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Strangers in the Land by Stant Litore
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really liked it
bookshelves: horror, fantasy, bible

The high concept here is just absolutely terrific: it's (an episode of) the Book of Numbers, retold with zombies.

Litore does a great job of building up a fantasy-type milieu around both what one reads in the Hebrew Bible (the Nazarites are specially-trained zombie fighters, Cain's murder of Abel results in the first zombie) and also what must be guessed at (his reconstruction of the Urim and Thummim, for instance). The zombie main plot is fairly generic, as it turns out -- there are zombies, and they'll get the people of Israel if they aren't stopped. All the real action takes place internally and within the characters' subplots. Zadok the Nazarite struggles to walk the line between devotion and love in his relationship with the prophetess; Devora wonders if YHWH has abandoned his people; Barak the vintner wants revenge, but is headed to an unlikely personal encounter with the divine; and the foreign girl Hurriya seems to have received her own prophetic calling. The end result is a zombie tale with a surprising amount of devotional content, and a meditation upon what the most essential nature of God's covenant with his people is.

And zombies.

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Reading Progress

Started Reading
November 2, 2012 – Shelved
November 2, 2012 – Shelved as: horror
November 2, 2012 – Shelved as: fantasy
November 2, 2012 – Shelved as: bible
November 2, 2012 – Finished Reading

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