21st Century Dead: A Zombie Anthology
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21st Century Dead: A Zombie Anthology

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The Stoker-award winning editor of the acclaimed, eclectic anthology The New Dead returns with 21st Century Dead, and an all-new lineup of authors from all corners of the fiction world, shining a dark light on our fascination with tales of death and resurrection... with ZOMBIES! The stellar stories in this volume includes a tale set in the world of Daniel H. Wilson’s Robop...more
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Published July 17th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published June 19th 2012)
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
What would zombies look like in the 21st century? Instead of hiding them or destroying them, could we normalize them? Teach our children how to live in a zombie-occupied world? Watch for signs of infection the way we watch for sneezes and fever? The stories in this anthology of recent zombie fiction ask these questions and more.

A few highlights:

Biters, by Mark Morris, has young children bringing baby zombies home for a school project. I think I'd prefer the baby wets-a-lot or a sack of flour ov...more
Eva Leger
(3 stars) Biters by Mark Morris - This took me a bit to get into and I ended up liking the ending much more than the beginning. It's a short story but the 'why' of what the kids were doing wasn't explained clearly enough. I also thought they talked like elementary school-aged children when in fact I learned they're 13. Seemed off...

(1 star) Why Mothers Let Their Babies Watch Television by Chelsea Cain - This sucked huge donkey d#*\. I don't know what else to say and I'm seriously. That's my comp...more
P. Aaron Potter
It's not the zombies' fault.

This was something of a disappointment. I can respect what Golden was trying to do here: having taken a (relatively minor) role in the renewal of interest in the zombie trope with his prior anthology, The New Dead: A Zombie Anthology, Golden felt compelled to revisit the well just ONE too many times with this rehash. The problem is that his particular charge in this collection was apparently to present atypical zombie stories. Thus, rather than shambling (or leaping)...more
Utterly Undead Reads
While I know some of the names behind the stories in here, some were new to me. Most of the stories are 3 or 4 star stories in my book, but there's some 5 stars in there, and a two star short story or two. Overall, a very good collection. There were no stories that I was sorely tempted to pass by unfinished, as sometimes happens in anthologies.

My favorites-
'Biters' by Mark Morris- It's the first story in the book and it deals with a situation long after the outbreak, when people have re-establis...more
Fran Jacobs
This is a real mixed bag. Most of the stories are entertaining and enjoyable, with different takes on the idea of zombies, from those who take a drug to bring it about, to disease, intentional and unintentional infestation, some are healed zombies, others are not. A real good mix of all sorts of things. A couple of the stories are brilliant, and a couple really suck.

A mother's love: This was one of the really great stories, disturbing, dark, and horrible, in a good way. I enjoyed this a lot.

Jack...more
Donald
21st Century Dead, edited by Christopher Golden, is the followup to his 2010 anthology The New Dead, which has garnered generally positive reviews. I can't comment beyond that as I haven't read it. I did read this one, though, and I imagine it'll receive similar reviews. I personally found it fairly middling, but to be fair I don't know if that's truly a reflection on the quality (or lack thereof) of the stories on simply that I'm getting burned out on zombies.

There were a couple of standouts, a...more
Angie
As with any and all short story anthologies, there are a few stinkers, but I was very impressed with the entirety of the book and how, after reading several stories consecutively, I didn't feel like I was being beat over the head (pun unintended) with the usual zombie cliche.

It's weird how the second to last story is almost always my favorite, and "The Happy Bird and Other Tales" is no exception. Rio Youers' work is absolutely flawless--and speaks, like all great stories do, to something within...more
Cassie-la
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Golden uses the stories in this anthology as a lens to process our 21st century fears, the fear of death, the unknown, etc. There are nineteen stories in all, some covering the literal undead while others tackle drug use, loss, media consumption and every zombie metaphor imaginable. Zombies are called the walking dead, Infects, workers, the NODS, survivors, Hamlin’s Revenge, and the Dead Ones. They’re created by the R1 Virus, use the Revena...more
Theo
I won an Advanced Reading Copy of this anthology through the Goodreads First Reads giveaway program. I have to be honest and admit that I'm not a big zombie fan. I was mostly interested in this anthology because I had just read Robopocalypse, and I wanted to read more by Daniel H. Wilson (his story closes the anthology). While I wasn't too excited by the zombie concept, I was intrigued by the various authors takes on the monster. There are traditional depictions, but there are also many new take...more
David
I was really Floored by this anthology. (yeah yeah, we all know I love Zombies, but...) Really, this isn't so much about Zombies, as it is about the human condition, and how we handle the CONCEPT of the living dead.

"The Walking Dead" on AMC became a phenomenon in part, because of the way in which it followed specific people and their varying views on the 'walkers'... the Zombies that have taken over their world.

This book takes that same people-centric viewpoint, and with every story, explores di...more
Kimberley doruyter
it's a bit of a strange mix.
some storys don't even have zombies as we know them in it.
most arn't scary and some are just strange.
but if you like just one of the storys in the book it's worth it.
and i had at least 5 i really liked.
Angela
I won this book as a early reviewer through Goodreads, and I am so glad! What a great anthology. Often times I am disappointed in anthologies as I enjoy only half of the stories, but with this one there were no weaknesses. "Biters" was a excellent choice to begin the journey! "Down and Out in Dead Town" was a masterful short piece that touched your sentiments and reminded me of the homeless in our urban city. I did not want "Ghost Dog and Pup " to end. "Tender as Teeth" was delicious, and "Paras...more
Kain
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Andrew
Great introduction on the meaning of the current obssession with zombies, but the stories themselves were disappointing.
Melissa
This is a collection of horror stories staring our favorite horror creature, zombies! The collection runs the gamut of stories. Some quite grotesque, and some with nary a brain in site. However, some will make you think, and even shed a tear. In fact, one had me hugging my puppy after reading it. Oh that one I could shake a fist at... I hate to cry!

In many of the stories, there are much more frightening things than the zombies. Even if the zombies weren't horrifying and quite docile, or even tho...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

Christopher Golden’s vision of the zombie apocalypse is a rich, dark, tapestry of humanity’s worst fears, our world and loved ones gone, violent and strange. Each story has its own spin on the source of the affliction, but the common thread that stole the show was how the zombie plague impacted the pain and loss already in the characters’ lives.

Mark Morris’s BITERS is the perfect opening for this anthology, at once more horrific and hopeful than any zom...more
Todd
Sep 06, 2012 Todd rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who is a fan of zombies, horror, or anthologies
Recommended to Todd by: Jonathan Maberry, S.G. Browne, Christopher Golden
21st Century Dead is a perfect follow-up to 2010’s game changing splash The New Dead—which is currently one of the most and highest rated zombie anthologies on Goodreads.com—wherein you will find a nice, tasty assortment of today’s freshest zombie varieties mixed in with a dash of the classic Romero-style Shambler.

Golden’s introduction, “Zombies are Good for You,” is a well-crafted prelude to exactly the kinds of things you’ll find inside the book and why he chose to include them. He then steps...more
Vickie
Zombies aren't always my first choice when I look for a paranormal critter to read about, but I changed my tune when I saw the list of authors on this anthology. Writers I admire like Jonathan Maberry, Brian Keene, Chelsea Caine, Simon R. Green, Thomas E. Sniegoski, Amber Benson, Caitlin Kittredge...all with a unique way of telling a zombie tale.
I don't typically dig anthologies as there are usually one or two really strong stories sandwiching a passle of weak ones. Not a weak tale in the bunch...more
Busky3
None of the stories make much of a lasting impression because the anthology is disappointingly careless in its construction. Stories that plumb the depths of human emotion and work hard to create a powerful effect on the reader are followed up by stories where one note jokes about zombie reality shows get dragged out forever or the Robopocalypse guy gets to tell another crappy story about how the robots in his fictional world were real bastards. This would have been a hell of a lot more powerful...more
Danielle
There were great stories, good stories and stories that I hated because they were simply awful. I guess I'd recommend this book despite those last ones. (Ghost Dog and Pup was my favorite.) I really don't like explaining anthologies because my review could quickly turn into one. Ha!
Melissa ownsbey
first let me say the cover was awesome i loved it i wish there was a way to have as my screen saver iloved all the storys in it i have never even heard of these people brfore i read this book now i am trying to find more books by them i will let everyone i know that this is a very awesome book that they need to go out and get it this book is going on my keep shevles at home man i very happy i won this book on good reads if you havent read this please please read if you like this kind of book you...more
Christine
If you are into Zombies and short stories then 21st Century Dead is a great book for you. Short stories are not what I normally read so I was pleasantly suprised that I did enjoy certain parts of this anthology. My 2 favorite stories were Biters by Mark Morris and Ghost Dog & Pup:Stay written by Thomas E. Sniegoski. I have never read anthing by either writers and these stories certainly captured my attention. will looking for them in the future. The other stories in the book were just ok for...more
A'lina
3.5 stars

There were several entertaining stories in this anthology which I like for those quick-read days. Though, there were some stories that just didn't grab me, sink its teeth into my flesh and rip a chunky treat out like a good zombie should but overall it's an enjoyable zombie anthology.

Big Thank You to Goodreads First Reads and publisher for the chance to read 21st Century Dead: A Zombie Anthology!
Rusty
Hit and a lot of miss. I didn't realize that the 21st Century part of the title implied that this book would be full of "all new re-imaginings of the zombie mythos". Yes, zombies have been done to death (no pun intended) lately, but this stuff is not the answer.
Robert
I almost stretched this one out to a three star review but in the end just could not bring myself to do so. The stories in here tend to be a bit mediocre. There are some good ones, just not that many. Two, that after beginning, I gave up on out of sheer frustration. Good luck if you decide to tackle this one and I hope you find a few to your liking.
Kelli Lee
Jul 06, 2012 Kelli Lee marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Kurt Sutter, writer/directer/producer extraordinaire of the famed Sons of Anarchy, is one of the featured authors. Enough said. If you haven't watched SOA, I offer my condolences, for you are missing out on one of the most awesome shows to ever grace the airwaves. Putting Buffy the Vampire Slayer aside, natch.
Ryan Daley
Another top-notch horror anthology from Golden, this one somehow improves on The New Dead. The highly talented list of authors probably had something to do with it. Virtually all the stories are excellent, and Dan Chaon's tale ("How We Escaped Our Certain Fate") actually left me with a lump in my throat.
Kimberly King
Read all but 4 of the stories. (One I skipped involved zombie animals, eww. This why Pet Sematary disturbed me so.) Some very interesting takes on what zombies are. I especially liked the introduction by Golden and the first story in the anthology.
Jennifer
Feb 01, 2013 Jennifer rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kevin
Shelves: short-stories
Fine for the moment, but not much that is memorable. There are better zombie anthologies out there.

This does, however, feature a story by the woman who played Tara on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" -- who knew she wrote? So that was fun to find out.
Mulligatawney Thursdays
I've tried zombie anthologies before, but they just didn't appeal to me at all. This one, though, is comprised of some interesting and fresh variations of the idea of a zombie, making it a great read.
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