The first thing you should know is that this is a zombie story in the tradition of movies like Shaun of the Dead or Zombieland. That is to say, a zombie comedy (zombedy?).
I am going to make this review easy. I imagine you are not going to buy two zombie comedies this month which means you may be considering this or The Zombies of Lake Woebegotton (also available from Audible). The difference between the titles is easily articulated: Zombie Fallout generates its humor primarily from one-liners, bad smells, slapstick, and bodily functions. The Zombies of Lake Woebegotton's humor is primarily situational, satire, and irony. I think the The Zombies of Lake Woebegotton is the much better of the two books, but you should assess by your own sense of humor.
Taken on its own, Zombie Fallout isn't bad. It is amusing, and I love a good zombie story. I think I'll even buy the sequel. However, if I were looking to buy a zombie-comedy this month, this would be my second choice.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
Potatoes.(A line from the book, not a description of the book.)
This is a sitcom, plain and simple. Almost every line is an attempt at humor. There are some really funny lines and lots of misses. I will have to say the book is never boring. I will have to also say the book is never great. Tufo shows he has some imagination and that he can write. In this book though he could not figure out if he wanted to be funny or serious and ended up being neither as a whole. Fart jokes abound in this and sometimes he will drag the same fart joke out for several minutes.
The whole book is done in first person and the main character says everything in a smirkingly way. I did not like the character at first, put he grew on me. In parts the book is very gross and the humor does not relieve you from it, it just makes it grosser.
This has a audience, it has gotten some really good reviews, the Zombie Queen even gave it four stars. It is not for me and I will not be following this series. If Tufo has written a serious scary book, I will read that, I am just not into one liners.
I read several reviews about how this was the best of the bunch in zombie fiction, it was not.
Several things particularly annoyed me about this novel, first the shifting between first person, memoir, and 3rd person narration didn't really work, wasn't consistently executed and just came off as the author being lacking the discipline to pick a style and stick with it. Sure it's easier to suddenly have a chapter written by the wife of the main character, but the characters voice is essentially that of the narrator/main character what's the point, just use a 3rd person narration and skip the pseudo diary formmatt, it's been done and done better.
The second point of annoyance was the author's repeated use of homophobic slurs, the first couple times I was willing to let it go as being part of the character's world view, but they didn't add anything to the depth of the character, were not used as a prop in the character's growth and really server no apparent purpose other than illustrating the author's discomfort with men kissing.
Lastly editing, if I of all people am catching editing mistakes, you have problems. For Lovecraft's sake it's disconcerting not disconcerning(there is no such word).
Aside from those things, the story offerend nothing new by way of the genre. Tenuous explanation of how the plague started, check. Siege and survivalism themes, check. Plentiful and mind numbing "run and gun" action sequences, check.
A brief aside; I don't understand why authors try and offer an "pseudo-science" explanation for the origin, especially when the explanation is just a trite rehash of the "science gone wrong" meme, which was clearly speculated and not researched. There have been better explanations than others, none of them are great. Sometimes it's better just to leave to the readers imagination, how things got started especially when you haven't provided a better explanation that what someone might just ad hoc, and when the "how" is not critical to the story.
Other loose ends I won't criticize because it's a series and I immagine they will be the foundation for themes in the later novels. Needless to say I won't be reading them. Further more I think this book may have finally convinced me that the genre is as dead as the antagonists it portrays.
The narrator was fine.
The fact that I could multitask, and my time wasn't utterly wasted.
I think I've said my peace.
I have truly enjoyed this book! I have heard a number of zombie books as of late, to be honest I was starting to get bored with them. Story line a bit cliche, narration boring, in a last ditch effort I downloaded this book. I was captured by the humor in the narration, Sean Runnette is great at this, made this a must read, the story line is a bit off the norm as well, made the entire experience great, have already downloaded the 2nd volume.
Meets zombies.... worth your time and credit. Main character in the book is a joy to follow... very funny. . The story has a bit of a supernatural twist that makes it interesting.
The narrator did a good job he was very well suited to the main character.
I will get the next book.
it seems everyone want to add something besides zombies. god, magic, etc. it just ruins it
Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!
I love a good zombie story. I think that zombie stories are going to be the defining genre of the 201* decade, haha. There are some really good ones out there, and there are some pretty bad ones, in my opinion. This is one of the good ones! Tufo's writing style was quite good. I loved the sarcastic humor that is all throughout this book. Especially with the main character. He is living through a nightmare, but still has his personality. I think this is much more believable than those books where everyone is instantly morose and plodding and ultra serious. Humor is a great way to cope with crazy situations, and those who have a propensity towards that kind of reaction would still be that way during a Zombie Apocalypse! I am convinced of it!
Seriously, though, this is a fantastic book, and if you follow this genre, you will not be disappointed in it. I have never heard the narrator before this book, and he is also quite good. He didn't take this book too seriously, which is exactly what is needed here, and really made the story come alive for me. I will be moving on to the next in the series!
These books are incredible! Tufo and Runnette are a great team. Yes, the books are about zombies but they are filled with so much more. Its an emotional roller coaster and the side trips Tufo takes are great. So many laughs as well. I've loved every book so far and will continue to buy them.