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Times Square, New York City: The first ever mass séance is broadcasting live on the Sunrise morning show. If it works, the spirits of the departed on the other side will have a brief window -- just a few minutes -- to send a final message to their grieving loved ones.

Clasping hands in an impenetrable grip, three mediums call to their spirit guides as the audience looks on
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Kindle Edition, 323 pages
Published October 21st 2008 by MTV Books (first published October 14th 2008)
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Sesana
Interesting take on zombies. Because the dead are being reanimated by the dark side of the returned souls of the dead, they're vocal, move like humans, and are smart enough to lay traps. I'm not sure I 100% bought into the whole picture, but I did appreciate the original touches.

Unfortunately, most of the narrative is far too fractured. There are four different story threads that come together far too slowly, when two would have been more than enough. The characters don't get developed as much
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

I have a thing for zombies. Don't worry, it's not as horrible as it sounds. Okay, yes, it probably is kind of gruesome. But anyway, back to the task at hand, which is Christopher Golden's SOULLESS. I can basically sum up this review in four words: This. Book. Is. Awesome.

However, readers have come to expect more from our reviews, so I'll do my best to oblige.

The best thing about SOULLESS, besides it's amazing characters, great dialogue, and superb writing, is
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The Flooze
Jan 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zombie and horror fans. Those who like The Stand.
I've only read a few of Christopher Golden's books, but I can think of one word that applies thus far: engrossing.

Golden is excellent at setting a chilling scene of devastation and survival. His zombie apocalypse focuses on the hungry dead. But this isn't just some contagion turning the living into mindless, ravenous corpses. Instead, Golden brings the supernatural into play and grants his zombies memories, purpose, the ability to reason...these bastards are wily. Having dear departed dad hurl
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Clarice
Nov 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: at-the-library
So, I read a zombie book and am terrified of zombies. I think it's because there's no reasoning with zombies. They just want to eat your brains (or in this case, all of you). And are for the most part unstoppable. Yikes!

Anyway, this was definitely a scary book. I had to go read something else to counteract the scared of zombie vibe I was in the midst of. Also it was really enjoyable. There are a good variety of characters all with their own stuff going on and I found favorites among them. Overal
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Karin
Aug 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For the first time ever, three powerful mediums are going to join hands on a live morning TV show in order to conduct the largest ever seance. The minute they join hands, people in the live studio audience begin to hear voices and feel the bone chilling cold that is so often associated with the spirit world. Panic breaks out and rightly so….the spirits have been given the opportunity to come through an open door into the world of the living and they aren’t wasting any time.

Spirits are returning
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Brooke
Oct 31, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, horror
Christopher Golden is one of my favorite horror authors, and while I didn't like Soulless as much as some of his other novels (such as Wildwood Road), I still thought it was enjoyable and mostly well-written.

Soulless is a zombie novel with a twist - the zombies are inhabited by the negative side of the dead summoned by mediums on a morning talk show (the positive side having already moved on to the afterlife). These zombies are drawn back to their loved ones in order to taunt and eat them. And
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Lucy
Sep 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: zombie fans
Zombies! In New York City!

For the first time ever, three powerful mediums join hands on the set of a live broadcast morning show in Times Square. If the seance goes according to plan, there will be a short window where people around the world will have a chance to say goodbye to the spirits of their departed loved ones.

But things don't go according to plan. Instead, the mediums slump over, comatose. And as they do, the dead start to rise. They are seeking out their loved ones, but they are also
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Karissa
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an interesting blend of supernatural horror and good ole’ zombie apocalypse. This was well written and hard to put down, I read it in two sittings. The story really explores the question of what people will do to survive. It also looks at the value of saving one person’s life who you know against saving thousands that you don’t know.

The book jumps between a lot of different POVs and it was a little hard to keep track of everyone at first. However, this ended up working well for th
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Tiffany
May 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
That was intense. I wonder how I would have pictured this book before I watched The Walking Dead. A lot of the horrific imagery the book described could be linked directly to a scene in The Walking Dead for me. The ending was a little anticlimatic but I guess the easiest solution is usually the best? It doesn't take away from the book at least.
Books On Replay
This book didn't excite me like I thought it would. I made it through about half of it, and I just lost interest and moved onto something else. So many fantastic reviews on here, and I honestly was at least somewhat enjoying it, but I'm just not interested in finishing it. I'd rather read something I'm really excited about. DNF
Alicia
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: male, magical, mystery
When the dead raise up and co-mingle with the living, all hell breaks loose. However, I couldn't get past the very boring and drawn out introduction of a daughter's dysfunctional relationship with her "medium" dad who kind of started this whole mess.
Lance
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies
One of the more outlandish origins of Zombies I have ever read. They come after a mass seance goes horribly wrong.
Mari
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read a ton of zombie books; on the basic front of action & survivalism, the book fared well. I appreciate, as always, Golden's approach and creativity.

There were a few too many viewpoints in this book, for no real reason I could tell. I appreciated that he wanted ? to make it diverse but everyone asian was described as "exotic." Even the Korean gang member was described as "he must have had something other than Korean in his background because he had that exotic mixed race look" (p
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Julieta
The fact that the zombies had parts of themselves left, that they had memories of who they were before they died, made them a lot scarier than they already were. And let's not forget the fact that they became smarter by the hour and they could even lay traps for the living.

This scared the crap out of me. No idea how I'm sleeping tonight lol.
Kah Cherub
Feb 19, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pure leftist propaganda...
Donna Brown
I'm a real fan of The Walking Dead show so this was an interesting take on zombies for me. I even laughed ad some of the things the zombies said. It was a fast paced spreading of zombies.
Summer Seeds
I didn't buy into the premise, and I didn't really feel a connection to any of the characters.
Ben
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scary, quick read. A different take on zombie story, and it gives you an explanation of how the zombie apocalypse.
How would you react to the dead coming back? A lot like Snow Blind in that the novel discusses the difference between body, soul and spirit in brief.

Truest a book that makes you loose yourself in that universe and ask what if this actually happened
B. Hale
Nov 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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Erin
Oct 14, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Christopher Golden. I think he's one of the most imaginative and prolific writers today, and I'm surprised he doesn't have a bigger following among the "fangirl nation" that helped series like Twilight ride the pop culture wave to super best-seller status.

My own fangirl-ness aside, however, I have to admit -- I was a little underwhelmed by Soulless. I liked the idea -- three powerful mediums merge their talents for the first live, on-air mass seance, after which supernatural chaos ensues
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Dia Johnson
Feb 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I have always been a fan of books that gather suspense, violence, mystery and drama into one pot. Therefore I naturally gravitated towards this book here. After reading the reviews and looking over the summary of the book it seemed to be the perfect read for me. Beside the great use of violence and gore in this zombie novel, many readers also spoke highly of the suspense and mystery, which followed.

Written in third person, Christopher Golden’s Soulless, followed the journey of numerous characte
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I’ve always been into the supernatural, and I love the urban fantasy stuff that has been circulating lately. Vampires, werewolves, ghosts – you name it, I’ll read it. But give me something about zombies and I’m more likely to make fun of it . For some reason, zombies and I don’t mesh. They’re the one fictional construct that I just can’t digest. I know it’s irrational (I mean, come on, I like vampires) and honestly, I can’t pinpoint exactly why I feel like this, but its always been this way and ...more
BizarreLibrary
Mar 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Phoenix Cormier’s father is a professor and just so happens to also talk to the dead. Along with two other very well known mediums, her father plans on communicating with the after life so they can pass messages to the living from their dead loved ones all at once. They do this on a morning New York show called Sunrise. While on live TV, they show all of New York what is happening, but something goes terribly wrong. It seems the spirits have another idea, other then sending messages. It doesn’t ...more
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief i'm not actually mad!
Heads up, Possible Spoilers. Continue at your own risk ;)

So I waited a bit to long to write an informed detailed review. Though I do recall not really caring about any of the charatcers or being overly interested in their stories until the end. Now the end turned out to be very interesting indeed. For one they actually managed to end the apocalypse! I have never read a book where this has happened before so that was awesome.
Now the event that actually had some effect on me towards at least one
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Alli
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-11
Wow. Just. Wow. This book pretty much blew me away. I am somewhat easy to win over when it comes to apocalypses and especially zombies but this was near perfect zombie literature in my opinion.

The story grips you nearly right away, the pacing is incredible, I literally could not read it fast enough. It is so action packed and intense and yet amazingly thought provoking at the same time. The whole spirit and soul conundrum is obvious but the more subtle of what it takes to survive of what you be
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BookNerdette
Dec 08, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Krystle
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beginning started out fairly normal. I was surprised though, that the zombies appeared rather early on in the story. The first description of the zombies made me cringe and my heart thumping.

Christopher has a knack for describing the emotions and expressions of people as they find out about the 'Uprising' endemic. He describes the zombie attacks with great detail and gore, too. I usually HATE anything related to zombies (I have a fear for them), but somehow this book sort of 'drew me in', if
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Sarah (saz101)
Jun 27, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: zombie fans, action/thriller fans
I read someone refer to this book as 'the best zombie movie I've ever read,' and I don't think they could be more right.

After the world's first televised séance goes horribly wrong, the dead start digging themselves out from their graves, and returning home. They're not just after sweet, juicy, brains (though they'd like some of them too, thanks very much); they're returning to their homes and the people they loved in life ('Honey, I'm home! BRAINS! OMNOMNOMNOM!'). Two college rivals, a young g
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GateGypsy
Jan 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: zombie fans, teen fic readers, horror/suspense readers
Like most of the other reviewers, I have to agree that this book is really great. I'm a huge zombie fan -- as most of the other readers are -- so I, too, was worried about these talking zombies. However, as other reviewers have already voiced, Golden's explanation for why these zombies talk, run, even apparently think and reason, is viable and one that I am willing to accept for the duration of this novel. It's a unique way to create zombies. I did not even once have the urge to slam the book sh ...more
Alexis Masters
Very interesting theory about the triple nature of humans, and how zombies would be possible as many different types found in lore. There is the physical (the body, the material makeup), the soul (the "positive" part, the person's good and loving self that ascends to heaven upon the moment of death), and the spirit (the "negative" part, the person's bad or bitter, angry self that stays behind and causes the ghost sightings and hauntings in the world). During a séance gone wrong, the spirits are ...more
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Christopher Golden is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) Mind the Gap. Golden co-wrote the lavishly illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola, which they are currently scripting as a feature film ...more
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