Just finished COMES THE DARK, a survival horror novel by Patrick D’Orazio. I had fun with it. It reminded me of David Moody’s AUTUMN in that the zombies are literally rotting off the page. The world is realistic, lived in, smashed to pieces and almost hopeless. With its basic survival plot and extreme gore and violence, it serves as excellent meat and potatoes zombie fiction for fans who like their read bloody.
Just finished John Ajvide Lindqvist’s HANDLING THE UNDEAD. Not your traditional zombie fare in any way, a little slow, and with a somewhat unsatisfying ending (a major story line ends without resolution), but a highly original, entertaining and emotionally charged story about what would happen if our loved ones came back from the dead.
(By the way, I was a bit surprised by the image used for the cover, which had already been used for a cover for another zombie novel by a fairly prominent author. I saw a similar duplication with another two zombie novels recently. Stock photos are open source images but one would think cover designers would want their work to be somewhat original, and not duplicate other works in the field.)
Just finished Bowie Valeriano Ibarra’s THE FALL OF AUSTIN, the third installment in his DOWN THE ROAD series, coming out from Permuted Press in 2011. Probably the best zombie book I read in the past year. The focus is on the outbreak, and it’s entirely believable. The writing is tight, crisp, edgy. The action is non-stop. The setting and characters are richly drawn. The conflict is in your face. Highly recommended.
David Moody’s AUTUMN offers a fresh, powerfully realistic approach to the zombie genre with his unique voice that has made him, in my opinion, the George Romero of zombie fiction. In AUTUMN, the shell-shocked survivors of a sudden worldwide plague struggle to overcome their daze and find a way to avoid the living dead that are soon everywhere, attracted to sound, and violent. There is surprisingly little violence and gore and the characters often seem stunned by indecision at times, behaving exactly how real people would to such an impossible crisis, and setting up cathartic bursts of action that frequently had me on edge.
Moody’s vision of the apocalypse is dark, gritty, realistic, dirty, almost hopeless and entirely original. The zombies are utterly repulsive, almost rotting right off the page, and frightening due to their unpredictability. The result is an entirely different kind of zombie story that is unusually gripping.
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