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Cleverly merging Japanese folklore and societal structure in a thrilling race to survive, the author's efforts clearly make this tale a special one and one to be savored. The narrator of this story is a person called Mikey who's recently lost his dad who was a great hunter and passed several valuable nuggets of information.

Ben Cheetham's contribution rounds off the collection nicely and savagely in its own way. The remaining two stories do not fall far behind in gore and action sequences wherein one's imagination will be stretched by the generous descriptions. Therefore this collection is definitely a standout one because of this very reason however by that very reason it also becomes a book which is definitely not for everyone's tastes.

It is a collection that will stay in the reader's mind for a long time to come. Feb 15, Brett Grossmann rated it it was ok.

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Horribly weak writing marr the first three. If you can find it cheap the last story is worth reading. Sep 07, Linda rated it it was ok Shelves: The title of this book is very misleading. The stories are not hardcore by any means. They weren't master piece zombie stores but they were somewhat entertaining. The other two stories were boring and very predictable. Jun 17, Rena marked it as to-read. I won this book from First Reads Giveaway. Oct 13, Mark rated it it was ok. I enjoyed the last one the best. Nov 11, Julia rated it really liked it.

I'm reviewing this for free as a Goodreads First Read book. Chandler has a great writing voice and did a really good job of building 4 completely different zombie worlds. Jan 07, Heather Faville added it. Look for my thoughts coming soon over at The G. Jonny Berg rated it it was ok May 30, Mark Woodard rated it really liked it Jul 19, Red Room Press rated it it was amazing Feb 18, Suzanne Delafontaine rated it liked it May 16, Buddy Hernandez rated it really liked it Aug 12, Frank rated it liked it Mar 30, Kathleen rated it it was ok Jun 10, Bernadette rated it really liked it Dec 12, Dean rated it really liked it May 19, Matt rated it it was ok Dec 21, Jacquelyn M Rhomberg rated it it was amazing Dec 26, Catherine rated it liked it Mar 11, David rated it liked it Mar 23, Dawn DuBois rated it did not like it Jul 26, David Wilbanks rated it really liked it Oct 18, The zombie apocalypse has begun.

The Floating Dragons motorcycle gang has hung on as long as possible. Now Boone and Walker are the only ones left, and they have decided to hit the road and head to Hollywood. It is a long and dangerous road that takes them to an enclave of right-wing fascists, an abandoned movie theater where the zombies are also enjoying the film, and an eerily familiar last stand in Texas. Carnage Road holds up extremely well in the subgenre with a well-written and interesting story. Even though Boone and Walker are from an outlaw gang, they are very likable characters.

Hissers by Ryan C. They are preparing to attend a huge party when tragedy strikes. A plane crashes in their small town, obliterating the location of the party and everyone there. The four teens were in the local park before heading over and see the devastation. They rush to help but are told to back off by local police responding to the scene.

The dead begin to rise and feed on the living. The kids attempt to get to their families, but it is too late. The zombies are making their way through town and they are spreading…. In an attempt to get to safety the teens come across Lt.

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The teens spend the night hiding in the high school and baring their souls to each other. A very strong bond forms and now they are ready to try to get out of town before the military carries out its plans to contain what was unleashed by the plane crash. Yes, the main characters are teenagers but they are real and completely relatable, no matter how old you are.

Their time in the school is heart-wrenching and cathartic, and makes them even more endearing. The story flows smoothly and it held my interest throughout. Hissers is a great read. Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry. A supposedly dead serial killer, Homer Gibbon has been transferred there so that he can be buried on his family plot. It turns out that Homer is not dead; he has been injected with a serum that makes him a carrier for the zombie plague. I highly recommend Dead of Night to both fans of zombie fiction and those new to the genre. In the past decade, horror fiction has been overrun with zombie books; they number as many as the teeming undead that are found within their pages.

Dead of Night is a step above the rest; it has excellent pacing and will keep you reading until you have finished the book. Revive by Thomas James Brown. It is Christmas time, and the holiday rush is on. Phil lost his construction job and is trying to support his wife and kids as a department store Santa. He is miserable and worried. Looking for a quiet place to relax and have some coffee, Phil stumbles upon an out-of-the-way coffee shop called Revive. Phil has also recently been spooked by some very scary hallucinations while at work—those of an emaciated young girl.

Tammy is hoping to help support her sick mother and two younger brothers as well as try to make a nice Christmas for them. Getting a job at Revive, she is surprised the place can make any money. It seems as though the only people ever in the coffee shop are a handful of withered old regulars. Just hours before midnight on Christmas Eve, the regulars have gathered at Revive for their usual coffees and snacks. Something is not right with the newer coffee beans and tonight Tammy, Phil and the regulars of Revive will find out too late what drinking the coffee has done.

At its core, Revive is a zombie story with a very unique means of infection. It is deliberately paced and subtle in its delivery but when the story reaches its climax it hits quick and hard. Both Tammy and Phil are good people down on their luck and just trying to get through the holiday season. They each have their issues, but in the grand scheme of things, it all really just comes down to survival.

All of the characters are well developed and most are likeable and sympathetic. I loved how the story kept me reading and wondering what was going to finally happen. In the end, Revive delivers the goods with, while not a totally unexpected ending, certainly an interesting one. Thomas James Brown has added a subtlety to zombies that I really enjoyed.

Contains violence, gore, and adult language. Dead Hunger by Eric A. Dolphin Moon Publishing, When the zombie apocalypse happened, Flex Sheridan was on the phone with his sister Jamie. Flex does find his niece Trina as well as his lost love, Gem. A virus has attacked the living and turned them into zombies by destroying the brain.

The main symptom is a migraine-like headache. Flex and Gem decide to make their way to the CDC in Atlanta to look for other survivors and hopefully find a cure so they can save Jamie. Along the way they pick up Hemp, a scientist who is determined to find the cause of the apocalypse. What they ultimately discover about the zombies is truly frightening.

The first in a planned series of zombie apocalypse novels, Dead Hunger reminds me of a pulp novel. Some of the scenarios are a little too-good-to-be-true, as were the main characters, but it is very entertaining. The novel is well-written, and a fast-paced read. Dead Hunger has some interesting twists and an unpredictable nail-biter of an ending, which is a great thing in my opinion. Overall, I enjoyed Dead Hunger. Shelman has penned a cool addition to zombie apocalypse lit. Holiday of the Dead: A vacation cruise, a family gathering for Thanksgiving, a fishing trip, and the Fourth of July are just a few of the events interrupted by zombie uprisings in Holiday of the Dead.

As a lover of all things zombie this anthology is right up my alley and for the most part, I enjoyed it. There are many other really good stories in Holiday of the Dead, but as with any anthology there are a few misses. Maxwell Lazlow is a private investigator in the corrupt town of Beat City. He is looking for a missing woman named Ginger, who also happens to be his sister. He has followed Demetrius Sloan, the man Ginger worked for, to the docks late one night. Sloan, the biggest crime lord in the city is waiting for a cargo ship from Thailand. Max discovers the cargo and is horrified by what he sees.

What does Sloan have planned for his unique and deadly cargo? Will Max survive long enough to find out? The first in a planned series, Undead Nocturne is a well-written novella with engaging characters and a nicely paced story. Max Lazlow is a likeable character and Sloan is a real bastard who you will love to hate. Even though Undead Nocturne is about the zombie apocalypse, it has a great noir feel to it. I love zombies and William Todd Rose always writes them very well. Dying Days by Armand Rosamilia. Darlene is trying to survive in a world ravaged by zombies. She has made her way to northern Florida in the hopes of finding other survivors.

What she finds is an outpost of survivors, a kind of early warning system for the city of St. While with this group of survivors, Darlene learns that there are cities all over the country—the world—that have managed to rebuild in the wake of the apocalypse, including her hometown, which she left after losing everything.

Now she is helping to locate a large group of refugees from Orlando, which has not fared so well. Unfortunately, when Darlene and her fellow guides find the refugees, they get a lot more than they bargained for. Well-rounded characters and fast-paced action are abundant here. They really are more fun that way. Print and multiformat ebook. Andy is at rock bottom.

He lives in his parents' wine cellar, and has no social life other than weekly support group meeting and appointments with a therapist who can't be bothered to care. Worse, because he's dead, he has no rights to reclaim any semblance of a life. While it has threads of zombie apocalypse, Breathers is remarkably different because of the main character.

First, Andy spends most of the book mute. Breathers is a deeper read than your average zombie tale, but doesn't forget its genre roots. Browne has written a book that is fun at times, terrifying at others and absolutely compelling. Highly recommended for public collections and an essential addition to modern zombie collections.

The Fields by Ty Schwamberger. The Zombie Feed, Unfortunately, Billy is failing miserably: Billy is unsure of Mr. Stratford returns the next morning, and Billy accepts his offer of help. The first thing Mr. The next morning, Billy finds Mr. Stratford with the reanimated corpses, ready to do the work they used to do while alive.

Billy convinces himself that what he is doing is okay: Unfortunately for Billy, his good intentions go horribly awry. While I like the idea of The Fields, I was disappointed in its execution. There are far too many unnecessary details and ramblings. The story is all over the place. There are a couple of weird dreams that Billy has that seem out of place in the story. This novella might have been better as a short story or chapbook.

I recommend that you pass on this one. Contains violence, gore and adult language. Dead Tide Rising by Stephen A. In Dead Tide, Stephen A. North introduced us to various people attempting to survive and escape the newly begun zombie apocalypse in Pinellas Park, Florida. Dead Tide Rising continues with those chaotic first few hours and days of the collapse of civilization.

Petersburg when the apocalypse hit. A cruise ship was attacked by the military for violating the quarantine imposed on the city and surrounding suburbs. Two groups of people, including public servants, attempt to make it out of the station and get to one of the supposed safe evacuation zones. Another group, who escaped the carnage at the harbor is assessing their situation in a boat on the bay. And one soldier has gone completely off the deep end. Not everyone will survive.

The military initially issued a shoot to kill order for both infected and uninfected alike. The government is in shambles and dealing with mutiny in the ranks. Not even the president is safe in his hidden bunker. People are dying at the hands of the zombies and each other. Will anyone make it out alive? The book seamlessly continues the initial chaos from the first book and in the same tone. No character is sacred. North once again does a great job with the zombie sub-genre. Contains violence, gore, adult language, sexual situations.

Zone One by Colson Whitehead. When a plague hits the entire planet, Mark Spitz is just one of the few survivors. Mark is right there with the rest of them, and being part of the militia designated to clean-up duty, we see his PASD in all its destructive glory over the course of three days as he and his team set out to clean sweep portions of Manhattan, New York. He and his team go block by block, building by building, floor by floor, seeking out any remaining zombies to destroy them.

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Mark begins to question all their efforts as the hours and days pass. Zone One is a zombie post-apocalyptic novel that explores the possible devastating effects after a nearly complete annihilation of the human race. Asylum by Mark Allan Gunnells. Asylum is one of the first releases from a relatively new Apex imprint, The Zombie Feed. If this bold, but recognizable zombie apocalypse story is any indication of things to come, readers have a lot to look forward to.

Curtis is new to the gay nightclub scene, but he allows Jimmy to drag him along to a club called Asylum despite his discomfort. While in many ways a straightforward zombie uprising tale, it's nice to see a new range of stereotypes being pulled out and slapped around. Asylum also sneaks in a true barb or two about the relationship between gay and straight cultures, and the relationship gay culture has with itself. With a multitude of similar titles about zombies and zombie uprisings, Gunnells provides a breath of fresh air.

Definitely recommended as a horror tale, and as a savvy example of inclusive fiction. Harry Shannon is a talented writer. I have yet to read any of his novels, but I have always looked forward to his stories and their appearances in various magazines and anthologies. Pain is the first in a series of novellas published by Dark Regions Press.

It is a zombie tale that, to me, shares much in common with The Crazies the Romero original more so than the excellent remake. It is the story of a small mountain town besieged by zombie-like folks infected by a chemical weapon. The book starts with an introduction by Jonathan Maberry, a bestselling author and past winner of the Bram Stoker Award. Maberry points out that the best of these are not really about the zombies. Nine times out of ten horror writers who grew up reading Stephen King, Peter Straub and Clive Barker have the problem of overwriting, exemplified by those masters, who sometimes could stand to be edited back.

In Pain , I experienced the opposite. My biggest complaint with this novella is that I felt like I was just seeing the tip of the iceberg with this story. Sometimes, we don't want the whole mystery revealed immediately, but I felt rushed through this story and the characters. There are lots of cool moments of suspense, and obviously cool storytelling, but I felt like a lot was missing. It is obvious that this book began life as a screenplay. If you have ever read a screenplay, they are like skeletons, covered in blood, guts and clothes by an entire production team and director. In this case, Pain feels like a skeleton with a very cool looking robe on it.

You can still see bare bones. I almost never say this, but Pain is a neat little zombie book that could have been even better with another 50 to pages of depth. The Loving Dead by Amelia Beamer. Night Shade Books, Kate and Michael, a pair of twenty-something hipsters, are the point of view characters of choice for this attempt at a wry, offbeat, new take on the zombie apocalypse. They witness two full zombie transitions one during coitus and one their friend who pluckily tries to rape the first zombie but instead of doing anything helpful they get high and watch zombie movies.

Kate and Michael seem uninterested in their own story, so it's hard for readers to get involved either. The book just failed to connect with this reader. For readers who like zombie stories where most of the action happens off screen while the leads make Jesus jokes and have lots of sex, The Loving Dead will be a huge hit.

For readers looking for a smart, funny zombie apocalypse story, there are better choices out there. Explicit sex, language, gore. Shelter from the Dead by Keith Adam Luethke. Library of the Living Dead Press, The zombie apocalypse is a few years old and pockets of humanity are trying to survive.

Then there are the individuals like Alex. He is alone in this world, having watched his uncle, his only surviving relative, murdered in front of him by Graves, the leader of the Marauders. Along the way he meets up with Joelle and Sarah, also Marauders, but taken captive by the Watchers. Can they overcome hungry zombie hordes and dangerous people to finally reach the gang? I love post-apocalyptic stories…. This one was pretty good. I liked the characters, especially Alex and Joelle.

I also enjoyed the social commentary. Zombies have overrun the planet, but there will always be bad people out for themselves to take advantage of a world gone to hell. The bikers and the Watchers want food, guns, women, and power. They just take what they want without any authority to stop them. They ARE the authority, it seems. The biggest issue I have with Shelter from the Dead is that I thought the end moved a little too fast. It was too neat for me. I think with a story like this, a few loose ends are a good thing. Audio book and hardcover. In The Walking Dead, the character that is worse than the shambling dead and more of a threat to Rick Grimes and his band of survivors is the Governor.

However, every villain has an origin, and it isn't always exactly what you expect it to be. In The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor , we are introduced to Phillip Blake, his little girl Penny, his brother Brian, and their friend Nic, in the first few days of the zombie invasion. The group is merely looking for a safe place to live, and has to deal with both the living and the hungry dead.

Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga spin a good origin tale that works well as a stand alone story, even though it is the first book in a trilogy. The book does very well in its standing amongst the plethora of zombie titles out there. While this is very much a character piece, there is plenty of action, gore, and violence.

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They do a great job of giving us insight into the main characters without having it bog down the story. If I was reading this as a book, I would call it a definite page turner. Fred Berman is the reader of the audio book and does a fantastic job. For an audiobook, the reader is critical in bringing the listener into the story, and Berman delivers. Berman's tone and inflections really bring the story to life.

He successfully portrays the atmosphere of death and gloom, and gives the characters authentic voice. This is a great audiobook for zombie lovers, especially if you have a long car trip to take, as it clocks in at 11 hours. I highly recommend that libraries look to add Rise of the Governor to their audiobook collection. The Governor is a character that has already been introduced in the graphic novel series. He has not been seen yet in the television show. If you have readers who have only seen the TV show they will not know who The Governor is. The following are readalikes zombie books: Beyond Exile by J.

Beyond The Dark , book three of the trilogy, starts sometime after the end of book two although we do get a flashback, to see how the group made their escape , as Jeff, George, Megan, Jason, and the rest play zombie hide and seek as they try to survive. But zombies aren't the only thing Jeff and company have to worry about.

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There are humans out for their blood, as well. I once said, in a review of Midnight's Angels by Tony Richards, that there is no such thing as "non-stop action. In a book of pages, the characters don't get a moment to rest, until around page That respite only lasts a page or two.

But, I suppose, running for your life in the face of a zombie apocalypse will do that. D'Orazio's writing has improved from the first book to the third: And, while I prefer the more character-driven second book, Beyond The Dark is a compelling read. The character stuff is still there, but the action trumps all. While some characters dig deep, finding hidden strengths, others crack under the constant barrage of the walking dead, while still others use the end of the world as an excuse to let their true nature run free. In a time when zombie novels seem to outnumber all the other types of horror stories out there, Beyond The Dark stands out.

I have no problem recommending this book. Violence, Gore, Strong Language. The First Days by Rhiannon Frater. The First Days is the first book in a series set in the Texas Hill Country, where two very different women have fled, both of them having lost loved ones to zombies. Jenni watched her abusive husband turn zombie and attack her two young sons—one just a baby.

Katie saw her lover, Lydia, become a ravening monster. Yes, Katie was a partner in a gay marriage—a new twist on the usual horror heroines. They find two survivors—Ralph and Nerit Toombs, a married couple who own and live over a hunting supply store—and briefly stay with them. After a harrowing rescue effort, they arrive in the small town of Ashley Oaks, where some survivors have built a fortified safety zone. The rest of the book focuses on that tiny society as they appoint their leaders, reinforce their perimeters, and deal with the zombies.

The rest of the townspeople fall into stereotypical roles: Although the story is compelling, there are a few problems. First, the fact that an entire metropolitan area could be overrun and wiped out in just one day is a bit hard to swallow. Also, if the cities are wiped out, why does Ashley Oaks still have electricity? The zombie deterioration is also a problem, with some becoming skeletal and bald overnight while others retain their human appearance far longer.


Unbelievably, she goes from a shell-shocked, abused, suburban mother to a cold-hearted zombie killer to a romantic damsel all in one hour period. The most unbelievable thing she does is to go all man crazy for Travis the day after she sees her zombified husband eat her baby son. Unlike Katie, who grieves endlessly for Lydia, Jenni doesn't look back very often—hard to believe. This series was self-published in and has now been published in revised form. Additionally, Frater has published a book of three novellas set in the world of the series: As the World Dies: The Infection by Craig DiLouie.

In The Infection, DiLouie summons forth a new kind of plague, It starts with people suddenly starting to scream, only to fall down in a catatonic state. Later, they wake up with a homicidal rage bent on killing and devouring others. Society quickly unravels and small group of survivors struggle to survive in this new world. The Infection sounds like initially it could be any number of zombie titles, but then DiLouie adds another component: The Infection is as much about the characters as the plague and resulting monstrosities.

The group is a mixed lot with remnants of a military unit led by Sarge; Ethan, a school math teacher, who lost his wife and daughter in the madness of the screamers; and Todd, a school geek who has found a new life in the chaos that came with the infection. The Infection offers up solid story telling and DiLouie keeps the pace of the book up so that readers will be turning pages to find out what happens next. Dirge by Ken Knight. Mickey is a loser. Picked on throughout school and ridiculed by the girl he wants, he seems to be going nowhere fast.

Finally, after winning big on a lottery ticket, Mickey attempts to redeem himself to her only to be struck down in a terrible accident. Now, the zombie apocalypse has begun in the Southeastern United States…. No one outside of a four-star general and a handful of people working for a company called DIEWINN knows the true beginnings of this new cataclysmic event. Society has begun to unravel, and the government and military are unable to stop the unprecedented contagion.

Ken Knight has taken the zombie sub-genre to an all-new level with Dirge. It is a fresh take on the causes, results and outcomes of a zombie apocalypse. Character development is great, leaving the reader able to understand and even sympathize with Mickey and his situation. I genuinely disliked her as an individual.

The ending took me completely by surprise in its unpredictability…. One complaint I have with Dirge is with the character Hoochie. Another is that sometimes the grammatical usage got a little repetitive. Other than that Dirge is a great and refreshing read that had me hooked from page one. Living Dead Press, I have to say, I love the concept of the book. Unfortunately, the idea was poorly carried out. The book starts off with a story of a zombie attack on a couple in an apartment.

There is no tie-in of the attack to the story, nor does it have anything to do with the rest of the book. I would not recommend this book, at least until further editing is accomplished. McGhoul and Pat Kilbane. Build your armies around you; eat brains till you puke! Waking from a terrible nightmare, he breaks uncontrollably into a murderous rampage, cannibalizing his victims and devouring their brains.

Smart and fast, McGhoul claims supremacy, psychs up for world domination, and keeps a journal. Fully illustrated in disgusting detail, everyone needs to read this manual before the apocalypse. However, zombies must travel light. Created in absolute gory realism by Emmy-awarded effects artist Dean C.

One can quickly access animated ambush tactics, refer to hundreds of illustrations, and take advice from a consortium of real-world zombie experts, savvy militarists, scientists and other professional devastationists. One mouthful of lumpy cerebrum makes you feel immediately justified. The sense of wholeness and empowerment it gives you is like nothing else. With this sort of storytelling, you take a classic novel and alter it to include monsters, the undead or both. Baggers are the new slaves, having taken the place of living blacks.

In this version of the story, Huckleberry Finn escapes his violent and abusive dad in the company of the bagger, Jim.

Jim is a special kind of zombie. Much like the zombies in Shaun of the Dead , Jim is trainable. Besides the bagger angle, and the ways in which it somewhat changes the story, this is the same story that Mark Twain wrote, about a 13 year old who realizes that slavery is flat out wrong. This book is highly recommended for adult fiction collections, readers of zombie novels and literary classics, or for those who enjoy the mashup style of storytelling.

Cannibalism, Grotesque Imagery, Profanity and Violence. This time, zombies are the target audience. In the world of the book, zombies are capable of retaining some sort of intelligence if steps are taken at the very beginning of the transformation. This book aims at helping the newly minted keep their brains about them. Also included are actual brain recipes that should make any hungry reader salivate.

Tossed among the pages are quirky quizzes and humorous illustrations that add a bit of snark to the text. The author writes in a real tongue-and-cheek fashion which will have any zombie fan laughing out loud. The book is clever, and not overly gory in details, so even the most light-hearted zombie enthusiast could read this book over breakfast. All in all, this book is an entertaining addition to the many zombie books shuffling into the genre.

Besides, if a reader actually becomes a zombie, this book could very well save not their lives they are undead after all but their wits during the whole transition period. Readers who like this might also try the newest addition to this series titled Zombies for Zombies: The Play and Werk Buk: I would highly recommend this book for general nonfiction collections in public libraries.

New and used soft cover and in Nook and Kindle e-book formats. If you can get past the fact that the heroine of this novel is a flesh-eating zombie, you might just enjoy this stand-alone novel. While the gross-out level is very high these are zombies, after all the story does have some poignant and tender moments really, it does. In this world, buried bodies rise as zombies; only cremated bodies stay dead. Nine years ago, year-old Jessie was killed in an automobile accident along with her parents. Now, Jessie lives in the woods near the Indiana-Illinois border just south of the southern tip of Lake Michigan, living off the local wildlife.

The first third of the book deals with Jessie's life with her ragtag gang of fellow zombies—the Fly-by Nights. The middle section explores the mystery of strange physical changes that are occurring both among the zombies and the hoos humans. The final section functions like a supernatural Book of Revelation , with an apocalypse followed by a redemption of sorts.

As the story moves along, Jessie's relationships with her gang members change, and she has some unsettling experiences with her long-lost brother and sister when they show up in her zombie world. The plot has some definite parallels to Steven King's The Stand e. The book ties into the butterfly effect— the theory that one innocent action can ripple out and affect the entire world, and not in a good way. In this case, though, it's not a butterfly flapping its wings in the rain forest; it's a zombie's one-time attempt to reconnect with her mortal sister.

The violence factor is very high, with lots of gnashing of teeth, bloody body parts, maggots and beetles crawling out of various body cavities, and rotted limbs falling off and being left to decay in the woods. Jessie is a true urban fantasy heroine—more rural than urban, but on her own and filled with angst about her "life" and her relationships. Jessie's gang members are in various states of "zombieness"—from newly turned 'maldies formaldehyde-preserved corpses to bug-infested feeders to dusties on the verge of final death—and they all have their own personalities and problems, so the group dynamics are interesting—kind of like the gang from Lord of the Flies , only undead.

It has a bit of all three. The premise of the series is that a zombie-causing plague hits Seattle, beginning with an accident in a scientific lab. The plague soon spreads worldwide 10 to 25 minutes from first bite to full zombification , with the majority of the population becoming zombies. Luckily, they escape the plague, but unluckily, they live in Seattle and must escape from the zombie-filled city.

Married with Zombies follows the couple as they leave Seattle and head south, battling zombies every step of the way. The dark comedy comes from scenes in which the couple's marital woes intrude into their zombie battles. For example, when David leaves the toilet seat up, Sarah is initially furious, but then the situation turns to her favor when she smashes the seat down on a zombie's head when it attacks her from behind the shower curtain. Since this is a zombie series, there are many, many graphic zombie-killing scenes with spurting brain matter, sludgy black zombie blood, and exploding body parts.

Graphic violence and gore. Sarah and David have made their way south and are in their first weeks in their new business, Zombiebusters Exterminators, Inc. They have become mercenaries who will wipe out your zombie infestation for a price. Oddly enough, their relationship is getting better and better—almost as if their constant togetherness and their finely honed teamwork are working together to strengthen their personal relationship.

In this book, the couple is hired to provide a scientist, Dr. Kevin Barnes, with fresh zombies. What will the end bring? How will it end? Will it be gory and horrible? A mixture of both? Either way, I just know it left me wanting more in the good kind of way. There are a few spots where some words feel overused in a single paragraph or page, creating a few small hitches in the literary giddy-up.

I also felt like I wanted to know at least a bit more about Ross. We're in Emery's head, which is a great place to be for this story, but it made it difficult to always connect with some of Ross' actions and understand his motivations. This is why I'd love to have another story with these two. Emery and Ross have chemistry, along with various skills that might or might not be so helpful during a zombie-pocalypse, complimenting each other.

Oh wait, back to the chemistry: There was just enough zombie and gore and intensity to give me that itty bitty kinda adrenaline surge. Because, ya know, zombies. And Ross and Emery. Ross actually made me swoony sigh a bit, and Emery is kind and a good guy. He had the kind of gut level reactions most of us would probably have if we found ourselves in the bony, bloody, shocking grip of a zombie-pocalypse. I got constant motion, varied zombie takedowns and a sweet start to what feels like a long life together for Emery and Ross. Definitely a unique take on the Christmas tale. Oct 23, Lucy rated it really liked it.

I'm not going to lie. I started reading this thinking, there is no way the romance is going to be able to trump the zombie attack. Poor Emery, with asthma, lonely, stuck at the diner and unaware of that's happening, just waiting and hoping for a glimpse of Ross, his secret crush. It's Christmas Eve, so the odds of seeing Ross are low, but still. What he gets is a hero saving the day, when Ross comes to find him and save him from, yes, a zombie attack.

They undergo some horrific scenes with the z I'm not going to lie. They undergo some horrific scenes with the zombies, and I love that Emery doesn't take it in stride but has feelings about what they have to do to survive. I was proven wrong, in that the romance does stand strong amidst the carnage, and sweetness is allowed to give hope to the situation. They are precious and bad ass at one time. Dec 12, Jason Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nothing says Merry Christmas like If you say so, Ms Vaughn! This was a very exciting, edge of your seat story that takes at Christmas during a zombie outbreak.

It has all the hallmarks of your average zombie movie- flesh eaters, dangerous car rides, a crash, blood, gore, and one thing most other zombie stories don't have- two people who find something that just might grow into love. I left this story cautiously optimistic, and really wanting to know more. I want to know if Emery and Ross make it to their warm place next Christmas. Jan 05, Cheryl rated it it was amazing Shelves: I loved Emery and Ross both. We don't know much about Ross other then he's a regular at the diner. Emery has a crush on him but too fearful of rejection to say anything.

As a fan of horror books and movies I loved the blood and guts parts of the book. I hope Piper does a sequel cause I'm curious if they zombies stick around or not and how Emery and Ross are doing. Sep 12, Sue rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was a great book!

I wasn't sure how Christmas and zombies would go together, but surprisingly they did better than I thought. For a short book, Zombie Wonderland combined action, horror, and romance to create a fully fleshed out story that was a very entertaining read. I would have loved to of learned the fate the humankind, but maybe that is a story for another day.

Dec 10, V rated it really liked it Shelves: I love Christmas Stories, I know, I know this doesn't look like a nice sweet story, with the zombies and all. To be honest it was quite good. The author did a great job for only 34 pages Kindle. I hope the author would write a sequel, I don't think she would just leave us wondering what happen with the 2 MC.

That would be just plain mean: View all 3 comments. Ok, I like Zombie, well, not invite to dinner kind of like, but I like reading about them! And Piper did a great job, no cute and fuzzy Zombies here, but gross and gruesome ones! I liked Ross and Emery, but I wanted more, more about them, what's going to happen, will they make it, how will they make it, what caused the epidemic? Dec 10, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: I'm not a fan of gruesome stories, but I am fan of Piper's writing, so I braved it.

Jun 13, Julesmarie rated it really liked it Shelves: It's for sure the best Christmas-Eve-finding-romance-during-a-zombie-apocalypse book I've ever read. The zombie parts were vivid and graphic and horrific and fantastically well done. The descriptions of everything were detailed, but just as it got to the point where I wanted to shut my eyes and say "eew, no more! Ross was a fascinating character. He's one I'm pretty sure I wouldn't approve of as the love interest for any MC in any setting other than this one. Like I said, he's fascinating.

I thought this story was great fun. I might make it a Christmas tradition to re-read, kind of like some people do with A Christmas Carol. Sep 13, Adara rated it liked it. A quick romp through the snow and zombies to get to a hidden cabin, all on a Christmas Eve that Emery thought he would be spending alone. It's a good thing that Ross drives by the diner to get him, then. The story is a bit short for my taste. I would've liked to see more of the cause and the aftermath. Without it, the story feels incomplete, though they feel they are relatively safe at the end of it. I give it 3. Dec 13, Dee Wy rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was such a fun read.

This story of a budding romance in the midst of a zombie invasion is outrageous and yet the author makes it feel so real you are on the edge of your seat wondering how Emery and Ross can survive. Loved every word right to the the happy end. Oct 08, Isabella rated it it was amazing Shelves: