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Subject: ISO books about Zombies/viral outbreaks
Date Posted: 7/31/2007 8:20 PM ET
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I suppose this the right forum for this.

Anyhow, I recently read World War Z  and The Zombie Survial Guide by Max Brooks and loved them. I was wondering if anyone knew any good books that dealt with zombies or maybe even in viral outbreaks. Thanks in advance!

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Date Posted: 8/2/2007 2:28 PM ET
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I too love zombies...

umm... you know what I mean.

There are many zombie books out there, but sadly few are any good.  Alot of the new zombie fiction has started out as internet blogs in a serial format.  One of my favorites is J. L. Bourne's Day By Day Armageddon (I'm Mr.Ploppy over at his forums).  David Wellington's Monster Island Trilogy is pretty good (If you don't mind a slightly supernatural twist to your zombie tale).  David Moody's Autumn series is very good (you can download his first Autumn book in several formats for free).  if you can't handle reading books on your computer screen; all of these blogs have been published into paperback format. 

also try...

The Rising by Brian Keene (Good, but too supernatural for my tastes)

Reign of the Dead by Len Barnhart (OK, if you can handle a few typos and bad editting)

Deathbringer by Bryan Smith (just OK.  Again too supernatural for me.)

The Dead Shall Inherit the Earth by Vince Churchill (I haven't read this one, but it's set in space in the future... cool idea eh?)

Cell by Stephen King (not zombies, but more like "28 days later" infected)

That's all I have time for right now, but that should get you started.

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Date Posted: 8/2/2007 8:26 PM ET
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Awesome, thanks for the reply, MrPloppy. Day By Day Armageddon  and Monster Island Trilogy  both sound awesome, so I'll probably be picking those up soon.

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Date Posted: 8/6/2007 10:23 PM ET
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I just posted a zombie books, it is called city of the dead kind of reminded me of dawn of the dead stuff

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Date Posted: 9/10/2007 11:06 AM ET
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 I would highly recommend:

Skimming the Gumbo Nuclear, by M. F. Korn

Blood Crazy, by Simon Clark

Rising, and its sequel City of the Dead,  by Brian Keene


While I didn't enjoy Xombies, plenty of others have:

Xombies, by Walter Greatshell

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Date Posted: 9/10/2007 12:08 PM ET
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I second the recommendation for the Rising -- it's a good book.

Thanks Gashlycrumb for recommending Blood Crazy.  I just ordered and can't wait to read it.

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Date Posted: 9/12/2007 7:30 PM ET
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The Judas Strain by James Rollins. I don't like his style, but  lots of people loved this book. My review:


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Date Posted: 9/14/2007 6:06 PM ET
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"While I didn't enjoy Xombies, plenty of others have:

Xombies, by Walter Greatshell"

I'll second that.  I didn't care for it at all. 



The only part I liked was the cruise ship bit.  An original idea ruined by having the sole survivors of the ship being a Beatles cover band from Pakistan (or was it India?).  Come on! 

I think I read somewhere that someone is writing a Z-PAW (Zombie - Post Apocalyptic World) book set entirely on a cruise ship.

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Date Posted: 9/21/2007 9:24 AM ET
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Mr. Ploppy:
"I'll second that.  I didn't care for it at all."

Oh, good...I'm glad I'm not the only one.  The submarine scenes were incredibly boring and Mr. Cowper's New England accent was irritating.  I read the first 100 or so pages and gave up. 

Diane, please let us know how you liked Blood Crazy.  I found it to be a very fun, fast-paced read with some very memorable scenes.  The cover is great too!

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Date Posted: 9/27/2007 9:58 PM ET
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I also wasn't a fan of Xombies. It just didn't seem fast paced enough for me. Loved Brian Keene's books of course! I will post my list of Zombie books for you guys..

  1. Aftermath of the Dead – Gregory Smith
  2. Apocalypse End: Reign of the Dead – Len Barnhart
  3. Autumn – David Moody
  4. Autumn: Purification – David Moody
  5. Autumn: The City – David Moody
  6. Autumn: The Human Condition – David Moody
  7. Book of the Dead – John Skipp
  8. Book of the Dead 2: Still Dead – John Skipp
  9. Book of the Dead: The Complete History of Zombie Cinema – Jamie Russell
  10. Cell – Stephen King
  11. City of the Dead (sequel to The Rising) – Brian Keene
  12. Cobble – Eric S. Brown, Susan Brydenbaugh
  13. Dark Days  - Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith
  14. Day By Day Armageddon – J. L. Bourne
  15. Dead City Joe McKinney
  16. Dead Sea – Brian Keene
  17. Deadfellas – David Whitman
  18. Deadlands – Scott A. Johnson
  19. Deadly Errors – Allen Wyler
  20. Death Bringer – Bryan Smith
  21. Down the Road: A Zombie Horror Story – Bowie Ibarra
  22. Electric Jesus Corpse – Carleton Mellick III
  23. Every Sigh, The End: A Novel About Zombies – Jason S. Hornsby
  24. Gospel of the Living Dead: George Romero’s Visions of Hell on Earth – Kim Paffenroth
  25. Jesus Freaks – Andre Duza
  26. Legion of the Dead – Geoffrey Caine
  27. Long Horn, Big Shaggy – Steve Vernon
  28. Madmen’s Dreams – Eric S Brown, D. Richard Pearce
  29. Midsummer – Matthew J. Costello
  30. Mondo Zombie – various
  31. Monster Island: A Zombie Novel (available to read free online)– David Wellington
  32. Monster Nation: A Zombie Novel (available to read free online) – David Wellington
  33. Monster Planet: A Zombie Novel (available to read free online) – David Wellington
  34. One Rainy Night – Richard Laymon
  35. Reign of the Dead – Len Barnhart
  36. Remains – Steve Niles, Kieron Dwyer
  37. Rise and Walk – Gregory Solis
  38. Risen – J. Knight
  39. Still Dead – John Skipp
  40. The Book of All Flesh – James Lowder
  41. The Book of Final Flesh ( All Flesh Must Be Eaten) – James Lowder
  42. The Book of More Flesh – James Lowder
  43. The Dead – Mark E. Rogers
  44. The Dead Shall Inherit the Earth – Vince Churchill
  45. The Mammoth Book of Zombies – Stephen Jones
  46. The Rising – Brian Keene
  47. The Steel Breakfast Era – Carlton Mellick III
  48. The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror – Christopher Moore
  49. The Ultimate Zombie – Byron Preiss
  50. The Undead: Zombie Anthology – Brian Keene
  51. The Walking Dead series – Robert Kirkman
  52. The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection From the Living Dead – Max Brooks
  53. Twilight of the Dead – Travis Adkins
  54. Wet Work – Philip Nutman
  55. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War – Max Brooks
  56. Xombies – Walter Greatshell
  57. Zombie Jam – David J. Schow
  58. Zombie Jamboree – Robert Merkin
  59. Zombie! – Peter Tremayne
  60. Zombies in my Hometown – Gary Wedlund

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Date Posted: 9/28/2007 10:21 AM ET
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Have you read all of these, Stacy?  Which would you recommend?

Just picked up Brian Keene's "Dead Sea".  He's an automatic buy for me.


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Date Posted: 10/6/2007 12:35 PM ET
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You may also Like, I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson. It's a vampire virus, but it feels like a zombie apocalpse with fangs. It was written in the 1950's so it is one of those stories that set the foundation that the new stories are built on.