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The Living Dead 2 (The Living Dead #2)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  1,772 ratings  ·  92 reviews
The Living Dead 2 has more of what zombie fans hunger for: more scares, more action, more... brains! Experience the indispensable series that defines the very best in zombie literature with a shambling, ravenous herd of original stories. The Living Dead 2 also features a slavering horde of reprint zombie stories. All this adds up to a landmark volume that helps define what ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Night Shade Books
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Nov 21, 2010 Joe rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Speaking from the perspective of a long-time zombie fan who has been carrying the torch for George Romero since the early 70s (when i got a glimpse of Night of The Living Dead at far too young an age for it), I am starting to run toward zombie overload. I love this stuff, but the way it has been coming out recently? We are getting almost as bad as Stephanie Meyer fans and her teenage lust-struck vampires. Thank goodness zombie apocalypse tales tend to be a bit more literate and a bit more varied ...more
I was going to do a story-by-story analysis of the book, but I ended up skipping or skimming so many stories it would be pointless. They all sucked, and the ones that didn't suck sucked harder. There was definitely one about a zombie gigolo that almost made me throw up after a couple paragraphs. Mostly the stories were unremarkable. Especially the one by Robert Kirkman. Is anyone but me willing to acknowledge that while Walking Dead is awesome, Kirkman's writing style is cringe-worthy? I guess m ...more
Amanda Lyons
While reading this one I was forced to acknowledge a sad truth about anthologies today: They just don't make em like they used to.

While there were some really great stories in this antho (largely by proven authors like Gary A Braunbeck, David J Schow, Brian Keene, Sarah Langan and Jonathan Maberry) most of them just weren't all that stellar and came off more as tales you could easily forget shortly after finishing the book. Maybe I'm a bit spoiled having gotten hooked on horror in the 90s when
Valentin Mihov
From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. You don't have to be a zombie-lover to enjoy this outstanding follow-up to 2008's The Living Dead. Anthologist extraordinaire Adams has assembled 43 stories that showcase strong writing and imagination. Unexpected settings include a lost world with surviving dinosaurs (Brian Keene's "Lost Canyon of the Dead") and a pirate ship (Amelia Beamer's "Pirates vs. Zombies"). Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due's "Danger Word" and David Wellington's "Good People" cont

Hailey Cheek
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Another collection of zombie tales, from a variety of authors.

I think I liked this one a little more than its immediate predecessor, The Living Dead, but it's a bit tricky to judge... because while I can't think of a standout story from this collection, I also didn't find any that were just a slog and I hated reading, except perhaps the last couple, but to be fair I think that was more about me coming down with a case of STAF (Single Theme Anthology Fatigue) rather than the stories themselves. I
I confess that I started reading GR reviews for this anthology only a few stories in. Most of the reviews were describing the stories as terrible, which surprised me. Terrible? Not really. They were mediocre, but not the bottom-of-the-bargain-bin-at-the-second-hand-book-fair terrible like some of the books I've sampled. These people, I mused, were clearly soft.

But they're not. There are some stories in here that are truly terrible. They need to be removed from reality. Potentially even the auth
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Since there were MANY stories in this anthology I will pick a few to highlight and review then give an overall rating:

*Alone, Together by Robert Kirkland

Reminded me TWD (for obvious reasons) in the sense that it was focused of the affects of surviving a ZA. Would they have reached the
Fiction State Of Mind
Anthologies are always a mixed bag, this one unfortuately wasnt stellar.


I bought this Anthology for one reason only: Robert Kirkman. I'm a huge fan of his comic The Walking Dead so I was excited to see his very first published prose story:


This story is about a couple trying to stay alive after a zombie apocalypse. The narraton focuses on the reminiscence of Timothy about his former love and his current relationship. I really enjoyed this story,what it lacks in zombie viole
Overall, i enjoyed this book very much. It had grossery (is that a word?) horror, humor, sadness, and some downright terrible stories that i couldn't make it through. I'm an avid fan of a good zombie story and i couldn't help picking this book up at the library. So here is an individual analysis of each story:

5 Stars*****
Obviously, my favorites

The Anteroom by Adam-Troy Castro
This was some good 2nd person prose. It was different, and i liked the twist on the afterlife and the possibility that zom
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
I will admit to skimming and skipping over a couple of the stories here. Overall I liked a lot of them (I'd originally gotten it just to read Reluctance from Cherie Priest).

The first 2 stories were wholly depressing (and in zombie anthologies, that is usually the case). There were a couple of stories, though, that were lighter. And one I really wished I had skipped (Zombie Gigolo - I know, I'm a tad embarrassed to admit I read it. I'm horrifically grossed out. I can take descriptions of ghoulish
Eva Leger
The reviews of the stories that could not fit into this review are in the comment section starting at comment #10. Sorry but GR only allows reviews of less than 20,000 characters. :(

Alone, Together by Robert Kirkman (3 stars) - I would read a full length book if this story was/is expanded on. It's not the best one I've read so far, IMO, but it's definitely good. I'm not so into the whole 'love story in the middle of zombie territory' but some people can pull it off.

Danger Word by Steven Barnes &
The Living Dead 2 is a mammoth collection of short zombie stories compiled by John Joseph Adams and featuring a host of zombie-famous writers such as Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Carrie Ryan (The Forest of Hands and Teeth), Max Brooks (World War Z) and Mira Grant (the Deadline trilogy).

Like most anthologies, it's a mixed bag. A few are so-so, a few are amazing (don't miss Steven Barnes' and Tananarive Due's Danger Word), and most are somewhere in between, but they're all entertaining enou
Alex Telander
After the runaway success of The Living Dead, editor John Joseph Adams is back with a follow up collection featuring a whole host of new authors writing about the walking dead. So grab a big cup of coffee, a warm blanket, and sequester yourself in a dark, quiet room, with one window looking out onto you don’t know what, and take a trip into a series of meetings with beings who want nothing more than to eat you alive, while you scream.

The collection begins with a short introduction by Adams going
3.5 rounded up

Half of these are must reads. the other half were a mixture of creative stuff that I just couldn't jive with or total garbage.

I do believe however that there is something in here for everyone. I think most people who like horror, survival, history, humor, death, sex, and sci-fi are going to be served by this collection in some capacity. there is just such a spectrum of quality and depth here that people are never going to agree on what's bad and what's good. it's all subjective to
Following a blogpost by Chuck Wending suggesting that people mix-and-match various classics, I've been thinking about zombies, both as monster and as symbol/trope; and since I happened to have a Selection of stories from this anthology and no other zombie fiction, this is what I read. (Also, is it true that there's no zombie fiction that occurs with the people stuck in a bank?) Here are the stories I read:

Matt London, "Mouja": Zombies invade The Seven Samurai. Doesn't quite get beyond the premis
I used this anthology in my Zombies in Popular Media class* this semester, to great acclaim. The story collection has 44 original zombie stories from a variety of notable writers. It's pretty great. Like the last collection, there's a mix of different kinds of zombie stories here, from the military action of Joe McKinney to the existential torment of Adam-Troy Castro. A few highlights, for me:

* "Zero Tolerance" by Jonathan Mayberry continues the saga started in Patient Zero, but mixes in the qu
Chris Bauer
Absolutely a MUST HAVE for any fan of the genre. I typically judge an anthology based on the number of "duds" I find between the covers. Every collection of stories has 'em. Given the sheer number of shorts packed into this work, I was incredibly surprised to find only a handful (4-5). They run the gambit from your typical "zom-pocalypse" settings, to much more innovative, dare I say, thought-provoking, fiction. Some were suspenseful, other terrifying, and more than a few were hilarious (one sto ...more
I said zombies, I meant zombies. No space ships, though...

The trouble with reading on an eReader is it is hard to skip through to find the stand-out stories that you really, really liked (and don't be down on me if you have a Kindle, which does allow for ease of bookmarking - I know, and I don't have a Kindle!) or disliked.

Complete story list here -

Good People was definitely one of the best - a "put the book down and think about it" story. If you want to
I'm an unapologetic fan of zombie stories. This volume, masterfully compiled and annotated by John Joseph Adams, continues to plumb the depths of the genre. All of these writers are playing in Romero's sandbox, but are constructing castles of their own. The best tales here are those that pick up on the tantalizing lead offered by Romero in Day of the Dead (Bud!), and there's an overall emphasis on the human side of the zombie apocalypse: the physical and emotional impacts, the re-ordering of soc ...more
As with most anthologies, you have some strong stories, some mediocre and some awful ones. This is no different. I enjoyed Robert Kirkman's entry, really liked David Wellington's entry along with Gary Braunbeck's different take, and I loved Joe McKinney's 'Dating in the Dead World' and Steven Gould's samurai entry 'Tameshigiri'! Overall, a excellent entry in the zombie anthology category.
It took me a while to finish reading this because there always seemed to be better books lying around to read. I didn't want to skim over this book like so many people have done before, but I'm afraid it's that sort of book. Not every story is a winner but there are some knew angles to the zombie genre, although nothing that's going to utterly surprise you. Personally, I have quite a short attention span and there are enough short tales to hold my attention, but there are a few that could have e ...more
Some of these were really great and some not so great. Here is a list of the best in my opinion:

Alone, Together - Robert Kirkman (I love The Walking Dead, so I was the most excited to read this one)
Mouja - Matt London
Living With The Dead - Molly Brown
Good People - David Wellington
Obedience - Brenna Yovanoff (Most likely my favorite, I loved the main character)
Who We Used To Be - David Moody
Theraputic Intervention - Rory Harper
He Said, Laughing - Simon R. Green
Last Stand - Kelley Armstrong (It to
Far, far, better than the first anthology in my opinion. The first one had more than it's fair share of Voodoo Zombies that while interesting, really aren't what most people are dying to read about when they go for a giant book of Zombie short stories.

This one was different. This was darker, grittier, more bloody, and more apocalyptic than I could ever have dreamed. Total success if that is what the editor was going for in this instance and I like to think he was.

(Funny side story. I fell aslee
Chuck White
Like the first volume, I loved it. Again, a lot of great stories, some so-so ones and a couple of howlers, but overall another highly entertaining read. Recommended to genre fans.

This review is only for "The Last Stand" by Kelley Armstrong. I'm usually pretty prejudiced about the short stories I read by my favorite authors; sticking to shorts that fit into a longer series. This story, however, is an original one. I found this type of zombie to be incredibly interesting, and much more to my liking than traditional archetypes of the creature. In fact, I wasn't sure which group were the zombies when I started reading! I would definitely read more in this universe if it beca ...more
Michael Roop
Yeah I bought this one for one story and one story only. Though I wound up enjoying the rest of the book. There is a short story in here by Jonathan Maberry. He wraps up a loose end from Patient Zero that I had no idea was a loose end. It was awesome how the story started out. I had no idea what I was reading at first. I had to go back and reread the beginning again because it was written so fluidly. By the end of it I was yet again left mouth open and impressed with what Jonathan Maberry has cr ...more
i only stole two stories from this one, "rural dead" and "who we used to be."
Octavio Villalpando
¡Diablos! Hacìa mucho tiempo que no tardaba tanto en terminar un libro, y conste que en eso no tiene nada que ver la extensiòn, sino la pobre calidad de muchos de los textos incluidos. Si bien es cierto que hay varios cuentos decentes y uno o dos tiràndole a buenos, en terminos generales los demàs son de lo màs pobres...

Supongo que los fans de The Walking Dead o de pelìculas como Resident Evil lo van a adorar, pero los fans mas serios del horror (y ya ni se diga los fans de la literatura en gene
William Doonan
I've been thinking about zombies for two days straight now, having polished off this second volume. There are some great pieces here. Though nothing came close to the shear horror of Michael Swanick's "The Dead" from volume I, the best story here, by miles is Jamie Lackey's, 'The Other Side.' Four pages, no fighting or biting, not a single zombie makes an appearance, but it was absolutely gripping. Can't wait for volume III, but I'm off make sure the wife didn't get bitten.

William Doonan
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