Sadly, I’ve been ill, so I haven’t had the chance to really pimp my own book out or post over here.
I have always believed that if the zombie apocalypse ever happened in the South, we’d be able to beat the zombies back down pretty quickly, since there’s guns everywhere. That said, for the rest of you…
Sales for The Becoming: Outbreak are still going more strongly than I’d hoped for. Here’s the current stats:
Amazon US Store: 84 copies for January
Amazon UK Store: 15 copies for January
Barnes & Noble: NO FREAKIN’ IDEA (FIX YOUR SHEET, B&N!)
No new reviews, but that should change soon. 🙂 I’ll get into more specifics on that when it actually happens. In the meantime, hit the sales pages for the book on Amazon and B&N and rate, rate, rate! 😀
As for The Becoming: Safe House, I’m at 31,294 words. I’d be further along, but as I mentioned before, I’ve been ill, so I haven’t had any motivation whatsoever to sit up and stare at a computer screen for the minimum hour-a-day. However, last time I wrote on it (which was on Wednesday), I got over 4,000 words written, which is pretty danged good, if I do say so myself.
Zombie Book Review of the Week
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
Summary: (from Amazon) “The Crisis” nearly wiped out humanity. Brooks (son of Mel Brooks and author of The Zombie Survival Guide, 2003) has taken it upon himself to document the “first hand” experiences and testimonies of those lucky to survive ten years after the fictitious zombie war. Like a horror fan’s version of Studs Terkel’s The Good War (1984), the “historical account” format gives Brooks room to explore the zombie plague from numerous different views and characters. In a deadpan voice, Brooks exhaustively details zombie incidents from isolated attacks to full-scale military combat: “what if the enemy can’t be shocked and aweed? Not jus twon’t, but biologically can’t!” With the exception of a weak BAT-21 story in the second act, the “interviews” and personal accounts capture the universal fear of the collapse of society — a living nightmare in which anyone can become a mindless, insatiable predator at a moment’s notice. Alas, Brad Pitt’s production company has purchased the film rights to the book — while it does have a chronological element, it’s more similar to a collection of short stories: it would make for an excellent 24-style TV series or an animated serial. Regardless, horror fans won’t be disappointed: Like George Romero’s Dead trilogy, World War Z is another milestone in the zombie mythos.
My Thoughts: To call World War Z a mere milestone in post-apocalyptic zombie literature is ridiculous. This is THE book that almost every zombie-writer I’ve talked to has aspired to write to the level to. This is the book that I can only dream of being able to even slightly emulate. When I first read this book, I was totally enraptured with the tales Brooks presents in it; all the survivors’ stories and the actions of governmental bodies across the globe are so horribly realistic that at times I forgot that what I was reading wasn’t real. It’s definitely one of the top zombie books I recommend whenever someone asks me for suggestions.
My Rating: ***** (out of 5)
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