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Tomes of the Dead by Simon Bestwick
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Jul 25, 09

Read in July, 2009

I've been reading Simon's short fiction for over a decade, have watched him progress fantastically as an author, and was very impressed with his novella 'The Narrows' in the We Fade to Grey antho earlier this year. Tide of Souls is the first novel-length piece of work of his I've tried, written for a range of unconnected zombie books published by Abaddon Books. I enjoyed it very much, though I'm struggling to find much original in zombie fiction these days, no matter how good they might be in their own right. It's a shame, because Bestwick uses a powerful, blunt, and organic written technique to make the most of the bleak horror of the tale, and his characters are beautifully shaped. It was the characters as individuals that kept me reading, more than the quirks of this particular zombie apocalypse, and I closed the book a happy reader. Even if you think you've had your fill of the walking dead for a while, give this the benefit of the doubt if you see it on the shelf.
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