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ZOM-B Baby (Zom B Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Darren Shan
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Book Description

How do you know if you're working for a lunatic?
Where do you go when you've run out of people to trust?
Have you ever heard an undead baby scream?
B Smith is out of her comfort zone . . .
"Will make readers think as well as gag... a lean, punchy tale" SFX

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About the Author

Darren Shan is the number-one bestselling author of the young adult series Cirque du Freak, The Demonata and The Saga of Larten Crepsley, as well as the stand-alone books, The Thin Executioner and Koyasan. Shan's books have sold in every continent, in thirty-one languages, and have been bestsellers worldwide. In total, they have sold over twenty-five million copies. Zom-B is the first book in his new 12-book serial about a zombie invasion, and his first with Simon & Schuster. Shan divides his time between his homes in Limerick and London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1393 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0857077694
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK (26 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #94,806 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Darren Shan's real name is Darren O'Shaughnessy (pronounced O-Shock-Nessy, though it can also be pronounced O-Shawn-Essy). Although he is Irish, he was born on July 2, 1972, in St. Thomas' Hospital, London -- directly across the river from the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, which may explain his fascination with evil bloodsuckers! He lived in South East London, near the Elephant & Castle. He started school at the early age of three (he was such a wild child, no pre-school facility would have him!), in English Martyrs. At the age of six, he moved to Limerick in Ireland, with his parents and younger brother, and has lived there ever since.

Shan went to primary school in Askeaton, where his mother was a teacher, then to secondary school in Copsewood College in Pallaskenry. Later, he went back to London to study Sociology and English at Roehampton University. He then worked for a cable television company in Limerick for a couple of years, before setting up as a full-time writer at the age of 23.

Although Shan always wanted to be a writer, it was only in his teenage years that he began writing in his spare time for fun (before that, he only wrote stories if they were for homework). He bought his first typewriter when he was 14, and never looked back, knocking out loads of short stories and comic scripts, and making false starts on several books, which he never completed. He enjoyed his first taste of literary success at age 15, as a runner-up in a television script-writing competition for RTE in Ireland, with a dark comedy script titled A Day in the Morgue (he was morbid even then!).

Shan was 17 when he finished his first novel. Although it was never published, he relished the writing experience, and found himself focusing more on novels in the coming years, leaving behind the short-story format. For the next several years, sandwiched between university and work, he wrote an average of one book a year, experimenting with different ideas, genres, lengths and styles. When he started writing full-time, his output shot up to 5 to 6 books per year! But that has dropped back to 2 to 3 recently, due to all the travelling around he's been doing to promote sales of his books.

All of these early books were adult-oriented. Although Shan quite liked the idea of writing a children's book one day, he considered himself an adult writer first and foremost. In fact, Shan's initial breakthrough was with an adult book, in 1999, titled Ayuamarca (since re-released in the UK as Procession Of The Dead, and coming to the USA in 2010).

In January 2000, his first children's book, Cirque du Freak, which he'd written as a fun side-project, was published. The first book in a series titled The Saga of Darren Shan (or Cirque du Freak, as it's known in America), it attracted rave reviews and an ever-growing army of fans hungry to learn more about vampires which were quite unlike any that anyone had ever seen before!

Shan loved writing for children so much, that for the next several years he focused exclusively on his books for younger readers. First, he wrote a total of 12 books about vampires. He quickly followed up his vampiric saga with The Demonata, a series about demons. Running to ten books in total, The Demonata cemented Shan's place in the UK as the Master Of Children's Horror, and saw him score his first UK #1 bestseller. He also wrote a one-off short book, called Koyasan, for Wold Book Day in the UK.

There was a very successful manga adaptation of Shan's vampire series, drawn by the Japanese artist, Takahiro Arai. It was originally serialized in Japan, but collected volumes are now on sale in the USA, UK and other countries.

In addition to writing for children, Shan has now returned to his first love and is once again writing for adults as well. He has had two adult books published in the UK, Procession Of The Dead and Hell's Horizon. They have been released in a number of other countries too, and are due to hit the USA in 2010. A third, City of the Snakes, goes on sale in the UK in March 2010. His first adult books were released under the name of D B Shan, but they are being reprinted under the name of Darren Shan in March 2010, and City of the Snakes will be released under the Darren Shan name.

By the start of 2010, Shan's books were on sale in every continent, in 39 countries, in 31 languages, and have been children's bestsellers in America, Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and other countries. The books have topped adult bestseller charts in Hungary, Japan and Taiwan. In total, Shan's books have sold close to 15 million copies worldwide!!!!

The movie rights to Cirque Du Freak were bought by Universal, and the first movie (which combines elements from the first three books in the series) was released on October 23rd, 2009, starring newcomer Chris Massoglia as Darren Shan, along with a wide array of established stars such as Josh Hutcherson, John C Reilly, Salma Hayek, Willem Defoe and Ken Watanabe. The movie was called Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant. It was released on DVD and Blu-Ray in February 2010.

A big film buff, with a collection of more than four thousand movies at home, Shan also reads lots of comics and books, and likes to study and collect original artwork, especially comic art and impressionist and post-impressionist art. He has recently started adding sculptures to his collection, making use of the large, empty field outside his back door. Other interests include long walks, watching football (he's a Tottenham Hotspur and Ireland fan), listening to pop and rock music, theatre, worldwide travel, sampling the delights of both gourmet cuisine and finger-licking junk food, and dreaming up new ways to terrify his readers!!!

Shan spends most of his time in Limerick, Ireland, with his girlfriend Bas. He has no pets, but a neighbourhood dog called Goldie joins him on his walks most days. He also feeds a variety of wild birds, and spots the occasional hare and pheasant strolling through his back yard. In addition to his main home in Ireland, Shan has an apartment in London, to which he escapes for a burst of high-speed living every so often, when he feels the need to get his juices flowing!! Shan rarely writes when in London or on the road, preferring to tie himself to his computer when at home in Limerick, where he can work away solidly without any distractions in the peace and quiet of the Irish countryside.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best one yet! 28 Sept. 2013
By Rowena
Wow, where do I start? I may be slightly biased, as Darren Shan has been my favourite author for over ten years, but this book blew me away. I bought and read it on the day of the release and it's stuck with me ever since. I find myself unable to do every day things with out thinking about the events that unfolded in this book. I can't stop thinking about B and what she will do next, and I can't stop thinking about what in earth the grisly baby actually is! At this point, even though we're only 5 books in of a 12 book series, Zom-B is my favourite book series I've read. It deals with serious issues about society, with the added factor of zombies! And it's so refreshing to have a female main character, not often are girls given the same treatment as men in many franchises. I would recommend this to all of my friends!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Afraid of babies? will be 1 Oct. 2013
B smith is finds it hard to come to terms with dr.oystein revelation from Angels. Her beliefs and views on the world make her an outsider to the rest of the angels. Even after everything that she has been through can there possibly be something beyond us? Isnt it all just the work of mankind that has brought humanity to its knees or are the mad beleifs of dr. Oysein, timothy and even sister claire that God, the devil and even miracles exist.
Then dread builds up inside you when B meets timothy again and shows a whole new side to the world that makes you rethink and look back oneverything you've learnt, making even B doubt her views on the world.
What did her dreams try to tell her? Why are they coming true?
We all think we know the truth. We havent even come close yet!
Dare you tread into the nursery and hear the screams of an undead baby?!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really starting to see who B is 28 Jan. 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
First thing first, would you look at that cover how bloody eye catching is it? In mine and Amanda's end of the year book survey I posted a picture about both the Zom-B Angel's cover and the Zom-B Baby cover when asked the question of favourite covers of the books I had read this year and why would I pick any other than that of my favourite author? When it comes to the cover's of Mr Shan's book he's never shocking for the sake of it, every cover no matter how gruesome has something to do with the story itself.

Aside from the covers the other thing I love more than anything bout Darren's book's is that though on the surface they are just a fantasy book for kids there is always such a deeper meaning and important message etched in-between the characters words, such themes as racism and bigotry, corruption, genetic engineering, and now religion and belief. Throughout all of the Zom-B series so far I have felt like, until Zom-B Angels we didn't really get to know B, the books were more focused n trying to set the scene of a zombie apocalypse and really get you engaged in all the horrors that come with it. However in this book I feel we are really really starting to see B for who she is, her character development over the past two books has taken such a big leap from the first book and I'm starting to like her the more I read. (considering I wasn't too sure about her as a main character from the start I'm glad she's growing on me )

At the end of Zom-B Angels, Oystenin told B why he had made it his mission to fight the 'war'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars kids zombie books 2 Nov. 2013
By Jen
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My teenage lad has all the Zom-B books and can't wait for the next book be to out.....Once he starts to read he never wants to put it down...must be brilliant if it gets him off his xbox!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 25 Oct. 2013
By angel
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Again it ended too quickly,. Great story that continues to keep me gripped. now awaiting next one patiently, what will happen to Zoe?
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5.0 out of 5 stars ZOM-B Baby 22 Oct. 2013
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I'd recommend this to anyone who loves blood and guts. I think anyone at the mature level of 13/14 should be able to read this without getting night-mares. Darren Shan is truly the master of horror, and my favourite writer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 17 Oct. 2013
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Great book, I would definitely recommend it to any one who likes reading, read the rest of the series first though;)
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5.0 out of 5 stars zom -B- Baby 14 Oct. 2013
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another excellent book by darren Shan can not wait for the next installment, easy to read and could not put it down when started to read it
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Published 3 months ago by E L Bartlett
4.0 out of 5 stars very happy
I brought this as a gift to my older brother for Christmas. He loves it. Got so stuck into it he finished it in 1 day x
Published 3 months ago by sean hack
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Amazing
I love Darren Shan ... He has been my favorite uther since I was 9.I have read every single book in the series and I have found them all amazing ! Thanks .
Published 4 months ago by Victor Khatri
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Arrived quickly -my son loves these books
Published 5 months ago by Catherine Shuker
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
Definitely worth reading the first two books which are slow to get into to get to the rest of them where things really start getting interesting.
Published 6 months ago by Dave
4.0 out of 5 stars "Mummmeeeee!"
Warning: Spoiler alert. Read ZOM-B before reading this review. Massive spoiler contained.
B Smith has found a home; a leader with a mission from God; A mentor to teach her... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Adam
3.0 out of 5 stars Book
I've read it through and not really a great deal to say. Nothing really happens . Can't really call it a horror book as the horrors very childish
Published 6 months ago by bones
3.0 out of 5 stars First read of Darren Shan
Enjoyed much of the plot development with regards of the Zom-b baby and read this book quickly which is a good sign that I was kept interested.
Published 7 months ago by Jason Allan
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