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Zombie Apocalypse!

(Zombie Apocalypse! #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,886 ratings  ·  193 reviews
In the near future, a desperate and ever-more controlling UK government attempts to restore a sense of national pride with a New Festival of Britain. But construction work on the site of an old church in south London releases a centuries-old plague that turns its victims into flesh-hungry ghouls whose bite or scratch passes the contagion - a supernatural virus which has th ...more
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Published 2010 by Constable & Robinson
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Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the best zombie books with the odd nice touch of humour. Which I think you need when the world is going to shit.
Ross Bussell
Jan 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
I bought this book expecting something like Max Brooks' World War Z, which is pretty much my favorite zombie book of all time. The reality of this book was much less.

I get the whole "compilation" format, but given even that, it was poorly written. Some of the longer pieces were simply too boring to finish, and the writing was ridiculous. Seriously, who continues to type text messages as they're being attacked by a zombie? "Oh no, she's noshing on my intestines. Ouch! I can feel the h
Elaine Wong
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
I was hoping for a book similar to World War Z or Dead Inside Do Not Enter Notes from the Zombie Apocalypse. Instead, I got a book that started off strong, then...kind of fell off the wagon.

The book sets up its premise wonderfully: an ancient church is unearthed, which released fleas that carried the plague. Correspondences and reports fly back and forth to piece together a timeline of events, the reaction of the first on the scene, then the epidemic spreads...then you get to the second half of
Jordan Anderson
Nov 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ridiculously bland title aside (seriously “Zombie Apocalypse!” sounds like a super cheesy B movie from the 1950’s), I liked this book.

Now, I will always be one the first people to side with others who complain that the zombie genre has become far too crowded with sub-par stories and writing skills that are lacking. Just look up the word “zombie” and you are bound to find 100’s, if not 1000’s of both full length novels and short stories...most of which are cheap and hideously bad. ...more
Jul 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
Easy read! Even though it was choppy felt it was for more of a teen book. Ideal for readers first zombie book. I didn't like how it went from normal text to someone's email to someone's social media to someone's handwritten diary
Sep 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
I love apocalyptic stories in general and zombies in particular. They scare the crap out of me, but I love every Romero film, have been reading the Walking Dead since 2006, and will dump friends and disown relatives in order to watch a new episode of AMC's Walking Dead. Seriously. When the new season starts, just don't f***ing bother me or try to get a hold of me during air time.
Zombie novels are like sex and pizza.
Even when they're bad, they're still kind of good.
With some exc
Oct 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Will humanity triumph over the worldwide zombie plague, or will the walking dead inherit the earth?

It seems only fair that the first book that I’m looking at is the one that gave me the idea in the first place. There were a number of book launches at this year’s FantasyCon in Nottingham, and this book immediately caught my eye. With a few notable exceptions, I’m not a huge fan of anthologies. As a rule, I prefer to read novels written by one author, but in an effort to broaden my hor
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Lured in by the cool cover, I was expecting a zombiefest worthy of a read. I was very disappointed. This book is trying so hard to a UK version of 'World War Z' and it doesn't even get close. I found myself bored when reading. BORED! When reading a book about Zombies! What!?

The way the zombies came into being is good, I can go with that. Having it written by different authors, is an interesting idea but doesn't quite work. It feels all over the place. And why do some zombies act well, zombie l
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Samrat by: Dan
This is a pretty solid entry in the new zombie genre. They're not very typical for the undead, which might bother purists, but I found it a delightful twist (though occasionally inconsistent-seeming). The shifting perspectives did rob some emotional depth as characters were killed off suddenly and unceremoniously -- often off-screen or by just not mentioning them again! There weren't many people, living or otherwise, to root for. I had hoped that the scientists exchanging emails in the first pag ...more
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, zombies, humor
This should get some award for having the most unimaginative title ever. For such a creative book--and I was actually suprised, judging this entirely on cover and title--I was pleasantly shocked. I also thought this was just a standard gory short story collection, but nope. Totally wrong there too. There are multiple authors, since this is a book in multiple formats--no straight up narrative--handwritten diary entries, video clips, newspaper stories, voicemails, emails, emails, instant messages, ...more
May 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
This book was a bit of an impulse buy, largely made because I was told I could get a book for free as I had two from a 3 for 2 section. All I can say is that I am glad I effectively got it for free as opposed to paying good money for it.

The concept itself is a good one, collecting an anthology of material from different authors and putting it all together like documents gathered after the event of the crisis. The effect was to be something along the lines of World War Z, and I was lo
May 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
I saw this book on the shelf and my first thought was, neat cover! This was followed immediately with my second thought of, good Lord what a cheesy and pathetic name! I figured that I would give it a chance anyway since this appeared to be an anthology. Which I guess it is...kind of, but not really. Instead of multiple short stories about a zombie apocalypse its a bunch of short vignettes about different aspects of the same story, by different authors. I know, I know what you're thinking, "I swe ...more
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: anthology, horror
ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE!, on first glance, is a follow-up volume to Stephen Jones' MAMMOTH BOOK OF ZOMBIES, a hefty horror anthology that came out back in the 1990s. I adored that book, but this is a different beast entirely: all of the stories share a world, telling one long-running story via various epistolary, modern-day means. So we get diary extracts, blog entries, tweets, social media posts, video logs, and medical reports. That in itself is a little gimmicky, but I still found it preferable to ...more
Oct 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: zombie fans
Blurb from Goodreads

Controversial plans to build on the site of an old church in South London releases a centuries-old plague that turns its victims into flesh-hungry ghouls whose bite or scratch passes the contagion on to others. Even worse, the virus may also have a supernatural origin with the power to revive the dead.

My review

I love zombie books and this one is different from most of the others I have come across in that it is accounts of how the outbreak
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK.. so I was in Barnes and Nobles browsing at some boring titles(i was having an off day) and this book draw me in like a moth to a fire. First of the cover was very gruesome and creepy(in a good way of course!) and after I read the back and found out it(the zombie apocalyose) starts in London using a series of documents and tweets and stuff, I was "Whoa! Now THAT sound interesting" I bought it a couple of seconds later.
The book had an interesting premise and delivered it almost perfectly. Som
Jun 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Stephen Jones has done something quite interesting here - arranged for a group of authors to submit short stories in the form of documents (including twitter conversations, transcripts of police tapes, personal diaries and letters) to form a contiguous narrative of a zombie pandemic that erupts in London and the events of the following weeks.

The 480 page narrative that results holds together well with good internal consistency and a tone whereby events are clearly out of the control
Apr 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What I find most interesting about this book is the reactions and reviews. People tweeting and texting as the zombies are eating them? Totally likely. People who doubt this honestly need to spend one day in a classroom with the youth of today to realise that yes, they compulsively tweet, text, and blog every mundane thought and action they have. And I'd like to see them deny the youth their "right" to do it, too.

Anyway, I really enjoyed the format. The whole story told via several mediums and d
May 20, 2011 rated it did not like it
I think 'complete arse' pretty much sums up this one. I'm not really liking the new trend in zombie books that are written using these combinations of email, survivor reports and blog extracts and this was the worst example I've looked at. I mean you just need to look at the first email where a guy is sending it to his mother:

'...I think this is why we started to paint and write in the first place, why we treasure old letters and notes, why the idea of a person's signature still mean
Jul 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
I found this to be an uneven but entertaining collection of stories told in the form of diary excerpts, letters, Twitter updates etc. The last two pieces were jarring, however. They didn't feel right here, ugh.

Thumbs up for the concept of the book, though, and that several writers joined the, ahem, fun.
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the best I've read this year so far, and I completely fell in love with it as soon as I started reading it. Highly recommend it to anyone and everyone who likes zombies and horror.
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ps-2019
This is a different kind of Zombie book or a different kind of book full stop. There are no page numbers, no chapters and no specific narrator. The whole story is told through e-mails, blogs, diary entries, BMC memos, medical reports and newspaper articles sequenced by date. Some writers pop up over several days with other people’s records from those days interspersed. Very unique and clever chronicle of the zombie apocalypse.
For those who have spent time in UK you are at an advantage because t
Allyson Fowler
Word of warning: This book has an atypical format. Instead of following a particular protagonist around, or set of protagonists, you're getting segments from various media. E-mails, police reports, transcripts of recordings, diary entries, etc. It's almost as if you're going through a file about what happened, from beginning to end. I think this makes it really hard to feel invested in the people involved.

The zombie virus begins after a church goes through construction. There's some
Malcolm Cox
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
The significant thing about this book is that, although there is a clearly defined sequence of events, they're told via a multitude of police reports, diary entries, office memos, newspaper articles, texts, tweets and other first-person accounts - all written by different authors. This all kept what could be argued to be a slightly tired genre an interesting and very easy to read chronicle of an end of a world. Excepting one or two recurring diary entries by specific characters, each character e ...more
Lee Osborne
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a great idea, similar to World War Z but mostly better executed. It starts off in a dystopian Britain (worrying prophetic signs of no-deal Brexit there), and gradually spreads around the world as a zombie plague strikes.

It's interesting as it was written as a collaborative project, so the assorted diaries, blogs, emails, phone transcripts etc from different people all have a genuinely different feel to them. They come together very well in telling an effective story, with thi
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Zombies
Bleak and sad. That's the words I would use to describe this book about the zombie apocalypse. I guess you are asking, "Well, it is a zombie novel. What were you expecting?" That's a fair question, and, truthfully, I think I was expecting there to be some glimmer of hope and optimism. Silly me! Not that the whole doom and gloom bleakness of the book makes the book any less readable. This book is not so much scary but sad.

Told over the course of several months, numerous characters through the us
Chris Wagstaff
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book caught me, pleasantly by surprise. I enjoy the zombie genre (books, comics & films) but I have come across films and novels that add nothing and feel like more of the same. Not this book as it manages to avoid being 'just another entry' while being thrilling and just good fun to read.

It was created by several authors and each separate section reads and feels like a separate short horror story and is just as effective on it's own but manages to add more to the world contained withi
Alicia Vargas
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I actually really liked it. Some people complain about the many different writers and I can see where they are coming from, but to me, it added to the story every section in this book is written by someone else from a 13-year-old girl to an old woman to multiple military personals to doctors. The characters who are making these reports are radically different so having so many different people working on this actually makes sense in a way it definitely could have been done better actual page num ...more
Apr 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Anyone who has read Max Brooks' World War Z will notice a similarity in book construction to the aforementioned (except Zombie Apocalypse uses different writers). However sadly that is where the similarity ends. Being a WWZ fan I was looking forward to reading Zombie Apocalypse but found it disjointed and dare I say boring in parts,hence the long reading time, the beginning with the church and plague carrying fleas made me chuckle! as it made me think of the opening of cockneys vs zombies. Proba ...more
Joshua Cope
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting way to write that can be refreshing and/or different. The story had a gradual but decent growth.

The only issue I had was it was about 50 pages too long or maybe a story too long per section.

It's great to see a story develop using different vantage points of people (common civilians to medical professionals trying to fight the virus) but some weren't needed or just a bit too long.

Over all, liked it, would recommend as the story is straightforward (the virus is
Jasmine Guffick
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was very imaginative. I liked the different formats of writing and how the story spans across many people's different points of view. It dragged on a lot of the chapters though I found myself losing the will to read again when I was on a chapter that didn't grasp me. But I'm the chapters that got me like the elder lady in the block, or the little girl I found I read through the book so quickly no time had past and then I'd get to a other sector of the book that was dull again.
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