Title: The Living Dead 2
Edited by: John Joseph Adams
Publisher: Night Shade Books 2010
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Reading Challenges: Support Your Local Library; May Read and Review; Zombies
Another day, another anthology. But this one features my favorite: ZOMBIES! According to the editor, John Joseph Adams, this anthology gives the newest of the new running the full spectrum of stories. It definitely delivered. I loved so many of these stories. I like almost all of the stories. I only disliked a couple. Out of 43, I would say 40 were enjoyable. That is quite a score for an anthology.
Here were my absolute favorites:
- Seth Lindberg “Twenty-Three Snapshots of San Francisco” — Interesting way to show live before and after the zombie apocalypse. I connected with the characters without them ever speaking. Great concept! Really hit home. Loved it.
- Karina Sumner-Smith “When the Zombies Win” — What would the world be like after the zombies win (and they will, don’t kid yourself, they won’t stop)? According to Sumner-Smith, it’s a pretty depressing place. A philosophical look at the world. I like it.
- David Wellington “Good People” — Classic survivor tale set in the desert in a motel. A group goes out to check out the surrounding area. This is going to well, right? Watch out for the twist at the end. A character finally realizes the definition of “good people.” Instant classic!
- Brian Keene “Lost Canyon of the Dead” — Zombies, cowboys, and dinosaurs…. need I saw more?
- Cherie Priest “Reluctance” — Set in the same world as Boneshaker (which I own, but haven’t read yet. steampunk fun!) during the American Civil War. Classic story with a steampunk twist.
- Bret Hammond “Rural Dead” — How would the Amish deal with the zombie apocalypse? Hammond tries to answer with a great short story.