Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Zombicorns (Zombicorns, #1)” as Want to Read:
Zombicorns (Zombicorns, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Zombicorns (Zombicorns #1)

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,844 Ratings  ·  597 Reviews
(From novella introduction)

Dearest Reader,
This is a bad zombie apocalypse novella. It was written in a hurry. It is riddled with inconsistencies. And it never quite arrives at whatever point it sought to make. But remember: The $25 you donated to charity in exchange for this steaming mess of prose will help our species shuffle along, and I hope you’ll feel warmed by your g
ebook, Free online short, 72 pages
Published January 2011
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Zombicorns, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Athenajr The lower line of the title says "disclaimer: this book isn't about unicorns"
Elise This has little resemblance to John's other books. It's very short and the premise is kind of silly. It was an abandoned story that John polished up…moreThis has little resemblance to John's other books. It's very short and the premise is kind of silly. It was an abandoned story that John polished up for a charity event.(less)

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Travelling Sunny
Jul 30, 2013 Travelling Sunny rated it liked it
Having now read three John Green books, I am sensing a disturbing pattern...

 photo Venn_diagram_ABC_BW_zpscc4f2a85.png

A = Books titled Zombicorns

B = Books titled The Fault in Our Stars

C = Books titled An Abundance of Katherines

A&B = Books with a female protagonist

A&C = Books with characters discussing a road trip

B&C = Books featuring geeks

A&B&C = Books that mention VENN DIAGRAMS

D = Books about unicorns. :(
Oh how lovely to be a zombie unicorn!! Unfortunately, we may never know...

Zombie unicorns are of peace, always!

For a very long time, the great conundrum of the world has been this: Zombies? Or unicorns?

It seemed something had come along to finally resolve this issue: ZOMBIE UNICORNS!! But things are not as they seem. Dun, dun, dun.

By the way, this book is a free download from John Green, just click on the book page and hit 'download ebook'. Then par-tay!!!

I had a conversation, albeit somewhat im
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Oct 25, 2015 Aj the Ravenous Reader rated it liked it
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: Maria Eleynita

The most important thing you have to notice about the book is the disclaimer written below the title. Even though the cover illustrates an awesome zombie unicorn, this isn’t about unicorns turning into zombies. I guess Mr. John Green isn’t ready to write about that yet. Bummer! Lol.

What the story really is about is CORN. Lots and lots of corn which is the reason people got “z’ed up” or got infected by this virus that assumingly came from canned corn. Lol!

Former people who got z’ed up or zombifi
Feb 03, 2011 karen rated it really liked it
so it automatically loses a star for false advertising. do not put a unicorn on the cover unless there is actually a unicorn to be had. cheap shot, john green - you know i am a girl and as such, genetically inclined towards all things unicorn. but it automatically gains a star for being a free download which is a generous thing for an author to do (and this from someone who hates reading on the computer - you see what the "promise" of a unicorn will do). even though it was short, i had to read i ...more
Andrea Caro
Jan 29, 2011 Andrea Caro rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: John Green fans, zombie aficionados.
I was talking to someone the other day about Author Blindness, which is a serious problem which plagues the best of us, or at least me. I have had Author Blindness with John Green. The day I finished reading Paper Towns, I went out and bought every other published work of his including the usual suspects - An Abundance of Katherines and Looking for Alaska - but also stuff like Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Let It Snow, and Geektastic. I consumed everything and I was so in love with his writing and ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at:

John Green wrote a book about zombie unicorns?!?!?!?!?!

Commercial Photography

When this title popped up, things got a bit . . . . uhhhhh, SCREAMY.

Commercial Photography

Welp, turns out that Zombicorns isn't about undead one-horned magical beasts, but is actually a story of the zombification of regular ol’ people through the ingestion of corn. An anti-Monsanto statement, maybe???? Nahhhhhhhh. Well, maybe, but not really. It was actually about each individual’s “U.C” . . .

Aug 08, 2012 Swiftfire rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Nerdfighteria
Looking at other reviewers, I realize that wow, lots of Nerdfighters are on Goodreads. That's... pretty freaking frakking awesome. DFTBA, y'all.

Anyway. Zombies? Never read about them, never planned on it. But when I found that John Green's zombie novella had been released online for free, I decided what the heck, I'll read it. And was I ever glad I did.

This is much more than a book about some absurd corn-inflicted zombie apocalypse theory. Deep rants, most of which go way over my head (like most
Is there a reason why this had to be written from a female POV? I am asking because I would have never guessed the narrator was a girl if it wasn't specifically mentioned in the story. In fact, for the 1st quarter of the novella I was sure it was being narrated by a guy, and even after that point Mia remained more of a Michael to me.

Plus, if you are sure your work is crap (see the book description), why would you encourage readers to pay $25 for it? Just because it has your name on it? If you w
Kwesi 章英狮
Feb 04, 2011 Kwesi 章英狮 rated it really liked it
Shelves: john-green, 2011, e-book
Lately, I've heard a lot of books with zombies rambling and eating human brain but I don't have the time to buy, not really the time but the money to spend for them. I saw two of my friends reviewed this zombie land-ia book with unicorns? Huh? Ok, that makes my mind go round after I saw the cover with rotten, loin-less unicorn!

After checking the book page an imaginary book hit my back, since almost of my friends here in GR already read this short novella and that makes me feels like an out-date
Feb 01, 2011 Isamlq rated it really liked it
WARNING: There may be an over use of “!” in the following review.

Zombicorns isn’t what you think it is. It’s better. All right, all right I might be a tad biased. Nah, I’m a lot biased. But I can’t help it!

It’s John Green!!! (See my profile answer as to what your favorite books are.) I love John Green for his writing: you can always count on humor, good fun and honesty. While this novella does meet said criteria, it adds something more that (I have come to) love: ZOMBIES! This zombie novella co
Mohammed Al-Garawi
Apr 03, 2014 Mohammed Al-Garawi rated it it was amazing
This is NOT an ordinary post-apocalyptic zombie story. It's a small dose of philosophy contained in a brilliant John Green novella. Really touching and mind-stirring. It also has the usual John Green awesomeness!

Made me smile, laugh out loud and tear up.

Absolutely amazing.
Jillian -always aspiring-
Feb 01, 2011 Jillian -always aspiring- rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who liked the zombie short stories of Zombies Vs. Unicorns and/or fans of John Green
I came to the conclusion a while ago that there is nothing romantic or supernatural about loving someone: Love is the privilege of being responsible for another. [my favorite quote from Zombicorns]

What a way to get me depressed AND force me to think. For being a novella of only about 70 pages, Zombicorns was very thought-provoking indeed. You might not think much of such a satirically titled work, but it's definitely worth at least a peek. (I can guarantee that you will be hooked enough to at l
Rohan Salmond
Jan 30, 2011 Rohan Salmond rated it really liked it
I feel like giving this four stars is way too generous, but three stars is outrageously stingy. I mean, how good can a novella about corn-obsessed zombies really be? Mr President disappears whenever it's inconvenient to have him around, the footnotes are massively unwieldy and the zombies flip-flop between wanting to eat the protagonist and wanting to 'convert' her. Even so, I thoroughly, THOROUGHLY enjoyed "ZOMBICORNS" and the ideas contained within are still giving me food for thought days and ...more
Maria Eleynita
"I came to the conclusion a while ago that there is nothing
romantic or supernatural about loving someone: Love is the privilege of being responsible for another."

Zombicorns.... Zombies who protects corns. Reminds me of the game Plants vs. Zombies, but in here Zombies protects their corn for some reason. And the thing is there aren't any unicorns in this one. So you'd thought there would be one? but no, I hate to be the one to tell you there is no effin' unicorns in this book. A story about sur
Feb 24, 2016 Joshie rated it it was ok
A relatively frakking convoluted short story filled with inconsistencies (as the Disclaimer states) and plot as typical and as predictive as thousands of other zombie stories. Nevertheless, it could be quite a treat for the zealous zombie/z fan with its zombiefied zonal zombiezoic Chicago, mostly unremarkable zero climactic elements, sort-of zesty characters zigzagging on mediocre, common zippy adventures and zany dialogues, that, minus the zombiefication of the zombies under zymosis. A little b ...more
“You know who else used to be people?” she asked me after a while. “We did. And they took that away from us.”

Can I just say, clever use of a pun in the title. Being a bit slow, I only realised after I'd actually completed the novella myself but it did stir a few laughs from me. Seeing as this is quite a short novella, and the plot basically consists of a post-apocalyptic world filled with zombies and corn I don't feel a need to provide a synopsis in this small review.

This was okay, I found it
Stephen M
A zombie apocalypse and it's philosophical ramifications.

John Green is a great writer. No matter the subject, he is able to lift it with a certain charm. There were places in this story where you could tell it was an unedited work. But despite the short length of the story, the time restraints John had and a few awkward passages, this story was great. The ending was surprisingly good.

I found this passage to be a gem,
“I never thought before all this that evangelism was itself memetic, but it tu
Dec 28, 2013 SofiaSevero rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystopia
This was...weird? but very John Green'ish. Lots of existencial problems and whatsoever. First I thought the narrator was a unicorn ( nop, its a girl. ) But then i just couldnt stop thinking - where's the unicorns?! I want zombie unicorns dammit,that's awesome! but again, nop. Not unicorn - just corn! you know, that yellow thing people eat? apparently, it contains a vírus who makes zombies worshipp corn (btw they wont eat it anymore - corn must remain safe! ), so all they do is either protect the ...more
Feb 01, 2011 Cory rated it liked it
This wasn't bad. Not quite four star material, but still pretty good. John Green still doesn't write a very good female voice and I found the slang somewhat annoying, but it's somewhat thought provoking to say the least. And it's free. Can it get much better than that?
Jun 22, 2016 Miestory rated it liked it
Ohmygod. Is it me or does it feels like this is actually a reference to the documentary Food Inc.? It's just that, there's a lot of corn in this novella. Like, A LOT OF CORN.
Oct 26, 2011 Gorfo rated it really liked it
Recommended to Gorfo by: Ana
Contrary to popular belief this book does not contain Unicorns. This was my first major disappointment in reading this novel.

Despite John Green's warning, I withheld hope that maybe, possibly, perhaps by some GREAT act of god, zombie unicorns would surge from the massive maize's of corn and annihilate the main character. Sadly this is not the case. Green is not lying when he warns the reader to toss out all aspirations of reading a novel about Zombie Unicorns. However, fear not, in this incredi
Jan 29, 2011 Tina rated it really liked it
Original post at One More Page

There are a few authors who can do nothing wrong as far as I am concerned, and John Green is one of them. I've been seeing him tweet about a novella he was writing, but I never thought it would be released, and never thought what it was about. And then Aaron tweets about it, and I jumped in my seat. A zombie novella by John Green? And the title -- does this mean there are unicorns? It was like a dream come true!

Zombicorns tells the account of Mia, a zombie apocaly
Feb 16, 2011 Cathleen rated it liked it
Taken for what it is, this novella is actually a good, interesting read. John Green, one half of the Vlog Brothers, has quite the loyal following, but I don't think that alone accounts for the book's popularity. This is a story of loneliness, of feeling and being alone though surrounded by others. Of course, the others are corn loving zombies, but, hey, that's what loneliness feels like -- like everyone else is otherwise occupied while you wander about in search of who knows what.

Green unnecessa
Gigi Romano
Jan 17, 2013 Gigi Romano rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks-owned
John Green can continue to argue that this was badly written, but he is so very wrong. I loved this. Actually, it's probably the only zombie apocalypse story I've ever read that I really enjoyed. The book wasn't about killing zombies to survive another day, it was about why, as humans, do we desire to live? He writes about this Ultimate Concern that everyone has, which is basically the thing that each person fights to live for.

The only off-putting part was at the end when (view spoiler)
Sophia Park
Feb 17, 2011 Sophia Park rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
I'm not really sure.

John does outline that "this is actually terrible but here you go" (a common pitfall of writers, but not one I expected from him), but like always, it's not actually terrible. Yes, there are inconsistencies and typos and maybe there's incorrect word usage but that's the point. Journals, recounts, they don't have absolutely amazing or correct command of the English language. They're quick vignettes. They're done in a hurry.

I'm trying to find the message, because yes, it's rath
Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*
So there's lil old me and there's a novella called Zombicorns, two plus two equals... oh nevermind, we both know I read it. Alas, this story is not about Zombie Unicorns - which makes me a little sad inside because that novella would be awesome - instead it is about zombies derived from corn, obsessed with corn, living in servitude of corn. Corn, corn, corn, corn, corn.... I may never be able to eat corn again.

I did know prior to reading this that it was in fact not about unicorns ( Well, there
Yomna hosny
Feb 14, 2013 Yomna hosny rated it it was amazing
Plowing through this novella in one sitting, in exactly one hour and 56 minutes(Highly unusual for me, as I'm the type of reader who will often dog ear a page, close the book halfway through and stare into space for long stretches of time, then resume reading and repeat)

Anyway this book was a joy, a thrill and a strangely depressing as well as uplifting experience.

The philosophical concepts and questions pondered and discussed in these short 72 pages are too sophisticated and too far reaching fo
Marta Botelho
Jul 12, 2016 Marta Botelho rated it liked it
weird ass read!

1. Read a book under 200 pages
2. Read a graphic novel
3. Read a book you never finished
4. Read a novella or short story
5. Read a book written in verse or poetry
6. Read five books total
Aug 07, 2014 Caterina rated it really liked it
I swear, I never eat corn. Ever.
This being said, I suddenly felt the urge to munch on some. And I did.
Am I deranged or is it just that thing, that they tell you not to think of a polar bear, and all you can do is picture polar bears dancing the tango, driving steamrollers down some interstate and so on?

Personal musings aside, this might be the one John Green's book I enjoyed the most yet. Probably because there's no sickening love painted all over. I'm an awfully cynical person, I know. Despit
Gabriela Pop
Oct 16, 2014 Gabriela Pop rated it really liked it
John Green said this was bad.It isn't.
Don't get me wrong,I feel personally betrayed that the 'corns' part in the title is about corn and not unicorns,but I can live with that,I guess (I wouldn't say no to a sequel that has unicorns in it,though).
Despite the all-hail-corn aspect of it,the story was really good.No,but really,it's a bit weird and ironic and hilarious that corn is what makes people turn into zombies/Zs.I mean,yeah,am I the girl who happens to go "oh,I want to spend forever reading z
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
ORDER THE SEQUEL NOW 6 93 Apr 28, 2012 08:10AM  
  • What You Wish For: A Book for Darfur
  • 1776: A Story in Tweets
  • Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd
  • Twice Told: Original Stories Inspired by Original Artwork
  • Who Done It?
  • 21 Proms
  • Hare Moon (The Forest of Hands and Teeth #0.1)
  • When Graveyards Yawn (Apocalypse Trilogy #1)
  • Monster Planet (Monster Island, #3)
  • Boarded Window (Warm Bodies)
  • griEVE
  • Necromancer (Necromancer, #0.5)
  • Daybreak
  • Zombie Haiku: Good Poetry for Your...Brains
  • Zombie Blondes
  • The Zombie Whisperer (Living with the Dead, #4)
  • The Industry (The Industry, #1)
  • Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box
Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

John Green's first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New
More about John Green...

Other Books in the Series

Zombicorns (2 books)
  • The War for Banks Island (Zombicorns, #2)

Share This Book

“Being a person, I had come to
realize, is a communal activity. Dogs know how to be dogs. But people
do not know how to be people unless and until they learn from other
“I came to the conclusion a while ago that there is nothing romantic or supernatural about loving someone: Love is the privilege of being responsible for another. It was, for a time, what kept me going: Each morning, for a little while, I got to feel the weight of the yoke on my back as I pulled the ancient cart of my species.” 66 likes
More quotes…