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The Living Dead 2 (The Living Dead #2)

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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
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Published September 1st 2010 by Night Shade Books
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Nov 21, 2010 Joe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
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
Amanda Lyons
Nov 17, 2010 Amanda Lyons rated it liked it
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
Sep 11, 2011 Krysten rated it did not like it
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
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Jan 24, 2015 Valentin Mihov rated it really liked it
Shelves: just-have-it
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
Sep 29, 2014 Hailey Cheek rated it really liked it
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May 17, 2014 Peter rated it liked it
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
Jun 11, 2014 Kate rated it it was ok
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
Mar 13, 2016 Lexie marked it as books-owned-to-read
(I read and reviewed only those stories which I am interested in. As such this is an on-going review as I read the stories)

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Debbie thinks about the lessons her Grandpa used to tell her about and how some things just aren't worth surviving. This is set just after the breakout of the epidemic (about two or so decades before Feed) and concerns a small group of survivors waiting for rescue on a college campus. I think that the story has a wei
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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
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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)
Jun 25, 2011 Kathy (Kindle-aholic) rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthology
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 &
Jul 16, 2012 Kezermezer rated it liked it
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
Nov 19, 2010 Alex Telander rated it liked it
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
Nov 01, 2013 Matt rated it really liked it
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
Jan 25, 2011 Brendan rated it really liked it
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
Sep 19, 2011 Chris Bauer rated it really liked it
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
May 17, 2011 Bookmole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2011
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
Feb 07, 2011 Mike rated it really liked it
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
Jul 01, 2015 Angela rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 28, 2013 Ricky rated it liked it
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
Apr 06, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it
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
May 18, 2012 Fred rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 01, 2013 Jesse rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthology
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
Kyle Herman
Apr 11, 2016 Kyle Herman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good collection

Some stories are better than others, which is expected, but the book kept me interested throughout. Four more words required.
Michael Roop
May 30, 2011 Michael Roop rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
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
Apr 20, 2014 Abigail rated it liked it
i only stole two stories from this one, "rural dead" and "who we used to be."
Octavio Villalpando
Jul 17, 2013 Octavio Villalpando rated it did not like it
¡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
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John Joseph Adams is the series editor of BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY. He is also the bestselling editor of many other anthologies, such as ROBOT UPRISINGS, DEAD MAN'S HAND, BRAVE NEW WORLDS,WASTELANDS, and THE LIVING DEAD. Recent and forthcoming books include WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT?, OPERATION ARCANA, PRESS START TO PLAY, LOOSED UPON THE WORLD, and THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH (cons ...more
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