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Zone One by Colson Whitehead
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Jan 08, 2012

it was ok

TCL Call#: FICTION Whitehead

Madeleine - 3 stars
Boy do I love a good zombie book so I was super excited to read this as it had been billed "the thinking man's zombie story." ???? Whatever could that mean? Will the protagonist use physics to calculate the trajectory for the ax to hit the sweet spot in the zombie's skull? Do tell!
Alas, it seems to mean that the author knows how to use big words and lots of adjectives. I'm thinking a good billing for this book would be "Listmania for zombies!" Whitehead fills the pages with endless lists of the banal.
Now, once you know the code and skim every time you hit another recitation you can appreciate the story, which is good. It's just not great. I read it through to the end (once I'd figured out the skimming trick) and was pleased. Not ecstatic like with World War Z by Max Brooks (TCL Call#: FICTION Brooks M) but I mean there's Listmania and then there's the well executed thoroughly engrossing story that happens to include zombies.

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