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This review is from: Zombie Apocalypse! (Mammoth Books) (Paperback)
`Zombie Apocalypse' (aka Mammoth book of Zombie Apocalypse) is a collection of articles, various media transcripts, text messages, tweets, diaries and more, describing the events around a Zombie plague that was released from the Black death burial ground at Blackheath.
The first two thirds of the book are reasonably good, with enough tension and stories of survival to keep most zombie lore fans satisfied, but sadly the last third loses it's way. It starts to recount survivors novel ideas, or youtube spoof song lyrics, or film pitches and I started to skip these parts. I wanted to read the so called `real' accounts of Zombie survival, not some lame attempts at Zombie fiction as recounted by characters in a book (I am aware of the irony of this considering the whole book is fiction, but you know what I mean). There is also no real coherent narrative to this book, it is just a series of personal experiences or accounts and nothing really ties it together to tell a coherent story from beginning to end. Some of the handwritten pages got tiresome to decipher and some other aspects weren't as clear as they could've been, but despite the changing styles of text this was easy enough to read.
If you are huge fan of Zombie books then this may be worth a try at some point, but if you are new to this genre then try `World War Z' by Max Brooks first which is a similar book (I.e. lots of anecdotal evidence of a Zombie outbreak), but which is more coherent and which was done a whole letter better than this.
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Initial post: 15 Jul 2012 11:43:08 BDT
M. P. Trudeau says:
Ah, I forgot about the song lyrics and movie pitch! Those were the worst! I cannot believe any editor would think it was a good idea to include them, especially the song lyrics, they were just so stupid and hokey. And the film pitch was just so over-the-top in an effort to portray the stereotypical, superficial movie-exec types, when it just made the writing seem derivative and shallow. Lazy, lazy, lazy.
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