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***WARNING: NOT FIT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION***

This book contains foul language and fouler descriptions of life as a zombie. It will offend most anyone, so proceed with caution or not at all.

And be forewarned: This is not a zombie book. This is a different sort of tale. It is a story about the unfortunate, about those who did not get away. It is a human story at its rotten he...more
Kindle Edition, 222 pages
Published August 15th 2012 by Broad Reach Publishing
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Peter Spenser
Aug 27, 2014 Peter Spenser rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: zombie fans who want something a little different.
ZOMBIES AS LITERATURE

There are conventions that are common to each type of monster story: vampires suck blood, werewolves grow hair, and zombies are mindless, out-of-control creatures whose only thoughts—if they can be said to have any at all—are to kill and eat living people.

But what if zombies were not exactly like that… mindless, I mean. What if a zombie’s brain was a still-functioning, still-thinking organ trapped within a body that it couldn’t control, a body that obeyed its own primal inst...more
Dan Hart
I really enjoy Hugh's writing, and he delivers exceptional prose here. I am glad I purchased this book, and will gladly buy anything else Hugh Howey writes in the future.

However, I did not like this book overall, hence the low review. There were some stellar things to it, however:

1. The premise is absolutely wonderful.
2. The book opens grand. First couple introduction chapters are lovely.
3. The book isn't "really" about Zombies. In the same way most good Zombie books aren't really about Zombies....more
Ruth
Originally published at http://www.fantasyliterature.com with 4 1/2 stars.

Imagine a zombie. An image springs instantly to mind. A rotting corpse, shuffling along, arms held out clumsily, grunting and groaning as it makes its way inexorably forward. Now imagine you, yourself, your ego, inside that zombie. You are that zombie, your consciousness trapped inside a brain that no longer has control over your body, your life, your insatiable hunger. You watch yourself feast on the flesh of those who ar...more
Karla
She was awash in misery, drowning, stranded, bit at by gleaming fish that carried away her flesh. And the worst part was that she couldn’t die.

That's only a small sample of the excellent writing to be had in this short novel about that old standby "zombie apocalypse", written from the viewpoint of the zombies themselves. Staggering around, broken and rotten, or only recently turned or about to be turned, the reader is given a huge buffet of thoughts, feelings and musings from the undead.

It start...more
Niels Pedersen
I've been a fan of Hugh's since Wool 1 was a giveaway, since we demanded he keep writing. We the public who said to Hugh, "don't you dare stop writing or we will find you and make you keep at it."

I guess we only have ourselves to blame.

I pre -ordered this book, as an Ebook, so I've had it for a few days now. A few days for this book to take on a physical presence in my house. To speak to me, a voice that asks me, "what do I think I'm doing?". I try to answer this voice, "hey man, I really need...more
Michael Flanagan
How many ways did I like thee, let me count:

1. It's about Zombies....enough said
2. It ROCKS
3. It bring a perspective to the tired old Zombie genre that is like a refreshing rain on a Spring day
4. It is AWESOME
5. It had me hanging out for me next chance to delve into its pages.
6. Did I mention it ROCKS...I think I did.

Hugh Howey keeps going from strength to strength delivering one good read after the next This is one author to definitely keep your eyes on. Lets hope there is a We Zombie in the wi...more
Jennifer
I picked this one to read shortly after finishing the Wool Omnibus, based on the plot and reviews. The concept of zombies retaining their human consciousness was too interesting to pass up. And Howey can definitely write. Choice of words, imagery, and he has a way of putting us right in the middle of a story, of feeling like we're sitting beside the character or even in their head. But ultimately, I was disappointed. Different zombies, slightly different perspectives, all doing the same thing. U...more
Colby
Don't be afraid of what you'll become.
Be afraid of what you are.

This zombie book kind of transcends the genre. I have read a lot of zombie stories in my day, but I have never come across one that made me do more reflecting on my life than this one. As always, Hugh Howey's character development is uncanny, drawing you in and making you part of his world. I've read everything this author has written, and am an admitted fan-boy. That being said, this is right up there with his best work.

This is no...more
Brent R.
You know that little demon in the back of your mind that you won't even admit lurks in your secret inner thoughts? He's real, he's not nice and Hugh is about to hand him a six pack of Red Bull and let him bore some holes through the "prim and proper" parts of your psyche!

First off - I am a huge HH fan and I'm sure that probably biased my ratings. As I see it, everyone is biased, but at least you now know one of mine. I will try to keep this review more about content to assist you in deciding if...more
Christina
The warning in the summary is not just a gimmick. Seriously. It's a straight up warning!! Proceed with great caution for those with weak stomachs and even for somewhat steady stomachs. Ack!!!

After having read this book, I can still say it was definitely a test. I nearly gagged several times, & yet I kept reading. It was a bit long for the premise. It followed the "lives" of various zombies from their personal perspective, as they were still alive inside.

Although I probably could have done w...more
Bethietodd
This was great! I never thought about how the zombies might actually feel about their predicament, but after reading this, I might actually feel sorry for them....providing I escaped. I definitely recommend this for horror fiction fans.
Aaron Bouw
i very much wanted to give this a 5 star, and I may if I ever get around to a second read, but it didn't captivate me the way Wool did. I sensed there were bigger themes lurking under the surface of the short stories within the book, and the writing by Hugh Howey is again impeccable, but the zombie-gore porn turned out to be somewhat of a distraction. As a huge fan of Stephen King growing up, I didn't think I would ever admit that shocking descriptions of violent acts and grotesqueness could dis...more
Jayme
Must read for any (ADULT) Zombie fan.

This book is a different from the usual zombie fare. In I, Zombie, Howey tells a great story but this time it is from the Zombie's point of view. He does a great job of writing the zombies. Each chapter is either the name or someone who has or is about to turn. From the very first page you find out what it would feel like to be or turn into a zombie.

Sometimes it can be a bit hard to read but that is just because it feels so real. One particularly interestin...more
Melissa
Mr. Howey could market this as a weight-loss miracle: Thanks for the appetite loss, sir!

His descriptions are vivid, detailed and grotesque, painted in such a way that makes it impossible for one to self-imagine the text into a less gruesome version, or to stop reading. There is no filter, no idea shielded from the reader as the graphic scenes begin their merciless, shuffling onslaught, page after page, from the very first words to the very last.

He can’t say he didn’t warn us, right there, in t...more
Jay Batson
I'm a Hugh Howie fan. How this guy writes so well as a new-ish author blows me away.

Despite my unabashed affection, I couldn't totally get there with this book. Two things strike me in retrospect:

- I just can't do zombies. They have a placement problem. They're supposed to exist in the world we inhabit, but they strain credulity in that setting. I can't allow for how they would come to be. I can do crazy settings; I like the worlds of Stephen Palmer. But zombies among us? My brain won't go with...more
Mrs Johnnie Tate
Sep 12, 2012 Mrs Johnnie Tate rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Nobody
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DebbieB
First, the gore is off-putting. It's REALLY gory and graphic. But that's the only reason I took away a star. I can't recommend this to a lot of my friends who would prefer not to wade through the hip-deep viscera in order to get to the story, and that's a shame. Because the story is really good, the writing is excellent, the characters well developed. The premise is intriguing, and kept me reading despite the disgust. I felt empathy with many of the characters, and was riveted - so much so that...more
Jeroen
A whole new perspective on zombies.
Full of gore and - most of all - despair.
You end up craving the parts where he's following/talking about the living. Just to get a glimpse of a chance of an opportunity to maybe...

never mind.


Great read.
I did find he sometimes repeats himself, quite literally, just a few paragraphs apart. But this is nitpicking. And while I'm at it: there were no (except for three oddly placed) chapter markers on my kindle...

No zombie entertainment will ever be the same.
Thank...more
Mike
As a huge Hugh Howey fan, I was disappointed in this one. It gets a bump to 2 stars because his writing is so impressive. But the lack of a story gets in the way of... you know, the story. I couldn't get through it.

The great thing about Howey's books is they are so inexpensive that you don't regret trying them out, even when they end up being bad.

Looking forward to the next Wool installment.
Dtt
This is my first Hugh Howey book, and I have to say -- he is a GOOD writer -- imaginative, evocative, and blessed with the gift to weave a narrative rife with compelling imagery.

The "conceit" of "I, Zombie," as suggested by the title, is that it is told from the POV of the zombies. Howey relates the nightmare circumstance of minds still essentially sentient and rational, but trapped inside zombie bodies that are driven by separate primal and cannibalistic urges.

What I learned about this conceit...more
Debbie
As much as I enjoy Hugh Howey’s writing, I approached this book with some doubts. I’m not particularly a fan of horror, and scenes of undead people eating live people are not my first choice of entertainment. For those of you that enjoy horror stories, you will not be disappointed with any of the skillfully written graphic description. It is indeed horrific.

The characters are the zombies, each of them an individual with widely varying experiences. The reader sees through their eyes, feels their...more
Timothy Ward
Plain and simple, the most horrific book I've ever read. There, now go buy it.

In, I, Zombie, Hugh Howey, breakout author of Wool Omnibus, displays his acute observations on the spectrum of humanity's sins, desires and failures in the most horrifying and genuinely personal zombie book I've read. If this book doesn't move you to live a better, more appreciative life, than you might already be a zombie. This modern day Dante's Inferno illustrates slavery to sin through minds awakened to their sin a...more
J.R.
My 1/5 rating is purely a personal opinion, tailored for me, in this case more than most. Zombies, apparently, just aren't my thing. I've never read a zombie book (WWZ's been on my queue forever... that I just haven't feel the desire to start in on), but I thought the premise for I, Zombie was brilliant, and I love Hugh's previous work, so I thought I'd give it a shot. Turns out: nope, not for me. I wasn't offended, or grossed out, I just got bored reading about zombies. The inner monologue was...more
Sonya
What can I say about this book? That I loved it.
First let me say I LOVE the zombie genre, even though it can be slim pickings. This book is amazingly original for the zombie genre. What makes it so special ?
Let us look at the " traditional " zombie book.
1.hero looking for family
2.kills mass zombies to find family
3.makes friends, some important friend is taken by a z.
4. You always have the " villein" in human form
5. Hero saves family overcomes adversity and evil to do so , thus the somewhat " h...more
Elizabeth
I, Zombie follows a variety of zombies through their everyday lives: shuffling around, attacking humans, rotting, and moaning. That doesn't sound too exciting, does it? This book has the only zombies I have ever seen that have fully conscious, normal people behind those vacant, rotting faces. Zombies are horrifying enough on their own (walking dead that want to eat us), but putting a person that can't communicate or control their actions inside each one makes the situation infinitely worse. The...more
Andrew
This is a series of personal investigations framed within zombies framed within a book. True to zombie canon? yes. Gory as all get-out? oh yes. But the zombies dreams this may occasion are not based in fear of the horde, but in the horror of the zombie plight. Truly, this book is a complete break from the normal psychological horror of zombies, and yet consistent with the existing media.

I see two foci of inflection that accomplish this. The first is the original myth, where the slavery of a man...more
Jocelyn
Disappointing.

Uber.

Maybe I just need to read up on Hugh Howey.
As in : What was going through his head when he wrote this.

OK :: Maybe being a zombie sucks.
Maybe it sucks a lot.
Maybe eating all those alive people is getting to you, and you're feeling down about your limbs decomposing and yes: You had a life beforehand.
BUT : This story takes approximately 20 pages to tell.
Not 295.
Also : it takes ONE ZOMBIE
NOT : .... Nine? Eleven?

Nine (eleven?) zombies, all basically in the same state.
We are eatin...more
Katy
Oh, I loved this book! I bought it on a whim last night. Had never heard of the author, but the price was right and it had a couple of good reviews that made it sound interesting.

It far exceeded my expectations. This guy is a really good writer.

The book was hard to read, although I finished it in one day. I just had to put it down a couple of times.

It's a bunch of vignettes, told from the POV of zombies - or, rather, the people who are trapped inside the zombie bodies, able to feel everything bu...more
Fantasy Literature
Imagine a zombie. An image springs instantly to mind. A rotting corpse, shuffling along, arms held out clumsily, grunting and groaning as it makes its way inexorably forward. Now imagine you, yourself, your ego, inside that zombie. You are that zombie, your consciousness trapped inside a brain that no longer has control over your body, your life, your insatiable hunger. You watch yourself feast on the flesh of those who are no longer survivors of the plague that has infested New York City, revol...more
Keith
This book was a lot of fun. Only Hugh Howey can find and portray the humour in a nine month pregnant zombie watching as her unborn (and fully alive) child breaks through her rotting abdomen, only to be devoured by other zombies. See? Not funny when I write about it. The book is a quick read and is fairly unique as it is a collection of first person stories as seen through the eyes of the zombies. When bit, a person retains full function of their thoughts, but has no control over their now slowly...more
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