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Z: Zombie Stories

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When the zombie apocalypse comes, it's not just those crusty old folks who will struggle against the undead, it's young people. What happens when you come of age during the zombie apocalypse?

Zombie Stories has the answer to that question.

Zombie Stories gathers together some of the hottest zombie fiction of the last two decades, from authors including Kelly Link, Jonathan
Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Night Shade Books
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Nov 04, 2011 TheBookSmugglers rated it liked it
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Z: Zombie Stories is a collection of young adult zombie fiction, culled from assorted books and publications over the past two decades. All of the stories in this anthology (save the final entry from Thomas S. Roche) have been previously published - a fact that I completely missed when I started the book. Having read Rot and Ruin, imagine my surprise when I started Jonathan Maberry's "Family Business" only to find that it was the same (truncated, introduc
Nov 07, 2011 Cecelia rated it liked it
Back in September, when I discovered that Night Shade Books was releasing a young adult zombie anthology, I wondered what that would look like (and I told myself to hope for the best). After checking out the author lineup, I knew I’d find stories equally interesting, weird and well-written in this volume. And I did. I just didn’t quite bargain for the crazy, gross and not-right that came along with. But, after all, it’s zombies. You’ll say I shouldn’t have been surprised.

All of the entries in th
Oct 04, 2011 Karissa rated it really liked it
I got an advanced reading copy of this book through Netgalley(dot)com. This was an excellent collection of zombie stories. It started out really strong with some excellent stoires; most of the stories were well done and all-in-all it was an above average anthology of zombie stories. Most of these stories have appeared in other collections: the only story original to this collection is Deep Water Miracle by Thomas S. Roche.

The first four stories in the anthology were some of the strongest. Family
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This was a fun bunch of stories, but I was kind of disappointed. Some of the pieces used for this anthologies have been around for awhile, and I was kind of hoping for totally brand new stories from everyone all around. Don't get me wrong - I loved these entries (especially the beginning of "Rot & Ruin" by Jonathan Maberry.

What was definitely the strength of this anthology was the sheer amount of variation there were between the entries. Some were very emotionally touching, some were funny,
Oct 09, 2011 Audrey rated it really liked it
Zombies have been hot for the last few years, and this anthology showcases some of the latest works featuring teens in zombie scenarios. Many of the stories tell tales of post-apocalyptic zombie-infested zones. That isn’t all there is though: there is a story about a living dead boy who is made that way through magic, the faithful servants of a dead king who rise again when called upon, and the psychological changes that undergo a person who is pretending to be a zombie. Usually horrifying, ofte ...more
Amy L. Campbell
Note: Advance reader copy provided by Netgalley.

Not so much a collection of zombie stories (although there are zombies) as a collection about reanimated corpses of various kinds. There were a couple of very enjoyable stories, namely Family Business by Jonathan Mayberry and The Barrow Maid by Christine Morgan. A couple of stories focus more on the horrors of humanity than flesh-eating, these include The Skull-faced Boy, The Third Dead Body, and Seven Brains, Ten Minutes. There were a couple of we
Chad Brown
Jan 02, 2012 Chad Brown rated it liked it
My favorite story in this collection was "The Barrow Maid" by Christine Morgan. Not only does the author do an excellent job of incorporating the zombie motif into the world of the Vikings, but she also makes it read like a Norse saga especially through her use of alliteration. Too bad there aren't more stories like this out there.

Other noteworthy stories are "Family Business" by Jonathan Maberry (although ending is predictable), "Seven Brains, Ten Minutes" by Marie Atkins, and "The Third Dead
Nov 07, 2011 melissa rated it it was ok
This was a bit disappointing. I was really hoping for a new story from Jonathan Maberry; however, what is included here is the first several chapters of Rot & Ruin.

This anthology was really hit or miss for me. The only real highlight was The Barrow Maid by Christine Morgan that was interesting tale involving zombie Vikings.

I couldn't finish You'll Never Walk Alone (writing style "back woods country bumpkin" was terribly annoying) and Deepwater Miracle (simply wasn't interested as soon as I s
Aug 20, 2016 Pghbekka rated it liked it
As others have mentioned, this anthology includes stories that have mostly appeared in earlier anthologies, which is a negative - but the editor made fairly good choices. I hadn't read the Catherynne Valente one, The Days of Flaming Motorcycles, before, and it was outstanding. I also really enjoyed the one story that hadn't previously been published, Deepwater Miracle by Thomas S. Roche, and I look forward to reading other work by him. All in all, a solid anthology.
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
I really had high hopes for these zombie short stories. I was intrigued by the very first sentence of the first story... "Benny Imura couldn't hold a job, so he took to killing." My kind of book.

But then it went down hill from then. I was dissapointed. :(
Andrea Blythe
This anthology is a compilation "young adult" stories of the undead. There are many kinds of stories here -- some apocalyptic, some not. There are several stories about survivors against the horde, and several about young people who either by choice or accident join the horde (there's an interesting theme of community in such stories, of loneliness and the need to be part of a group, even if the group is the dead). And many varieties of story in between. Here are a few that stuck with me:

This is
Michelle Colloton
Feb 01, 2012 Michelle Colloton rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received a copy of this book from Goodreads for free through the first reads program.

Overall, I was not impressed by the stories in this book. It's not that any of them are bad, but there wasn't anything exceptional about them either. I also question whether at least one of them is YA appropriate.

The exception to this is Jonathan Maberry's "Family Business," which was a fantastic read. However, it is supposed to be the beginning of the first novel of a series, so I wish I had read that instea
Jun 10, 2012 Kara rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys zombie stories!
This is a good collection of stories about zombies! All of them made me look at zombies in a new light! The main problem is: How many times can you keep reading about zombies? Well, if you like zombies like I do--a lot! Sadly, some of the stories are just "okay" and drag on a little bit. I also feel like the first story of the collection is the best of the book so some of the others are a little bit of a let down in comparison. Overall, interesting stories! I enjoyed reading it but I probably wo ...more
Aug 10, 2016 Rachelle rated it liked it
This is a collection of 11 popular zombie stories from the past 20 years. I won it in a First Reads contest, right on this site! The stand-out story to me is Jonathan Maberry's "Family Business," in which 15-year old Benny Imura, living in a world of zombies and forced to get a job, learns about compassion, respect, and saying goodbye. It was unexpectedly moving and makes you think about zombies differently.
Mar 19, 2012 TemperanceRiver rated it liked it
Shelves: zombies
Won this in a Goodreads contest. With books like this, I tend to skip around but still end up reading the whole thing. I think my favorite was The Barrow Maid. It was so different from other zombie stories that it really drew me in. I recommend this book, it's entertaining and a very quick read.
Sarah Wilson
Apr 29, 2012 Sarah Wilson rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. I didn't enjoy most of the stories. I liked "Family Business" by Jonathan Maberry best out of this collection. I would rate that story 3 stars. The rest of the stories I would give one or two stars. They weren't poorly written, they just weren't my thing.
Feb 02, 2016 Patti rated it liked it
The blurb was somewhat misleading.

Most of the stories I had read before in other publications. Of the ones I hadn't, only two stood out as good:

"Family Business" by Jonathan Mayberry
"Deepwater Miracle" by Thomas S. Roche
Jesse Kimmel-Freeman
Mar 03, 2012 Jesse Kimmel-Freeman rated it really liked it
while i understand the motivation behind including the story about the zombie hooker i don't think it was a good fit with the other stories. otherwise i loved this book. kept me looking over my shoulder for the zombie in the closet!
Mar 11, 2012 Wt rated it liked it
Recommends it for: zombie apocalypse enthusiasts
Recommended to Wt by: Goodreads
Enjoyed some of the stories - others were a little hard to get through. Overall, this is a good anthology of zombie tales and you won't find a more diverse collection of undead stories! Read and be warned - the dead are not just mindless husks!
May 07, 2012 Heather rated it it was ok
There were only about three stories from the book that I enjoyed. Other ones were simply not for me, but all the authors are amazing. This was the first book that contained stories about zombies that I've read and it has opened my eyes to finding more books by some of these authors and more.
Apr 06, 2012 Anne rated it liked it
Shelves: z2012-bir
The first story, also the longest, was excellent!!! I highly recommend it. The others were all so-so. Many of them I started but didn't finish. None of them were memorable or all that enjoyable, to me.
Sep 16, 2012 Kristy rated it really liked it
Just received my copy through Goodreads First Reads, and I'm so excited! With authors like Catherynne Valente and Jonathan Maberry contributing, I know this is going to be excellent. I know it'll catch the eye of my middle-schoolers. Thanks so much!
Mar 28, 2012 Kilgallen rated it liked it
Shelves: zombies, 2012-reads
Overall this was a good collection of zombie stories centered around younger characters. All the stories fit the parameters of the anthology well. I really liked "Family Business" by Jonathan Maberry and "Deepwater Miracle" by Thomas S. Roche. Well worth the read.
Caridad cruz
Nov 24, 2012 Caridad cruz rated it liked it
i really enjoyed the majority of these stories, there were 1 or 2 that were not all that good, the book made up for it because almost all the stories were good!
Jeffrey Newman
Jun 14, 2012 Jeffrey Newman rated it really liked it
Most of the stories were pretty good. The book made for a fast read. I would recommend this book for those who are just getting into the "Zombie" craze.
Oct 15, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Full of great stories, the best being The Barrow Maid, a tale of Norse legend now with zombies and a beautiful heroine.
Jenny D.
May 27, 2012 Jenny D. rated it liked it
The first story was the best...the Kelly Link story is great but I'd already read it. Finished this in a night!
Victoria Davidson
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