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Rock And Roll Reform School Zombies by Bryan Smith
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Read on April 23, 2011

Exhibit A to resolve the question: "Will Marvin read anything?"

Rock and Roll Reform School Zombies is the equivalent of a very bad 1980's low budget horror movie but at least it is the equivalent to an enjoyable very bad 1980s low budget horror movie. Mixing not so equal parts of Return of The Living Dead and Reform School Girls, the plot evolves around two teenage headbangers in the Reagan's 80s attempting to bust their friend out of a religious right reformatory designed to remove the corruption of heavy metal and punk rock from delinquent minds. But a meteor crashes nearby causing...what else?...zombies.

There is the makings of a nifty socio-political satire here and the author's over the top writing certainly adds to the fun. But in the last half of the book, it becomes a typical zombie vs. humans bloodbath losing any of the originality that was promised at the beginning. Add to this a depressing epilogue that left a bitter taste in my mouth because it was far from the tongue-in-cheek horror comedy that preceded it. Yet for the most part I enjoyed the novel for its gross-out humor. Wouldn't hurt to get out your old Ramones and Plasmatics vinyls and play them full volume while reading this.

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