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Old 12-08-2010, 11:00   #1
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Zombie Books - Any Recommendations?

I've been an avid dead head from the age of 12 after my cousin made me watch a bad pirate VHS of Evil Dead, which scared the absolute bejesus out of me. Yeah, I know the physical manifestation of the evil in Evil Dead was possession and not zombies, but hey-ho.

Anyway, I started reading zombie fiction after reading recommendations for World War Z on here; a book that I love and have read 4 times already.

After I purchased an iPad and downloaded Amazon Kindle I've found a lot of zombie fiction out there, but it strikes me as being a bit of a minefield. My preference for zombie mythology is a slow, stupid and unrelenting enemy.

So far I have read:

Books
World War Z - Max Brooks - for me a perfect book
The Rising - Brian Keene - not keen on the possession/intelligent zombie theme
City of the Dead - Brian Keene
Dead Sea - Brian Keene - quite enjoyed this one - very bleak

Kindle Books
Tooth and Nail - Craig Dilouie - okay, but a bit "28 Days Later" and very military focused
After Life - Jaron Lee Knuth - my first Kindle book, I think it cost me $1 and was worth it
White Flag of the Dead - Joseph Talluto - excellent, if not a bit long winded - could use a bit of editing
Patient Zero - Jonathan Maberry - brilliant. If Jack Reacher was in a zombie novel, this would be it

I am currently reading Day by Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne and while I'm enjoying it, I am already 40% of the way through after one evening and I have nothing else queued.

So, I would love to hear some suggestions for my next book please, preferably available as a Kindle book.

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Old 12-08-2010, 11:44   #2
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Zombie Britannica by Thomas Emson is a good read, along with his other books. He basically takes the classic horror trio (Vampires, Zombies and werewolves) and sticks them in a modern day UK setting.
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Currently reading Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, which has had precious little zombie action and I'm over halfway through. But seeing as it's my first Zombie book I don't have much to compare it to. I think if you've read the original P&P it might be a better read to be honest.
Own World War Z (or is it the Survial Guide I have ) so might have to give that a go next.
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Currently reading Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, which has had precious little zombie action and I'm over halfway through. But seeing as it's my first Zombie book I don't have much to compare it to. I think if you've read the original P&P it might be a better read to be honest.
Own World War Z (or is it the Survial Guide I have ) so might have to give that a go next.
I have tried to read P&P and gave up about 1 1/2 pages in, so I have avoided P&P&Z and all the other reboots of literature that seem to be springing up.

The Zombie Survival Guide feels like it comprises of the notes for WWZ.
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Are you adverse to reading comic books, as there's loads of Zombie stuff out there if you're not? The Walking Dead is a good place to start.
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I bought four volumes of The Walking Dead, but didn't really get on with it, guess I'm not really into comics.

I am however looking forward to the TV series that's coming.
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Hated P&P&Z gave up about halfway through. Walking Dead is ace though.
Currently reading Plague of the Dead which isn't too bad.
Head over to the Permuted Press website and forums you're bound to find some recommendations over there.

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I am currently reading Day by Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne and while I'm enjoying it, I am already 40% of the way through after one evening and I have nothing else queued.
Beyond Exile seems like the logical place to go next
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Beyond Exile seems like the logical place to go next
Didn't think to search by author!

Hmmm, it's another short book. Does it pick up where DBDA finishes?
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Yeah, direct continuation.
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Simon Bestwick's Tide of Souls is a hugely entertaining read.
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Simon Bestwick's Tide of Souls is a hugely entertaining read.
Thanks. I will check it out, I like the idea of a book set in the UK.
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Just finished Beyond Exile on audiobook (I listen while surfing the net). I enjoyed it much more than the first book, the last chapter is going in some interesting directions and I can't wait for the next one.
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Half way through Beyond Exile at the moment; amazing. Really loving it, especially


Thanks for the recommendation, Jaime.
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Just read Handling the Undead .

The following spoiler doesn't spoil the book just explains what the back of the book would tell you.



It's by the same guy who wrote, Let the Right One In .

Handling The Undead
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Well, finished DBDA: Beyond Exile and really enjoyed aside from the last chapter, which felt really cheap. We'll have to see what the next book's like.

w_n_s, looks like Handling the Undead isn't available on Kindle yet, so will have to wait for that one, but sounds intruiging.

Hmm, Tide of Souls isn't either...

Decided upon Feed by Mira Grant
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Finished reading that last week. Was interesting to read a zombie book where the general populous has grown up with zombies as a menace. To the extent that politicians are making manifestos involving how they handle certain zombie related problems.
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Zombie Island by David Wellington was quite good. With the world in chaos the hero teams up with a bunch of armed Sumalian girls in order to go to New York in search of supplies.
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Finished reading that last week. Was interesting to read a zombie book where the general populous has grown up with zombies as a menace. To the extent that politicians are making manifestos involving how they handle certain zombie related problems.
I loved the way that it started and although I enjoyed the book, I felt that it got a little lost along the way. Still, as you have said, a very interesting concept and a thorough and plausible explaination of how the zombies came to be.

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Zombie Island by David Wellington was quite good. With the world in chaos the hero teams up with a bunch of armed Sumalian girls in order to go to New York in search of supplies.
This is on my to read list, but as of now, there is no Kindle edition.
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