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Six zombie tales worth checking out

Edmond Woychowsky recommends zombie stories that he thinks are worth your time. What zombie literature do you recommend to Geekend readers?

In the last several years there has been a hoard of stories about zombies -- possibly because zombies are the everyman of the walking dead and, unlike vampires, there's no dress code. But whatever the reason, here are zombie stories that I think are worth your time; you might even think of it as research for the pending zombie apocalypse.

  • Written as a series of interviews with survivors, Max Brooks's World War Z is absolutely incredible. I quickly found myself getting lost in this book and forgetting that it's fiction, due to the logical way in which the story is presented. From the zombies' origins, to the initial confusion and battles, this is a story that anyone with even a minor interest in zombies will likely enjoy. Also, according to IMDB, a movie adaptation is in production and scheduled to be release in July 2012.
  • Odds are, unless you've been hiding out in a Y2K bunker since December of 1999, you've heard of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Yes, it's re-telling of Jane Austen's classic 1813 tale, with zombies. If you're a fan of Austen's work, you might want to avoid this book (although fans of Austen's work probably won't be reading anything that I write). As with World War Z, a movie adaptation is in the works for 2011.
  • I recently stumbled upon a book by Robin Becker called Brains: A Zombie Memoir. By about the 10th page, I was hooked by this unusual zombie tale, which is told from a zombie's point of view. It seems that Professor Jack Barnes, a newly minted zombie, has for some inexplicable reason retained some of his higher functions. This is not only the best zombie novel that I have ever read, it's also funny in a Young Frankenstein kind of way. For the first time ever, I found myself rooting for the zombies.
  • If graphic novels are more your style, I suggest The Walking Dead, which a friend who owns a comic book shop recommended. I quickly read it through twice -- it reads like a George Romero flick. Come Halloween night, I intend to watch the new A&E series to see how it compares with this graphic novel by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore.
  • For people like me who have a nightmare commute, there is an audio drama by Mur Lafferty called The Takeover. Not only is this tale of a corporate takeover by zombies incredibly funny, but the voice talent is like a who's-who of contemporary science fiction and fantasy. Add to this a Jonathan Coulton intro/song, and it's become a permanent fixture on my MP3 player. Warning: You'll never look at work meetings the same way again.
  • One zombie novel that I haven't picked up yet but I would be remiss if I didn't mention is Night of the Living Trekkies from Quirk Books, which also brought us Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Yes, a zombie outbreak at a Star Trek convention! The trailer for the book is awesome (when did books get trailers?), so I'll be shopping for this soon.

Do you read zombie literature? If so, what zombie stories do you recommend to your Geekend peers? Add to this list by posting in the discussion.

6 comments
briant11
briant11

Thank you everybody for your responses, unfortunately this topic is not really my cup of tea, if there was such a thing as the elixir of immortality then maybe I'll take a sip but they say you gotta be "realistic" so I'm going to think positive things and avoid negative thoughts because they do you no good in the long run. There's just one thing I want to know, how do we change the topic? Let's talk about IBM computer architecture instead!

michael.tindall
michael.tindall

Gospel of the Living Dead. It's a sort of critical commentary, not unlike the Doh of Homer, or the Philosophy of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

afuentesjr
afuentesjr

I'm not sure if this counts as a zombie book, but Blood Crazy by Simon Clark was a good read. I couldn't put that book down and only took me two days to read. Great story.

briant11
briant11

I drive pass a graveyard on my way to work and on one occasion they had flood lights switched on and it was incredibly scary but it's just a figment of our imagination. Zombies don't really exist, at least I don't think so!

Arydus
Arydus

I'm going to check out the first couple this weekend. I wholeheartedly recommend "Day by Day Armageddon" and it's sequel. It's written in the form of a diary and centers around a military man who, at times, has to go it alone. Easy and addictive read and one of my favorites.

NotSoChiGuy
NotSoChiGuy

...but give it time. I'm sure they're working on the right combination of nanobots and/or bio-agents to make it happen. Think '28 Days Later'. I know many would argue that those aren't really zombies, but if a bunch of mindless things come swarming after you, I don't think zombie semantics are going to matter much! ;) As for the article, I'd second the recommendation for 'The Walking Dead'. I'm very much looking forward to the AMC series.

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