Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Living Dead - John Joseph Adams

Note that the print version apparently has more stories than this ebook. In this case the luddite dorkbrains who think what is good for Stephen King isn't good for them include Dan Simmons and This Year's Class Picture, Sherman Alexie's Ghost Dance and Douglas E. Winter's Less than Zombie. Alexie's Ghost Dance isn't very good so leaving it out improves the book. I think Winters might be a lawyer, so maybe not surprising, as they are a big part of the fool complex that brought us DRM etc. Simmons however does sell his books electronically, and even multiformat occasionally, so he must have had a sudden attack of stupidity in this case of this multiple award winner.

A big heaping helping of zombies, as the editor explains :

"In the process of assembling this anthology, I read more zombie stories than you could possibly imagine, and I found more good ones than could possibly fit in one volume, even a mammoth tome like this one. So, in order to help narrow down my selections, I created a few loose guidelines for myself. First, I wanted to avoid taking too many stories from any one source. Second, I wanted to avoid taking too many stories from other zombie anthologies. I discovered a lot of great zombie fiction elsewhere and thought that this book would be more valuable to zombie fans if it were to collect that material."

That is, he wanted to mostly avoid stories you could already get in other zombie anthologies. So there's a variety here, science fiction zombies, non-horror zombies, the origins of Anita Blake, vampire slayer and necromancer and the odd story with no zombies at all that will likely annoy some - and are usually among the weakest stuff, too.

So there's an intro, an introduction to each story, but no zombie bibliography or other reading or viewing lists like in Wastelands. So I suppose this is 'another zombie anthology' as opposed to a retrospective study approach.

Still rather good though, I'd call it a 4.25 rounded up.

Living Dead : Some Zombie Contingency Plans - Kelly Link
Living Dead : Death And Suffrage - Dale Bailey
Living Dead : Blossom - David J. Schow
Living Dead : The Third Dead Body - Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Living Dead : The Dead - Michael Swanwick
Living Dead : The Dead Kid - Darrell Schweitzer
Living Dead : Malthusian's Zombie - Jeffrey Ford
Living Dead : Beautiful Stuff - Susan Palwick
Living Dead : Sex Death And Starshine - Clive Barker
Living Dead : Stockholm Syndrome - David Tallerman
Living Dead : Bobby Conroy Comes Back From the Dead - Joe Hill
Living Dead : Those Who Seek Forgiveness - Laurell K. Hamilton
Living Dead : In Beauty Like The Night - Norman Partridge
Living Dead : Prairie - Brian Evenson
Living Dead : Everything Is Better With Zombies - Hannah Wolf Bowen
Living Dead : Home Delivery - Stephen King
Living Dead : Sparks Fly Upward - Lisa Morton
Living Dead : Meathouse Man - George R. R. Martin
Living Dead : Deadman's Road - Joe R. Lansdale
Living Dead : The Skull-Faced Boy - David Barr Kirtley
Living Dead : The Age Of Sorrow - Nancy Kilpatrick
Living Dead : Bitter Grounds - Neil Gaiman
Living Dead : She's Taking Her Tits To The Grave - Catherine Cheek
Living Dead : Dead Like Me - Adam-Troy Castro
Living Dead : Zora And The Zombie - Andy Duncan
Living Dead : Calcutta Lord Of Nerves - Poppy Z. Brite
Living Dead : Followed - Will McIntosh
Living Dead : The Song The Zombie Sang - Harlan Ellison and Robert Silverberg
Living Dead : Passion Play - Nancy Holder
Living Dead : Almost The Last Story By Almost The Last Man - Scott Edelman
Living Dead : How The Day Runs Down - John Langan


Simple monsters, with jailbait.

3.5 out of 5


Worldwide zombie political comeback.

3.5 out of 5


Zombie bondage asphyxiation nasal dentata.

4 out of 5


Serial killer victim zombie revenge.

3.5 out of 5


Zombies make you obsolete, and sell well as sex toys.

5 out of 5


Zombie fort resident leave school beating right direction.

3.5 out of 5


Horror leftover transform.

3 out of 5


Corpse revival kerfuffle.

3.5 out of 5


Undead theatre.

4 out of 5


Billy please lose my number.

4 out of 5


Romero reunion.

3.5 out of 5


Anita Blake raises a woman's husband from the dead, but realises his death was not as described.

4 out of 5


New model zombies.

4 out of 5


The dead remains.

3 out of 5


Including this story.

2.5 out of 5


Need a zombie plan.

3.5 out of 5


Fundamentalist zombie abortion.

4 out of 5


Dead love handles.

4 out of 5


Undead familiar bugs.

4 out of 5


You're going to be an officer in my zombie army, mate.

4 out of 5


Omega woman.

3.5 out of 5


Coffee girl presentation.

3.5 out of 5


Zombie bimbo.

2.5 out of 5


Zombie faking.

4 out of 5


Jealous writer's Haitian zombie chat.

3.5 out of 5


City Living Dead tour.

4 out of 5


Corpse bad reminder.

3 out of 5


Wired performance.

3.5 out of 5


Anti-zombie performance.

3.5 out of 5


Zombie audience.

3.5 out of 5


In this act, the zombies keep on truckin'.

4 out of 5




4.5 out of 5

2 comments:

SinlessTouch said...

Zombies? sex toys? 5 ? 3 ? I didn't understand! sorry!

Blue Tyson said...

The Dead by Michael Swanwick is online, search here or Baen webscriptions.