Sunday, October 23, 2011

All Hallow's Read: Zombie Book Round-Up

There are about 600 billion Zombie books out there.  I believe that's an exact figure.  I read a lot of them, but the universe keeps throwing more and more out there.  Some say it's because we are a consumer society and zombies are the ultimate consumers, a morality tale of our fate as a people.  Some say that the zombie hoard is unstoppable and inescapable terror.  Others just think zombies are pretty cool.

Here's a list of my favorite and not-so-favorite Zombie Reads:

Love it:

Breathers: A Zombie's Lament by S.G. Browne

I've already discussed this comedy were self-aware zombies live afterlives of outcasts and attend support groups here.

Zombie Haiku by Ryan Mecum

Don't read it when you're eating pasta for dinner, like I did.

Zombies for Kids and Teens:

Zombies vs Unicorns by Various Authors, Edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier

This book is a who's who of the greatest YA authors out there.  Children of the Revolution by Maureen Johnson is my favorite zombie story in it.

Zombie Chasers by John Kloepfer

Funny little zombie story with great-gross out illustrations and a zombie dog!

Leave it:

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austin and Seth Grahame-Smith

Jane Austin + Zombies.  Awesome, right?  Surprisingly terribly dull.  A one-note joke that goes to bathroom humor once it know it goes stale.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Two people in love held apart more by their own inaction and self-absorption than anything.  Romeo and Juliet they are not.  Zombies are a backdrop to teen angst, and in the end I was rooting for the zombies.

That's a little cruel.  I was absorbed by this book until I reached the end, and then it left me sour grapes.

The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

Reads like a technical manual, which is really the only joke.  Isn't it funny that this book is so serious and is about zombies?  It isn't.  I couldn't finish it.

Recommended to me but haven't checked out:

Feed by Mira Grant

Zombie, Ohio by Scott Kenemore

Zombiekins by Kevin Bolger

The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn and Tony Moore

So what are your feelings?  Any of the recommended reads I should avoid or add?  Any of my picks you disagree with?  Are you sick of zombies?

Just remember, Zombie's Were People too.

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