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5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of zombie stories,
This review is from: The World Is Dead (Paperback)This is a great selection of short stories for zombie fans. There are no poor stories, and only a couple of average ones, which is fairly unusual for these sorts of collections, from my experience.
All of the tales are set in a world where the zombies have taken over and the initial outbreak has passed. Each story has a different perspective on what would happen next, and how people would continue to live under those circumstances. Brief summaries of each story follow. Quite a few of the authors are pretty well known in the zombie genre.
1) 'Dead Men Can't Complain', Peter Clines - A man is brought back from the dead and finds that he has lost most of his civil rights.
2) 'The Office Party', Walter Jarvis - A man attends his work Christmas party in a company that routinely employs zombies as temps.
3) 'Gather Round, Gather Round', Dave Macpherson - A very short tale that I can't describe without giving away the contents.
4) 'Working Man's Burden', David C Pinnt - A man supervises a group of zombies working in a chicken processing plant.
5) 'Bridge Over The Cunene', Gustavo Bondoni - An elder in an African village takes a goat to be sacrificed.
6) 'Glorietta', Gary A Braunbeck - A man is visited by his zombie family at Christmas.
7) 'The Blue Word', Carole Lanham - A group of children and nuns are besieged in a convent school.
8) 'Fleeing On A Bicycle With You Father, From The Living Dead', Ralph Robert Moore - A man goes to pick up his father from work in a world where zombies are commonplace and often appear to be human.
9) 'December Warming', William Bolen - A group of OAPs survive the zombie apocalype because their life force isn't strong enough for zombies to want to eat them.
10) 'A Bite To Remember', Jennifer Brozek - A man has a one night stand with an unexpected outcome.
11) 'The Visitor', Jack Ketchum - A man visits his dying wife in hospital.
12) 'The Song Of Absent Birds', Mark Onspaugh - A community survives underground while zombies roam the surface.
13) 'The Loneliest Man In The World', Bobbie Metevier - A film fan brings captured zombies into his house to have a companion while watching DVDs.
14) 'Genuflect', William D Carl - A priest and his assistant run Catholic services for the dead in a fortified church.
15) 'What Comes After', Kris Dikeman - A sheriff's deputy tries to persuade an old woman to leave her home when zombies start to rise in the cemetary next door.
16) 'The New Dumb', Kyle S Johnson - A group of men play a game of baseball.
17) 'Cured Meat', Christine Morgan - A story told from the zombies' perspective.
18) 'Dead Man's Land', David Wellington
4.0 out of 5 stars Grabs your attention.,
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This review is from: The World Is Dead (Paperback)Usually I avoid short stories like a chocolate teapot at a mad granny's tea morning however saying that I was pleasantly surprised with the compelling authenticy of these short grab your attention stories and in general I know a lot of short stories end too quickly without getting you absorb into the story itself.
I'd suggest giving this one a bash to any zombie reader.
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The World Is Dead by David Wellington (Paperback - 15 Sep 2009)