• Megs

    I opened my Feedly and was SO confused because I just finished this book, too, and I thought for a minute I was looking at my own post. But I haven’t written one yet… Now I kind of don’t have to because you said all the things I thought about it. Part 2 was by far my least favorite of the parts, but after that I was IN.

    Now I’m curious what you thought of The Last Policeman. I wasn’t overly impressed, from what I can remember. But I had high hopes.

    • Gin Jenny

      Hahahaha, I’ve had that experience before. Wasn’t it good? And his newest book, Afterparty, is even better.

      I liked The Last Policeman! I went into it with fairly low expectations, so that may have played a role, but I thought it was a lot of fun.

  • I’ve never heard of this but it sounds really interesting! I’m not terribly wild about zombie books but may have to check this out.

    • Gin Jenny

      Do! There’s much less lurching than in most zombie novels.

  • What is it with our fascination with zombies? I’ve read a couple that I’ve enjoyed and several I’ve abandoned, but keep coming back for more when I read another review. Haven’t read anything by this author, so thanks for an new possibility.

    • Gin Jenny

      I truly have no idea. I haven’t got the least bit of fascination with zombies and have to be talked into them. But I do highly recommend Daryl Gregory — he’s a big find for me in 2014, and I’ve enjoyed everything he’s written.

  • I love zombie books…LOL! My favorite is Mira Grant’s Newsflesh trilogy. SO good! I want to read this one now thanks to your review 😉

    • Gin Jenny

      I looked up Mira Grant to confirm that I correctly remembered which books those were (I did), and whoa! I never knew (or never registered) that she’s the same person as Seanan McGuire. Crazy.

  • I …. don’t think I’ve read any zombie books? It seems like I must have. Zombies are everywhere! But I can’t think of any.

    • Gin Jenny

      Huh, really? Are you avoiding them or has it just happened to go that way?

  • I read this one in September of 2011 and fell in love. I’m not a zombie person at ALL, but this wasn’t like any other zombie tale I had come across (or what I expected a zombie story to be like). 🙂 I loved it & it’s one I still think about to this day!

    I’ve got a copy of his latest as well and I can’t wait to dive into it.

    • Gin Jenny

      Afterparty’s even better — you can see how he’s grown as a writer over the course of his four books. But his first, Pandemonium, is pretty darn good.

  • I would read this solely for the reason that it blew up your zombie hating world and then caused the universe to yell in your face to take your hatred back.

  • I didn’t like zombie books, and then a friend gave me a copy of World War Z, back when it was first published. It was good, and had some good satire in it. Like most good satire, it was topical, so now it’s out of date and no one would like the book as much as I did at the time (I didn’t go see the movie).
    Until I started watching Supernatural, I wouldn’t read or watch anything that had ghosts or ghouls or any kind of horrible creature. I am easily over-stimulated or frightened, and prone to nightmares.
    As you can see, though, in both cases, the humor is the saving grace.

  • My son is a big zombie fan so I may well mention this book to him. I absolutely adore what you say about the universe making a person eat her words. THIS HAPPENS ALL THE TIME and not enough people protest about it. See, this is just one reason why I love your reviews so.

  • Ack! Now I have to read this! I don’t normally read zombie books but this one sounds too good to pass up. A zombie who grows up?! Yes please. 🙂

  • I suffer from genre prejudice for genre fiction in general, especially sci fi and mysteries, despite the fact that there are like a million and one exceptions to my “don’t read this” category (A Wrinkle in Time! Gaudy Night!). Mostly it just means that I only read things in these genres is someone else tells me to. And I’m OK with that. I have a purely camp love of zombies (B movies, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), so wouldn’t be likely to pick this up either. I’ve never heard of Daryl Gregory, but he’s now on my list!

  • I LOVE zombie fiction. I don’t know why, I don’t particularly care for other scary things, but I’ve got a zombie addiction. I really dig it when authors put a different spin on the undead and this sounds SO GOOD. I’m adding it to my TBR right this second. For serious. The Goodreads TBR even, not the fake TBR that I claim to have most of the time.

  • Admittedly I’ve read few, but all the talk about zombie books was enough to put me off them, until The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones, so whilst that’s a different sort of different to what you’ve described here, I understand where you’re coming from. I’d say that, and, somewhat ironically given this post, Eat The City by Robin Shulman are my ‘reconsider’ books, the Shulman because I didn’t think I’d find foodie non-fiction so interesting.

  • I haven’t read that many zombie books but this certainly sounds like a different take on the genre. And I admit, I’ve never read anything by Daryl Gregory, so should check him out!

  • aartichapati

    I cannot hear the word afterparty without thinking of R. Kelly, and that is unfortunate.

    I have never even HEARD of this author. Where should I start?

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