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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books (14 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857077600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857077608
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 193,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"A clever mix of horror, fantasy and realism... gripping" (The Telegraph) "Will make readers think as well as gag... a lean, punchy tale" (SFX) "Gory and exciting" (The Bookbag) "Darren Shan's most ambitious work yet. Brilliantly plotted, he has breathed new life into the zombie phenomenon" (Red House) "I loved it from beginning to end... I wanted to hug and throttle Darren Shan at the same time for his sheer deviousness and audacity" (Bookzone for Boys) "A great gory read that's sure to entertain and chill" (Bookbitz) "Character development is impressive for a relatively short book, and Shan executes the transition from normalcy to wholesale terror masterfully." (Publishers Weekly) "Shan's baaa-aaaack... A series opener to sink your teeth into" (Kirkus Reviews) "A slice of superior teenage horror, with at least on gasp-inducing twist to keep readers hooked." (Worcester News) "Shan has hit a home run and proved that he truly is the master of YA horror... ridiculously smart" (Writing from the Tub)" --Red House

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jsmith on 8 Jun. 2013
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Having read all the Zom-B books so far and enjoyed each of them greatly, I can definitely say the same for book three.

'Zom-B City' begins directly after 'Underground' and what follows mainly revolves around B exploring the now apocalyptic streets of London. Many other reviews have said this book was less 'eventful' than its predecessors, which is true yet I found this to be a good change in pace and atmosphere for the book. 'City' has a more haunting tone to it than the others and the less 'eventful' story helps you to truly understand how 'dead' the city has become and how lonely B is as the only one of her kind in the city.

Along the way B meets different survivors of the zombie outbreak and each of them has their own story to tell and I thought this was a great part of the book, how it presented different people's lives after the disaster.

But of course, this couldn't have been a Darren Shan novel without level of creepiness and violence, which Shan again does brilliantly.
lastly, this book, like all the others, has a lot of VERY deep questions and ideas offered to us, one of the best of which concerns B (A character I am really liking) and the state she is in now and how lonely it makes her.
I suggest you read it if you enjoyed the others. Congratulations again Darren Shan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amber on 4 Sept. 2013
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Is it just me, or do Shan's third books tend to be the worst in every series? I'm pretty sure I disliked the third books in both the Demonata series, and the Saga of Darren Shan, a lot more than the rest of the books. That's not to say I didn't enjoy them, but they weren't as great. This is such a funny trend.

Zom-B City is a tiny book. In fact, all of the books in this series are. At just over two hundred pages, this book is minuscule, and took no time at all to get through. Which was great for bumping up my Books of 2013 list, but not so great when I wanted to get sucked in and read more about this world.

Honestly, Zom-B City felt like an episode of a TV show. We were thrown in with B as she wanders around the streets of London, she meets a human artist (who may or may not be a bit insane), there's a bit of foreshadowing and an introduction of something new, and then a climax which leaves you craving the next book. Why can't these novels be longer?! It makes me so sad to read these books in less than a day.

Anyway, the main reason I didn't enjoy Zom-B City as much as the previous two books is that it lacked action and a mystery. The action didn't pick up until the very end, when the zombie clown turns up and completely put me off sleeping, and the mystery that sucked me in with the previous two just wasn't there. Instead, Zom-B City follows B as she wanders around London, doing nothing more interesting than tying her shoelaces. I don't know, I just found it dull.

That said, I really enjoyed the ending. Darren Shan has a way of totally grossing you out and shocking you at the same time, and I love it. I just wish the rest of this book had been as intriguing as the last thirty or so pages were.

Still, I'm not going to stop reading this series because of an average book. I shall soldier on and hope that this is just a one-off. Here's to hoping that the third book is action packed and gripping.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Fung on 22 April 2013
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** spoiler alert ** Zom-B city . Kinda obvious from the last book underground, this book is about B being on ground level, the city!! It starts off a bit slow at the start cause I was expecting to be a lot of things happening right away, normally I don't really like books that are slow at the start but this time, I actually liked it this way. It kinda helps you into the character B, how she came out of the underground and into this "new" city. How she walks through London and finding more and more strange and deadly things.

I just went to London last month, so I quite enjoyed seeing B going to lots of trademark places like Tate modern. It's so weird that last month I went, Tate Modern was packed with people but when I'm really this book, it's talking about the same place but its like actual DEAD! With corpses and zombies close by and inside. Same with Covert Garden. A lovely busy tourist place, filled with wee shops and food and entertainers... Now its filled with zombies! woohoo! How great haha!

There was one scene near the end I really hated, the baby scene. It was DISGUSTING!!! But it's like when you're reading you just know Mr Dowling is going to kill the baby whether or not the mother choose the baby or everyone else. I hate "games" like his. Where you make a decision who should die so the others will live. But its obvious the baby is just going to die cause Mr Dowling is just a creepy character haha. But I never expect him to dip his finger in infected blood and fed it to the baby. Eugh!! I was imagining the whole scene when I read it and it's been stuck in my head all day! Lovely...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Foxhall on 18 April 2013
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I am absolutely loving this series. I can't wait for the next part in this series. Slightly slower pace to this part but still keeps you wanting to keep reading "just one more chapter".
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