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Season of Rot: Five Zombie Novellas by [Brown, Eric S.]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 620 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press (15 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003F24IXK
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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I am not usually a fan of novellas normaly prefering shorts or full novels but this really is a top notch collection that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Five great stories about the walking dead and each and every one of them reaches a real high standard. Each one has a different feel to the others but they all show vividly and graphically the hopelessness that any survivors would face. I can strongly recommend this book to any fans of the genre. Five stars.
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A great collection of stories that present new ideas on the classic zombie fare.
Not a dud among them, loved it.
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Great collection of stories. Worth getting for "the Queen" alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five really great stories about the living dead 12 Dec. 2010
By Tommy Walters - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I truly enjoy the zombie genre. There is something extremely creepy about the living dead. These five stories are fantastic (even though there were some typos). I know some people have said these are pretty traditional zombie stories, but I disagree. I thought all five of these stories were unique and had a different spin than the one before. If I was force to pick a weak link, then I think it would be the title novella, "Season of Rot". The strongest piece in the book would probably be the closing story. If you enjoy a good zombie story, then I recommend this book to you.
5.0 out of 5 stars Zombies Tales from a New Master of the Genre 3 Nov. 2011
By Sean T. Page - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Novella's, or 'long short stories if you prefer, were out of fashion for a long time but here's a volume of stand-alone zombie novellas - each of which offers a different take on the tale of humans against the dead which will help re-dress this balance.

One thing these tales are not is the same story re-told again & again. The element they do share is that in most cases, the living are just about hanging on.....this is nightmarish fare....

Season of Rot & The Wave are mini-classics & it each the `zombies' are not just your typical shambling idiots.

In all of these novellas, Brown plays with the idea of the zombie. You'll find thinking zombies, demonic creatures leading zombies, the dead building breeding camps for the living - in fact, there is a whole range of innovative stuff & he always manages to find something that will give you nightmares. It might be that last desperate stand; it might be the Rats at the centre of his twisted almost sci-fi tale of the same title. In Dead West, he mixes it up again by changing the time period.

I suspect everyone will have their favourite, I think depending on which of his scenarios you are most interested in. Popular opinion is that Season of Rot is a modern classic & it's hard to disagree but I will. My personal favourite was The Queen - which is not as I first thought some tale of an undead queen but rather it's a ship, possibly the last ship of surviving humans, plying the waves, constantly raiding the land, in their battle against an intelligent undead opponent. This novella should be made into a movie or tv series - imagine The Walking Dead on a ship....

All in all, with Eric Brown you will always get first-class action, tight writing & fast-paced dialogue. These novellas are all very original, each offering something new. Many have since been expanded into longer stories & novels so depending on which you like best, you can follow up on it.

Eric S Brown is becoming a major influence in modern zombie writing & these novellas are a giant step in this process.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy 2 Feb. 2014
By Yrik Max Valentonis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Season of Rot is a collection of zombie novellas. Each one is unique approach to the zombie genre. The stories flow at a fast pace and the plots twist and turn so fast they are a veritable zombie roller coaster. Be prepared to watch in horror as Eric Brown kills off more characters than George R. R. Martin. Be creeped out by undead hordes descending on the last bits of humanity.
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Normal Zombies 12 Dec. 2012
By Amanda M. Bowman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Brown does a wonderful job of giving you all the story that you can handle at once. I'm a big fan of his writing style - very easy to read, very to-the-point, reasonably graphic, and very plot-driven. I love a good story, and this book has five of them. In the zombie genre, it's hard to find a lot of variety, but even though you may think you know what's coming when you start reading, Brown throws things at you from the left field. It's a great (and unexpected) take on the zombie apocalypse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zombie Fans NEED this! 11 Dec. 2009
By Jonathan Moon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have always considered myself a thorough person; when I receive a book to review I always read it twice before sitting down at my computer to write the review for it. Well, I'm on my fifth reading of Season of Rot and I had to tell myself (quite sternly) to "sit down and write the damn review, then you can go back to reading it again." It's that good; I don't want to talk about how good it is I just want to read it over and over again.

Season of Rot is a collection of five zombie novellas by highly prolific author Eric S. Brown. Mr. Brown has a slew of notches in his zombie belt including Cobble, Madman's Dreams, Unabridged Unabashed and Undead the best of Eric S. Brown (which features FORTY-TWO tales of gory zombie goodness!) But I digress; I must tell you about Season of Rot if I am ever to return to reading it.

Each of the five stories featured in Season of Rot all have a few things in common. Hordes of walking undead are battling against rag-tag groups of survivors in all five featured stories. Each starts off by grabbing you tight and once Mr. Brown is sure he has your attention he really starts to have some fun. Every story has twists and turns amongst the graphic zombie violence, giving the entire collection a page turning intensity. That is were the similarities end. Each of the five is unique in the cause of the plague of undead that is decimating the cast of characters in each. Viruses, strange alien energy waves, and bites from armies of rats raise the dead and propel these brutal novellas forward at a break-neck pace.

As an unabashed fan and writer of brutal horror myself, I can't imagine what kind of dreams Mr. Brown tries to sleep through to write apocalyptic horror as descriptive and terrifying as this. I imagine his insomnia is our (as fans of horror fiction) gain as each well crafted tale is more intense and violent than the last. I love the gory little details Mr. Brown throws in to give any given scene something extra to squirm about. The example that comes most vividly to mind is the zombie tied to a post and used as target practice / training for soldiers in the civil war era "Dead West" dripping gore onto the field as the soldiers walk away from it. Season of Rot is zombie fiction how it should be, harrowing and violent, graphic and gripping.

The opening title story tells of a group of human survivors running out of supplies in an abandoned hospital surrounded by an army of hungry zombies. They constantly search communication channels for other survivors of the zombie apocalypse, finally finding a mysterious man that claims he can offer more than the group can ask. By the time I realized what was going on I was hooked and couldn't stop reading if I wanted to.

The second story "The Queen" features rotting undead capable of thought and organization reeking havoc on the living humans. Mr. Brown ties several plot lines together in this quick paced story of survival from the mountains to the ocean.

In "The Wave" a blast of alien energy slams the planet Earth into apocalypse in the blink of an eye. The energy wave devastates communications world wide and begins turning people into ravenous crazies. A secret government bunker protects a group of survivors against ever more horrible twists until a fittingly brilliant ending.

I know I'm not alone in thinking "Dead West" is a rowdy and wild zombie tale (told freshly after the end of the Civil War) because Post Mortem Studios is doing a comic book series based on it.

The last (and my personal favorite) "The Rats" has so many twists and so much great bloody action you might end up dizzy by the end. The idea behind this one made me hungry for more of this particular tale, demons and zombies is right up my alley.

When I hear the phrase "Eldritch Horrors" I think of H.P Lovecraft, Robert Bloch, and August Derleth. When someone mentions "psychological horror" I picture Alfred Hitchcock smiling like a smug sociopath. From this day forward when someone says the phrase "Zombie Fiction" Eric S. Brown will be among the first three names that stumble forward. (David Dunwoody and Zombie Zak are the other two, for those of you that can't handle not knowing.)
There is your review, now I'm climbing back in my tomb and reading Season of Rot again.
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