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The ZOMBEE Project by Allison Mulder

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: March 2, 2017 in EscapePod (you can either read or listen to the story for free at the link)

Genre: science fiction

Setting: near future, the United States Continue reading

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State of Decay by James Knapp

This book has been on my To Be Read list so long I’ve forgotten why I put it there in the first place. I was looking for some science fiction or fantasy to read, and decided to get something that’s been on the list for a while.

Published: 2010

Genre: science fiction

Length: 370 pages

Setting: near future, a big American city Continue reading

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Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton

This is the fifth book in the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series. I enjoy the series enough I actually bought the books, and didn’t just get them from the library.

Published: 1996

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 370 pages

Setting: mostly Branson, Missouri, soon after the events of The Lunatic Cafe Continue reading

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Aftermath by Joy Kennedy-O’Neill

Published: February 2012 in Strange Horizons

Genre: post-apocalyptic zombie short story

Length: 25 pages

Setting: near Houston, TX, near future

Interest: It was included in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology

Summary: Our narrator is a college professor living near Houston, TX in the aftermath of a virus that led to flesh-eating zombies. The government came up with a cure, but not before many people were infected and ate others. The zombies have since been cured, and cannot remember what they did when they were infected. This has led to some unresolved issues since the Never Infected do remember what happened. The narrator is trying to live with her husband, who was infected and ate their child, while teaching and we see flashbacks of the time while people were infected.

Final thoughts: I think I’m ruined for zombie stories by the Newsflesh trilogy by Mira Grant (starting with Feed). Aftermath was too similar to that story (virus caused the disease, roaming packs of zombies eating the still uninfected) and suffered by comparison. It’s mostly about loss and trying to live with someone who made a huge mistake, but I saw the big reveal (the father killed and ate the daughter) coming from a mile away, so it lacked the punch it was supposed to give as the last line of the story. It’s not bad, and I did enjoy seeing how the author thought society would change after such a calamity, but Mira Grant does zombies best.

Title come from: The story is set in the aftermath of the zombie infection and subsequent cure.

 

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Blackout by Mira Grant

Published: 2012

Genre: post-apocalyptic zombie fiction

Length: 634 pages

Setting: the U.S., 2041, immediately following the events of Deadline

Interest: It’s the third (and final) book in the Newsflesh series Continue reading

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Deadline by Mira Grant

Published: 2011

Genre: post-apocalyptic thriller

Length: 581 pages

Setting: the U.S. in 2041, a few months after the events in Feed

Interest: It’s the second book in the Newsflesh trilogy, following Feed. Continue reading

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Dead Beat by Jim Butcher


Published: 2006

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 424 pages

Setting: Chicago, present day

Interest: It’s book seven in the Dresden Files series

Summary: Mavra, the Queen of the Red Court, blackmails Harry into finding the recently discovered Word of Hemmler. Hemmler was a brilliantly mad necromancer, destroyed by the While Council. Three of Hemmler’s disciples descend on Chicago, bent on finding the book and completing a rite on Halloween night to turn themself into a God with necromatic power. Harry takes it upon himself to stop them, even if he isn’t as powerful as these other wizards. He succeeds, but only by getting help from Lasciel, a Fallen Angel who’s coin he touched in a previous book. Harry brings in help in the form of Wardens, whose numbers are sadly depleted after a major offensive by vampires. Harry’s even recruited to become a Warden.

Final thoughts: A bit slow to start, but once it did, Harry was off and running, getting horribly beat up as he tries to do the right thing and keep Chicago safe. My favorite part was when Harry reanimated Sue, the T. rex skeleton, and rode it through Chicago. It again demonstrated Harry’s ability to think outside the box to get what he needed done without breaking the letter of the law (you can’t reanimate people, and animals aren’t usually worth it, but old things are more powerful). Murphy wasn’t in this story, which was a little disappointing. Instead, we had Butters, Harry’s forensic pathologist friend who played polka and was afraid of everything. Butters managed to overcome his fears, and help Harry defeat the evil wizards.

Title comes from: The evil wizards were necromancers raising the dead. You have to keep a steady beat going in order to control the zombies.

Reading challenges fulfilled: 71/100 in my 100 Book Challenge

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