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Zombie Apocalypse! by Stephen Jones
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Feb 03, 11

Er... yes, that's right. I read a book called Zombie Apocalypse. Bang go any highbrow pretensions I might have had. But I have loved horror films for as long as I can rememember, and my love for Romero's zombie flicks knows no bounds. So this is a natural extension in some ways.

In fairness , this is a (slightly) different proposition to what one might assume from the cover and title. A mosaic novel, essentially short stories telling a larger overall story, written by some leading genre writers including the unmatchable Michael Marshall Smith. All the stories are in the form of 'found reportage' - police reports, emails, twitter feeds, blogs etc - and they tell the familiar tale of a mysterious outbreak which slowly spread round first London and then the world. The real pleasure is in the way the story unravels, with various authors having their own unique spins: Marshall Smith's scene setting prologue provides an emotional introduction; a police report is practically a film script in waiting; the ongoing diary of a schoolgirl makes the transition from adolescent wittering to harrowing disaster.

The various authors mean it is occasionally uneven, and while most of it is well organised there are the occasional contradictions and repetitions. There is also a slight tendency for some to choose the same twist (a variant on 'reader, he ate my brains'). Most disappointing are the last 2 or 3 episodes, which change tone dramatically and don't bring it to any satisfying close.

That said, it's mostly an entertaining read and a pleasure for any zombie nerd. It has the added (though decidedly subjective) appeal of locating the zombie outbreak in the exact place I live. Which is interesting...

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message 1: by Russell (new)

Russell George Love Michael Marshall Smith - genius.

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