You can't kill the dead! Like any good monster, the zombie has proven to be ever-evolving, monumentally mutable, and open to seemingly endless imaginative interpretations: the thralls of voodoo sorcerers, George Romero's living dead, societal symbols, dancing thrillers, viral victims, reanimated ramblers, video-gaming targets, post-apocalyptic permutations, shuffling sidekicks, literary mash-ups, the comedic, and, yes, even the romantic.
Evidently, we have an enduring hunger for this infinite onslaught of the ever-hungry dead. Hoards of readers and listeners are now devouring zombie fiction faster than armies of the undead could chow down their brains. It's a sick job, but somebody had to do it: explore the innumerable necrotic nightmares of the latest, greatest, most fervent devotion in the history of humankind and ferret out the best of new millenial zombie stories: Zombies: The Recent Dead.
Full author list: Kevin Veale, Michael Marshall Smith, Tim Lebbon, David Prill, Steve Duffy, Max Brooks, Nik Houser, Andy Duncan, David J. Schow, Joe R. Lansdale, Neil Gaiman, Alice Sola Kim, Gary A. Braunbeck, Francesca Lia Block, Tobias S. Buckell, David Wellington, Tim Waggoner, Kit Reed, Brian Keene, Kelly Link, Gary McMahon, and Scott Edelman.
Full narrator list: Jonathan Davis, LJ Ganser, Victor Villar-Hauser, Marc Vietor, Josh Hurley, Bahni Turpin, Jeff Woodman, Elisabeth Rodgers, Edoardo Ballerini, Suzanne Toren, Kevin Pariseau, Khristine Hvam, Josh Hurley, and Jeff Woodman.
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I would have taken out some of the stories as to me they didn't seem to mesh well with the zombie setting. I would have added in some more gory stories. Some of the stories just weren't very "scary" or gut-wrenching enough to be called a "Zombie tale."
I would have made sure my zombie anthology had the grittiest and darkest stories possible. More gore, more things that make sense in a zombie setting.
I liked it somewhat, but I felt bored during a few of them. Some of the stories had no real action and some were just bizarre. I think in a zombie anthology we should be sticking to what zombies are about: meat and brains. Yes that might seem cookie cutter, but you have to have the proper elements of that type of zombie fiction.
I love nice Voices!
This book was not for because, I don't like when stories just end, without actually endin. All the stories in this book where like that. A few ended enough that it wasn't so bad.
I now own this book and it's one that I'll never listen to again; I try not to read reviews because some people don't know how to add SPOILER ALERT to them, and in this case I wish I would've.
I am a zombie lover for most of my life. The stories with different readers make a personal narrative of the feelings and emotions one would attribute to a horrifying, unbelievable and extremely dangerous nightmare scenario. Even the dark comedy of some tales are believable if the dead truly rose and humanity had to except this as fact. I am also a what next kind of guy. I want to know about everything, the stories have ended but the what next remains. I like WWZ because it covers it all and then I yearn for more. I am just that way who do they, what happens if, what next reader. The Walking Dead series is one of my favorite Graphic Novels because this question is answered. what makes this enjoyable to me is that I can find authors who have continued their work into full developed stories that open new lines of possibilities for the answers I always find on the last page :-)
some compared very well. some I had never heard of, some stories like thinking talking sexually frustrated Zombies make me cringe.
couldn't tell ya but the first 2 guys and their Idea that they could dope the zombies away was very enjoyable
the moment in max brooks when they discussed the last tank on the rebuilt wall of china
I think more full cast series of books similar to the WWZ book but done on a real time bases the rumors, the out breaks the panic the survival the failures, the re-org, the offensive. a series that was "were alive" podcast with the max brooks WWZ book that made a series over the entire war. use several characters, maybe a group, a loner a family, even a criminal or some such person that does declare himself king. and use the worlds stories. you could release a couple hour audio book every month and as long as you kept the characters interesting, struggling, and rotated from one or two story lines every episode or so you would have a fan base. that's what I was looking for when i bought this. I was pleased with this book, just wanted more from it.
I like Zombies. I like Short Stories. Zombie short stories? Sure, why not? Yeah, I picked this book up because I love zombie/post apocalyptic novels and feel that sometimes all you need is a short concise story. I wanted to like it, but......
This book lurked in my list for a long time. I would read a story (I really only found one I tolerated) and then put it off to the side, coming back every so often to bite a small chunk off, get bored and then put it aside again. So I would say I slogged through this book. And this is short story compilation, it shouldn't be like this, where every bite was just not satisfying, but it was. But I rarely give up (from determination or hope, but I rarely quit anything once I started it, be it real life or reading) so I finally finished it (3 months later!).
I will say that the last story was one of the best, so it didn't finish on a truly sour note. But the best thing about this book? That I don't feel compelled to read it any more.
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I bought this after seeing some pretty good authors had written stories. Overall I was extremely disappointed. You would expect stories in a zombie anthology to be about zombies, but in most nothing happens.
I think the authors were saving any good ideas they had for other works. After purchasing almost every zombie title on audible I can honestly say this is the worst one here. I could not finish it. My advice is to pass on this one.
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The storys were ok.... some of them... but some of them weren't realy Zombie storys they had very little to do with zombies my advice get world war Z with your credit it is much better
Many of the stories are not about zombies, they are zombie-ish.
Mostly apathy, I drive alot so I just sat through most of the stories.
There were a few good stories and a few good narrators but they never seemed to come together.
I don't like short stories. Short stories made to look like a novel. Someone different reading each story.
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