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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 55 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 2 July 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DGXKV52
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Diana Rowland's 1st in the White Trash Zombie series, My Life As A White Trash Zombie. Takes the zombie trope and presents it from the zombie's perspective. The best use of this I have seen is the film, Wasting Away, low budget B movie comedy horror at it's best.
Rowland's White Trash Zombie, Angel Crawford is down on her luck, recently woken up in hospital, with no memory how she got there, a hunger for brains and a mysterious note with instructions on how to embark on a new job at the Coroner's office. Angel is turning her life around with a job, a deadbeat father and dropout boyfriend in tow. But someone is on the decapitation, killing the residents of Angel's small tow
Angel's assent in to a normal life albeit as a zombie comes across as rather slapdash in someways it reads as an addict trying to recover only to be replaced with another addiction. It is a vehicle that assists in driving the story but sometimes it becomes over stated short of stating: "Braaaaaaaaiiiiiiins" on every page, Rowland makes sure the reader knows Angel is a zombie, she reminds us every page.
The white trash element of the story seems tacked on and Angel never really comes across as white trash in the true definition of the label. A high school dropout who purports not to be smart as an impressive vocabulary of someone who isn't that well read with an ability to reason and apply logic that would make most chess grand masters blush. This element could have been fleshed out (pardon the pun) . Living in a shack with beer cans in the garden doesn't really explore the white trash condition. And as this is a key selling point of the story, the reader is somewhat sold short on this narrative, maybe I like my stereotypes too much.
The story unfolds as you would imagine and the plot is the standard murder mystery that is often found in the urban fantasy market, "someone is killing our kind" but it is good enough to keep the story on track, there is a bit of background on Angel and her life at home that helps build Angel in to sympathetic character. Angel could have been a lot more sassy along the lines of Anita Blake but Rowland was clever in the writing of Angel and allows the reader to line their sympathy with her.
My Life As A White Trash Zombie paves the way for the series it makes some mistakes along the way and Angel isn't a fully developed character, but if you are a fan of urban fantasy there would be no shame in giving this a read.
Bear with me while I gush about this fantastic cover - it really is one of the best I have seen this year and reflects the humour of the book beautifully. Angel's haircut, piercings and the cigarette loosely held between her lips scream white trash. Then there's the blood and gore dripping from her chin and the gorgeous detail of a tattoo proclaiming I Love Brains that just bring it all together. The artist, Dan Dos Santos, has created the perfect image for the book.
Diana Rowland's writing is uncluttered and easy to read - leaving you to enjoy the story. And I really did enjoy this story! The zombies in My Life As A White Trash Zombie aren't quite your classic shambling undead. Rowland has stuck with the need for human brains, but her zombies are more full of life (if you can excuse the term) than you may expect. I loved it! My only comment on the plot itself is that the murder investigation felt very secondary to Angel learning about her new "situation" until the end of the book. I would have liked to have seen Angel being more involved throughout the investigation so that the story shifts more easily into the climax.
Angel Crawford really is white trash and she makes no apologies for the fact. I really liked Angel and was rooting for her from early into the book. Although she hasn't had the easiest life she makes no excuses for her own stupid decisions and mistakes. And I can respect that. I really enjoyed watching Angel get her life back together and discover that she does deserve better than she settles for. Plus she has a great sense of humour.
My Life As A White Trash Zombie will most definitely entertain you and I have one thing to say to Diana Rowland - more please!