Don of the Dead: A Zombie Novel Paperback – 15 Jul 2009
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What this book has going for it the most is the humor. The author doesn't take his subject so serious as to be stuffy but he also doesn't bring his humor into goofy territory. He knows just went to hold back and when to go for the laughs. Writing a humorous zombie book could have easily turned into a parody but Cato has such a respect for the source material, DON OF THE DEAD ends up having a really strong backbone to hold up the funny stuff.
There is also a good amount of zombie violence which, if you are a fan of the genre, you have to come to expect. But Cato makes sure the gore is never boring.
One of the most intriguing things about zombie books (and movies) is learning about the origin of the outbreak. In DON OF THE DEAD, the source of the zombies is both hilarious and interesting.
It's evident that Cato is a big fan of horror/zombie movies and so he keeps the book moving swiftly with short scenes. The only downside is that sometimes it moves a little too fast but that doesn't deter from the enjoyment and I'd much rather it go too fast than too slow.
DON OF THE DEAD is the type of book that is just begging for a film adaptation. It'd sort of be a cross between the Sopranos, Street Trash, Dawn of the Dead, and a few Italian zombie flicks. What would that add up to? Pure awesomeness!
This will please fans of the zombie genre especially those who have a good sense of humor about the genre.
Don of the Dead is a quirky read from a hot new author. Nick Cato takes a refreshing new look at zombies and knocks 'em dead... Italian-style! Cato mixes humor in throughout the book in order to give his readers more than they might expect from a typical zombie novel. In particular, he uses some very catchy nicknames for some of his characters in the book. I probably missed some of the jokes within as there are a lot of Italian references within the book, but you could tell that Cato knows his stuff. The approach he took on zombies was very unique from what I've seen from other authors as well and I love how he also was able to connect it to the whole Italian theme. This is a great first novel from Cato. I am definitely looking forward to checking out more by this author in the future. Highly Recommended!
Review also posted at MonsterLibrarian Dot Com