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text 2019-01-01 09:00
Review of "Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues" (White Trash Zombie, #2) by Diana Rowland
Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues - Diana Rowland

This one was mixed for me.

 

I could have done with more of Angeil being Angel and just learning to deal with being a zombie while trying to get her life and relationships together. With a huge dose of zaniness and humor.

 

Instead, for too much of it, I got weighty conspiracy, political and mobster. Including bad guys abducting then somewhat graphically torturing her physically and emotionally.

Which *poof* now over and right back to regular life.

 

Hopefully rest of series lets up on murky conspiracies and factions. I have little patience for that (probably why I dislike thrillers and most mysteries).

 

I still like Angel and still enjoy the writing. And I do want to know what happens to Angel next. I was expecting a much funnier book.

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review 2018-12-31 22:55
I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus / S.G. Browne
I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus: A Breathers Christmas Carol - S.G. Browne

He sees you when you’re sleeping . . . he knows when you’re undead. 

How does the leader of a failed zombie civil rights movement from California rescue a group of his undead brethren and help a lonely Breather girl as he hides from a band of medical researchers while disguised as Santa Claus? 

If you’ve never believed in Christmas miracles, then you wouldn’t understand. 

 

How could I resist this dark little comedy? As soon as I saw the title on my library’s catalogue, I knew that I had to read it this Christmas season!

It may not rank up there with It’s a Wonderful Life or A Christmas Carol, but it provided a little light relief during a season that can become rather overwhelming if one doesn’t take time to read a silly book.

Andy Warner, former zombie rights activist, escapes from the research facility where he has been held and experimented on, strips a Santa Claus in someone’s Christmas yard display, and tries to make his way through the world disguised as the jolly old elf. The author was obviously having fun with the whole concept.

Yes, there’s a bit of gore (this is a zombie book after all), but there’s also an uplifting story of a zombie who cares enough to make life better for a little girl with an alcoholic single-parent mother. 

It’s not going to become an annual tradition for me, but it was a pleasant diversion this Christmas season.

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review 2018-12-29 09:28
Plight of the Living Dead by Matt Simon
Plight of the Living Dead What Real-Life Zombies Reveal About Our World - and Ourselves - Matt Simon

TITLE:  Plight of the Living Dead:  What Real-Life Zombies Reveal about Our World --And Ourselves.

 

AUTHOR:  Matt Simon

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 2018

 

FORMAT: paperback

 

ISBN-13:  9780143131410

 

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DESCRIPTION:

"A brain-bending exploration of real-life zombies and mind controllers, and what they reveal to us about nature--and ourselves.

Zombieism isn't just the stuff of movies and TV shows like The Walking Dead. It's real, and it's happening in the world around us, from wasps and worms to dogs and moose--and even humans.

In Plight of the Living Dead, science journalist Matt Simon documents his journey through the bizarre evolutionary history of mind control. Along the way, he visits a lab where scientists infect ants with zombifying fungi, joins the search for kamikaze crickets in the hills of New Mexico, and travels to Israel to meet the wasp that stings cockroaches in the brain before leading them to their doom.

Nothing Hollywood dreams up can match the brilliant, horrific zombies that natural selection has produced time and time again. Plight of the Living Dead is a surreal dive into a world that would be totally unbelievable if very smart scientists didn't happen to be proving it's real, and most troublingly--or maybe intriguingly--of all: how even we humans are affected."

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An entertaining and fascinating pop-science book that takes a look at a variety of parasites that take over or otherwise "zombify" their hosts.  This book has more meat than the author's previous book (The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar), but it did miss the opportunity to add colour photographs of some of the more visual parasitic phenomena. 

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text 2018-12-20 16:56
TBR Thursday
I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus: A Breathers Christmas Carol - S.G. Browne
Very Good, Jeeves! - P.G. Wodehouse
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West - Gregory Maguire
Christmas Mourning - Margaret Maron
Dead of Winter - Brian Moreland

This is my last day of work for 2018, y'all.  I'm a bit bedraggled, but I've made it.  Tomorrow is my day to do laundry, clean house, and make goodies to take to a family get-together on Saturday.  Sunday, I'll have to finish my shopping, before heading to my sister's place on Monday.

 

I'll be taking a selection of these books along for the trip!  I'm always up pretty early and they will give me something quiet to do while I wait until the other mice are stirring. (And so I don't get my sister's dog agitated and waking people up super early).

 

I hope that you all have a warm, wonderful Christmas season.  Safe travels to everyone who will be on the move!  It is always a pleasure to spend time with all of you, discussing books, pets, travel, and cooking.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

 

 

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review 2018-12-19 00:22
I guess Jughead is preferable to being called Forsythe Pendleton
Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale - Francesco Francavilla,Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Afterlife with Archie: Escape From Riverdale (issues 1-5) by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa was mentioned briefly in my review of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Vol 1 as it was created by the same author AND both books exist in the same twisted universe. Where Sabrina dwells in a world governed by dark magic and witches that do Satan's bidding Archie and his friends are living in a different kind of hell on earth. For those familiar with the comic strip featuring Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead you're accustomed to 1950s nostalgia vibes of burgers at the diner and lovelorn glances across the football field. There's that in this iteration and a whole lot more. Aguirre-Sacasa must have tapped into that same dark vein that Stephen King has plumbed for years because Riverdale's residents are being plagued by the walking dead. I'M TALKING ZOMBIES, YA'LL. It all begins with Jughead's dog becoming infected and passing it to him through a bite until it spreads like an epidemic. (Remember the movie 28 Days Later?) Things come to a head at the school dance where of course Betty and Veronica are vying for Archie's attention so they don't immediately get that something is terribly wrong with their ol' pal Jughead. [A/N: I don't remember them being so catty but in this story they're doing anything and everything to catch this boy's attention even if they have to demean themselves to do it. It's actually pretty horrible how they treat each other and how absolutely ridiculous they make themselves. The boy ain't that great, ya know?] Things quickly devolved from there and it's a race against time as they and a few of their classmates try to find a place free of the undead creatures. It ends on a cliffhanger and volume two is in the works to be published next year so now is the time to get a head-start. Zombie and horror fans will delight in this series (as well as CAoS). For me it's a pretty solid 9/10 with a deduction for sexist/misogynistic depiction of female leads.

 

Jughead isn't that good at makeup, ya'll. [Source: Vulture]

 

What's Up Next: Star Trek Destiny #3: Lost Souls by David Mack

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Elfquest Archives: Volume 2 by Wendy & Richard Pini

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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