Better off dead,
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This review is from: Resurrection: A Zombie Novel (Kindle Edition)
Resurrection by Tim Curran is, well, a bit rubbish to be honest. Remember the 1980s and all those lurid pulpy horror titles you saw on the shelves? Books with titles such as “Abomination”, “Carrion” and “Slime Beasts” and the like with grisly cover art that leered down at you? You don’t? Well, be prepared to time warp and be transported back to a world of ludicrous plots, naff characters, ultra-violence and sheer incredulity.
I wanted so much to like this. I love Tim Curran’s short stories. He excels in that format writing taut, grim and horrific tales. Unfortunately it is a talent that just doesn’t seem to transfer to a longer format. This book is over 600 pages long and involves a LOT of repetition of how people are feeling, how rainy it is, how horrible the smell is etc, etc , etc. I wouldn’t have minded so much had it not been for the terrible plot that underpinned the whole thing.Okay (deep breath) I’ll try and be succinct as possible.
The town of Witcham is having a lot of rain. Nearby lies an experimental army base that is involved in the regeneration of limbs using samples of a dead sorcerer’s flesh. An explosion occurs at the base. Yellow toxic rain falls, the dead rise. Mutant zombies abound. The lead character is looking for his daughter who is lost in the city. More dead rise with the flood waters. Some other characters are introduced. There is a zombie witch eating kids. The water rises. The hero’s wife goes mad as she is hearing voices from the sewers. The point where I got to and just thought “this is taking the piss!” was when the child snatching zombie clown flew away. Yes, you did read that right. IT flew away. I am alright with subtle nods to influences. However in this case the “it” part has a silent “sh” attached. Much like the turgid waters of Witcham, Resurrection stinks.