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Zombology: A Zombie Anthology Paperback – April 6, 2009
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Hello! I'm Dr. Pus, owner of "Library of the Living Dead Press" and host of the "Library of the Living Dead Podcast". You can find me at the following places: www.dr-pus.podomatic.com www.libraryofthelivingdead.lefora.com www.libraryofthelivingdead.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Undead love to all, Dr. Pus
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The meat of the book: It appears several of these stories were online submissions, written by amateur writers. And that's cool, I want to encourage that sort of thing. However, several of the stories were very juvenile, predictable, and poorly written. It's not a good sign when I have a hard time finishing a 10 page story. Several (if not most) of these should not have made the cut. Maybe the editor had only a small pool of submissions to choose from?
What I did like: (1)"Stop Requested" by Rhiannon Frater. A simple, short, interesting angle, from the perspective of a seeing-eye dog. It was fun and immersive. (2)"Undead Overpass" by Gregory Michaels. A post-apocalyptic, alcoholic truck driver makes runs though a zombie infested world, reminiscent of Mad Max. Very cool. (3)"Same as You" by R. Thomas Riley. A starving family is holed up in an abandoned farmhouse. While returning from an unsuccessful food gathering run, the father has apparently attracted the attention of unknown assailants. This one ends with a very good twist. (4)"Children of Landford's Towers" by Brad Zipprich. With only 12 pages this story had the feel of an epic. Very well written, and I wanted more.
Bottom line: this book should have been 40 pages long. Hardly worth $15 in paperback. While reading it I kept wondering "Who the heck gave this book FIVE stars?" (which is why I chose it). When looking back on Amazon I noticed that most 5-star reviews from this book came from the authors, who admittedly did not review their own contribution, but I feel that that is a poor practice, and falsely padded the book's star rating.
I see they made a part 2 to this anthology, but I am very hesitant to give it a shot.
Thank goodness for the short-story format, or else I never would have been able to put the book down. When I reached the end of the last story, I was actually kind of sad. Need more braaaiiins...Guess I'll have to wait for the next selection from Library of the Living Dead Press.
From the short story that cries to be fleshed out into a full sized novel to the self-contained punch you in the mouth tidbit, this book is packed with a great cross section of new zombie tales from authors I have seen plenty of before to some new folks. Though not all of the stories resonated with me on the same level my belief is that if you love zombie fiction you will find more than enough here to make you feel as if this book was well worth the investment.
I do love the traditional zombie tale: a basic life and death struggle with death, and un-death, seemingly unstoppable. There are plenty of the traditional tales here along with a wide array of the unexpected and creative that demanded as much of my attention and appreciation as the more traditional stuff.
Sorry, but I cannot give a preference for a favorite story. Too many stuck with me long after I was done reading this book. Lets just say I have more than one favorite to choose from in this collection and I would bet you will to.
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