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The Vegan Revolution... with Zombies Paperback – August 30, 2010
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The characters are well crafted and have enough depth to keep your attention.
The author uses humor to assist in delivering the sometimes not too subtle message that the ever increasing consumption of meat and dairy is wreaking havoc with the environment and the consumers' thereof.
This book is not just for vegans and zombie fans, but they will surely love it. It will also give our carnist/meat eating friends an insight into the sub-culture of the animal rights movement and the divisions within. The vegans, freegans, abolitionists, hardliners and raw fooders all fight it out to resolve how to ethically deal with the undead.
Agranoff, knows his stuff, P.E.T.A, Peter Singer, Gary Francione and even straight edge band, Earth Crisis, are all featured to great effect. David also knows his zombie trivia and flicks as well. In addition to this he has a great sense of humor, something which vegans are not usually credited with. It gets 10 zombies out of 10 from me!!
However, the first part of the title is actually the real premise of the book. The vegans are revolting AND rejoicing that the nasty meat-eaters are finally gone and at last they can build their utopian meat-free society. If you don't get the idea early on that eating animal flesh is wrong, don't worry, it will be pounded into your brain with every page. This is a vegan manifesto masquerading as a zombie novel. I haven't been this "preached at" since that time my mother dragged me to a prayer meeting.
The typos are innumerable and frustrating. (At least I hope they were typos!) How does one get a job as a book editor without knowing the difference between "to" and "too", and "there" and "their"? There are attempts at humor - namely the quizzes at the end of each chapter, but on the whole, the book is just mean-spirited. Every non-vegan is stereotyped, put into a little compartment and sentenced to death. About the only interesting character development occurs when there is a squabble within the ranks of the vegans - basically over which group is the "holier than thou". It was hard to choose a side. The smug group or the self-satisfied group?
It is an accepted fact of zombie fiction that zombies must be killed. But to have characters ENJOY killing the zombies because they didn't like the people the zombies USED TO BE - that's just wrong. And it leaves a bad taste in my mouth