Wednesday, 6 June 2012

{review{ Zombie Apocalypse!

Created by Stephen Jones
Published in the UK by Robinson, an imprint of Constable & Robinson
Published in the US by Running Press

I just explained to my dad that I like to intersperse my romance/chick books with really good zombie books (or anything apocalypse-genre, really).

Me:  ... so, basically, it's like I read romance, then zombie, then romance, then zombie, etc etc etc.
Him:  What's the difference?
Me:  Thaaaaaaaat's nice, Dad.
Him:  You can quote me on that.

I don't like every zombie book.  I like the well written, interesting, more than just gore, realistic ones.  Yeah, I said realistic.  I don't like to read about sparkly fucking vampires because I think it's too out there (and too whiney, annoying, etc etc etc), but I love me some realistically written zombies.   Take that to the bank.

I have two favourite zombie books - World War Z, and Rhiannon Frater's As The World Dies trilogy.  Now, I have three.

Other than the really annoying exclamation point in the title (!), I love this book.  From the back cover:

"Told through a series of interconnected eyewitness narratives - text messages, emails, blogs, letters, diaries, and transcripts - this is an epic story of a world plunged into chaos as the dead battle the living for total domination.  "

I expected a somewhat light and easy read, and my slightly ADD mind (or is that too much alcohol?  Whatevs) was looking forward to rather brief chapters of different narratives that could be easily read in spurts.

I did not expect such a intricate story line.  I did not expect to have to force myself to not flip ahead to continuing point of views, and I really did not expect to not want to put the book down.  I didn't expect to feel such attachment to characters I had only been introduced to for a few pages, and I really really didn't expect to be hanging on the edge of my seat.  The slight twist of an ending was least expected of all - and the most enjoyable writing in the entire book.

I expected to enjoy this book.  I did not expect to fucking love it.  Welcome to the top shelf, Zombie Apocalypse!

1 comment:

  1. fyi: " Zombie Apocalypse! Fightback, edited (created) by Stephen Jones (Robinson £8.99) is the follow up to 2010’s highly successful Zombies Apocalypse. Both are portmanteau novels rather than an anthology of short stories, involving a host of horror stars, including Christopher Fowler, Reggie Oliver, Guy Adams, Sarah Pinborough, Peter Crowther, Lisa Tuttle and Nancy Holder. "