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Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry
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Apr 13, 2012

liked it

I may have said this before, but it really does seem like the zombie genre is becoming as dead as those who usually inhabit it. Unlike those undead folks, I do not see

this genre achieving reanimation. I only see it becoming clogged with so many stupid books that it declines to the point of no return, saying "hello" to the vampires on

the way down. I say this because even an excellent zombie novel like Jonathan Maberry's Dead of Night now fails to excite me at all. I mean, if you have read ten or

more zombie novels, are you really going to be that surprised by the eleventh? How much more can be added to zombies to make them seem original and interesting? I

suppose that, judging by all the zombie novels coming out, the answers to those questions are "yes" and "nothing." Mabbery's novel offers us some bad-ass characters who

do not hesitate to kill the zombies when the zombies need some killin' and the writing is solid, but the plot is the same old thing. I suppose if you can't get enough

of zombies you will love this one because it is better than a lot of the ones I have read, but I am rather bored with the undead. The only good thing I took away from

this little reading experience was the knowledge that Maberry is most likely a good writer. Just because he wrote a zombie novel doesn't mean that I think he is bad. I

want to read more of his work but I will have to make sure it isn't all stuck in this subgenre.

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