escape a valley of pain, sickness, and death. All too soon, the reader is aware zombies are the least of Dante's problems.
Grab a copy. Give it a go. If you like to think along with your gut-munching horror, this is for you.
I enjoy zombie lit in fact but this one wasn't that high on my list. I'll check out some of the author's other work tho and not let this one define their bibliography for me.
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