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Better Off Undead

3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  8 reviews
From vampires to mummy con artists, this lively collection explores the many forms the undead can take in stories that range from the chilling to the hysterical. There are those who people the Afterlife, others who wander the lands of the living in ghostly form, and even those who walk about in the flesh. For anyone whos ever wondered if the grass is greener on the other s ...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published November 4th 2008 by Signet Book (first published October 10th 2008)
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Sam Williamson
An overall disappointing collection of stories, even though there are a few gems. I wound up selling it back to the bookstore after finishing it, which is a pretty good indication that I wasn't crazy about it.

Still, I'm glad I picked it up. The first "section" definitely had the strongest stories, but there are a couple in the vampire section that are amusing. There were quite a few in the zombie section that were just perplexingly horrible. I don't know how they were included in the collection
This book was divided into four sections: Afterlife, Spirit, Flesh and Undead. The best section was the first one. The strongest story was the one about a man who is sent to hell because of an administrative error. The weakest section was "Spirit." I felt the stories didn't move as quickly and they were too dark. Shifting from the humorous section to this dark section was a difficult transition.

Of course, there are some classic vampire stories at the end that were entertaining, too. The story I
Better Off Undead is a collection of 18 original stories about all the forms the undead can take - from ghosts to zombies to vampires and more...

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A breezy quick read of an anthology of undead themed stories. Some were well written, some were too short and abrupt and some were just not worth my time reading. It was an interesting concept to look at and I have some more new authors to explore.

The one with the infernal revenue service, the fossilized dinosaur and the zombie chef ones were cute.
Ruby Hollyberry
Some really good stories in here so I give it four stars. I didn't think I was going to rate it well at all when the first seven stories sucked, but there were plenty of better ones further on. Nearly all the rest were good!
mediocre at best. I bought this anthology because several of my authors had stories in it I hadn't read. Sadly their stories were amongst the weakest of the collection. Oh well...
Stacey Costas
An excellent and diverse collection of short-stories.
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Martin Harry Greenberg was an American academic and speculative fiction anthologist. In all, he compiled 1,298 anthologies and commissioned over 8,200 original short stories. He founded Tekno Books, a packager of more than 2000 published books. In addition, he was a co-founder of the Sci-Fi Channel.
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