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Zombies: The Recent Dead Paperback – October 19, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
Given that these are short-stories and I want to avoid spoiling anything, these are going to involve a short precis of what makes the story distinctive, before covering what I thought.
With that said, on to the details! In order of appearance, we have:
There is an introduction-in-three parts, comprising a "Preshamble" by Paula Guran that provides some crisply-written, useful context to how and where the points of tension and intersection between the modern zombie and the classical vodoun creature are. David J. Schow unpacks the concept further in his introduction, "The Meat of the Matter," which considers both a historical/literary history of zombies and modern popular culture, together with a life lived alongside the films and texts in question. A final "Deaditorial Note," also from Paula Guran, delves into the changes in the zombi-cultural landscape from 2003-2010, a period coming after the period considered in detail within Schow's piece.
I found these sections to be a very interesting start to the anthology, filling in all kinds of contextual details and references that I'd either missed or forgotten in my own encounters with the zombie mythos.
They are also clearly noted on the Table of Contents, so if you just want to skip to the stories they're hardly going to get underfoot. Personally, I found them well worth the time.
"Twisted," by Kevin Veale.
This story is mine, and the fact I'm discussing it personally is a little weird.Read more ›
In the Max Brooks story, he sticks to something from the Zombie Wars. He also does this in the collection The New Dead, where he explores this topic. Here he looks at the Great Wall and what it meant to the Chinese and the world overall, and it hints to other things that transpired. good stuff BUT hinged on a bigger book. In Brain Keene's Slected Scenes From the end of the World, there was a nice flavor of zombiedom with a lovely taste of fastforward going on. Basically, you see snippets of horror and taste some nicely plotted demise. In the Naming of Parts, tim Lebbon is Tim Lebbon and makes a story well worth mentioning. Other stories also stand out and do it in both the traditional and the new ways.
The book is as follows:
Twisted, Kevin Veale - The Things he Said, Micheal Marshal Smith - Naming th eParts, Tim Lebbon - Dating Secrets of the Dead, David Prill - Lie Still, Sleep Becalmed, Steve Duffy - The Great Wall: A story from the Zombie War, Max Brooks - First Kisses From Beyond the Grave, Nik Houser - Zora and the Zombie, any duncan - Obsequy, David J. Schow - Deadman's Road - Joe R.Read more ›
The zombie zombie stories are EXCELLENT, tho. My favorite is the last one, which follows a zombie around and gets inside his head. There's nothing there, of course, but it's a clever idea that was well-executed.
There are a few stories that do nothing at all for me, but they're still not terrible. If you're into short stories and/or zombies, and especially if you're into both, I would totally suggest picking this up.
This book lurked in my list for a long time. I would read a story (I really only found one I tolerated) and then put it off to the side, coming back every so often to bite a small chunk off, get bored and then put it aside again. So I would say I slogged through this book. And this is short story compilation, it shouldn't be like this, where every bite was just not satisfying, but it was. But I rarely give up (from determination or hope, but I rarely quit anything once I started it, be it real life or reading) so I finally finished it (3 months later!).
I will say that the last story was one of the best, so it didn't finish on a truly sour note. But the best thing about this book? That I don't feel compelled to read it any more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just a couple stories in and I was hooked!
Exactly what you'd expect from a compilation by Max Brooks.
The quality of stories varies widely - some absolutely wonderful and creative takes on the genre are included as well as some real duds - I'll let you figure them out. Read morePublished 12 months ago by MindMender1962
When an anthology announces it has short stories by famous authors, it's easy to get suckered into purchasing it, especially when said authors are some of the true kings of zombie... Read morePublished on May 24, 2011 by Zombie_Gunslinger
I love anthologies, they give you a glimpse into the work of authors previously unknown to you. That being said, this book was only so-so. Read morePublished on May 17, 2011 by Utterly Undead Reads (and sometimes more)
My son got me this for Christmas. I've read most of the other zombie anthologies and this had some really unique stories and takes on the zombie genre. Read morePublished on January 24, 2011 by Red 5
So to be fair, i am not a zombie fan. I am a Neil Gaiman fan. I was very excited to find this book boasting a Neil Gaiman short story, but after purchasing this book and... Read morePublished on December 30, 2010 by Amazon Customer