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I originally read this short story when it was published in The Z Chronicles (The Future Chronicles), an anthology filled with many more excellent zombie stories just like this one! =)
A zombie disaster has been largely contained, with life for many getting back to near normal. Vince Lager, after figuratively foundering his own boat by poor decisions and misdeeds, is given the opportunity to quarterback a team of humans in the new sport of Z ball. The sport quickly exceeds the popularity of the NFL, but Lager finds the danger on the field is not the only peril in his life.
The story could have used a final proofreading, but the problem spots are few and minor. I recommend Z Ball for zombie lovers and football nuts (but not for actually playing the game).
In Z Ball, Will Swardstrom combines two of pop culture’s most explosive phenomenons — American football and zombies, in case it isn’t already clear — to great effect. Not all is as it seems, though, and the added element of a noirish sports mystery keeps the story from becoming gratuitous and shallow. If you’re looking for a zombie story with a little more meat on the bone, Z Ball is definitely worth the price of admission.
Swardstrom's story was originally part of an anthology of zombie fiction and if the other stories in the collection are as creative and intriguing as this one, then it would be worth a look see, especially if you have a taste for post-apocalyptic scenarios. Well written, relatively clean given the subject matter, and with a poignant theme. Though intended for an adult audience, I think it would be suitable for 5th graders and up. Recommended.
Swardstrom tells of a society that has moved past the under siege horror of a zombie apocalypse. Order is restored, but there are still a lot of living dead... what to do with them all? The answer becomes Z Ball!
An entertaining ride with a morality tale shining light on the darker side of professional athletics. It manages to be thoughtful without becoming preachy.