Best Zombie Books
Zombies are freakin' scary and the only thing I like more than movies about them are books about them.
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4.46 of 5 stars 4.46 avg rating — 1,979 ratings
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 2,433 ratings
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4.47 of 5 stars 4.47 avg rating — 1,100 ratings
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 19,889 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 70,025 ratings
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 10,955 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 69,476 ratings
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 13,862 ratings
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4.87 of 5 stars 4.87 avg rating — 118 ratings
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 110,205 ratings
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4.93 of 5 stars 4.93 avg rating — 107 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 81,768 ratings
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 59,605 ratings
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 6,464 ratings
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 109,755 ratings
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 511 ratings
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 102,585 ratings
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 7,517 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 14,321 ratings
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 10,471 ratings
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 6,708 ratings
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 21,721 ratings
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 3,130 ratings
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 3,618 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 1,270 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 43,357 ratings
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 4,435 ratings
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 266 ratings
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957 books · 2,331 voters · list created February 22nd, 2011 by Sue (votes) .
Tags: best, horror, scary, zombie
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message 1: by Amanda (new)

Amanda No....they feast on blood and have sentience. They are VAMPIRES


message 2: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Well clearly you fail at reading comprehension then.


message 3: by Guilliam (new)

Guilliam To clear things up, the creatures from 'I Am Legend' are neither zombies nor vampires, which are both under the UNDEAD category. The creatures from this book, however, were not undead but actually living beings afflicted with a mutated vaccine that made them look and act like that.


message 4: by Spencer (new)

Spencer Richard Matheson always said they were vampires but it is debatable. What isn't though is The Passage. Definitely vampires.


message 5: by Azn (last edited Jun 27, 2012 06:53AM) (new)

Azn Amanda wrote: "Um, so the creatures in I am Legend are VAMPIRES people. Not zombies. VAMPIRES. *face-palm*"

And no one gives flying fuck if they're zombies or not. The sub-genre was already too thin to keep spreading it out by differentiating zombie or not zombie by diving into zombie biology. Do you have a degree in zombie biology? Fucking no. Basic definition of zombie is voodooed being, no voodoo = no zombie. Stop with the stupid definition. Zombie is no longer a defining word, it is now a subgenre and should be treated as such. Pointless defining is pointless.

Saying someone fail at reading comprehension because they don't agree with you is not a valid counter argument. My dog shits better argument than you speak.


message 6: by Frank (new)

Frank The Passage and I Am Legend are both Vampires


message 7: by Kevis (last edited Jul 28, 2012 04:04AM) (new)

Kevis Hendrickson Some of the comments above are quite entertaining. Author says his creations are vampires. Readers come back decades later and say they are Zombies. Today we call ourselves humans. Maybe 100 years from now, our descendants will call us 'fish' since scientists say we came from the primordial ooze. Monday morning quarterbacking at best that completely misses the point. Vampires (at least when they aren't twinkling and sparkling) are not Zombies and should not be included on this list. Well, at least that's what I think.


message 8: by Azn (new)

Azn Kevis wrote: "Some of the comments above are quite entertaining. Author says his creations are vampires. Readers come back decades later and say they are Zombies. Today we call ourselves humans. Maybe 100 years ..."

I think you're very amusing, so I think you've done your purpose here. For a reader you have absolutely terrible reading comprehension. Read my post again, I never attempted to argue about the creatures in these horror movies, because if I can call the monsters in I am legend zombies, I can call these shambling brainless corpses from dawn of the dead zombies, which would be absolutely wrong, because like I stated no voodoo = no zombie.
What I said was that zombie is a definition of a sub-genre. Take 28 days later for example, if someone call it a "zombie movie", which it clearly is, the zombie cock-maggots will get all rustled up and cry "wahhh, its not zombie, wahhh!!!"
My point is who the fuck cares, if we go by definition, then there are only two true zombie movies, and they both suck.


message 9: by Kevis (last edited Jul 28, 2012 06:27PM) (new)

Kevis Hendrickson Azn wrote: "Kevis wrote: "I think you're very amusing, so I think you've done your purpose here. For a reader you have absolutely terrible reading comprehension..."

For the record, I understood your message quite well. In fact, I agree with a good deal of it. As for who cares whether or not books centered around vampires should be included on a list for books featuring Zombies, I'll have to venture the opinion that it's mainly a rhetorical debate, but it indeed is quite amusing watching the back and forth. Now that I've said my piece, I'll go back to the sidelines and allow this list about Zombie books to be perused by the more intellectually inclined readers, of which, as you say, and as I am more than happy to admit, I am not.


message 10: by Azn (new)

Azn Kevis wrote: "Azn wrote: "Kevis wrote: "I think you're very amusing, so I think you've done your purpose here. For a reader you have absolutely terrible reading comprehension..."

For the record, I understood yo..."


Man I never said you're not intelligent. I'm just saying arguing semantics is pointless. It's great that you understood what I tried to convey because that's exactly the message I'm trying to send.


message 11: by Drew (new)

Drew Holden I've read Max Brooks's World War Z, JL Bourne's Day by Day Armageddon & Beyond Exile. I really enjoyed these 3. I think it has more to do with the variety of coverage the books give to the zombie outbreaks, the military aspect, the coolness of the main characters, and the overall eerieness without being too over-the-top. Can anyone suggest more zombie books that are similar in nature to these?

I've also read Jonathan Maberry's Rot & Ruin and Patient Zero, Tony Faville's Kings of the Dead, and Mira Grant's Newsflesh: Feed. These were all pretty good, but in my opinion, not as good as the first 3.


message 12: by Wes (new)

Wes Remington I have just added my book Zombie Apocalypse: Combat and Survival to this list. Download a FREE copy from www.endoftimesurvival.com until 4/16/13!

Please feel free to rate and review it. Enjoy!

Zombie Apocalypse  Combat and Survival by Wes Remington


message 14: by Simeon (last edited Jan 06, 2014 06:57PM) (new)

Simeon Cryonic: A Zombie Novel has had its ranking inflated by fake accounts (100+ of them - completely blank profiles with no friends, no other read books) all ranking the book #1.


message 15: by dave (new)

dave fantastic list. great job


message 16: by Sherry (new)

Sherry By far the best zombie series I've read is zombie fallout by Mark Tufo , the suspense in these books is very good and I love the humor and underlying humor is fantastic . Definitely give them a try !!


message 17: by Nancy (last edited Jun 02, 2014 02:01PM) (new)

Nancy Spedding Mark Tufo is the best zombie writer ever...read him and you will not be disappointed!!


message 18: by T.M. (new)

T.M. Williams The Apocalypse - Undead Winter by T.M.  Williams

The Apocalypse, a new Zombie book is having a Goodreads giveaway


message 19: by Jay (new)

Jay Cee Drew wrote: "I've read Max Brooks's World War Z, JL Bourne's Day by Day Armageddon & Beyond Exile. I really enjoyed these 3. I think it has more to do with the variety of coverage the books give to the zombie o..."
The Autumn series is very good. The author goes to great lengths to convey what the inflicted are (zombies), but the word is never used. Multiple story lines converge the father into the series you go.


message 20: by Jay (new)

Jay Cee "Autumn(series)" by David Moody, left me amazed and yearning for more of the genre. Mark tufo with his "Zombie Fallout(series)", really got me in an equally disturbing way. "Autumn" is a serious take on the undead and "Zombie Fallout" is fantastically infused with hilarious inner monologs.


message 21: by Yzabel (new)

Yzabel Ginsberg Why is 50 Shades of Grey on this list? Because it's a paper-lobotomy that turns readers into zombies? o_O


message 22: by T.M. (new)

T.M. Williams Yzabel wrote: "Why is 50 Shades of Grey on this list? Because it's a paper-lobotomy that turns readers into zombies? o_O"

LMAO!


message 23: by Yzabel (new)

Yzabel Ginsberg Yzabel wrote: "Why is 50 Shades of Grey on this list? Because it's a paper-lobotomy that turns readers into zombies? o_O"

"50 Shades of Grey" removed now. Clearly miscategorised.


message 24: by Ashley (last edited Jun 29, 2014 11:49PM) (new)

Ashley "50 Shades Darker" and "50 Shades Freed" or whatever book 2 & 3 are called are still on here. :/ CRAZY. "Divergent" as well.


message 25: by Yzabel (new)

Yzabel Ginsberg Thanks, Ashley. Deleted from the list as of now.


message 26: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Richmond well i see talk of i am legend vampires being zombies hmmmmmmm


message 27: by Jonathan (last edited Oct 19, 2014 01:31PM) (new)

Jonathan Echevarria Zombie Fallout 2: A Plague Upon Your Family is on this list twice. Seems kind of pointless right? I mean both copies are on the first page.


message 28: by Erin (new)

Erin (Bluestocking Bookworm) I am thinking Tufo has had his books' ranking inflated by fake accounts. I have read the first and part of the second. They can't hold a candle against some of the others on here.


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