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I, Zombie

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This book contains foul language and fouler descriptions of life as a zombie. It will offend most anyone, so proceed with caution or not at all.

And be forewarned: This is not a zombie book. This is a different sort of tale. It is a story about the unfortunate, about those who did not get away. It is a human story at its rotten he
Kindle Edition, 222 pages
Published August 15th 2012 by Broad Reach Publishing
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Peter Spenser
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: zombie fans who want something a little different.

There are conventions that are common to each type of monster story: vampires suck blood, werewolves grow hair, and zombies are mindless, out-of-control creatures whose only thoughts—if they can be said to have any at all—are to kill and eat living people.

But what if zombies were not exactly like that… mindless, I mean. What if a zombie’s brain was a still-functioning, still-thinking organ trapped within a body that it couldn’t control, a body that obeyed its own primal inst
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at with 4 1/2 stars.

Imagine a zombie. An image springs instantly to mind. A rotting corpse, shuffling along, arms held out clumsily, grunting and groaning as it makes its way inexorably forward. Now imagine you, yourself, your ego, inside that zombie. You are that zombie, your consciousness trapped inside a brain that no longer has control over your body, your life, your insatiable hunger. You watch yourself feast on the flesh of those who ar
Renee Nicole
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Just when you think you've heard every type of zombie story imaginable, in walks Hugh Howey with I, Zombie.

See, this isn't a story of survival. Its a group of chilling memoirs on what it's actually like to be a zombie. On the outside, they're mindless monsters feeding off the flesh of the living. But on the inside? Their minds still work. They know who they are, where they came from, and they feel every pain that we, the living, would feel.

The novel is broken into parts, following around differe
Niels Pedersen
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of Hugh's since Wool 1 was a giveaway, since we demanded he keep writing. We the public who said to Hugh, "don't you dare stop writing or we will find you and make you keep at it."

I guess we only have ourselves to blame.

I pre -ordered this book, as an Ebook, so I've had it for a few days now. A few days for this book to take on a physical presence in my house. To speak to me, a voice that asks me, "what do I think I'm doing?". I try to answer this voice, "hey man, I really need
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2012
I picked this one to read shortly after finishing the Wool Omnibus, based on the plot and reviews. The concept of zombies retaining their human consciousness was too interesting to pass up. And Howey can definitely write. Choice of words, imagery, and he has a way of putting us right in the middle of a story, of feeling like we're sitting beside the character or even in their head. But ultimately, I was disappointed. Different zombies, slightly different perspectives, all doing the same thing. U ...more
Bon Tom
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ever since reading Silo Saga, I consider one of the life's great truths that there are natural born mega talents walking among us that turn everything they touch into gold. And, since it's often their very first, debut works that blew everything away (Silo Saga) that take hope from mortals they'll ever achieve something similar, it looks there's not even effort behind the scenes.

Seemingly, they turn the pipe and magic just flows.

I Zombie is a prime example of above. You think, one more zombie b
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook
She was awash in misery, drowning, stranded, bit at by gleaming fish that carried away her flesh. And the worst part was that she couldn’t die.

That's only a small sample of the excellent writing to be had in this short novel about that old standby "zombie apocalypse", written from the viewpoint of the zombies themselves. Staggering around, broken and rotten, or only recently turned or about to be turned, the reader is given a huge buffet of thoughts, feelings and musings from the undead.

It start
Karen’s Library
What a ride!! The first few pages were alot of eewwwws, where I'd have to shut the book. Minutes later, I'd pick it back up and once I got used to the gore of it, I was completely hooked. (Is it bad that I got "used" to the gore?!) I've never experienced so many emotions in 2 days of reading before... Shock, awe, sadness, even goosebumples at some of the human moments... This book sucked me in and I.could.not.look.away. Just when I thought I was safe, another one of those moments would pop up th ...more
Michael Flanagan
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
How many ways did I like thee, let me count:

1. It's about Zombies....enough said
3. It bring a perspective to the tired old Zombie genre that is like a refreshing rain on a Spring day
4. It is AWESOME
5. It had me hanging out for me next chance to delve into its pages.
6. Did I mention it ROCKS...I think I did.

Hugh Howey keeps going from strength to strength delivering one good read after the next This is one author to definitely keep your eyes on. Lets hope there is a We Zombie in the wi
As a huge Hugh Howey fan, I was disappointed in this one. It gets a bump to 2 stars because his writing is so impressive. But the lack of a story gets in the way of... you know, the story. I couldn't get through it.

The great thing about Howey's books is they are so inexpensive that you don't regret trying them out, even when they end up being bad.

Looking forward to the next Wool installment.
Brent R.
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
You know that little demon in the back of your mind that you won't even admit lurks in your secret inner thoughts? He's real, he's not nice and Hugh is about to hand him a six pack of Red Bull and let him bore some holes through the "prim and proper" parts of your psyche!

First off - I am a huge HH fan and I'm sure that probably biased my ratings. As I see it, everyone is biased, but at least you now know one of mine. I will try to keep this review more about content to assist you in deciding if
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: zombies
You may have seen warnings about this book that it's gory and it's not for the weak of... stomach. This is extremely true. Do not ignore these warnings. Granted, I read this book while eating dinner (consisting of noodles, no less) but I have a pretty strong stomach.

This is quite a different type of zombie book, one that I have not come across before (and I've read a decent amount of zombie books!). It takes your typical flesh-eating, shuffling zombie and wonders what if the original human mind
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Don't be afraid of what you'll become.
Be afraid of what you are.

This zombie book kind of transcends the genre. I have read a lot of zombie stories in my day, but I have never come across one that made me do more reflecting on my life than this one. As always, Hugh Howey's character development is uncanny, drawing you in and making you part of his world. I've read everything this author has written, and am an admitted fan-boy. That being said, this is right up there with his best work.

This is no
The warning in the summary is not just a gimmick. Seriously. It's a straight up warning!! Proceed with great caution for those with weak stomachs and even for somewhat steady stomachs. Ack!!!

After having read this book, I can still say it was definitely a test. I nearly gagged several times, & yet I kept reading. It was a bit long for the premise. It followed the "lives" of various zombies from their personal perspective, as they were still alive inside.

Although I probably could have done witho
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
I absolutely love the Wool series so I was interested to read more of the author's work. The concept that the zombies are self aware is great but I just couldn't get past a certain story. If you read it you will know which one I mean. I completely stopped reading the book and will probably just move on with my life!
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
This was great! I never thought about how the zombies might actually feel about their predicament, but after reading this, I might actually feel sorry for them....providing I escaped. I definitely recommend this for horror fiction fans.
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
fresh idea, but probably better suited as a short story.
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
i'm pretty sure this is the most disgusting book i've ever read! no regrets
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Howey could market this as a weight-loss miracle: Thanks for the appetite loss, sir!

His descriptions are vivid, detailed and grotesque, painted in such a way that makes it impossible for one to self-imagine the text into a less gruesome version, or to stop reading. There is no filter, no idea shielded from the reader as the graphic scenes begin their merciless, shuffling onslaught, page after page, from the very first words to the very last.

He can’t say he didn’t warn us, right there, in t
Kenny Bellew
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Obviously, this is a zombie book. It's not what I thought it was. It's a collection of mini stories, mostly about life as a Zombie or becoming one. These zombies have two brains: a monster brain, which their owner's can not control, and the original person's mind and memories that live as a prisoner within the zombie monster. So, the zombie might eat her own mother, but the zombie's inner human would be horrified at watching herself do it. Howey circles between telling a half dozen zombie person ...more
Timothy Ward
Plain and simple, the most horrific book I've ever read. There, now go buy it.

In, I, Zombie, Hugh Howey, breakout author of Wool Omnibus, displays his acute observations on the spectrum of humanity's sins, desires and failures in the most horrifying and genuinely personal zombie book I've read. If this book doesn't move you to live a better, more appreciative life, than you might already be a zombie. This modern day Dante's Inferno illustrates slavery to sin through minds awakened to their sin a
Aaron Bouw
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
i very much wanted to give this a 5 star, and I may if I ever get around to a second read, but it didn't captivate me the way Wool did. I sensed there were bigger themes lurking under the surface of the short stories within the book, and the writing by Hugh Howey is again impeccable, but the zombie-gore porn turned out to be somewhat of a distraction. As a huge fan of Stephen King growing up, I didn't think I would ever admit that shocking descriptions of violent acts and grotesqueness could dis ...more
Jay Batson
Sep 14, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm a Hugh Howie fan. How this guy writes so well as a new-ish author blows me away.

Despite my unabashed affection, I couldn't totally get there with this book. Two things strike me in retrospect:

- I just can't do zombies. They have a placement problem. They're supposed to exist in the world we inhabit, but they strain credulity in that setting. I can't allow for how they would come to be. I can do crazy settings; I like the worlds of Stephen Palmer. But zombies among us? My brain won't go with
Aug 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
My 1/5 rating is purely a personal opinion, tailored for me, in this case more than most. Zombies, apparently, just aren't my thing. I've never read a zombie book (WWZ's been on my queue forever... that I just haven't feel the desire to start in on), but I thought the premise for I, Zombie was brilliant, and I love Hugh's previous work, so I thought I'd give it a shot. Turns out: nope, not for me. I wasn't offended, or grossed out, I just got bored reading about zombies. The inner monologue was ...more
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Must read for any (ADULT) Zombie fan.

This book is a different from the usual zombie fare. In I, Zombie, Howey tells a great story but this time it is from the Zombie's point of view. He does a great job of writing the zombies. Each chapter is either the name or someone who has or is about to turn. From the very first page you find out what it would feel like to be or turn into a zombie.

Sometimes it can be a bit hard to read but that is just because it feels so real. One particularly interestin
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
First, the gore is off-putting. It's REALLY gory and graphic. But that's the only reason I took away a star. I can't recommend this to a lot of my friends who would prefer not to wade through the hip-deep viscera in order to get to the story, and that's a shame. Because the story is really good, the writing is excellent, the characters well developed. The premise is intriguing, and kept me reading despite the disgust. I felt empathy with many of the characters, and was riveted - so much so that ...more
Dean Italiano
Mar 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
Hubby suggested two books. I read WOOL first and loved it. The idea was really cool, I liked the characters, I never knew what was going to happen next. Man, I could have kept reading long past where he ended this story. I still want to know how those kids end up. I'm finding I like books that have a slow reveal, where the curtain is drawn back inch by inch, and a larger picture becomes clear. I, ZOMBIE is the opposite of that. How could I like one book so much and not the other? Ugh, the repeti ...more
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fair warning, this book is not for the squeamish or faint of heart. It is very graphic, super gross, and quite horrifying. So I really liked it and that makes me wonder about the type of person I am. Anyway, I love Hugh Howey's writing as usual, books about Zombies are definitely my thing, and something unique is really what I want in a book. And this was a totally fresh and different take on the Zombie genre that I hadn't ever seen and it wouldn't have occurred to me at all. A book written from ...more
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombie
A whole new perspective on zombies.
Full of gore and - most of all - despair.
You end up craving the parts where he's following/talking about the living. Just to get a glimpse of a chance of an opportunity to maybe...

never mind.

Great read.
I did find he sometimes repeats himself, quite literally, just a few paragraphs apart. But this is nitpicking. And while I'm at it: there were no (except for three oddly placed) chapter markers on my kindle...

No zombie entertainment will ever be the same.
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-my-library
Whenever I hear of a story that is told from the perspective of the zombie, I automatically think it will be humorous. This book is definitely not humorous! Howey has made zombies scary again. I've wondered if there will be thought after death, but I never considered whether or not the living dead could have normal thoughts. This is what makes the story so frightening. Being the same person mentally but not being able to control yourself physically. Great read!
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