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As we all get ready for the Holiday season, it’s important to be prepared. The chances of a zombie outbreak are always greater when you find yourself in a shopping mall. As you all get out to brave the masses over the next few weeks, make sure you are alert for signs of the undead. For those not as conversant in all things zombie, I’ve found an informative and video to teach you Zombies 101. Please take time to watch this video and share it with your family and friends. It could be the difference between becoming a survivor and becoming bait.
When I finish a book, I usually like to let it sit for a few days before I start crafting my review. I like to let it marinate, as it were, and bounce around unencumbered in the empty bell tower of my subconscious. Not so with “Deadline”. I just finished it seven minutes ago and felt compelled to grab the laptop, head out to the back porch, and start writing. Why the rush? Quite simply, I was blown away by the story and I have to share it with you.
“Deadline” is the second book in the Newsflesh trilogy from author Mira Grant. The first book in the series, “Feed”, came out last year and landed the fifth spot on my “Top 11 of 2010” list. As I said about it at the time –
“Mira Grant constructs a world filled with characters and zombies that allow us to see not only what the zombie apocalypse might look like, but also forces us to ask the question – in a world full of danger, loss, and fear; how important is the truth?”
With “Deadline”, Grant dives headlong back into the world of “Feed” and shows us that some truths are more true than others.
Once again, I find myself falling far behind on my book reviews. I wish it wasn’t so – but 5 months of wishing hasn’t changed anything, so I’ve come to a conclusion. It’s time for another installment of “5 books, 5 minutes, 500 words or less” (you can read the first installment here). Let’s review the rules – I’ll review 5 books, with each review clocking in at 100 words or less, that hopefully you can read in 5 minutes or less. (I guess that’s really kind of self evident, based on the title, huh?) Think of it as speed dating for bok reviews. It’s much harder than it sounds, constraining my brilliance and formidable insights to only 100 words per book, but it’s a great exercise in efficiency. Hope you enjoy!
One of my favorite books from last year was “Feed” by Mira Grant (it came in at #5 on my top 11 list for the year). As I said about it at the time – “It’s that rare combination of a great story that also happens to be a great zombie story. I really found myself invested in the characters and was emotionally affected by the ending in a manner that happens far too infrequently for me these days.” (You can read my full review of “Feed” here.) I’m happy to say that today marks the release of “Deadline”, the sequel to “Feed”. The back cover blurb reads:
Shaun Mason is a man without a mission. Not even running the news organization he built with his sister has the same urgency as it used to. Playing with dead things just doesn’t seem as fun when you’ve lost as much as he has.
But when a CDC researcher fakes her own death and appears on his doorstep with a ravenous pack of zombies in tow, Shaun has a newfound interest in life. Because she brings news-he may have put down the monster who attacked them, but the conspiracy is far from dead.
Now, Shaun hits the road to find what truth can be found at the end of a shotgun.
This is one of the books I’ve most been looking forward to this year and, as luck would have it, I just finished my latest read last night. Thanks to the miracles of the Kindle, “Deadline” was waiting for me this morning when I woke up. I’ll have a review posted as soon as I finish and digest the story. In the meantime, if you’re a zombie fan, or just a fan of good stories, do yourself a favor and pick up “Deadline”. (You can click here to order from Amazon, and support thewordzombie.com)
If you read my review of “Feed” (and I hope you did), you know that it is one of the better zombie novels to come down the pike in a while. Written by Mira Grant (an open pseudonym used by author Seanan McGuire), “Feed” is the first book in a planned series – “The Newsflesh Trilogy”. Set in a world 20 years after the zombie apocalypse, it’s a wonderful examination of how society survives the zombie plague, and what the difference is between learning to live instead of trying not to die. (Seriously – if you haven’t read my review, go check it out – I’ll wait).
On her website, Grant describes herself as having “made a lifelong study of horror movies, horrible viruses, and the inevitable threat of the living dead”. It’s no wonder that “Feed” was such a good read. I recently had a chance to chat with Mira about some of her experiences writing the book, the role of zombies in literature, and her preferred method for dispatching an unruly zombie hoard.