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The Living Dead

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  17 reviews
It begins with one body.

A pair of medical examiners find themselves battling a dead man who wont stay dead.

It spreads quickly.

In a Midwestern trailer park, an African American teenage girl and a Muslim immigrant battle newly-risen friends and family. On a US aircraft carrier, living sailors hide from dead ones while a fanatic makes a new religion out of death. At a cable
Hardcover, 656 pages
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by Tor Books
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Intellectual Magpie
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I got The Living Dead by George A. Romero/Daniel Kraus in the mail I couldnt stop myself from diving right in and Im glad i did! Overall 5/5 stars for this zombie apocalypse horror fiction novel. I am incredibly picky when it comes to my zombie books, they are my one TRUE fear and have been led to disappointment with almost everyone Ive read so far... but this book gripped me and kept me hooked for the entire almost 700 pages. Told almost like your reading archives in the future this book ...more
Mar 13, 2020 rated it liked it

I dont know that this book was necessary.

Im sort of bummed to say that. I mean, I love the idea of a tribute to Romero, and I did like many of the characters, but

The beginning was terrific. I loved reading about how things started. But eventually, all the different story lines felt unsatisfying. I also wanted a bit more of a world view of what was happening.

Kraus is a skilled writer. Theres an autopsy scene thats either the most horrific or most erotically charged thing Ive read. And the fact
Becky Spratford
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
STAR Review in the April 2020 issue of Library Journal and on the blog:

Three Words That Describe This Book: compellingly paced, character centered, classic updated and completed
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

I would imagine that finishing a book by Romero could be described as Herculean, at the very least. You've got to help broadcast Romero's style and his approach to zombie lore, all the while not seeming like you're just re-hashing modern iterations of the sub-genre. I imagine is this roughly a final entry for the legend, capping off a promise made long ago.

It's got the hallmarks of his great films: Scary yet contemplative, prophetic, indicting, cathartic, and not without moments of
Roger Bailey
Mar 08, 2020 rated it liked it
It all started with George Romero. After all the films this book looked to be the final word from Romero. No budget restrictions or worries about box office. Unfortunately he passed away before it could be completed.

Thus lies the rub with this one. There are a lot of times it just doesn't feel like Romero. Whether he's rewriting the history of his classics or another author finished his work, who knows. The book begins in an almost mosaic fashion; with multiple characters and jumping back and
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
George A. Romero and Daniel Kraus brings forth a new novel where dead people quit staying dead and begin eating the living. Known by many names, Them, ghouls, biters and zombies, Romero and Kraus conceives brilliant intertwined storylines exploiting the infiltration of The Living Dead. Not holding back on creativity, gore and characterization definitely establishes many unpredictable tense moments for the reader. This extensive apocalyptic epic comes in at a whopping 650 pages that provide ...more
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Besides the Goldfinch, this is the longest book I've ever read. Unlike the Goldfinch, it didn't feel like it. I'm not even a big "zombie aficionado" and this book sucked me in from page one. An amalgamation of dozens of stories told from multiple points of view, it's a study in humanity, the best and worst of us. I cheered at moments, cringed at gore, flipped pages faster and faster to inhale this story. Truly a great read and an absolute credit to the genre.
Toni Boughton
This is a damn good book. This deserves to be on the NYT bestsellers list. This deserves to be mentioned as the height of zombie fiction alongside 'World War Z'.

There is blood and gore for the hardcore zombie fan, but there is also a thoughtful, well-written, well-constructed look at how people pull together when things fall apart. The ending, especially, lingers with you long after you've set the book aside.

*free copy from NetGalley*
Desiree Leonard
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I want this book off of Goodreads and I am so glad that I did what I did amazing read anything that I can get my hands on zombie wise I absolutely do, It was great to read something Mr.Romero he was such a talented man, this was Splendid read of ups and downs and also getting a little bit of understanding of what happened and how the zombie pique in the way that they were. Having Daniel Kraus pick up where mr. Romero left off with a perfect person to continue with writing this book they Blended ...more
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Horror fans, zombie fans and good story telling fans, The Living Dead is the book for you. Thanks to Goodreads Giveaways I received the over 600 page arc and found it to be relentless nonstop action. A page turner. Scary, scary, scary. There are multiple settings (see book description above) and multiple characters who you will root for their survival. ...more
Shantel May
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: won
If you're into zombies and action packed books, you'll love this book, although it's 600 pages, you'll still crave more!
Sergi Viciana
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: no-realismo, z
Una oportunidad perdida tras otra. Qué pena.
Cj Zawacki
Mar 27, 2020 rated it liked it
George A Romero, the father of the zombie movie generation, had been writing a book to when he passed away in 2017. Romero had wanted to complete the start of the Living Dead Plague to it's finish.
Author Daniel Kraus was asked by Romero's family to finish his novel. Kraus is best known as his work , the Shape of Water. Taking on this endeavor, he studied the films and writings of Romero. He also developed a close understanding with Romero's widow,Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, to understand more of
Nicole Winter
Mar 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaway-wins
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Teresa Lavender
Mar 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I received this from goodreads. I do love apocalyptic stories. This was OK at best. A bit of a different twist on how and why the "virus" occurred. I really don't think it needed to be as long as it was. I can read a large book in record time if it keeps my interest. I have to admit that I drifted a few times.
Michael Hicks
I'll have my review available closer to release, but Patreon supporters can read it now at
Carlos Diaz
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Se hace demasiado largo, demasiado descriptivo, demasiado lento, y con demasiados personajes. Las escenas son innecesariamente largas. Sobran 100 o 200 páginas.
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George Andrew Romero was an American film director, screenwriter and editor, best known for his gruesome and satirical horror films about a hypothetical zombie apocalypse, beginning with Night of the Living Dead (1968). He is nicknamed "Godfather of all Zombies."

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