So, I have this little, I don’t know, app I guess for facebook called Pixel of Ink. What it does is scout out free and really cheap books for the Kindle and posts lists of five or six books three times a day. Really what it is doing is finding the bored masses something new to read. I appreciate that as I am a voracious reader. I am always looking for something new, but just like life sometimes you tear into a book only to realize that you bit into the apple with the worm. This book is one of those.
However, first a disclaimer. Yes, zombies are a hot commodity right now. For me however, they have been a hot commodity ever since I saw the remake of night of the living dead, the 1990 version. That being said, when Pixel of Ink said hey we have this zombie book, What Zombies Fear, I was quite anxious to read it. I should have left well enough alone.
This book was terrible, I’m not quite sure what zombies fear, but it certainly wasn’t the hack job the author did or the editor who had apparently was turned before he got a chance to get more than halfway through the novel. Additionally, zombies are supposed to be mindless, either shambling horrors or sprinting demons, but they are never supposed to be thinking, calculating beings. This ruins the whole concept of the zombie. When Romero first threw them up onto the big screen in 1968 the movie was meant to be more about the human condition than about the zombie. That is what zombies do, they test the ability of man to fight the big three in literature and art, man, nature, and himself. They do it well since they can’t talk, man has to figure out what they want, what he can do to stay alive, and how much he should trust the others he finds or if they will leave him out to be zombie bait. The inability to reason with the mindless marching mouths is what makes the zombie so fearsome a creature and a great literary device to explore the human condition in various ways.
The author goes wrong by making the zombies think, calculate, run faster than the flash, occasionally fly, and heal any super not fatal wound, the vaporization of the head, in the blink of an eye. Things that do all this are Superman, not zombies. They ruin the whole concept of fighting the supernatural, now you are fighting Zod mixed with twilight, the only things the zombies don’t seem to do is sparkle, but wait they do glow at night so…
Anyway, I would have ripped out the pages in this book to use on the toilet but it was on the Kindle and that just wouldn’t work. Ignore the fact the novel is averaging four stars on Amazon as there are too many retards that don’t understand literature. If you really want a good zombie novel you can look at Day by Day Armageddon or perhaps The First Days: As the World Dies. Although these novels are written in a different style both the authors understand you can’t just throw zombies in and have a successful story, they actually write something worth reading. This book was not.