The Living Dead, Volume 2 (The Living Dead #2)
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 & ...more
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 ...more
The collection begins with a short introduction by Adams going ...more
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 ...more
Matt London, "Mouja": Zombies invade The Seven Samurai. Doesn't quite get beyond the premis ...more
* "Zero Tolerance" by Jonathan Mayberry continues the saga started in Patient Zero, but mixes in the qu ...more
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 - http://nightshadebooks.com/cart.php?m...
Good People was definitely one of the best - a "put the book down and think about it" story. If you want to ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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Living With the Dead
Pirates vs. Zombies
We Now Pause for Station Identification
Rural Dead-One of my very favorites
Therapeutic Intervention: LOVED this one!
The Thought War
Dating in a Dead World
The Days of Flaming Motorcycles
And the next, and the next