I’m a huge fan of the Zombie genre in… well, anything really. When I got my copy of ZOMBIESQUE in the mail I think I may have squealed out loud and jumped up and down a few times. The zombie phenomenon wasn’t always around, but now that it’s here to stay it seems like everyone is just craving more of the undead. And you will find them with a vengeance in the pages of Zombiesque.

The book is a collection of 16 short stories from various authors. There are stories of zombies that we all know and love from the classic Romero stumblers, to zombies types that we’ve never seen. There are stories of people that purposely turn themselves into zombies for fun, and stories of zombie cheerleaders.

Personally, the zombie cheerleader story called “Gimme a Z!” was my favorite from the collection, followed by “Do No Harm” in a close second.

“Gimme a Z!” was a fun read. It was fast (they all are, but this one was particularly easy to get through), and hilarious. The writing was fantastic, Seanan McGuire’s take on the way that teenagers (well, stereotypical cheerleader teenagers) talk was perfect. Not to mention I really, REALLY enjoyed the ideas that McGuire put into the zombie personalities.

“Do No Harm” was a more serious take on the zombie epidemic. Written by Tim Waggoner, “Do No Harm” told the story of two very different groups of zombies and how their human hosts react to what was supposed to be a very useful virus. Well, like they do in all zombie stories (and movies, and TV shows) the virus goes very, VERY wrong in some humans, resulting in the zombie apocalypse. Waggoner puts a much different spin on the intelligence of the zombies and even gives the groups themselves a hierarchy that they have to follow in order to survive.

While those two were my favorites out of Zombiesque, there wasn’t a bad story in the book! Whether you like your zombies eating entrails and brains, or if you like to see a softer side of the undead, there’s a story for you in Zombiesque!

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: DAW Books, Inc. | Pages: 305 | Source: Publisher | Buy on Amazon

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