(PDF) Zombies author Paula Guran BY Paula Guran

L hide spoiler My first impression of this book 36 Thirty six That s a vast amount of stories for an anthology Even 20 would have been pretty bigMy second impression My thanks to NetGalley and Prime Books for an ARC copy of this book to read and reviewMeh DNF at 40% ish There was maybe one story that I read that I liked The rest were ither meh or Oh HELL no Good compilation if you are a true Dead Head I suppose Most of the stories are about the stupidity and vil ness of humans rather than zombies though zombies are present Not my bag but one I would recommend to those who are into zombies and don t mind reading about people being depressingly real 2 I didn t hate it stars I got a copy through NetGalley in xchange for an honest reviewAnthologies are always difficult for me to rate so many different stories so many authors and you know you re bound to find very good pieces and some you don t like at all As far as collections go this one about zombies was a fairly good one all in all that I would rate a 35 to 4 starsAlso the time I spend reading a book is usually a good indicator of my interest in it but in this case it doesn t apply I was reading a couple of other zombie themed books in the meantime and I preferred to go slow rather than at too much of the same thing at once pun totally intended of courseMy favourites Iphigenia in Aulis the story that spun The Girl With All The Gifts so no surprise here Reading this first draft was interesting ven though I liked the novel better since it was developed The Naturalist nasty and vicious undertones here What Maisie Knew a dark and twisted take on what use zombies can be Somehow it also made me think of Lolita probably because of the way the narrator views himself The Day the Music Died a manager trying to cover up that his money making rock star is actually dead This one had a twisted funny side that spoke to me Don t ask me why The Death and Life of Bob how zombies are not necessarily what you xpect and how dark and narrow minded humans can be too Jack and Jill parallels between the zombies and a child who s sick with cancer and already a living dead in that he knows he probably won t stay in remission for long The fact that I actually Buried enjoyed a story with cancer in it is mind boggling and speaks of how it managed to make me forget my own fears in that regard The Gravedigger of Konstan Spring a remote little town where people don t seem to stay dead for long Disturbing strange uirky and full of moments when I wondered to whichxtent the inhabitants would go to keep their gravedigger Chew disturbing not for its take on zombies but for what actual human beings can do to other human beings What We Once Feared another story bent on revealing how bleak human nature can be and how dire situations can reveal the worst in people Aftermath the title says it all How people manage and how life gets back on track slowly after the cure to the zombie virus has been found Disturbing aspects about what killing those zombies actually meant Love Resurrected a dark fantasy tale of sorcery necromancy and of a woman who has to keep battling ven after the flesh has left her bones Present sad and touching in a terrible way Bit Rot when a zombie story collides with science fiction of the space travelling kind The reason behind the bit rot was a nice change for meOK stories The Afflicted I liked the idea behind it the lderly ones only falling ill alas verybody s doom to grow old but it deflated a bit after a while Becca at the End of the World the last hour of a teenager However it was a little too short to be as powerful as it could be IMHO Delice not one I ll remember for long but nice to read Trail of Dead good concept but I m not too sure of the apprentice s part in that it seemed unfocused Stemming the Tide a little weird though also poetic in its own way Those Beneath the Bog the curse on a lake and how old folk tales shouldn t be discarded Perhaps a wee bit too long though What Still Abides very very weird in that it tries to mulate Old English grammar I can t make up my mind about it but overall it still felt strange in a sort of good way for me In The Dreamtime of Lady Resurrection beautiful and dreamy Not xactly a zombie story though Til Death Do Us Part not xactly original still njoyable A wife comes back from the grave and her family tries to keep her with them The Harrowers the narrator s name kind of tiped me about the nding however it remained interesting Resurgam a good idea that unfortunately nded up in two storylines not meshing up together well I good idea that unfortunately nded up in two storylines not meshing up together well I liked the Victorian narrative though A Shepherd of the Valley a bit predictable The Hunt Before and The Aftermath I wasn t sure at first where this one was going but it had interesting insights into revenge in generalThe ones I didn t like Dead Song I didn t care for the actor narrating story approach Another one might have worked better because there was a good idea behind it Pollution I like Japanese culture but the tropes were too heavy handed here Kitty s Zombie New Year forgettable I didn t really see the point to this story Selected Sources for the Babylonian Plague of the dead the narrative style didn t the Dead the narrative style didn t it for me at all here Which is really too bad because the different setting made for uite interesting grounds Rocket Man I don t know if it was meant to be comical or not It didn t leave much of an impression but then I m not too interested in base ball for starters which doesn t help I Waltzed with a Zombie I couldn t push myself to get interested in it I don t know why I neither adore nor terribly dislike Hollywood B movie settings in general so maybe it was the narrative that didn t grab meNote A couple of stories are actually in poetic form which makes them harder to rate yes including Neil Gaiman s one Let me start by saying I am a huge zombie film fan Zombie books I ve read a couple of them but I am not an xpert I really like the intro to the anthology xplaining the history of zombies and the impact they ve had on television film and literature I found some of the stories to be very A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, engaging yet disturbing and strange while others seemed to miss something For what it is I very muchnjoyed it A solid collection with some outstanding moments Some very nice stuf. Ss “What Maisie Knew”• Jonathan Maberry “Jack Jill”• Alex Dally MacFarlane “Selected Sources for the Babylonian Plague of the Dead 572 571 BCE”• Maureen McHugh “The Naturalist”• Lisa Mannetti “Resurgam”• Joe McKinney “The Day the Music Died”• Tamsyn Muir “Chew”• Holly Newstein “Delice”• Cat Rambo “Love Resurrected”• Carrie Ryan “What We Once Feared”• Marge Simon “The Children’s Hour” poem• Maggie Slater “A Shepherd of the Valley”• Simon Strantzas “Stemming the Tide”• Charles Stross “Bit Rot”• Genevieve Valentine “The Gravedigger of Konstan Spring”• Carrie Vaughn “Kitty’s Zombie New Year”• Don Webb “Pollution”• Jay Wilburn “Dead Song”. Zombies author Paula GuranFirst I want to say that I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway No review asked in The Shadow Reader exchangeThis is a hard book to review I m not used to reading short stories andven less used to review them1 The Afflicted by Matthew Johnson This one is different kind of zombie book where as people grow old they lose their memory and slowly turn I won t say because of spoilers but it delivers and was a great choice for opener 42 Dead Song by Jay Wilburn While well written it didn t keep my attention I wanted to skim ahead to see if something interesting would follow Because of that I may have missed the punch if there was one From what I Very very good Anthology about zombies I was surprise to see that I didn t read the first Anthology in this serie with bigger names on it s cover but this one was very good tooThe stories that I ve liked areMike Carey Iphigenia in Aulis The story that started the novel The girl with all the gifts Shira Lipkin Becca at the End of the World The last hour of a daughter that will transform in to a zombie in front of her motherMaureen F McHugh The Naturalist About a inmate in a reservation prison where they live with some zombiesAlex Dally MacFarlane Selected Sources for the Babylonian Plague of the Dead 572 571 BCE Interesting ideea about a plague in the Babylonian AgeDavid Liss What Maisie Knew Absolutely blowed my mind Refreshing Innovative The most complex and heartbreakin One of the best zombie anthologies I ve read some really good stories here and only a few duds More zombie stories here than you can shake a gnawed leg bone at Every zombie fan is bound to find something to their taste here Let this anthology Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies entertain your braaaiiinnns Matthew Johnson The Afflicted Well we re looking for zombies here and this is a very good zombie story Here thelderly persons who were first infested with the zombie virus were packed off to FEMA uarantine camps along with the healthy care workers assigned to look after them To stay alive one nurse has become a bad ass survivor And then one day she finds a little girl wandering alone in the wilderness Jay Wilburn Dead Song HmmI wasn t much for this one A voice over actor narrates a script for a musicology documentary on the topic of the subgenres of performance styles that sprang up after the zombie apocalypse Some creepy hints of doom both past and impending are thrown in but overall I felt like it thought it was clever than it was Mike Carey Iphigenia in Aulis Interesting If a little bit misleading to those who were xpecting a new Mike Carey zombie story This is apparently the first draft of the opening of Carey s Girl With All the Gifts Having read that novel and loved it it was interesting to read this and see how Carey s ideas developed and changed For what it s worth I like the later xpanded version better But this is still pretty darn good Don Webb Pollution A geeky young man obsessed with all things Japanese is fascinated by the custom which has become very popular in Japan of creating zombies to use as servants and menial laborers I very much liked the author s history regarding how and why this situation came to pass but I found the use of pop culture tropes unconvincing Some trends of today are mentioned as being very out of date but others are presented as if they re new and cool in this future I suspect that future generations of teenagers are not actually going to be obsessed with japanime Shira Lipkin Becca at the End of the World This piece would ve been The Power Of A Choice effective I feel if it were longer It s only a couple of pages and I didn t feelmotionally invested noughA mother records the last moments of her zombie bitten daughter s life for posterityMaureen McHugh The Naturalist I ve read this one twice before in McHugh s After The Apocalypse and in Strahan s Best SFF of the year 5 As I said last time I read it A good nasty zombie story with shades of Escape From New York You can read this for free online Alex Dally MacFarlane Selected Sources for the Babylonian Plague of the Dead 572 571 BCE The translated text of Babylonian clay tablets gives an insight into a zombie plague of antiuity Not bad I give it points for the unusual setting but it lacked urgency David Liss What Maisie Knew Disturbing unpleasant and very well done The narrator here assures us repeatedly that he s really uite a nice guy His actions as described by himself tell a different story Why after all does he have a secret apartment with a black market reanimate zombie in it Excellent writing with gradual reveals leading up to a sickening climaxI m not sure if this story has any connection to the Henry James classic of the same title I haven t read it Stephen Graham Jones Rocket Man Zombie baseball I m just not that much for sports stories or teenage crushes Joe McKinney The Day the Music Died Rock star goes zombie and his greedy manager tries to cover it up I just watched Episode 5 of The Strain last night and there were some definite choes Marge Simon The Children s Hour poemPoetry is hard to judge objectively but this didn t feel focused nough to me Holly Newstein Delice This one reminded me a lot of American Horror Story Coven A voodoo priestess I was seeing Angela Bassett brings a girl back from the dead to wreak revenge on the slaveowning mistress seeing Kathy Bates who victimized her and many others Oh hey This is actually based on the same true story I actually had no idea that AHS based these plot points on actual vents The Internet knows all Joanne Anderton Trail of Dead I liked the atmosphere here not sure why but it reminded me a little of Stephen King s Dark Tower series However this story of an apprentice learning to kill zombies while hunting down the Necromancer who is animating them didn t grab me It felt a little unfocused and I didn t find it memorable William Jablonsky The Death and Life of Bob A tragicomic tale of office politics taken to an xtreme It s a uick seemingly light read but what it has to say about human nature nothing particularly good will linger with you Simon Strantzas Stemming the Tide A weird mood suffuses this piece An odd Couple Travels To The Tourist Attraction Of The Bay Of travels to the tourist attraction of the Bay of known for its uickly rising tides But these two filled with ambivalence and contradiction are here for than gawking at tides But these two filled with ambivalence and contradiction are here for than gawking at The living dead are alive than ver Zombies have become than an iconic monster for the 21st century They are now a phenomenon constantly revealing as much about ourselves and our fascination with death resurrection and survival as our love for the supernatural or post apocalyptic speculation Our most imaginative literary minds have been devoured by these incredible creatures and produced xciting insightful and unflinching new works of zombie fiction We've again dug up the best stories published in the last few years and compiled them into an anthology to feed your insatiable hunger©2014 Paula Guran P2014 Audible Inc• Joanne Anderton “Trail of Dead”• Michael Arnzen “Rigormarole” poem• Marie Brennan “What Still Abides• Mike. ,

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Scenery for not only tides but the dead shall rise Jacues L Condor Mak a Tai Meh Those Beneath the Bog A group of modern Native Americans on a hunting trip ncounter than moose when they ignore an lder s warnings about an ancient curse Sometimes it pays to listen to an old wives tale Not bad I felt the folksiness was a little overdone Marie Brennan What Still AbidesParody I felt this was In truth A Dark And Stormy Night the tortuous language of this pseudo Scandinavian tale outdoes Beowulf this is not although forsooth wishes it so Also no zombie tale this Indeed so might one notice a vampire yet if untangled the subjects and verbs might be Came the nd of this story not too soon Jonathan Maberry Jack Jill It s hard to imagine terminal cancer becoming the least of a child s worries but here a zombie apocalypse and a perfect storm combine to do just that A very very dark YA story with a classic zombie scenario Caitl n R Kiernan In The Dreamtime of Lady Resurrection Beautifully written very disturbing piece Power suicide and the thics of xperimentation are all here along with the plain old creepy and supernatural in this tale of a resurrectee who was touched by something during her time on the other side Not really a zombie story but I loved it anyway Michael Arnzen Rigormarole poem The kernel of the idea here would be nice fleshed out into a full story but the poem itself didn t do much for me Carrie Vaughn Kitty s Zombie New Year I know Vaughn s Kitty Norville series is very popular but I don t really see the attraction The writing is no than serviceable and this is a very slight story Kitty attends a New Year s party a zombie shows up at the door and Kitty s friends call upon her to solve the mystery which takes her all of 10 minutes The nd Genevieve Valentine The Gravedigger of Konstan Spring Available for free online dark fable full of Oh no they didn t moments A remote Alaskan town has discovered the fountain of youth It s not uite clear why such a place would insist on advertising to hire a gravedigger but the opening line xplains There was something civilized about a town that could bury its dead if they stayed dead so hire a gravedigger they do Of course then the townspeople need something for him to do it s not right for a man to be unable to ply his trade is it Clever and disturbing Tamsyn Muir Chew I can t really say I liked this story It s deeply unpleasant and unhappy But it s also Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. extremely powerful Set at thend of WWII it s a tale of a boy to young to understand what he sees a soldier a young woman and revenge It s not just about the Patrick the Wolf Boy, Volume 1 evil associated with war but about blindness tovil Shaun Jeffrey Til Death Do Us Part This one felt very familiar to me It s a theme I ve ncountered in than one horror story A wife returns from the dead and her family hides her decaying animated corpse pretending that all is normal Roxane Gay There is No E in Zombi Which Means There Can Be No You Or We Traditional Haitian Zombis here An obsessed young woman resorts to magic to capture the handsome playboy whose heart she fails to win through her own allure Carrie Ryan What We Once Feared Another dark YA piece A group of teenagers are on a school trip to Discovery Place when the zombie apocalypse hits They hole up in an apartment building s penthouse and the real discoveries they make are about who they truly are and what makes a survivor uite bleak Eric Gregory The Harrowers A Young Man Hires A young man hires guide who specializes in illegally taking people out to the wilderness to hunt zombies But this young man says he just wants to find his dad Of course things go pear shaped Lisa Mannetti Resurgam When a med student has the cadaver he s working on Shockingly Come Back To Life And Attack He Does Some come back to life and attack he does some and uncovers a 19th century journal in which a resurrection man talks about a strange occurrence that he xperienced when stealing bodies for research purposes Is it all fiction drug hallucination or unpleasant truth Ok but I didn t think the two stories meshed well nough Ron Goulart I Waltzed with a Zombie There are a great number of these stories set in old timey B movie Hollywood with horror lements And I really just don t like any of them Here a hack screenwriter thinks he can use his real life Il morto di Maigret encounter with a zombie to boost his concept of a big budget zombie musical Eh I m sure some people out there will find it uite amusing Joy Kennedy O Neill Aftermath Begins a bit shaky I thought but develops into a solid story with an intriguing focus Here the zombie plague has been cured Those zombies not too horribly damaged in the apocalypse which wiped out a third of the population have come back to themselves This piecexplores the social aspects of how people deal with that or fail to Maggie Slater A Shepherd of the Valley A weird religious man lives alone with nothing and no one but his flock of robotically controlled zombies surrounding him When a young woman happens upon his hideout she s the first living person he s spoken to in years Neil Gaiman The Day the Saucers Came poem A re read It s a bit clever Cat Rambo Love Resurrected Fantasy tale of a resurrected military general and the sorcererlover who has kept her re animated to who has kept her re animated to his campaigns and fight his battles alongside other grotesue undead and chimerical creations Although her flesh is decaying from her bones she finds her imagination captured by her chief opponent Nicole Kornher Stace Present Teen mom and baby go on the run during a zombie apocalypse Classic zombie genre Joe R Lansdale The Hunt Before and The Aftermath Well written but deeply unpleasant story Yes it s a zombie story but it s about a marriage on the rocks mid life crisis and the often befuddling vagaries of human psychology and desire Charles Stross Bit Rot On a far future spaceship with a post human crew an unexpected radiation xposure sparks a disaster that looks an awful lot like your typical zombie apocalypse Overall I found this anthology to be a diverse collection of all things zombie the uality was a little rocky at times but the great stories suirreled away in this tome made it all worth reading 355 See tag for detailsview spoilerThe Afflicted I really liked this one you should have seen the look on my face whenview spoiler the zombie talked lo. Carey “Iphigenia in Aulis”• Jacues L Condor Mak a Tai Meh “Those Beneath the Bog”• Neil Gaiman “The Day the Saucers Came” poem• Roxane Gay “There is No ‘E' in Zombi Which Means There Can Be No You Or We”• Ron Goulart “I Waltzed with a Zombie”• Eric Gregory “The Harrowers”• William Jablonsky “The Death and Life of Bob”• Shaun Jeffrey “Til Death Do Us Part”• Matthew Johnson “The Afflicted”• Stephen Graham Jones “Rocket Man”• Joy Kennedy O'Neill “Aftermath”• Caitlín R Kiernan “In The Dreamtime of Lady Resurrection”• Nicole Kornher Stace “Present”• Joe R Lansdale “The Hunt Before and The Aftermath”• Shira Lipkin “Becca at the End of the World”• David Li.
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