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Dawn of the Dead

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  957 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews

In 1978, on the heels of The Night of the Living Dead, George Romero returned with an eye-popping sequel, Dawn of the Dead, which tore its way onto movie screens across the country and terrified an entire generation. Shortly thereafter, Romero, along with author Susanna Sparrow, wrote a novel based on the movie, which extended the undeads’ reach even further.

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Paperback, 232 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 1978)
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Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
“When there is no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.”

There isn’t a more iconic line than this in all of the zombie world. I have to admit that I have done this backward. I saw the movie many, many years ago and have finally gotten around to reading the book. In my opinion, George A Romero reinforces his title as the “Godfather of all Zombies”.

I love what zombies do, and zombie books are never really about the zombies, but their effects on human nature and society. Zombies reset the
Silver Thistle {adores JAFF & TEOTWAWKI.  Oh, and accronyms :P}
If you've seen Dawn of the Dead in movie form then you won't be getting anything new by reading the book - but you will be losing the cheesiness and most of the lameness.

Usually when a book spawn's a movie, 9 times out of 10 the book is better. This time I have to say that even though they're virtually scene for scene exactly the same, the book is still better.

I never really got with the program on the Dawn of the Dead cult movie fandom. The acting was lame and the zombie's were hysterical and o
Benoit Lelièvre
It wasn't a bad novel per se, just perhaps a little bit unloved. Novelizations are byproducts by nature and it shows here despite Susanna Sparrow's best efforts. The book follows a very narrow path of precise events, doesn't take any chances with the initial product and the quality of writing take a nose dive about halfway through which is symptom of tight deadlines.

Dawn of the Dead wasn't bad, though. It's one lengthy action scene with very little character development and Susanna Sparrow is qu
Blair Hodgkinson
As the story is completely familiar to anyone who's seen the movie dozens of times, there are not a lot of surprises in this novelization, but it is a good quality adaptation of the original film screenplay and it's clarified for me some of the back stories and motivations of some of the main characters. Reader Christopher Ragland does a good job evoking the original iconic characters of the film, but doesn't waste time trying too hard and the reading is smooth and clear. A great Halloween seaso ...more
Michael Hicks
My original ***Dawn of the Dead audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

George A. Romero is the grandfather of the zombie genre, and perhaps the most influential filmmaker of all-thing zombies. His influence has shone down upon pop culture in the nearly-forty years that followed the release of his movie, Dawn of the Dead. You can see it all around you right now with The Walking Dead in comics and on TV, Jonathan Maberry’s terrific Rot & Ruin series, Brian Keene’s
Jun 16, 2012 Chrissy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I did not enjoy the writing style of this book... this is one instance where I wish I just watched the movie instead because I feel like I would have gotten the same experience without investing as much time.
The book was tough to follow - I had to reread several passages because it transitioned from one scene to the next without any warning. There were occasionally breaks in the page to indicate a new scene within a chapter, but they were random and inconsistent.
The story was good, and it was qu
Oct 27, 2016 Alex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
See zombie, kill zombie. See zombie, kill zombie. The book is very bare-boned. Just watch the movie instead!
Matthew Baker
Jul 23, 2015 Matthew Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When it comes to movie adaptions of books, the literary version usually trumps the screen version every time. This is often attributed to the fact a movie can only present so much in an allotted timeframe, whereas a book can present just about anything it wants. I often read the book prior to seeing the movie because this allows me to create my own images of each character, instead of picturing the actor/actress in each scene. DAWN OF THE DEAD is a unique scenario for me because I didn’t even re ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Apr 03, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The only way to really get the full meaning and quality of Romero's Dawn of the Dead is to watch the original unedited version of the film from 1978, without its unnecessary 3D additives and remastering. This book just doesn't cut it. It was boring, difficult to follow and seemed to drag on in parts where it shouldn't have. Kind of sad, because Romero is one of the best horror writers/directors out there.
May 22, 2015 Marvin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Novelizations are always a little tricky to review. The entire idea of novelizing a film seems a bit odd. You are taking a separate art form and placing outside its intended existence. You could say that about going from novel to film too. Yet while filmmakers strive, in theory, to form a different creation using all the nuances of sight and sound, the act of novelizing too often comes across as simply another way to exploit and create merchandise to sell. That isn’t to say that it can’t be lite ...more
Martin Belcher
Jul 09, 2012 Martin Belcher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
In my opinion George A Romero is the "Grandfather" of Zombie fiction and of course films. Dawn of the Dead was the first Zombie film I watched probably around the early 1980's on VHS tape from a local video shop just before Margaret Thatcher's government of the time decided to ban what were dubbed "video nasties" and included the masterpiece that is Dawn of the Dead. I have watched the film many times since it was "allowed" an 18 certificate in Britain around the early 1990's, it has and always ...more
T.W. Brown
I have only myself to blame. I am a huge fan of DotD. It is the movie that put me on the path to the career I am on currently (zombie author). It is easy to see the movie as you read or listen to the audio version of this adaptation. There are a couple of instances where a sliver of something is added to give you perhaps a new insight, but for the most part, this is the movie redone.

Just about anybody could have sat in front of their DVD player and written this scene-for-scene adaptation and the
Sarah Churchill
Oct 30, 2013 Sarah Churchill rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I'm officially calling DNF on this. I've tried all month, but every time I pick it up it feels like a punishment.

Like I said before, this should be PERFECT for me. I love zombies. The movie is a classic. It has a foreword by Simon Pegg! To be fair the foreword was fine. The rest was just badly written.

I was bored, I just wanted it to end, and two thirds of the way through I hated pretty much every character. I'm so disappointed :(
Beau Johnston
It's a great read for a lazy Sunday afternoon. The zombies are..... well, they're zombies. Slow, methodical and relentless. If you kill one; there's always plenty more to take their place. I'm a huge fan of Romero's zombies, instead of this new generation of gold-medal wining parkour experts that Hollywood insists on presenting to us. (Is there something about dying that turns people into elite athletes, that I'm currently unaware of?)

Three stars is being generous because the writing is bad ... there's too much unannounced flitting from scene-to-scene, I had to re-read parts to make sure I was following who was doing/saying what, but it is a genre classic, so it gets an extra star, but there's far better zombie fiction around these days.
Caridad cruz
Mar 01, 2012 Caridad cruz rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Caridad by: GOODREADS
Aug 26, 2012 Lainy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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When there is no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.

George A. Romero's iconic film and novel terrified generations. Now Dawn of the Dead is back to terrify once more. The world is being devastated by zombies. No one knows how far they have spread, or how to stop them. And as the living fight to save themselves, society collapses. Four people escape the chaos of downtown Philadelphia and find shelter in a shopping mall. As the surv
Craig Allen
I'm going with 2.5-3.0 stars for this one. The thing is, you have to remind yourself this is was written a little after 1978 AND after the movie was out. So it's sort of like an adaptation of the movie, except it has parts the movie doesn't have. So with 2013 eyes, the zombies are kind of boring. They aren't really ever a threat, so it's hard to really care. The lead characters are just okay. The action scenes are even boring and poorly written. And I don't mean grammar really, I mean confusing ...more
Mar 24, 2016 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
2.5 rounded up to 3 stars. I was pretty disappointed by this audiobook. I would have given it two stars but things got a little better at the end so I upped my rating. I just went back and checked when this was originally published (1978) because the tone was awfully sexist where the female protagonist was involved. Besides being obnoxious, the sexism dated the book so that it seemed decidedly old-timey.

I didn't particularly care for the narration but I think the material just kind of sucked. I
Jan 24, 2016 Emma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-not-kept
Disappointing read as the film is one of my favourites.

Unlike other novelisations I have read, this did not add anything to the story. It was merely each scene of the film written out on page.

I might have been ok with this but it was not that well written. Paragraphs would jump from one character to another situated in different locations - there was no flow to the narrative. Quite often I would start a paragraph and realise that we had moved to another character's story without any indication
This was a really fast read for me mostly because i have seen the awesome movie 100 million times, (rough estimate. lol)there is a few differences but nothing to add to the story. never the less i still liked it and recommend it to the die hard Romero fans. If you have never seen the movie, the original... read it then watch the movie.
Dec 30, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mmm
I loved it! It added much needed character development to the movie.
May 10, 2015 Kay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Awful book!
I am a big fan of George A. Romero's various zombie movies, including loving even some of the less-well-received later entries. I wasn't expecting to love this book as much as the movie, but I admit, I really thought I'd like it more than I did.

Movie novelisations are not generally looked upon as high literature or art, but in my experience they can be very interesting reads if you're a fan of the film. They're often based on early drafts of the script, which can give fans access to scenes that
Zoe Blinko
Mar 27, 2013 Zoe Blinko rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Molly Savill
In true horror style, I'll try to keep this short and sweet. I felt it is only natural that whilst everyone seems to be on zombie steroids, what with the Walking Dead and the forthcoming release of World War Z, to start at the birthplace of the living dead genres.

Expectations rise with Simon Pegg's introduction; the shopping mall idea sounds as though the filmmakers really went to town for their first zombie themed film. Somehow though, the novel, in my point of view, falls short of the praising
Brad Galloway
Feb 13, 2017 Brad Galloway rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's interesting to read, especially if you are a long time fan of the movie, like me. It's interesting because you get a lot of the details the movie lacked, but which I feel enriched the story as a whole.
Jaydin Gentile
I really enjoyed it! The story was choppy and a slow at some parts. I loved the characters Roger and Peter! I LOVE Peter! The other main characters were annoying and quite stupid, but I guess every book has the lucky idiots.

Stephen and Fran were OK, but I really don't know how either of them survived this long. They were a couple, and Stephen managed to tick me off with every word that came out of his mouth. Fran was weak. I think that Fran was made to be weak because she was a women (about str
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Craig Wallwork
Jan 28, 2017 Craig Wallwork rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly good for a novelisation of what was, when around 12 years of age, my favourite movie. I've not looked into the history of this book. By that I mean I'm unsure when the book was written; whether before or after the movie. That it is as near to the movie as I recall, so I'll assume for now that it was post-movie. Why the surprise? I didn't expect it to be of any literary worth, and presumed the prose would shuffle awkwardly like the many zombies rendered to its pages. Instead it was h ...more
Apr 27, 2013 Alexandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
when i first picked this book up i didnt think of the movie version till i was two chapters in , so i was worried that the book was going to be bad because it was a adaptation from the film , BUT after looking throught other peoples reviews i have learnt that the book was written in 1957 but published after the movie, FEW . Now that made me a lot happier because i do not like reading film to book adaptations. With that said there ARE some points in the book that led me to believe, while i was re ...more
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George Andrew Romero is an American film director, screenwriter and editor, best known for his gruesome and satirical horror films about a hypothetical zombie apocalypse, beginning with Night of the Living Dead (1968). He is nicknamed "Godfather of all Zombies."
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“The men crashed back through the store and Peter moved right to the racks of weapons. He pulled down a gorgeous high-powered rifle that was equipped with a sophisticated scope for sighting. “Ain’t it a crime!” he ejaculated. “What?” Steve asked, confused by the man’s sudden outburst. “The only person who could ever miss with this gun,” Peter said, looking through the telescope, “is the sucker with bread enough to buy it.” 0 likes
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