A poor, nameless protagonist dreams of escaping the fate of the orange ID, which means they will be exterminated within one year of being marked. Hoping to land a job in a store which offers the incentive of hazard-pay, the nameless protagonist hangs around the store awaiting the chance to gain employment. However, the protagonist isn't the only one who has been watching the store. A chemically zombified man kidnaps the protagonist and offers him a chance to escape his fate if only he will steal a hidden batch of chemicals inside the store in which he wanted to work in.
This is easily one of the best stories in the anthology and brings something completely unique and interesting to the table. A father and son have a strained relationship especially after the son is forced to kill someone who attempted to rob his father's store. While their relationship is returning to normal, his zombified wife starts coming around their home at night which would further complicate their relationship.
While is story attempts to hit an emotional string in the reader, I think it ends too soon to have the intended impact. Once again, it wasn't a bad story at all, but it also didn't bring anything memorable to the table.
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Problem is Cedric is a zombie and humans are starting to become harder to find in the world of the living dead. A bit of a cliche at this point but the story itself was entertaining. Green - When the dead start returning from the grave, there is nothing about them resembling their former selves. They don't eat people. They don't do anything other than exist. These undead are placed inside dead towns and forgotten about much like the main proganoist in the story.
He's a man who has lost his job, his family, and his home. He decides to visit one of these dead towns and finds he has much more in common with the dead than the living. The comparison between the homeless and the living dead is effective and makes you stop to pause and think.
Great story with a social message. Devil Dust by Caitlin Kittredge - Lizzie is hospitalized after a horrible car accident which left her husband dead. The circumstances immediately become clear that this wasn't a car accident and Lizzie sets out to get revenge against those who wronged her and her husband. One of the better stories in the anthology with a satisfying conclusion and an excellent take on a different type of zombie story. The Dead of Dromore by Ken Bruen - An elite squad of mercenaries is sent into zombie infested area to rescue the daughter of a very rich man.
Obviously, things don't go as planned and these badasses aren't so badass by the end. While this one isn't breaking any new ground in the zombie genre, it does meet the need of having an military action story in between all the other stories which try to branch out in different directions. Entertaining and brief. All the Comforts of Home by John Skipp and Cody Goodfellow - In a world reborn after the end of the previous one, a man recalls the chaos and madness in humanity's final days and the actions he took which led to his survival.
Another one of the better-crafted stories in the anthology. It tells a story of survivor's guilt and having to continue living with one's sins. Sniegoski - Murphy the dog dies protecting his young owner, Mitchell, from a dark entity which is uncovered during a hurricane. His soul is returned to Earth after he is told by the Old Dog and Old Man in the sky that Mitchell is a special boy who could cause either massive chaos with guidance from the dark entity or aspire the world to greatness.
Murphy was his guardian and must now guide the replacement puppy, Jack, to save Mitchell from the corruption. As much as this sounds like a children's horror story, it was easily my most favorite of the anthology. He is one of the only survivors of the zombie apocalypse because of his condition but he isn't all right in the head. He kills humans and zombies alike.
Another story where the protagonist feeds humans to zombies. While the concept is interesting, the story is much too short and the cliched ending didn't help it much either. There is a massive storm coming and its predicted to be one of the worst to hit his area. With the storm come the zombies and it is a fight for survival for the terminally ill child and his family. My second favorite story of the anthology. It draws upon confronting the concept of childhood death and accepting fate. Truly a page turner and certainly makes me want to read more from Maberry. Tender as Teeth by Stephanie Crawford and Duane Swierczynski - Justine was having a drink at a bar when suddenly she is knocked off her chair and awakens in the hospital to discover its months later.
Then the horrible news is broken to her. She was a zombie, she ate an infant, and it was captured in a photograph which had gone viral. Carson, the photographer, and Justine embark on a journey to take another photo to show she has been cured. This is also one of the best stories in the anthology.
It explores the idea of acclimating to being human once more and dealing with the struggle of having committed atrocities while not actually remembering them. Couch Potato by Brian Keene - Adele is a little girl with a drug-addicted mother who neglects her. A breakout of Hamelin's Revenge, the virus which came from rats and turned people into flesh-eating zombies, doesn't change much for Adele's situation.
Her mother still neglects her and sits on the couch watching television until her drugs run out. Being familiar with Brian Keene's catalog of work, it was nice to see another appearance of Hamelin's Revenge in a short story. After having read Dead Sea and Entombed, I'm certain Adele's fate was not going to be good regardless of whether she survived this story or not. Overall, it is what I expected of Brian Keene which is always enjoyable to read. The Happy Bird and Other Tales by Rio Youers - Two years after a war which tore apart his life, Raif Ceric is still coping with the loss of his family, his town, and the general devastation.
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A warmongering dictator forced his soldiers to take drugs which made them immune to feeling or even caring about the atrocities they were committing. Raif manages to capture one of the soldiers responsible for the death of his family and attempts to bring him back from the abyss of the unfeeling and uncaring. A wonderful story about the trauma and horrors of war and the aftermath in which the common person is left to pick up the pieces of their broken lives.
Excellent work and certainly makes me want to read more from Rio Youers. Parasite by Daniel H. Wilson - Unfortunately, this story closes out the book and I don't think it should have. I had no idea what was happening and didn't understand it. There was a war, there were metal spiders, and the narrator was dead but his spirit was still alive. I don't know and I'm not going back to see if I can figure it out either. The previous story should have closed out the book. Overall, this anthology like many others is a mixed bag.
Some stories are great, many of them are okay, and then there are some real stinkers in the pile. If you are looking for stories which try to branch out from the typical "Walking Dead" type of zombie formula, 21st Century Dead is a good book for this. Mar 21, Utterly Undead Reads rated it really liked it. While I know some of the names behind the stories in here, some were new to me. Most of the stories are 3 or 4 star stories in my book, but there's some 5 stars in there, and a two star short story or two. Overall, a very good collection. There were no stories that I was sorely tempted to pass by unfinished, as sometimes happens in anthologies.
My favorites- 'Biters' by Mark Morris- It's the first story in the book and it deals with a situation long after the outbreak, when people have re-establis While I know some of the names behind the stories in here, some were new to me. My favorites- 'Biters' by Mark Morris- It's the first story in the book and it deals with a situation long after the outbreak, when people have re-established themselves and life goes on. While parts of it are very poignant, in the end, we're left with hope.
Browne- I'm a huge 'Breathers' fan, and he didn't disappoint with this one. His characteristic dark humor and snark's all over this one. Loved it! McIlveen- Short, but packs a real punch. The horror in this one is less the zombies and more If you've ever enjoyed the companionship of a good dog that would do anything for you, this one's a tear-jerker.
I hate to admit it, but I found myself tearing up as I read it. It really made me miss our german shepherd we lost four years ago. Even if you're not a 'dog person', this one's a wonderful story. While the characters and set-up are fresh, the idea about the zombies is the same. Well-written and thoughtful as always, and probably my favorite story in the book. It whets my appetite for his upcoming release, a full-length sequel to 'Dead of Night.
This one is super short, only one page, front and back, and it fits solidly in the zombie theme, but it just wasn't my thing. While beautifully written, it's written in the style of a fable, which was not what I was looking for. I can recognize it's a well-crafted, sharp story even though I personally didn't care for it. Just not for me.
It has nothing to do with zombies, save one girl unexpectedly back from the dead for reasons I never understood. This one is a horror, but more in the sci-fi vein, IMO. Not my favorite, I didn't really care for it. Probably a two star from me. The other stories were all okay or good, but not mind-blowing. Brain Keene's story was good, but not of the caliber I've come to expect from him. I enjoyed it, I just expected more. Be sure not to skip the introduction by Christopher Golden.
Nothing earth-shattering there, but interesting enough that I actually read it instead of just skimming it, as I often do with intros. Aug 02, Angie rated it really liked it Shelves: compilations , short-stories , As with any and all short story anthologies, there are a few stinkers, but I was very impressed with the entirety of the book and how, after reading several stories consecutively, I didn't feel like I was being beat over the head pun unintended with the usual zombie cliche. It's weird how the second to last story is almost always my favorite, and "The Happy Bird and Other Tales" is no exception.
Rio Youers' work is absolutely flawless--and speaks, like all great stories do, to something within As with any and all short story anthologies, there are a few stinkers, but I was very impressed with the entirety of the book and how, after reading several stories consecutively, I didn't feel like I was being beat over the head pun unintended with the usual zombie cliche. Rio Youers' work is absolutely flawless--and speaks, like all great stories do, to something within us that makes us human. Amber Benson yeah, the girl who played Tara on Buffy the Vampire Slayer even has a story in the collection that, while not being on the cutting edge of originality, is well polished and a fun read.
It was hard to really picture what was going on, perhaps because the author bit off more than he could chew. Pun unintended. Although, to give him credit, he is a screenwriter and sometimes jumping genres can be a bit tough even for a seasoned veteran. The other stinker, "The Dead of Dromore," just wasn't written in a very reader-friendly style.
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Its style desperately tried to mimic hard-line military talk and it just didn't pop off the page in the way I think the author intended it to. Additionally, there wasn't enough back story for me to really get interested in the tale, the characterizations were weak, and the end of the story was just too bland.
Maberry pulled the difficult feelings of a child with cancer who knows his day is coming off really well, and the added background of there being a zombie attack is an interesting take. Now I'm tempted to rewrite a bunch of Lurlene McDaniel books, turning everyone into zombies or zombie-lovers.
All in all, a very wonderful collection. The breadth and depth was pretty spectacular, considering the entire book was about zombies. I cried, I laughed, I drooled a little and picked my eyeball off my chest and put it back in its socket. May 30, P. Aaron Potter rated it it was ok Shelves: horror. It's not the zombies' fault. This was something of a disappointment. I can respect what Golden was trying to do here: having taken a relatively minor role in the renewal of interest in the zombie trope with his prior anthology, The New Dead: A Zombie Anthology , Golden felt compelled to revisit the well just ONE too many times with this rehash.
The problem is that his particular charge in this collection was apparently to present atypical zombie stories. Thus, rather than shambling or leaping It's not the zombies' fault. Thus, rather than shambling or leaping flesh-eating, soulless dead-eyed brain-munchers, we get zombie babies, Zombie mercenaries, thoughtful zombies, empathic zombies, zombies which are just projected mental images of lost loved ones, zombies which are a manifestation of a pseudo-benevolent god's resurrection theology, etc.
Sprinkling one or two such slantwise takes in the collection might well be a way to freshen an overused trope. The authors here seem to be struggling to find something new to say about the zombie menace, and in doing so they lose what Romero in film, and Skipp and Spector in Book of the Dead understood so brilliantly. The zombie is scary because it is a metaphor for the mindless consumer herd.
It's that part of us. Wander too far from that, and it's not scary, nor even interesting, any more. Just obscure. Amongst the dross, three stories merit attention: 1. This was the best of the lot by far, fully realizing the horrific possibilities inherent in the original zombie trope, while taking them in a new, yet logical, direction.
Stellar work. This is pure crap. Why this guy got work in print, when there are children starving in Africa, is a humanitarian crime. It's bad, BAD writing. Beyond juvenile. Card is a bit on the defensive these days, as well he should be if this is the type of sorry-ass apologetics he thinks he can publish as though it were anything other than sorry-ass apologetics. Grow up, Orson. Short stories are still not my thing. And like all short story collections, I have a hard time giving an over all rating. I think that each story needs it own number. So, the rating I'm giving this is the over all reading expirence.
I think the best thing about this collection is that it isn't your usual zombie stories. Each one of the short stories is unique and has an unusual approach; enough so that I'm not sure I'd call all of them zombie stories. Here's what I thought of the various stories Short stories are still not my thing. The first is because it is so unique. I have not read anything quite like it.
Secondly, because I think it gives a good sense of the dread that would come from your baby being a zombie with an eventual fatalistic giving up to the absurdity of it. It really captures the horror genre that zombies usually reside in. Sniegoski Not sure this is really a zombie story.
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There are some zombies in it, but it's really a ghost story. It's told from the POV of a dog and it's done well. A touching story, cute and rather fluffy to be in this collection. Zombies are served on the side. This is an excellent character sketch. It is a more complete story then most shorts. It reaches beyond the telling of zombies and digs deeply into death and dying. Excellent story. Jul 07, Mangzilla rated it really liked it Shelves: science-fiction , monster , zombies , pop-culture , epidemic. Excellent and wide-ranging stories about zombies, or near-zombies.
Many different takes. But you might not want to listen to them all in a row, as I did. Aug 01, Donald rated it liked it Shelves: horror. I can't comment beyond that as I haven't read it. I did read this one, though, and I imagine it'll receive similar reviews. I personally found it fairly middling, but to be fair I don't know if that's truly a reflection on the quality or lack thereof of the stories on simply that I'm getting burned out on zombies.
There were a couple of standouts, a 21st Century Dead , edited by Christopher Golden, is the followup to his anthology The New Dead , which has garnered generally positive reviews. Zombies actually play a fairly minor role in this story and I would not have included it in a zombie anthology, but I'm glad Golden did because I doubt I would have read it otherwise.
More than anything it's a story about a dog's love and devotion to his boy. I dare anyone that's ever had a dog to read this and not get just a little misty-eyed. This is a powerful story and I am going to be keeping an eye on Mr. Sniegoski going forward. It takes place sometime after a cure for zombie-ism is developed and tries to answer the question of how people would treat someone that was once a zombie but is a normal human again. If you're itching for zombie tales, then 21st Century Dead will certainly scratch that itch.
However, I think it's quite telling that the best stories in this anthology feature zombies only on the peripheral plot elements rather than having them front and center. Some might argue that this demonstrates the evolution of the zombie tale, but I think it just underscores the fact that zombies, like vampires before them, are on their way out.
Feb 08, Fran Jacobs rated it liked it. This is a real mixed bag. Most of the stories are entertaining and enjoyable, with different takes on the idea of zombies, from those who take a drug to bring it about, to disease, intentional and unintentional infestation, some are healed zombies, others are not. A real good mix of all sorts of things. A couple of the stories are brilliant, and a couple really suck.
A mother's love: This was one of the really great stories, disturbing, dark, and horrible, in a good way. I enjoyed this a lot. Jack This is a real mixed bag. Jack and Jill: I really enjoyed this too, it was so sad, it captured the sadness, the frustration of a dying boy all the way through, with a sense of hope right at the end. The ones that sucked, in my opinion: The drop: Personally, no idea what the hell was going on. I really didn't. I read it a couple of times, still didn't get it. Just too much techno info flung at me and nothing that made any real sense GHost dog and pup: I was bored.
I couldn't finish it. And it was just ridiculous, for me at least, a chosen dog and his boy? The dead of Dromore. It was an okay story, but the formatting, the style, just made it hard for me to read. In the end i was left with nothing. Biters: it wasn't a bad story, but it was unclimatic, there was no real end, and it felt like two stories just shoved together.
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Something about a zombie baby, something about a zombie father. Most were okay, most were interesting, a couple were brilliant and a few more were not. May 31, Theo rated it it was ok Shelves: adults , short-stories-anthologies , horror , goodreads-giveaways. I have to be honest and admit that I'm not a big zombie fan.
I was mostly interested in this anthology because I had just read Robopocalypse , and I wanted to read more by Daniel H. Wilson his story closes the anthology. While I wasn't too excited by the zombie concept, I was intrigued by the various authors takes on the monster. There are traditional depictions, but there are also many new take I won an Advanced Reading Copy of this anthology through the Goodreads First Reads giveaway program. There are traditional depictions, but there are also many new takes at least to me.
It had a gritty edge that rooted it in the here and now. Oct 09, Andrew rated it liked it. This is as the book of short stories all sharing the same theme - no real points for picking that little gem up. However the real point is the variety of the material - its most certainly varied. It has different perspectives, interpretations and even styles. Without giving any of it away there are some really quite clever stories here, taking the zombie them and not just giving it a twist, but a shake, squeeze and a rattle. I thought that I had pretty much seen every use for the undead both phy This is as the book of short stories all sharing the same theme - no real points for picking that little gem up.
I thought that I had pretty much seen every use for the undead both physically and metaphorically but this book caught me out a few times. Yes like an anthology there are the good and the bad after all I didn't choose the content but I must admit on the whole I would say I am pleased and I certainly would take a look at the companion volume "The New Dead" Jul 13, Angela rated it it was amazing. I won this book as a early reviewer through Goodreads, and I am so glad!
What a great anthology. Often times I am disappointed in anthologies as I enjoy only half of the stories, but with this one there were no weaknesses. I did not want "Ghost Dog and Pup " to end. Wonderfully edited, fantastic stories and a book I will hold onto to read over again. Mar 15, Kimberley doruyter rated it liked it. Oct 19, Andrew rated it it was ok. Great introduction on the meaning of the current obssession with zombies, but the stories themselves were disappointing. Apr 03, Jess rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , horror-thriller. Loved this collection - my favourites are 1.
Why mothers let their babies watch television by chelsea cain which was so good even though it was really short. Reality bites by s g browne - i love the idea of a future zombie world like this. A mother's love by john mcllveen - gruesome and twisted - reminded my a little of haunted by chuck palahnuik. Devil dust by caitlin kitteredge - revenge and zombies are such a good mix.
Ghost dog and pup:stay by thomas e sniegoski - a very different take Loved this collection - my favourites are 1. Ghost dog and pup:stay by thomas e sniegoski - a very different take on a traditional theme. Jack and jill by Jonathan maberry - brilliant way of looking at zombies set against personal tragedy. Tender as teeth by Stephanie crawford and duane swierczynski - made me think and relates a lot to the impact of modern journalism as well as the instant celebrity of social media.
The happy bird and other tales by rio youers - honestly the happy bird story thrilled me but the setting and moral behind this story have a huge emotional impact. Jan 24, Jennifer rated it liked it Shelves: short-stories , horror , zombies. Like any anthology, it has its ups and downs.
There are a wide variety of dead featured in these stories. One is about a ghost dog which is one of the weaker stories. A lot of the stories fall into that good but not especially memorable category. The ones I enjoyed the most are "Jack and Jill" and "Parasite. After I fought my way back out he told me I was a man and I could Like any anthology, it has its ups and downs.
The 4 stars are for the quality of writing in the stories. Collection of short stories about zombies- whatever form that takes for the author. The stories in this anthology of recent zombie fiction ask these questions and more. Biters, by Mark Morris, has young children bringing baby zombies home for a school project. Tic Boom is the first published fiction from the writer of Sons of Anarchy, so that will definitely be a curiosity for fans of that show. Parasite is set in Daniel H. ETA: Many of the narrators will be familiar to frequent audiobook listeners. Without going back and specifically listening to the starting tracks of each story, there is not an easy way to access who read each story, however overall the variety makes the stories more vibrant.
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