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Zombie, Ohio (Zombie #1)

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  1,929 ratings  ·  221 reviews
When rural Ohio college professor Peter Mellor dies in an automobile accident during a zombie outbreak, he is reborn as a highly intelligent (yet somewhat amnesiac) member of the living dead. With society crumbling around him and violence escalating into daily life, Peter quickly learns that being a zombie isn’t all fun and brains. Humans—unsympathetic, generally, to his n ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 8th 2011 by Skyhorse Publishing
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Dayna Ingram
I was going to read BREATHERS but then an all-black turkey sat atop this book, gobbling at me, and I thought, holy frak a wild turkey in a bookstore somebody shoot it! But I named it Bob instead, and we lived happily ever after.

But seriously folks. I grant that the middle section of this novel can feel, at times, like you're watching Tom Hanks talk to a volleyball for an hour and a half, but Peter Mellor is so much more FUN than Tom Hanks. I loved the pacing and progression of this story; at fir
I don't read zombie genres. In fact, I can only remember two books related to zombies that I had read. This one came to me by accident, when I saw the advertisement and the reviews were quite positive. So I decided to give it a go.

And BOY, was I mesmerized!!

I enjoy reading this story, a tale coming from the zombie rather than the humans. Of course, the zombie, Professor of Philosophy Peter Mellor, isn't like any other zombies. He can still talk and think, although yes, he eats brains. I find his
I am very surprised at the rave reviews, I was really looking forward to this but it did not live up to the hype. First the pros: I really liked the story being told from the POV of the zombie, it was a fresh take. The setting in an Ohio college town was also unique, as so many of these stories take place in or near a major city. The car wreck and amnesia all worked. I enjoyed the first 50 pages and then it all went down hill. This really would have been great as a short story.

The cons are too m
Nov 18, 2012 Joe rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: horror
Our protagonist and narator, Peter Mellor, lifts this book above the average level of zombie gore-fest. Our story begins with him awakening by the side of a highway after an accident, unlcear as to how it happened due to partial amnesia. This sets us up for a voyage of discovery as Peter recovers his identity, realizes that his accient occurred at the height of a zombie apocalypse, and that he did not survive the crash. It's a few pages more before he discovers the tastiness of brains.

What follo
Shells Walter
Peter Mellor wakes up disorientated with a car crashed nearby. He is unsure what has happened to that car. Was he in a car accident? He also doesn't remember who he is. Getting up slowly, he grabs his hat and places it on his head, which is now half-gone.

He runs across some people who recognize him and give Peter some semblance of his memory back. When he comes in contact with an old friend named Sam, he starts to realize something is not right. Zombies are all over the place and maybe he assume
Maybe I am being unreasonable in my star rating and review of this book, but I am female and prone to illogical leaps of fancy. I really did enjoy this book and will read the rest of this series. yet I can not give more than 3 stars here's why...

-1 star for lack of noir that I was promised on the book jacket. I am a huge fan of noir and very picky on my zombie books. Being promised noir in a zombie book was one of the biggest reasons I picked up this series to read. Sadly a search from cover to
There are numerous first person accounts of the inevitable zombie apocalypse everything from World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War to Day by Day Armageddon: there are remarkably fewer books, like Zombie, Ohio, were the narrator is a zombie. I was initially turned off by the idea of a zombie protagonist arguing if the he is cognizant enough to think than he isn’t really a zombie. The positive reviews on both Goodreads and Amazon convinced me to give this short book a try. While the conce ...more
It took a while to gain any steam, honestly. Like every other review, the idea of a first person zombie narrative (that is, from the zombie) is so great, but I think part of my problem was that this particular voice annoyed me? It seemed overly try-hard to be edgy and funny and just sort of came off as a weirdly misdirected attempt at YA lit.

The narrator, Peter, didn't seem to be to be at all reliable as a middle aged professor. Like, I get the amnesia thing, but I don't know that I'm sold on t
Jun 06, 2011 Monster added it
Shelves: zombies-adult
With the first page we know there is something “different” about Peter Mellor. Peter is a zombie. He wakes up not knowing who he is or where he is. It seems that he has been in a fatal car accident, hence the zombification. His memory of anything before the wreck is spotty at best. Title of the rock song on the radio? No idea. The year? Clueless. The Simpsons? Yes, and he specifically remembers Chief Wiggum. This is what makes Peter special. He is a zombie, but he can remember some events, feeli ...more
Mar 04, 2015 MommyDearest rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who love zombies and humor
If you are a fan of zombies and humor read Zombie, Ohio!

*****Spoilers Below***************************************

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Yeah, yeah, I hear you now. She gave another zombie book a good rating. Shocker I know. But it was good! Really good! You like Peter. You don't like Peter. You like Peter. Inbetween is zombies, relationships and question of who killed him.

Many laughs were had and several times I cornered family members and read them my favori
Taylor Horton
The zombie apocalypse has started and now anyone who dies with their brain still intact becomes a zombie. The main character, Peter Mellor, wakes up as a zombie minutes after crashing his car into a tree. He doesn’t know he’s a zombie at first and thinks that he’s only suffering from memory loss since he can’t even recall his own name. He finds his wallet and learns his mane is Peter then grabs a knit hat out of his car for the cold even though, surprisingly, he can’t feel anything. He finally d ...more
Honestly, I'm not sure what I think of this book. The premise is fantastic - I love the idea of a zombie book told in first-person POV by a zombie. I didn't really connect with any of the characters, including Peter, but I think that might have been the author's intention, given that a zombie wouldn't have the emotional connections that a live human would. There were humorous sections within the book and there were sections that dragged on. Even though it was a fairly short book, it took me seve ...more
Amanda Osborne
LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. I read the last in the trilogy first; Zombie, Indiana and enjoyed it so much I had to pick up the other two. This was a hilarious and sometimes horrifying read and what I think I enjoyed most is no matter if Peter, the main character (and zombie) was trying to recapture his lost humanity or just enjoying tearing someone's skull open, he never lost the wit and humor that characterized this entire novel. A very enjoyable read and not so gory that non-horror fans wouldn ...more
I really liked this book. I found it very funny. I would best describe it as a zombieland from a zombie's point of view. You can not help but like the main character.
Rebecca Enke
I really like the story of this book, but the author's style of writing and the plot of this book left me disappointed. For starters, I don't like that this is written in first person. I like that it is from the point a view of a zombie because that is interesting and different, but the execution of this idea was not satisfying for me.

Another thing that really irritated me about this book was there was so much blathering to get a point across. The author tries to give a deeper understanding by d
As with most good zombie stories, the zombies in Zombie, Ohio are really just an exciting backdrop for familiar human conflicts. This novel encompasses love story, murder mystery and comic relief rolled into one.

The premise of the book, that the protagonist is himself a zombie, is fairly unique and it is executed well throughout. The story moves at a steady pace. If you're looking for fast-paced action, this is not it (the zombies spend a LOT of time walking through the countryside), but neither
This book describes the zombie apocalypse from the point of view of the zombies. Really, there is just one self-aware zombie. Kenemore does not spend much time on the causes of the apocalypse or the unique condition of his hero (antihero?), but the result is clever and very entertaining.

Without giving too much away, a man wakes up from a car crash and quickly learns that the world has fallen apart. He quickly learns that he is a zombie. Uncertain of his future, he learns more about his former li
First, let me preface this by saying that I really don't like zombies. At all. I find them actually pretty lame. Or gross. And usually, when I pick up a zombie book, I'm disappointed. So, I generally don't.

But, then I found this one, and I became curious. A zombie who is self-aware? Well, I've heard of that in other books before, so that's nothing new. But, it takes place in Ohio, I'm from Ohio....yeah, this could be interesting.

And it was. Up until a point. I mean, on a basic level, it was inte
Douglas Castagna
Another Zombie novel. Well, yes, but not your typical one. Peter Mellor, recently dead, killed via a car accident, gets up and feels fine, that is until he discovers he died in that accident and is now a member of the undead. He is self aware. He can talk, walk and well, eat brains. Like Warm Bodies, he knows what he is and wants more, unlike Warm Bodies, he runs the full gamut of emotions and is at times both horrible and one might say, heroic. A definite breath of fresh air in the genre.
Scott Alleman
I don’t like zombies. I’ve never read a zombie book, I’ve never watched a zombie movie, and I’ve never played with a zombie action figure (unless Skeletor is a zombie, but I think he’s just a dude without a face).

A few years back zombie culture became cool. I was almost interested in it. The Walking Dead seemed like a fun idea, and then zombies became a thing that everyone wanted a part of and my interest waned. It’s like bacon, beards, and everything else to ever get more popular than it had t
I'm not usually into zombie media, or horror in general. Thankfully, this book wasn't scary. The plot line was interesting and I was curious to see a zombie apocalypse from the perspective of a zombie. But, I was sadly disappointed in this book. Despite the plot, the clunky and awkward dialogue made this a long, boring book to read. Kenemore used traditional zombie lore to create his world; this would have been fine if he didn't insist on reiterating all the "rules" about zombies: Your have to d ...more
Not usually one for stories of this type, but it looked different. I was not disappointed. It is told from the perspective of a zombie, one who is more cerebral (hehe) than most.
Entertaining, interesting, well-written.
Really liked this one - my son even read it and loved it. It helps that I'm from Ohio and recognized so much in the setting. Liked the viewpoint of the zombie as the main character. Highly recommended!
Clara Hawkins
So far this has been a wonderful bedtime story for my three yr. old.
different, great read
What a great idea! A story told from the perspective of a zombie. The blurb on the back of the book is hilarious (who wrote it? Maybe they should have written this book), I was expecting this book to follow the same tone. Alas, all fell short. All.

Most importantly, the story was too long, I was bored most of the time as it was dragged on and on. I kept imagining that the author was adding parts just to add length. An example that really bothered me was a several page description of a fancy, self
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from James:

I know, I know. Zombies have been done. I agree, but being from and living in Ohio, the title grabbed me. Zombie, Ohio is actually a well-crafted book told from the point of view of a zombie.

Quick synopsis: the protagonist is a professor at Kenyon College who dies in car crash at the exact moment of a zombie outbreak. He doesn't immediately realize he's a zombie; in fact, he's the only zombie with reasoning and awareness. During the course of the book (since he is dead), he continues
Zombie, Ohio is the first book in the three book (so far) zombie series by Scott Kenemore. It's not a series in the sense of having characters that go through adventures in each book; rather, these are books all set in a zombie world with completely different characters and stories in each book. Consequently, you do not have to read these books in any specific order.

The main character, Peter, is not very lovable - in his zombie aspect or what we learn of his human existence. It's obvious he's n
Caitlin (Ayashi)
Really interesting premise, a tale being told from the point of view as a zombie. I think it just wasn't for me because I can be pretty sensitive about violence (says the girl who plays video games, even violent ones, all the time... I don't know either) and even hearing the protagonist talking about eating bad people was just too much for me! I just couldn't deal with a zombie first person protagonist I think.

Still, I thought the concept was pretty cool. I wasn't super into the protagonist's vo
Feb 27, 2011 Gef rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: zombies
What does an author have to do to breathe a little life into zombies these days?

In Scott Kenemore's case, he focused a little less on the zombie hordes and keyed in on just one member of the undead, and told his story. Peter Mellor wakes up with amnesia inside his car, which has been in a serious accident. He wanders his way back into town to find everyone else is dealing with a crisis of their own--a full-blown world-wide zombie apocalypse. As for Peter, amnesia is the least of his worries. Aft
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Scott Kenemore lives in Chicago. He attended Kenyon College and Columbia University. He is the drummer for the pop-punk band The Blissters."
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