The Living Dead (The Living Dead #1)
"When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth!" From White Zombie to Dawn of the Dead, Resident Evil to World War Z, zombies have invaded popular culture, becoming the monsters that best express the fears and anxieties of the modern west. Gathering together the best zombie literature of the last three decades from many of today's most renowned authors of...more
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"This Year's Class Picture" sets things up nicely, catching the reader off guard with it's ending and setting the stage for several different looks at the "life" of the undead. This is far more than stories of blood and gore, but many hinge on lost humanity (and even regained humanity in some cases) e ...more
As the intro story to The Living Dead, I came into this read with high expectations. Dan places the reader into the life of a remarkably interesting woman, on a particularly important day. An elderly school teacher, and potentially the last teacher on Earth, impressed me with her resolve to survive. They say you have to keep your mind working or you'll lose it. Well, she does so by maintaining her teaching routine with a full class of children zombies. The ...more
* “Followed” by Will McIntosh is the best story in the collection. It supposes a world in which the dead rise and instead of attacking the living, they follow them. But the dead seek out and follow people who “deserve it” according to some sort of cosmic justice. The more exorbitant your lifestyle, the more zombies choose to follow you.
* “How the Day Runs Down” by John Langan. A zomb ...more
In particular, "Some Zombie Contingency Plans" by Kelly Link, "Bobby Conroy Comes Back from the Dead" by Joe Hill ...more
One st ...more
You'll find very few cliches here, very few pieces of bad writing, very few "filler" stories. You will find some of the best speculative fiction writers currently out there today contributing fascinating works concerning the human condition and our preoccupation with the mysteries of death. And while Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Popp ...more
None of these short stories were all that great to me. Each was mediocre at best.
Sex, Death and Sunshine by Clive Barker
Probably the best of the short stories that I read. The man really knows how to compare theater to blow jobs.
Those Who Seek Forgiveness by Laurell K. Hamilton
A peek into Anita's every day job. Interesting, but you're not missing anything in the series if you don't read it.
Bobby Conroy Comes Back from th ...more
That said, there were some stories I really liked. Joe R. Lansdale's was really good, as most of his work is. I'd like to see more stories or a novel based on Jebidiah. And Dan Simmons' "This Year's Class Picture" was outstanding.
Worth a re ...more
Ни один образ не дает писателю такой творческой свободы, как зомби, живой мертвец. Это первый вывод, который напрашивается после чтения «Нежити». Тут же и второй: составитель антологии, Джон Джозеф Адамс, не зря ест свой хлеб. Подборка получилась без малого образцовой.
Разумеется, ударную группу образуют произве ...more
What to say about a HUGE anthology of zombie stories? Really, a lot of it comes down to the fact that zombies are a bit of a harder sell to me. I just don't get as into zombies as I could for a number of reasons, but that was probably why I picked up the book, to challenge myself to try out some stories that I would otherwise probably not read. And the table of contents definitely has some big and interesting names in it. And I will admi ...more
So, what does that mean? It's time to brush off the zombie collections and novels (the few that I have thanks to being fussy) and prepare for Halloween spookiness where I will, no doubt, freak myself out as I've rediscovered all the gore and whatnot that didn't bother ...more
First off, don't go in to this expecting every story to be a standard zombie tale. Don't go in expecting everything to be scary, either. Go in to this expecting a very, very wide spectrum of tales, and an equally wide definition of what it means to be living dead. In some stories you do see classic zombies (the very first is a good example), or are only mild departures from the classic, devastating unde ...more
George R.R. Martin,
Nina Kiriki Hoffman,
Neil Gaiman, and
John Joseph Adams has chosen his material wisely in The Living Dead, a collection of short stories about zombies by some of the biggest and best names in th ...more
About 1/3 of the way through this book I was starting to roll my eyes and say to myself, "Oh god, not ANOTHER person getting it on with a walking corpse..."
This phenomena is present in about 60-70% o ...more
The problems with anthologies is, by telling time you finish that, you have trouble remembering all the bloody stories. And this is no different, save for the quality of stories, which was better than average, and the nicely done introductions for the authors, a bit of background on them and the tale. With authors like George R.R.Martin, Laurell Hamilton, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, and Clive Barker, it's hard to miss. There are some nice variations here, especiall ...more
I especially enjoyed the following stories:
- This Year's Class Picture by Dan Simmons
- Death and Suffrage by Dale Bailey
- The Third Dead Body by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
- The Dead Kid by Darrell Schweitzer
- Malthusian's Zombie by Jeffrey Ford
- Bobby Conroy Comes Back from the Dead by Joe Hill
- Home Delivery by Stephen King
- Bitter Grounds by Neil Gaiman
- Stockholm Syndrome by ...more
Outstanding were works by Brite, Schow and Lansdale but the entire book is impressive with no real duds.
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