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Apocalypse Cow [Kindle Edition]

Michael Logan
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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"Apocalypse Cow made me snort with laughter" (TERRY PRATCHETT)

"A fast-paced dark comedy stuffed with violence, sprinkled with sex, reminiscent of Tom Sharpe, including witty lines and observations that are Pratchett-esque in their pointiness." (Sunday Express)

"A comic, blood-soaked romp...at times a hilarious social satire, and at others an action-packed gore fest, sure to please fans of the traditional zombie story...an accomplished novel by a promising writer." (Press Association)

"The writing is full of sardonic wit and wordplay, much in the same way of Pratchett's Discworld, and each chapter begins with a pun (this is somewhat to be expected in a book called Apocalypse Cow, but will leave readers laughing and groaning in equal measure)" (Bookgeeks)

"Michael Logan's black comedy is an absurd yet utterly addictive read." (Stylist magazine)

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Forget the cud. They want blood...an outrageously entertaining and original take on the 'zombie apocalypse' - joint winner of the first Terry Pratchett 'Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now' Prize...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 524 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0857521179
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (10 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007NG92OE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #148,692 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Michael Logan is a Scottish author and journalist, whose writing career has taken him across the globe. Apart from his homeland, which he left in 2003 at the age of 32, Michael has lived in Bosnia, Hungary, Switzerland and Kenya, and reported from many other countries.

Apocalypse Cow, which won Terry Pratchett's Anwhere But Here, Anywhen But Now Prize, was his first novel. His short fiction has appeared in The Telegraph and literary journals such as Chapman. His piece We Will Go on Ahead and Wait for You won Fish Publishing's 2008 international One-Page Fiction Prize.

His second novel, Wannabes, is now out as an ebook. The sequel to Apocalypse Cow, entitled Apocalypse Cow: World War Moo, will be released by St. Martin's Press in early 2015.

He currently lives in Nairobi, Kenya, and is married with a young daughter and son. More information can be found on his website: www.freelancelogan.com.

You can follow him on twitter @MichaelLogan or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/michaellogan

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Cartimand TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
From the corny pun-title and blurb, we all know pretty well what to expect with this book and you certainly won't be disappointed. As Shaun of the Dead style comedies go, Apocalypse Cow is a bloody jagged slash above the rest. The first real belly laugh was the hilarious (albeit slightly bad taste) Heather Mills gag in chapter two and author Michael Logan just keeps those genuinely funny scenes coming, punctuated by elements of wince-making gore, some truly caustic satire and the occasional profound and even moving moment. Yes, incongruous though it sounds, I did say moving! There's a brief conversation on page 181 that suddenly cuts through all the gore and farce and left me almost with a tear in my eye. That was clever - hitting the reader with a sucker punch when they're least suspecting! The characters owe a lot to Tom Sharpe-style gross caricatures and those of you who loved the Wilt series or the Great Pursuit are sure to enjoy this. The author's use of simile was particularly inventive and amusing - I especially enjoyed a couple of errant pubic hairs being compared to the antennae of a Madagascar hissing cockroach!

Only criticisms? Well one of the characters - David, just felt a bit wrong - like little more than a cheap foil to launch a few more gags, and when the book morphs into a semi-serious road movie, some of the action simply doesn't feel believable. In fact, it's probably fair to say that the story peaks a bit too soon, with the first half being more enjoyable.

No big deal though. Overall, Apocalypse Cow is a very entertaining slant on the survivalist genre and it would make a rattling good black comedy movie.

If you like a little gross diversion and more than a few belly-laughs, Apocalypse Cow is highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
First of all I will say that I have a phobia of cows, so add that in to the fact that this book has zombie cows on the rampage through the whole of Britain and you do in fact have my worst nightmare!

The book starts off with sneezing cows at an abattoir. Caught up in a virulent epidemic they attack the abattoir workers and start eating them- only it doesn't stop there. Despite the government's best efforts to torch the place and cover up the evidence, one lone cow escapes and pretty soon it isn't just the cows that are sneezing, slavering zombies...

I have to say that I'm not usually a massive fan of horror books, but this was a novel that I really enjoyed and kept me turning the pages. It is written in a very witty way with some cracking one-liners but also some laugh out loud dialogue. With some gory scenes, explosive action and a road trip thrown in for good measure, the pace is steady and the plot varied enough to keep the reader interested.

The character development isn't extensive in this novel, but then again in this genre I often find this is the case and the focus is more on the action. You don't really get to know many of the characters on more than a superficial level, though I did like eczema suffering teen Geldof and Terry. Terry I think, was the only character who really seemed to change throughout the progression of the story.

I think if you enjoy horror comedy films like `Shaun of the Dead' or `Black Sheep' then you will appreciate this book. Should there be a sequel (it has been left open for one) then I would most definitely like to read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In a Great Tradition 5 July 2012
By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Initially a solitary cow, but then whole herds followed by all the other wildlife in the UK are infected with a virus which makes them want to mate and kill, basically in that order. Sounds improbable? Well, that is the whole idea. The author does a great job in creating a wholly ludicrous scenario, which is the object of the exercise. It is no exaggeration to say that Apocalypse Cow is in the proud tradition of the masters of this genre such as Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams and Tom Sharpe.

The choice of main characters is an essential ingredient if this sort of story is to work, and here the main players are thrown together and prove to be a bizarre, ineffective and unlikely group. As it says on the back cover, can these people sort things out? Yup, we're screwed......... Geldof is the teenage offspring of a couple of hippyish, dope smoking, love making parents. Lesley is a somewhat inept journalist who chances on the truth and manages to make a complete hash of it. Finally Terry, who is an abattoir worker and who survives the first terrible attack of the homicidal, sex crazed ruminants.

This tale does get a life of its own after a while, and ceases to be a collection of clever gags, as the trio find each other and, one hesitates to say make progress, but rather more are carried along by events. I did wonder how Michael Logan was going to wrap this one up, but in the end he does so rather elegantly I thought. It is hard enough to produce a page or two of witty narrative, and certainly quite an achievement to keep it going for 350 pages. This really is an enjoyable romp and one where the reader needs to suspend disbelief and go with the flow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Should have won the Award on its own 28 May 2012
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Having felt disappointed by the other winner of the inaugural Terry Pratchett Anywhere but Here, Anywhere But Now Award, I wasn't expecting that much from tale and thought that it would be a book that I'd take my time with rather than indulge within a very short time.

So as such I found that it sat on my TBR pile for a little while and as such with great worry I picked it up to begin (after making sure I had a real gem to enjoy after.) What unfurled within was a story that for me should have been the clear winner in its own right. I loved the lead trio of characters, I relished the new take on the Zombie myth and of course I thoroughly devoured the pages as the tale wove its unusual story with great aplomb.

The prose was crisp, the laughs when they came were witty and whilst the subject was quite dark all in it was a story I enjoyed from start to finish. Throw into the mix that this is a debut author and for me, if future titles live up the standards set here, I'll have a firm favourite for that much needed laugh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boss
This book was very interesting and as soon as I started reading it I couldn't pit it down. Quite gruesome at times.
Published 3 days ago by Tania Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars Witty, clever and engaging
I’d been meaning to read this for a few years since it was announced as co-winner of the inaugural Terry Pratchett award, and I’ve finally got round to it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. R. Johnson-Rollings
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
This is my favourite book at the moment! It has everything in it, its great and hilarious! I would recommend to everyone!
Published 5 months ago by Mags
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid book!
Hilarious and imaginative, its easy to see why its an award winner. Thoroughly nutty in the best possible way and amidst the gore and comedy strangely thoughtful.
Published 7 months ago by R. K. Middleton
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what i expected..
It took a small amount of time to get going but once it did the story went off in a few different directions, some more successful and unexpected than others. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Caution I got a sore jaw from continually grinning.
Recommended by a Facebook group I follow. Absolutely ace, a great holiday read. Zombie thriller with a comedy twist. A great read for Teenagers and adults alike. Read more
Published 12 months ago by D Dinger
1.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy laughing at rape?
A couple of questions to ask yourself before buying this book.

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Published 12 months ago by Mr. Mj Flatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Apocalypse Cow wow
Dark Humor, with ironic twists.
look forward to some more from Michael Logan, in the near future to read and enjoy
Published 13 months ago by traumawolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Horny killer zombie cows, What more do you want???
Absolutely awesome read! Totally understand why this author won the Terry Pratchett award. I mean whats not to enjoy when killer cows, rubbish reporters, horny teens and nasty... Read more
Published 13 months ago by huzefa ishaki
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
Great book can't wait for the next one and I think it would make a good film well worth reading
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