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Zombie Bake-Off

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It's time for the annual Recipe Days bake-off in Lubbock, Texas. Soccer moms and grandmothers gather to show off their family recipes, learn new secrets for the perfect shortcake, and perhaps earn a chance to be on the famous cooking show, How Would You Cook It, Then?

When the bake-off is crashed by a federation of pro wrestlers -- including American Badass, Jersey Devil Ji
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Paperback, 264 pages
Published January 27th 2012 by Lazy Fascist Press
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Caleb Ross
Mar 15, 2012 Caleb Ross rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, type-paperback
Sequel? Prison Laundry-Off? Yes, please.
Jesse Bullington
Sep 14, 2012 Jesse Bullington rated it it was amazing
Absurdly cool and entertaining. One of the things I most admire about SGJ is that his work manages to be both dependably excellent and wildly unpredictable. This goes for his overall body of work, with one project being totally unlike anything else he's done, but also for the individual works themselves. Take, for example, this monster ballad of semi-pro wrestlers and amateur bake-off participants locked in an arena with an ever-growing horde of zombies. With a premise that gold you know everyth ...more
Emory
Feb 05, 2012 Emory rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bizarro-fiction
You think you know your zombies. Get bitten by one, become one. The fixation on brains. Exterminate with the liberal application of lead to the brain case. Well, yeah, maybe you do. So, pop quiz: Do you know what happens when you mix Desperate Housewives, WWE, the Food Network, and George A. Romero then bake at 350 for two-hundred pages? Let Stephen Graham Jones show you with his novel, “Zombie Bake-Off.”

Let me be blunt: this is novel is not some great literary achievement. You will not be pro
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Matthew Vaughn
Apr 09, 2012 Matthew Vaughn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bizarro, 2012, reviewed
Even though the market for the zombie genre is getting over-saturated I’m still a pretty big fan of the living dead. What I mean by big fan is really more toward the visual side, movies, television shows, and video games. It wasn’t until here recently that I started reading books and stories featuring the undead. I used to think that a good zombie apocalypse would be hard to translate to the written word in an entertaining way. I have since realized I was wrong.
This book starts out like a lot o
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Paul Eckert
Jan 23, 2016 Paul Eckert rated it liked it
With anything titled "Zombie Bake-Off," you have a sense of what you're getting yourself into. I'm expecting that somehow food, the undead, and absurdity will all come together to give me a few hours escape into a world where all those things do come together.

It works, eventually, but it takes awhile to get there.

Much of the story felt like one of those fake movie ideas I used to make up with former co-workers. "Just imagine- it's wrestlers and soccer moms locked together in a coliseum, and th
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Charles Dee Mitchell
May 25, 2014 Charles Dee Mitchell rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror
Stephen Graham Jones novel suffers the fate of so many of the horror movies it is based on. After a great set up and the introduction of entertaining characters, the proceedings devolve into page and after page of typical zombie mayhem. Jones keeps things moving at an admirable clip, but dozens of descriptions of death by zombie become tedious. The novel quickly becomes neither funny nor fun. Written accounts of zombie mutilations lack the visceral kick of the gut pulling and brain munching that ...more
Derek Pennycuff
Feb 15, 2015 Derek Pennycuff rated it liked it
Professional wrestlers vs soccer moms… and everyone's a zombie. The premise is so ridiculous I end up feeling like this one didn't fully embrace it's gonzo / bizarro fiction potential. It's too weird to be an enjoyable straight novel — as straight as any zombie fiction can get anyway. But it doesn't go all Evil Dead or even Return of the Living Dead either.

Two characters in particular do things that make no sense from within the world of the setting, but they set up future scenes nicely. The na
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Brian Sammons
Aug 25, 2012 Brian Sammons rated it really liked it
Read it and really enjoyed it. Full review coming, but for right now let me just say that if you like your zombies with a side of silly, not to mention with a dash of pro wrestlers, then this is the books for you.

My full review can be read here: http://horrorworld.org/hw/2012/08/zom...
Amy
Jun 07, 2013 Amy added it
How can you NOT like the title alone? :D

And, "Oh yeeeeeah," a reference to Randy Savage?

Wrestlers, soccer moms, bakers, and zombie mayhem from start to finish; what's not to like?
Daniel Petersen
May 16, 2013 Daniel Petersen rated it really liked it
This was a fun read. But not in the way that the title might seem to imply. This is not a 'comedy' or a 'spoof' or even 'whacky' and 'zany' and the like. It's an actual story with an actual plot and actual characters. An entertaining tale that builds to a pretty satisfying denouement. It is funny in its very premise and in some of the details of the working out of that premise. And yes, it is absurd and outrageous in its mechanism and scenario. I guess it strikes me as some obscure but classic-w ...more
Kristen
Nov 04, 2014 Kristen rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-books
Over-the-top ridiculousness. Not bad for an audiobook to listen to while commuting in traffic, although I think the author underestimates the difficulty of literally ripping a human limb off, even if it's being ripped from a reanimated corpse. Unless that body is significantly decayed, it's probably not coming off that easily. But that's just the scientist in me, nitpicking. ;)
Mike Mayer
Nov 14, 2014 Mike Mayer rated it did not like it
I cannot believe I actually read the whole thing. It's at the same literary value as sharknado, crocasauris, killer bunnies vs alien mummies, or whatever other bizarre "horror" mixtures syfy channel can come up with. I believe I need to go shower now...
Dorothy O'Connell
Jan 29, 2015 Dorothy O'Connell rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I taught it in a class on Literature of the Southwest US. The students loved it. They got it. And they got to meet Stephen, too, which I think made them lifelong fans. :-)
Misty
May 22, 2014 Misty rated it it was ok
ummmm it was ok. I was left a bit confused in the beginning. Maybe i missed something because it was an audio book. Who knows. However its over and im moving on. lol
Shannon Kitchens
Dec 07, 2013 Shannon Kitchens rated it it was ok
I may, or may not go back to this book. Other reviews of it seem to be high, but I just couldn't get into it. I am a big fan of zombie lit, but this story was falling flat for me. Mostly action. Present tense (a personal irk). More characters than I can discern who are flat and archetypes. Lot's of machismo and a bad feminist character. It felt like it wanted to be a screenplay more than a novel, and if it was, I may have enjoyed it more. The absurdity of the premise is not lived up to in the te ...more
Charl
Apr 20, 2016 Charl rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Refreshingly different and original take on zombies. If you're a fan of the genre at all, you need to read this.
Whitney
Jul 16, 2014 Whitney rated it it was ok
Sorry, but not my cup of tea. However, I'll give two stars for creativity
Skilly
Nov 29, 2015 Skilly rated it liked it
Not as good as I had hoped it would be.
Penny
Jun 13, 2014 Penny rated it it was ok
Interesting premise, but no. Just no.
Bobby Garmon
Jan 12, 2015 Bobby Garmon rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Entertaining but shallow
Tanya
Jul 13, 2014 Tanya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombie, kindle
Soccer moms, wrestlers and zombies! Fun story
Tasha
Mar 29, 2014 Tasha rated it it was ok
Couldn't finish this. Slow.
Aaron Bond
May 16, 2014 Aaron Bond rated it did not like it
Not my favorite.
Christopher Novas
Dec 01, 2013 Christopher Novas rated it it was amazing
An absurd concept of Zombies vs. Soccer Moms vs. Wrestlers that shouldn't work, but does. I felt like I was reading a really entertaining/funny movie. That's dope.
Nicholas Lubofsky
May 19, 2012 Nicholas Lubofsky rated it really liked it
Any book in which the author thanks both George Romero and Betty Crocker in the Acknowledgments — you know it's going to be awesome!!
Benjamin
Sep 20, 2015 Benjamin rated it really liked it
It is one of the humous zombie books that seem like it original. the feel of it is like watching a Saturday morning show for adults.
Jake Gest
Jul 01, 2012 Jake Gest rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, humor, horror, zombies
This spectacle of zombies, wrestlers and soccer moms tearing each-other limb from limb was unforgivingly gory. Loved every moment of it.
Loretta
This is AWESOME! If you enjoy zombie stories, THIS IS FOR YOU! Oh, yeah... this is definitely for you!
Bookedpodcast
Sep 18, 2012 Bookedpodcast rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
Listen to our full review: http://www.bookedpodcast.com/2012/04/...
Lea
Lea marked it as to-read
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Stephen Graham Jones is the author of fifteen novels and six collections. He really likes werewolves and slashers. Favorite novels change daily, but Valis and Love Medicine and Lonesome Dove and It and The Things They Carried are all usually up there somewhere. Stephen lives in Boulder, Colorado. It's a big change from the West Texas he grew up in. He's married with a couple kids, and probably one ...more
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