The Living Dead 2
While there were some really great stories in this antho (largely by proven authors like Gary A Braunbeck, David J Schow, Brian Keene, Sarah Langan and Jonathan Maberry) most of them just weren't all that stellar and came off more as tales you could easily forget shortly after finishing the book. Maybe I'm a bit spoiled having gotten hooked on horror in the 90s when ...more
Alone, Together by Robert Kirkman (3 stars) - I would read a full length book if this story was/is expanded on. It's not the best one I've read so far, IMO, but it's definitely good. I'm not so into the whole 'love story in the middle of zombie territory' but some people can pull it off.
Danger Word by Steven Barnes & ...more
But they're not. There are some stories in here that are truly terrible. They need to be removed from reality. Potentially even the auth ...more
NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART!
Amazing, 5 stars, a keeper.
Obviously, my favorites
The Anteroom by Adam-Troy Castro
This was some good 2nd person prose. It was different, and i liked the twist on the afterlife and the possibility that zom ...more
Recently I discovered a sampler of this book through the Baen Free Library showcasing some of the stories conta ...more
From my recollection there was little in this book that I found disturbing or made me feel uneasy. I don't like gross-out horror, which is not in evidence here. I don't need vivid descriptions of teeth biting into rotten flesh, thanks. ...more
Reading this now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, makes me think how it could be worse! 😀 Reading some of these on the day that celebrates Jesus rising from the dead makes me think that it could be better too! The undead on these pages are not so forgiving!
Lots of short stories in here! Some hits, some misses, but all zombies! You have stories from "The Walking Dead"'s Robert Kirkman and "World War Z"'s Max Brooks, among many others. My favorite in this coll ...more
I bought this Anthology for one reason only: Robert Kirkman. I'm a huge fan of his comic The Walking Dead so I was excited to see his very first published prose story:
This story is about a couple trying to stay alive after a zombie apocalypse. The narraton focuses on the reminiscence of Timothy about his former love and his current relationship. I really enjoyed this story,what it lacks in zombie viole ...more
Matt London, "Mouja": Zombies invade The Seven Samurai. Doesn't quite get beyond the premis ...more
Starred Review. You don't have to be a zombie-lover to enjoy this outstanding follow-up to 2008's The Living Dead. Anthologist extraordinaire Adams has assembled 43 stories that showcase strong writing and imagination. Unexpected settings include a lost world with surviving dinosaurs (Brian Keene's "Lost Canyon of the Dead") and a pirate ship (Amelia Beamer's "Pirates vs. Zombies"). Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due's "Danger Word" and David Wellington's "Good People" cont...more
The collection begins with a short introduction by Adams going ...more
"Everglades" by Mira Grant (part of the Newsflesh universe)
Debbie thinks about the lessons her Grandpa used to tell her about and how some things just aren't worth surviving. This is set just after the breakout of the epidemic (about two or so decades before Feed) and concerns a small group of survivors waiting for rescue on a college campus. I think that the story has a wei ...more
I think I liked this one a little more than its immediate predecessor, The Living Dead, but it's a bit tricky to judge... because while I can't think of a standout story from this collection, I also didn't find any that were just a slog and I hated reading, except perhaps the last couple, but to be fair I think that was more about me coming down with a case of STAF (Single Theme Anthology Fatigue) rather than the stories themselves. I ...more
The first 2 stories were wholly depressing (and in zombie anthologies, that is usually the case). There were a couple of stories, though, that were lighter. And one I really wished I had skipped (Zombie Gigolo - I know, I'm a tad embarrassed to admit I read it. I'm horrifically grossed out. I can take descriptions of ghoulish ...more
The Living Dead Anthology 2
totally insane (300 pgs or more)
$1.99 (on sale)
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Since there were MANY stories in this anthology I will pick a few to highlight and review then give an overall rating:
*Alone, Together by Robert Kirkland
Reminded me TWD (for obvious reasons) in the sense that it was focused of the affects of surviving a ZA. Would they have reached the ...more
* "Zero Tolerance" by Jonathan Mayberry continues the saga started in Patient Zero, but mixes in the qu ...more
Half of these are must reads. the other half were a mixture of creative stuff that I just couldn't jive with or total garbage.
I do believe however that there is something in here for everyone. I think most people who like horror, survival, history, humor, death, sex, and sci-fi are going to be served by this collection in some capacity. there is just such a spectrum of quality and depth here that people are never going to agree on what's bad and what's good. it's all subjective to ...more
Like most anthologies, it's a mixed bag. A few are so-so, a few are amazing (don't miss Steven Barnes' and Tananarive Due's Danger Word), and most are somewhere in between, but they're all entertaining enou ...more
The trouble with reading on an eReader is it is hard to skip through to find the stand-out stories that you really, really liked (and don't be down on me if you have a Kindle, which does allow for ease of bookmarking - I know, and I don't have a Kindle!) or disliked.
Complete story list here - http://nightshadebooks.com/cart.php?m...
Good People was definitely one of the best - a "put the book down and think about it" story. If you want to ...more