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Night of the Living Trekkies by Kevin D Anderson & Sam Stall

They thought space was the final frontier - they were wrong. Recently I spent a bit of time examining the phenomenon that is the mash-up novel. I reviewed the zombie/Jane Austen trilogy that begins with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Overall, the experience was a lot of fun and it was nice to read various authors attempts to bring two dramatically different genres together in such a full on way. For my next foray into the world of mash-up novels I decided to stick with zombies but bring things Read more [...]

Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith

For those that have not read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies as well as Dawn of the Dreadfuls please note that this review contains some minor spoilers. The final novel in the Pride and Prejudice and Zombie trilogy is published today. Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith picks up the story four years later. Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy are now happily married and living at Mr Darcy's country estate, Pemberly. Elizabeth has hung up her flintlock and katana, as it is improper for Read more [...]

Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith

Journey back to Regency England - Land of the Undead Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith is a prequel to the hugely successful zombie/Jane Austen mash-up novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Set five years before the first novel, it follows the five Bennet sisters as they are trained in the deadly arts of the warrior, in order to combat the undead menace that plagues England. The reader learns of Oscar Bennet’s part in 'The Troubles' and how, as a younger man, he made a promise to Read more [...]

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." Recently I wrote the following statement while reviewing a book - I have often suspected any novel can only be enhanced by the addition of rampaging hordes of undead. The publisher Quirk Books, originators of the mash-up novel, were obviously listening and sent me some books that would allow me to test that theory. Over the next few days I'll be posting reviews of a few of them. Read more [...]

Zombie Appreciation Month – In Conclusion

Zombie Appreciation Month has been my first attempt to focus on a particular theme. I wasn't sure if I would enjoy the experience or not. I have to admit, I was concerned about spending an entire month reading about only one subject. It turns out my fears were groundless The novels that I have read this month have covered the full gamut of emotions. From the upbeat detective fun of Nekropolis to the gut wrenching fear of Zombie Apocalypse! Everything I've read has brought something new to the Read more [...]

Handling the Undead by John Ajvide Lindqvist

To round off Zombie Appreciation Month I've decided to read Handling The Undead by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Set in Stockholm, during the midst of a heatwave, strange things are starting to occur. Electrical appliances won't switch off and everyone is suffering from unexplained headaches. Over the course of a single night, every person that has died in the previous two months is reanimated, including those that have been buried. The ever pragmatic authorities move from one disastrous idea to Read more [...]

Nekropolis by Tim Waggoner

"This place has always been ruled by the vampire lords. Now they are plotting to destroy the city. Over my dead body". For the second entry in Zombie Appreciation Month we move away from the end of the world toward a detective novel with a twist. I'm sure you can guess the nature of the twist? Nekropolis by Tim Waggoner is the first outing for the zombie detective. Hundreds of years ago, Father Dis and the five lesser Dark Lords brought all of the Darkfolk together. To avoid continued persecution Read more [...]

Zombie Apocalypse! edited by Stephen Jones

Welcome to Zombie Appreciation Month. Throughout October The Eloquent Page will take a look at different interpretations of zombies in modern literature. To begin with I've decided to start with a classic theme. I give you The End of the World. Will humanity triumph over the worldwide zombie plague, or will the walking dead inherit the earth? It seems only fair that the first book that I'm looking at is the one that gave me the idea in the first place. There were a number of book launches at Read more [...]

Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry

“When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week, then there’s either something wrong with your skills or something wrong with your world. And there’s nothing wrong with my skills.” I have a confession to make. I'm thoroughly unsettled by zombies. It doesn't matter if they are the old style slowly shuffling undead or fast moving rage fuelled beasts made popular over the last couple of years. The whole concept leaves an unpleasant sensation in the pit of my stomach. Read more [...]