The New Dead: A Zombie Anthology (Otherworld Stories)
The hungry dead have risen. They shamble down the street. They hide in back yards, car lots, shopping malls. They devour neighbors, dogs and police officers. And they are here to stay. The real question is, what are you going to do about it? How will you survive?
HOW WILL THE WORLD CHANGE WHEN THE DEAD BEGIN TO RISE?
Stoker-award-winning author Christopher Gold...more
Most of the stories were very good, with a couple gems and a few stinkers. Some I just didn't get at all, and one failed to convey why it was part of a zombie anthology in the first place. Shooting Pool, I'm lookin' at you. Otherwise, a really good and varied collection of stories. Some wit ...more
my top 5 faves were:
"Family Business" by Jonathan Maberry- one of the longer stories, more of a novella, about two brothers. One is apprenticing the other in the "family business"-killing zombies-but it's not your typical violent, shoot-em-up story. Lots of heart, great relationship created between the two brothers, not perfect but realistic.
"The Wind Cries Mary" by Brian Keene-very ...more
Each and every story was unique and fascinating. Here is my rating of the individual stories (from fav to least fave):
The Storm Door (*****) DAMN GOOD STORY!
Lazarus (*****) Awesome. Beautifully written.
Copper (*****) Woooow. Eeeerily poetic.
Twittering from the Circus of the Dead (*****) Downright frightening
Delice (*****) Haun ...more
I'm just going to cheat and copy my status updates here for the individual stories. All in all, it's a pretty good collection. More good stories that turds, which is a good thing to find in an anthology.
"Lazerus" was cool & intriguing. (3 stars).
"What Maisie Knew" kicked serious ass. (5 stars).
"Copper" ehh, not so much. (1 star).
"In the Dust" - very cool. I love a good aftermath story. (4 stars).
"Life Sentence" - creepy and well told abuse of power story. (3.5 stars).
"Delice" - me ...more
What Maisie Knew by David Liss - This is my favorite so far. What a unique story, with a great ending twist. Kind of part mystery, part dystopian. I really enjoyed this one! (4 stars)
Copper by Stephen ...more
I'm so tempted to second this notion for "The new dead"
There are a lot of better edited anthologies out there, no doubt, although the highlights (most notable Jonathan Maberry's entry) are worth it anyway.
Fact is that the writing is extremely varied both in style, which is a good, and in writing quality, which is a not so good; frankly I couldn't help but wonder ho ...more
I'm going to start at the end with Joe HIll's
Twittering From The Circus Of The Dead
I love Twitter! and Joe Hill was the author who introduced twitter to me :) TYME2WASTE is the sign on name of Blake a young teenager w ...more
Making it to Outstanding:
"What Maisie Knew" by David Liss:
At turns creepy, sick and disturbing; absolute compelling reading. If this premise has come up before, it was new to me and I loved it. The zombies are not the monsters of this story. The squick factor i ...more
In The Dust by Tim Lebbon
This short story brings you into a sec ...more
Personal favourites included a tale told entirely in Tweets by one of ...more
Brian Keene, Max Brooks and Jonathan Maberry all deliver strong stories, as does Kelley Armstrong (who succes ...more
There are some excellent stories in this collection. In fact, there wasn't a single story I disliked for one reason or another.
Each author contributing takes the idea of 'zombie' and makes it their own. Some are rather traditional in their descriptions of the walking undead; ...more
I particularly liked Jonathan Maberry's story and I was happy to learn that it's being expanded into a book. Family Business made me think about zombies in a different way and I'm very much looking forward to exploring the world he's created.
Max Brooks has a story that would fit perfectly in World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.
There really are quite a number of go ...more
Lazerus by John Connolly
What Massie Knew by David Liss
Kids and Their Toys by James A. Moore
Twittering From the Circus of the Dead by Joe Hill
I'd also like to mention Family Business by Jonathan Maberry. Although this one did not disturb me, I found it very interesting and entertaining.
I was surprised that I liked th ...more
Like most anthologies, there were some dull stories, some perfectly capable stories which didn't mesh with my sensibilities, and some which I liked a good deal. The percentage of good was higher than usual for me, though.
I think I'll read Patien ...more
I found some of the stories shallow, predictable, or downright silly, but I liked enough of them to keep the book -- I'm pretty sure I'll want to read the good ones agai ...more
This book delivers. It contains, as promised, a set of "tales that run the gamut from modern warfare [see "Weaponized" by David Wellington] to post-apocalyptic futures [see "Closure, Limited" by Max Brooks], from love stories [see "The Wind Cries Mary" by Brian Keene] to heartbreaking voodoo horrors [see "Delice" by Holly Newstein], from the Bible [see " ...more
I started by watching The Walking Dead on Netflix and found myself hooked. Let the reading begin! The first thing I read was Max Brooks's World War Z, but I found I ...more
1. What Maisie Knew by David Liss. Gripping & gross story of what happened to one reanimate. ****
2. Copper by Stephen R. Bissette. Different but I think just as good. I don't know the back story of the zombies or how they're made. But a sad story becomes a strangely uplifting story of rev ...more
As I get older I find I have less time for stories that don't hook me in, and I'm off to the next offering, instead of slogging through. Particular favourites in this collection, in no particular order; What Maisie Knew, which was vastly and deeply disturbing and quite disgusting without being overly gory (kudos for that. This story made my skin crawl), and Family Business, which humanised the monsters in this book.
I kind of want to slap M.B Homler ...more
I wouldn't rate any single story lower than a 2 which is saying something for a collection, at least I find it rare not to have a full disappointment. Some big names and some interesting surprises, seriously I had a lovely time ...more
The impact of these stories is very strong: sadness over the loss of control of our lives, loss of loved ones, the corru ...more