Time is running out on the RIP challenge, and I’m just now finishing one of the easiest challenges. At this rate, I’ll be lucky to finish even one more book by the end of the year, let alone October 31. But I’ll try.
I’ve just finished First Time Dead 2. This is an anthology of zombie stories. One of the things that makes this book unique is that all of the stories are from unpublished or unknown writers.
As with any anthology, it’s something of a mixed bag. There was a wide range of writing styles, and there was a wide range of perspectives. There were even a couple of stories that painted zombies in a sympathetic light. Most did stick to the classic Type FP portrayal: Flesh-eating Plague-bearers.
Some of the stories I liked a lot, some less so. The best of these, in my opinion, were those about people just trying to adjust to a world full of zombies. How would you really react if a loved one was bitten by a zombified house cat? Could you really pull the trigger on him? How does a colony of survivors deal with its trash? If you’re on an island, isolated from the zombie hordes, are you really that lucky? If the zombie apocalypse came, would you fight the zombies or would you simply hide in the sewers and waste away?
I wasn’t sure if I’d like this book; I was expecting a non-stop gore-fest, but I ended up pleasantly surprised. I’d recommend this, especially to any die-hard zombie fan.