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The Zombies of Lake Woebegotten (Lake Woebegotten #1)

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  402 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
The town of Lake Woebegotton, MN is a small town, filled with ordinary (yet above average) people, leading ordinary lives. Ordinary, that is, until the dead start coming back to life, with the intent to feast upon the living! Now this small town of above average citizens must overcome their petty rivalries and hidden secrets in order to survive an onslaught of the dead.
ebook, 300 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Night Shade Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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It's been a quiet week in Lake Wobegone Woebegotten....NOT!
What with all the screaming and the....chewing...

The colorful characters of the small town of Lake Woebegotten are fairly quiet folk. They go to church, drink coffee, commit adultery and occasionally murder one another. But now the dead are coming back to life, and they've discovered that Powdermilk Biscuits the living? Why, Heavens, they're tasty and expeditious!

Will these Lutherans lay down the law (and the lutefisk) when flesh-eating
This was a pleasant surprise. The reviews were good, but I'm not a big zombie fan at all, and despite the reviews I was still expecting another Pride and Prejudice and Zombies or other silly kind of parody. But this one was very clever and witty without being silly, a fine line to walk. The small town characters started out charming and likable, but almost all soon revealed hidden depths, with secrets and schemes to rival any big city slickers. The zombies added a level of horror that balanced o ...more
Mar 18, 2011 Karissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Being a native Minnesotan and fan of zombie books this book definitely caught my attention. It was a well done book and very entertaining.

When the town drunk finds that his dead fish are trying to bite him he suspects funny business. Soon news starts rolling in from the Twin Cities that the meteor shower last night caused everything dead to rise up (humans, animals, etc)...and once things rise they are very hungry. Th
Nov 14, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Prairie Home Companion
Anyone who is a fan of Garrison Keillor will get a huge kick out of this book. Unlike other recent parodies (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies springs to mind) this novel is more than a one-trick pony. In fact, the zombie part of the book is pretty straight on. Maybe it’s because I am from the Midwest, but the characters in this book felt extremely real to me and the way they dealt with the zombie apocalypse seemed more realistic than in many other zombie/post apocalyptic novels I have read (and I ...more
Linda I
Dec 16, 2010 Linda I rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, satire
An absolutely hysterical tongue-in-cheek piece by Keillor, the host of NPRs "A Prairie Home Companion". His description of the Minnesotan reaction to a zombie uprising simply should not be missed. His dead pan, satirical humor are the perfect recipe for creating a zombie story that's more real-life than horror. A meteorite strikes earth one day and all mammals (as far as anyone can tell) that were once dead now rise from their graves. Well, any mammal that still has any semblance of brain matter ...more
Grace Harwood
Jul 20, 2015 Grace Harwood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, I've finished my studying for another year and I decided to celebrate with a zombie novel - this one was a great choice. This is a fabulous story of the zombie apocalypse as survived by the small American town of Lake Woebegotten; and it soon becomes clear that the only reason that the inhabitants do survive is because they're madder than a box of frogs. With a population of around 1,000, and founded mainly from the survivors of an insane cult which tried to settle there, the residents inc ...more
May 14, 2014 Sheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
If you like to listen to Garrison Keillor, you should appreciate this delightfully fun (and funny) parody of his Lake Woebegone books. I can't speak to the print book, but I highly recommend the audio version. Phil Gigante gives an absolutely fabulous performance-- his voice, tone and cadence are so much like Garrison Keillor's. Each character has a distinct voice and his accents are wonderful. As you would expect, Lake Woebegotton is full of unique, colorful characters and the story is somewhat ...more
Dec 16, 2013 SSteppenwolFF rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Zombie novel ... If Stephen King , Ray Bradbury , Brian Keene , Max Brooks and Justin Hunter got together to write a Zombie book this would be it ... Entertaining and funny and well written ... Give it a read you wont regret it !!!
Jul 31, 2014 Tamara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book a couple of years ago as a joke and never got around to it until lately and I was very pleasantly surprised by what I found. You have to have listened to Lake Woebegon on NPR to get some of the jokes, but there are some things that are universal. A zombie bear rampaging through town is just good fun for everyone. The middle was a bit confusing since the author decided to play with the timeline a bit. Telling you what happened two days later and then going back over the two days b ...more
Ron Arden
Mr. Geillor or Keillor, depending on the mood you are in, is one of the greatest story tellers ever. In general this book is very funny and made me smile a lot. There were a few parts that dragged here and there, but that's the nature of Lake Woebeggoten.

The dead decided to come back to life and munch on the living after a meteorological event causes some oddness in the atmosphere. People in the mortuary decided they weren't so keen on sleeping anymore and decided to chow down on the living. A
Sep 14, 2010 Paige rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the dead begin to rise and consume the living, the residents of the small, quiet town of Lake Woebegotten, although alarmed, are confident that the long, harsh winter ahead of them poses more of a threat than the shambling corpses wandering the woods around town. What the Lake Woebegotten residents didn’t take into consideration, however, are the shocking secrets harbored by many of the small town’s inhabitants — parishioners, friends, even family members — and the consequences these secret ...more
Jun 16, 2013 Jim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, 2013-adult
When I picked up this book in the bookstore, I thought it was meant to be a zombie parody of Garrison Keillor's books/radio show. It was but I didn't realize the book was actually written by Keillor himself as a parody of his own work. I've never listened to or read any of Keillor's book but it was clear in the first chapter that it was meant to mimic his rabbling style. The prologue is full or run on sentances and train of thought writing. As the book progresses, that style gets toned down into ...more
Oct 08, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
I stumbled across this in the paperback section of the library. It's a fun idea in the vein of the P&P&Z mash-up genre--what if zombies shambled into the cozy world of Lake Wobegon, and Garrison Keillor obviously enjoyed upending the fictional world he has created and repopulating it with doppelgänger characters and finding a way to include himself. In the end, a lot of beloved (and not so beloved) townspeople get offed by the zombies and each other and a new world order is established. ...more
Jan 31, 2016 Vance rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
A pleasant surprise. I sample "zombie" books because my college-age daughter is a devotee and it offers common ground. A long time Prairie Home Companion fan, I cringed when I purchased this, but it turned out to be amusing and entertaining. Not only an effective parody of Garrison, there was actually an interesting story line.

By no means classic literature, but a fun diversion!
Mar 15, 2011 Dchavez06 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies
I was surprised at how good this book was, based off of the ridiculous title and cover art. It's straightforward zombie yarn. It repeats many of the common elements, with gory details and headshots galore. But it does so shamelessly and lightheartedly, and it's enjoyable despite being unoriginal. The wide ensemble cast are all more than skin deep, if not exactly in depth or memorable characters. My personal favorite was the addition of a serial killer to the story, one of the most complex and in ...more
David Brawley
Nov 26, 2011 David Brawley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paperbackswap, 2011
If you’re a fan of Garrison Keillor’s Lake Wobegon and also of zombies, this is the book for you! While it certainly contains the usual brain eating zombies, head shots, and gratuitous violence and gore, there’s also plenty of kinky sex (mostly off-page) psychopathic serial killers, a viking, a bear, a bible thumping (emphasis on the thumping) priest, an ex-Israeli commando, and a conspiracy theorist survival nut, not to mention the usual assortment of small town Minnesotan characters.

While gen
May 28, 2016 Kyrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, horror
A parody of Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon, with zombies. It's not bad, drags a bit in places (no insult intended towards zombies), but it's good for some grins. I really considered quitting after the first couple of chapters, but it improved. It's a zombie book and gets kinda gory. Some parts were pretty weird, too.
Jul 30, 2014 Jill rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No!! The reader tried to sound like Garrison Keillor and this was terribly distracting because I noticed he was trying. Also the characters' internal monologues were annoying and self-centered.
I liked the hardiness and straight forward approach of the townspeople.
Rachel Richardson
This book was an impulse borrow from the local library, and quite aptly served its purpose as a break from cheerful Book Club books starring plucky heroines who always get their man. It was not much more than that. I could have used a lot more zombie-drama. I realize the author was playing a fine line between the homage to Keillor's Wobegone and the action of the zombies, but for my taste, there was a bit too much of the boring Minnesotans, and not enough chomping. (It reminded me of the 2003 Hu ...more
Marilyn Hudson
Jan 15, 2013 Marilyn Hudson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Horror parody is a new genre and not everyone's cup of tea. If you are culturally literate, horror motif aware, and slightly warped this is the book for you!

Based on the idea that every town has secrets, the book proceeds to then rip down the walls to reveal in comic and bizarre ways the nature of those secrets. There is sex, murder, greed, lust, hate - and that is BEFORE the zombies attack! As the zombie population grows the pragmatic inhabitants of Lake Woebegotten face it with their normal pl
The redeeming plot characteristic is the spoof on Lake Woebegone & Garrison Keillor's NPR show. If you're going to read a funny zombie book, this is the first I'd recommend. At least there's the usual stupid human tricks to explain how easily we become food for the living dead. And this book offered a few new ideas, such as living dead fish heads and everyone needing to become vegetarians. I mean, a zombie bear? That's an awesome concept! And I enjoyed how the 2nd half of the book isn't writ ...more
Jenny Hawley
Sep 03, 2014 Jenny Hawley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This hilarious zombie used spoof of the NPR program is an absolute hoot. However, I don't know if reading it will have the same effect as listening to it on CD (which I did) because the reader is a master of voices and accents
Scott Yelton
Apr 14, 2011 Scott Yelton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What really made this book were all of the resident's skeletons in the closet (pun halfheartedly intended). I thought I was going to have to give up on it in the first 50 pages because of their country bumpkiness, but old man Levitt changed all that. One thing I couldn't wrap my head around, though, was that the animals turned into zombies, too. Except for old man Levitt's dog, it added nothing to the story and mostly detracted from it. Zombie purists unite and agree with me!

Small footnote - I'v
Jul 23, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too funny! Being from Minnesota, and proud of it (but not overly. Not being from Minnesota is probably nice, too.) just made this book so much more fantastic. The references to Jell-o salads and what kind of chainsaw your neighbor used to chop up zombies versus the one you'd use were priceless. Its end of days and everyone is still worried about being polite and not getting to big for your britches is spot on and the barely concealed animosity that's still somehow friendship between Norweigan L ...more
Jul 11, 2011 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Having listened to this book while driving back and forth across the great state of Minnesota, I got the chance to be more irritated by the reader who made each character like a toothless Sarah Palin with a mouth full of paste. Pronouncing Leinenkugel's as LEEN-ees and Shakopee as Sha-COP-ee left me three beats behind knowing what the hell was going on.

Although the assertion that "Minnesota nice" would cause folks to take an exceptionally long time to react to crisis and begin killing zombies ma
Jenn Swanson
Mar 04, 2015 Jenn Swanson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zombies, affairs, murder, and a serial killer? Oh my!
Mar 05, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like Garrison Keillor's style, and you like zombies, then this book is a good fit. A little slow (like Keillor's style), but entertaining just the same.
Mary Zimnik
May 08, 2012 Mary Zimnik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love A Prairie Home Companion and the real Garrison Keillor, likely truth is you will enjoy this book. Full disclosure: I actually thought I was reading the real guy until something off occurred to me about a quarter way through. The tone of the book was just a tad more biting than Keillor ever has been. But, the spirit of his respect and affection for the people of Minnesota is here. It's endlessly funny and moves along. It's worth it to get away from the other Zombie tales that might ta ...more
A co-worker handed me this, knowing my love of Lake Woebegone and having seen me considering "Zombies verses Unicorns". I flipped through it and was almost immediately snared by the line "Nobody had much of an appetite for the lemon bars and chocolate squares after Eileen killed her husband .." Reads much like Garrison Keillor and you can easily imagine the fun to be had during a Minnesota winter with zombies, a serial killer, small town politics with dry, self effacing mid-western humor. Uff da ...more
Nov 22, 2010 Flint rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies
This is really a novel that didn't need to be written. It's the story of how a sleepy little town in the middle of nowhere handles the zombie apocalypse. I suppose it was meant to be funny in a way, because the residents of said sleepy town are pretty incompetent and slow to realize their danger, and pretty much screw up every which way to Sunday, but it just didn't seem to work for me. Not only is there nothing to laugh about, but the characters and plot are extremely thin. I wish I never read ...more
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