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An odd assemblage of zombie stories

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This is a collection of stories edited and selected by author John Skipp.  Overall it was an enjoyable read.  None of the stories were boring, but more than a few made me squeamish.  Most of the stories are non-traditional and feature literary giants Joe R. Lansdale, Stephen King, Robert Bloch, and Neil Gaiman.

One of my favorite stories, "Sparks Fly Upwards", was first encountered in this volume.  It was written by Lisa Morton and features a controversial mix of zombies and abortion.  It details the issues of population control within a survivor community.  The survivors must make choices as to who is allowed to conceive and carry a child to term, and they must deal with the ramifications of pregnancy that can't be carried to term.  An absolute stand-out tale.

I barely made it through "On the Other Side of the Cadillac Desert with Dead Folks" by Joe R. Lansdale.  It was a great, avant garde story, but like I said earlier I'm squeamish.  Lansdale is very inno…

Skipp, John "Zombies Encounters with the Hungry Dead"

This is a collection of stories edited and selected by author John Skipp.  Overall it was an enjoyable read.  None of the stories were boring, but more than a few made me squeamish.  Most of the stories are non-traditional and feature literary giants Joe R. Lansdale, Stephen King, Robert Bloch, and Neil Gaiman.

One of my favorite stories, "Sparks Fly Upwards", was first encountered in this volume.  It was written by Lisa Morton and features a controversial mix of zombies and abortion.  It details the issues of population control within a survivor community.  The survivors must make choices as to who is allowed to conceive and carry a child to term, and they must deal with the ramifications of pregnancy that can't be carried to term.  An absolute stand-out tale.

I barely made it through "On the Other Side of the Cadillac Desert with Dead Folks" by Joe R. Lansdale.  It was a great, avant garde story, but like I said earlier I'm squeamish.  Lansdale is very inno…

28 Days Later

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This is one of the most terrifying zombie films I have ever seen.  Period.  I'm even going to admit that it gave me nightmares.  I will go so far as to admit that it still gives me nightmares.  Especially the scene in the church when Cillian Murphy wakes up and is exploring the ravaged city.  When you see the film you will know exactly which scene to which I'm referring.

The film starts with the origin of the Rage virus and how it is spread.  It sets the framework for the rest of the film and shows the speed with which the infected travel.  The infected are capable of running very fast and even one scratch is sufficient to cause the virus to spread.  An added bonus is that the virus takes over the host within seconds, so when traveling with companions it is important to know exactly what is going on during every battle.  This element alone adds a measure…

Left 4 Dead

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I have played this game on both the XBOX 360 Slim and the Computer.

This game is a first-person shooter that invites players to play as one of four survivors in a variety of modes.  It features hand-held weapons as well as guns and bombs.  There are also special zombies to encounter.  My personal nemesis is the Witch.  She sits and wails, and when you stumble on her she comes at you clawing with everything she's got.  Basically if you startle her, you better be wielding a chainsaw, if not, you're toast.  I'd recommend dodging her, unless you don't mind taking a heap of damage after a botched attempt to kill her.

Other special infected include Boomers - big, fat zombies that spit on you in order to attract more zombies.  If you get …

The saga continues

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This is the sequel to the book "Dying to Live".  It continues with the same characters and introduces new characters.  Again, unfortunately I am not able to say too much about the storyline, as it will give away too many spoilers.

This story places the protagonist from the first novel, Jonah Caine, into the background and brings forth a heroine, Zoey.  Zoey is one of the first generation children born after the apocalypse.  She has never known a world without the living dead.  The story deals with her coming of age, as well as her struggles to understand the world her parents knew.  Zoey is the daughter of one of the characters in the first book.

In addition to Zoey's perspective, there is a second protagonist.  The second protagonist is Truman, a man who wakes up to find he is a zombie.  Truman sets out to figure out his identity, as well as ponder his existence.  He suffers from amnesia and can't remember his name, his family, or what he did when he was alive.  His m…

Paffenroth, Kim. "Dying to Live: Life Sentence"

This is the sequel to the book "Dying to Live".  It continues with the same characters and introduces new characters.  Again, unfortunately I am not able to say too much about the storyline, as it will give away too many spoilers.

This story places the protagonist from the first novel, Jonah Caine, into the background and brings forth a heroine, Zoey.  Zoey is one of the first generation children born after the apocalypse.  She has never known a world without the living dead.  The story deals with her coming of age, as well as her struggles to understand the world her parents knew.  Zoey is the daughter of one of the characters in the first book.

In addition to Zoey's perspective, there is a second protagonist.  The second protagonist is Truman, a man who wakes up to find he is a zombie.  Truman sets out to figure out his identity, as well as ponder his existence.  He suffers from amnesia and can't remember his name, his family, or what he did when he was alive.  His m…

The Origin of it All

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This was the book that started my literary zombie craze, as well as the Permuted Press publishing company.  My boyfriend purchased it for me as a present for Christmas 2009.  Unfortunately I am not able to give much insight into the plot because it is very complex, and any spoilers will ruin the experience for any prospective readers.  Suffice it to say, you NEED to read this book.

The plot is easy to follow and is very indicative of the genre in general.  It can be summed up as : people during the zombie apocalypse trying to survive.  However, this book turns out to be so much more than the usual struggle for survival.  At points in the book, I found myself crying, laughing, and terrified out of my wits.  From the first sentence in the book all the way to the end it was captivating and terrifying.  Dying to Live was so good, in fact, that I stayed up all night and read the entire book.

Characters can make or break a zombie novel - and the characters in Dying to Live leave nothing to be…

Paffenroth, Kim "Dying to Live"

This was the book that started my literary zombie craze, as well as the Permuted Press publishing company.  My boyfriend purchased it for me as a present for Christmas 2009.  Unfortunately I am not able to give much insight into the plot because it is very complex, and any spoilers will ruin the experience for any prospective readers.  Suffice it to say, you NEED to read this book.

The plot is easy to follow and is very indicative of the genre in general.  It can be summed up as : people during the zombie apocalypse trying to survive.  However, this book turns out to be so much more than the usual struggle for survival.  At points in the book, I found myself crying, laughing, and terrified out of my wits.  From the first sentence in the book all the way to the end it was captivating and terrifying.  Dying to Live was so good, in fact, that I stayed up all night and read the entire book.

Characters can make or break a zombie novel - and the characters in Dying to Live leave nothing to be…