This is one of those books I bought on a whim, really didn’t know much about hadn’t really heard much but the reviews on Amazon where promising and the premises of the book looked solid. How many Zombie Authors out there are professors of religious studies whose written several books on the Bible and theology.
Was I ever surprised after reading roughly 10% of the book I couldn’t put it down. This is gruesome book with some very unique and grotesque parts. With that said I found the book outstanding with a perfect blend of Zombie Horror action and human suffering. There is also a living/undead hybrid which brings in a unique element into the book. Now i’m a Zombie purest I like the zombies shambling and devoid of any cognitive thought. I wasn’t sure I was going to like the idea of a Character having a “supernatural” ability vs the undead. But Kim Paffenroth has done a suburd job of explaining this character and limiting this characters use of his powers and over all it makes for great addition. There are two parts of this book that I found particularly great, one involving a zombie birth another a prison but i’ll leave those to the reader to discover because they are off the wall insane. If you like zombie books read this book. Take a day off work and burn through it, it’ll be well worth your time. I’m going have to change the order of my 5 zombie books that kick ass and through this one in my top 3.
This edition of Dying to Live: is going out of print at the end of March so pick it up from amazon before their all gone.
Kim Paffenroth just posted a CONTEST for those who purchase the book this month.
Jonah Caine, a lone survivor in a zombie-infested world, struggles to understand the apocalypse in which he lives. Unable to find a moral or sane reason for the horror that surrounds him, he is overwhelmed by violence and insignificance. After wandering for months, Jonah’s lonely existence dramatically changes when he discovers a group of survivors. Living in a museum-turned-compound, they are led jointly by Jack, an ever-practical and efficient military man, and Milton, a mysterious, quizzical prophet who holds a strange power over the dead. Both leaders share Jonah’s anguish over the brutality of their world, as well as his hope for its beauty. Together with others, they build a community that reestablishes an island of order and humanity surrounded by relentless ghouls. But this newfound peace is short-lived, as Jonah and his band of refugees clash with another group of survivors who remind them that the undead are not the only-nor the most grotesque-horrors they must face.
Next Book on the z’s reading list will be Kim Paffenroth’s The World Is Dead