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Every Sigh, the End

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' Hornsby's] writing is angry, nihilistic, and sad. But it might also be brilliant, and may prove to be the future of angry, nihilistic, and sad literature as we know it." -Tom Abrams, author of "A Bad Piece of Luck"

It's the end of the world, 1999, and as millennium celebrations are planned and the heavens are scanned for signs of the Apocalypse, professional nobody Ross O
Paperback, 388 pages
Published February 6th 2006 by iUniverse (first published 2006)
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Jun 29, 2010 Meredith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure I completely 'got' this book. It's surreal, it flashes back and forth through time, and there are zombies, so that's a win. I found myself turning pages as rapidly as I could to find out what was happening next, so that's another win. This is not the average "and there are zombies" story, that's for sure. If you find yourself a bit jaded on the zombie invasion genre (gasp, you philistine you), then pick this one up - you're in for something very different.
Wow! I really enjoyed this one. I love stories that make you feel the madness of the characters. The time jumps do a great job of that. I am looking forward to reading this one again to see how it changes. I couldn't have read this one at a better time (I finished it on Jan 1). Zombies are in this one but it is so much more than that. If Robert Anton Wilson wrote a zombie script and Romero directed, it might turn out something like this. A must read.
Jan 12, 2008 Trevor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombies
Extremely unique, meandering, thought-provoking, memory-inducing, and visceral. Just when you think you've figured out what's behind the shifting surroundings, the men in radiation suits, and the videocameras, you'll find yourself back at another beginning, another train of thought.
Jan 22, 2009 Jeff rated it it was amazing
I know what you're thinking, "sigh another zombie novel, how unoriginal." But fear not dear fright fan, Every Sigh, The End (a novel about zombies) by Jason S. Hornsby manages to put a original spin on the walking dead and in the process deconstructs society, human interaction, and the horror genre itself.

Ross Orringer is twenty-six and his life is falling apart. He sells low-budget horror films that he hates with his self-centered best friend Preston. He is cheating on his girlfriend with her
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Nov 05, 2010 Patrick D'Orazio rated it really liked it
I write this review with some trepidation. I almost feel as if the story should be reviewed and analyzed in an English or Literature classroom, or perhaps in some exotic American Philosophy class, rather on a website that sells this book. This is a book that reminds me to look at things a bit differently, to try something new and completely different. It reminds me of stories read in college and high school that I was turned on to not by friends or family that know my tastes but by someone who f ...more
Jun 10, 2008 Gabrielle rated it it was amazing
Iconic. This was the first word that came to mind when I began reading Jason S. Hornsby's new zombie novel Every Sigh, The End (Permuted Press, 2007). Within each decade there are a few special artists of words who possess the ability to intimately capture the soul of their generation, the unspoken rhythm of raw emotion that lies beneath the surface of the defining fashion or politics of the era. Kerouac, Ginsberg, Bukowski, Burroughs, Leonard Cohen, Hunter S. Thompson, Tom Wolfe, Chuck Palahni ...more
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Nov 06, 2012 Thom Brannan rated it it was amazing
I don't know. This is another of my favorite books of all time. The way the story is constructed, though, I can't say too much about it that won't give things away.

What I can say is it fostered in me a love for the non-traditional zombie novel. There are so many endless rehashes of Dawn of the Dead, and I didn't want to read that story any more. I enjoy zombies, I really do, but there's only so many times I can read the same thing. Don't get me wrong: there are a lot of Zombie Apocalypse storie
Oct 24, 2011 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 2011
This was the best book about zombies I have read (so far). I really didn't expect too much at first, having found out about it from an ad in the back of some bizarro novel. Bizarro fiction is really hit or miss, and I hadn't heard anything about this particular book. I don't think this even qualifies as bizarro fiction. It is a hell of a book, though.
Jan 12, 2010 Wyrm rated it really liked it
A very mysterious, hip, creepy, and captivating novel...about Zombies. I'll say one thing, "Every Sigh, The End" is very unique in terms of creeping out the reader.

Taking place mostly in 1999, Hornsby captures not only the era's essence, but the essence of the entire horror movie scene. All the while taking the popular notion of a zombie apocalypse, and blending it into a rather interesting overall plot. The familiarity of a zombie invasion does not take away from this creative story. Definitel
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Oct 07, 2011 Beth A. rated it it was ok
Finally read it. Not gonna dignify it with a long-winded review. Would've given it a 2.5 if possible, but it was closer to a 2 than a 3, so a 2 was what it got. Action-movie dialogue. Tried too hard. Decently entertaining at times. In short - not completely horrible, but nothing to write home about either.
Dec 22, 2008 Sabur76 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had forgotten that I had already read this book. Not really to my taste.
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Jason S. Hornsby is the author of the horror novels "Every Sigh, The End" and "Eleven Twenty-Three," as well as several short stories and articles for time travel and zombie anthologies. His work has been highly lauded for its originality, dark humor, themes of paranoia, and extreme horror.

His latest novel, "Desert Bleeds Red," has already proven a huge critical success, and is widely considered h
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“The world is truly a terrible place. Every one of my generation is lost, filling the holes which are their lives with seditious and yet passionless acts of unnecessary drama. It is a world of hypocrisy and whispers, a dark mine shaft of overfed, spoiled, and thankless slaves too stupid to realize that, despite their steady stream of shallow luxuries, they are still slaves.” 0 likes
“I am beyond good and evil at this point. I am beyond the lines drawn in the sand by society at this juncture. I am beyond fear, beyond religion, beyond the morals and mores. I am Lord of the Fucking Flies. Do you understand?” 0 likes
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