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Apocalypse Cow by [Logan, Michael]
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""Apocalypse Cow" made me snort with laughter." -- Terry Pratchett, author of the award-winning and bestselling "Discworld" novels

"Logan has a flair for unique description ("a muscled chest that made Arnold Schwarzenegger's pecs look like burst balloons") and for painting a mental picture almost photographic in its clarity. An impressive start for an author who's going places." - Publishers Weekly"This clever and very funny twist on the traditional zombie novel is exceedingly well executed (it approaches but never quite steps into parody territory), and it ends with a scene that pretty much demands a sequel. Great stuff for horror and fantasy fans." - booklist, starred review "Apocalypse Cow is a promising first novel, with a challenging premise that will be hard to top, so it'll be interesting to see what he has lined up next. Perhaps something equally horrifying (and hilarious) for the vegetarian set." - Rue Morgue

"Apocalypse Cow treads that rare path between horrific and hilarious, which makes for a very fun read indeed. Give it a go." --Christopher Moore, author of Lamb, Fool, and A Dirty Job

""Apocalypse Cow" made me snort with laughter." -- Terry Pratchett, author of the award-winning and bestselling "Discworld" novels

"Logan has a flair for unique description ("a muscled chest that made Arnold Schwarzenegger's pecs look like burst balloons") and for painting a mental picture almost photographic in its clarity. An impressive start for an author who's going places." - Publishers Weekly"This clever and very funny twist on the traditional zombie novel is exceedingly well executed (it approaches but never quite steps into parody territory), and it ends with a scene that pretty much demands a sequel. Great stuff for horror and fantasy fans." - booklist, starred review "Apocalypse Cow is a promising first novel, with a challenging premise that will be hard to top, so it'll be interesting to see what he has lined up next. Perhaps something equally horrifying (and hilarious) for the vegetarian set." - Rue Morgue

"Logan has a flair for unique description ("a muscled chest that made Arnold Schwarzenegger's pecs look like burst balloons") and for painting a mental picture almost photographic in its clarity. An impressive start for an author who's going places." - Publishers Weekly

Apocalypse Cow treads that rare path between horrific and hilarious, which makes for a very fun read indeed. Give it a go. "Christopher Moore, author of Lamb, Fool, and A Dirty Job"

"Apocalypse Cow" made me snort with laughter. "Terry Pratchett, author of the award-winning and bestselling Discworld novels"

Logan has a flair for unique description ("a muscled chest that made Arnold Schwarzenegger's pecs look like burst balloons") and for painting a mental picture almost photographic in its clarity. An impressive start for an author who's going places. "Publishers Weekly"

This clever and very funny twist on the traditional zombie novel is exceedingly well executed (it approaches but never quite steps into parody territory), and it ends with a scene that pretty much demands a sequel. Great stuff for horror and fantasy fans. "booklist, starred review "Apocalypse Cow is a promising first novel, with a challenging premise that will be hard to top, so it'll be interesting to see what he has lined up next. Perhaps something equally horrifying (and hilarious) for the vegetarian set."-Rue Morgue""

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Forget the cud. They want blood...an outrageously entertaining and original take on the 'zombie apocalypse' - joint winner of the first Terry Pratchett 'Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now' Prize...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 778 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (10 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007NG92OE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 76 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #280,324 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From the corny pun-title and blurb, we all know pretty well what to expect with this book and you certainly won't be disappointed. As Shaun of the Dead style comedies go, Apocalypse Cow is a bloody jagged slash above the rest. The first real belly laugh was the hilarious (albeit slightly bad taste) Heather Mills gag in chapter two and author Michael Logan just keeps those genuinely funny scenes coming, punctuated by elements of wince-making gore, some truly caustic satire and the occasional profound and even moving moment. Yes, incongruous though it sounds, I did say moving! There's a brief conversation on page 181 that suddenly cuts through all the gore and farce and left me almost with a tear in my eye. That was clever - hitting the reader with a sucker punch when they're least suspecting! The characters owe a lot to Tom Sharpe-style gross caricatures and those of you who loved the Wilt series or the Great Pursuit are sure to enjoy this. The author's use of simile was particularly inventive and amusing - I especially enjoyed a couple of errant pubic hairs being compared to the antennae of a Madagascar hissing cockroach!

Only criticisms? Well one of the characters - David, just felt a bit wrong - like little more than a cheap foil to launch a few more gags, and when the book morphs into a semi-serious road movie, some of the action simply doesn't feel believable. In fact, it's probably fair to say that the story peaks a bit too soon, with the first half being more enjoyable.

No big deal though. Overall, Apocalypse Cow is a very entertaining slant on the survivalist genre and it would make a rattling good black comedy movie.

If you like a little gross diversion and more than a few belly-laughs, Apocalypse Cow is highly recommended!
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Michael Logan's Apocalypse Cow has won some award or other but that is not the reason you should read it. You should it because it is an original irreverent and hugely entertaining spin on the rather saturated zombie market with a slight edge of social satire thrown in for good measure.
Terry works in an abattoir in Glasgow and thinks he stinks of rotting meat , which is proving a bit of a drawback in social situations . However animated rotting meat is soon more of a concern for Terry when cows at the abattoir refuse to die after been slaughtered and seem intent on pursuing a non vegetarian diet themselves. As do many other species of animal ......but not birds...hmmmmm.
Meanwhile randy teenager Geldoff , whose parents consist of a vegan slogan spouting nude round the house mother and permanently stoned father , who insist in indulging in elongated and noisy sessions of tantric sex, is about to get brought into the mix due to their neighbour - Terry's unhinged cousin, his wife Mary and their brutish teenage sons . Then there is Lesley , an incompetent reporter for the Glasgow Tribune who due to picking another reporters phone call has stumbled onto the biggest story in British history involving lots of the nefarious stuff that Governments tend to get up to.
Apocalypse Cow is , lets be honest a touch silly , but therein lies part of it's appeal .The author manages to convey a serious message about Government cynicism , immorality and incompetence but do so through believable characters and acerbic dialogue rather than po -faced posturing and sheer relentless horror. Though there are elements of that in the book as well. The horror that is, not the po-faced posturing .The humour is drawn form the things people say and do when under extreme duress .
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I read a lot of political and economic non fiction but sometimes I get the yen to read something totally off the wall, insane, crazy, fantastic - so what better than a book that was the joint winner of the inaugural Terry Pratchett 'Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now' Prize.

The basic theme is that an epidemic (government caused) infects Britain's domestic animals (including pets and wild animals - except birds) transforming them into sneezing, slobbering, grunting flesh-craving four legged zombies intent on attacking and eating anything in front of them - especially us!
Sounds like fantasy, it is, but author Michael Logan puts it across in an almost believable way making you not only think that this could happen but laugh out loud, in places this book is genuinely funny and actually had me snorting with laughter at about 2am in the morning much to the annoyment of my wife. There is one page that describes some smarmy, oily government minister on live TV cooking a bar-b- que for his wife and kids to prove meat is still safe to eat that is worth the price of the book on it's own. Will also make you look at little Patch and your pet moggie in a new light!

However the beauty of this book for me are the three main characters who are developed in a masterful way throughout the story.
Geldof the 16 year old son of a pair of hippie vegans, bullied and known as "Scabby" at school because of his constant itching due to being forced to wear clothes made of hemp because his mum had a deal to get them cheap.
Terry who worked in the abattoir where the outbreak began and survived only by luck and who blames his lack of success with the opposite sex on the constant smell of death, blood and guts that seems to cling to his body 24/7.
Finally.
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