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magval

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George Romero's unfinished zombie novel, finished.
« on: August 17, 2020, 04:55:01 PM »
The Living Dead, which Daniel Kraus has completed with Romero's permission, was released a few weeks ago. I don't want to take the plunge on such a massive book without hearing something about it first - anyone read it?

BlodwynPig

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Re: George Romero's unfinished zombie novel, finished.
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2020, 05:37:34 PM »
Not into zombies, but I would be interested in reading this.

bgmnts

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Re: George Romero's unfinished zombie novel, finished.
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2020, 05:49:20 PM »
I wonder if there is any social commentary in it.

magval

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Re: George Romero's unfinished zombie novel, finished.
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2020, 07:39:53 PM »
Why so Blodwyn? Big fan of There's Always Vanilla?

BlodwynPig

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Re: George Romero's unfinished zombie novel, finished.
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2020, 07:56:32 PM »
Why so Blodwyn? Big fan of There's Always Vanilla?

Apart from the early Zombie films, I don't like gore too much. That's why I've never watched There's Always Vanilla.

Annie Labuntur

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Re: George Romero's unfinished zombie novel, finished.
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2020, 10:43:55 PM »
Positive review in The Times on Saturday.




Kryton

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Re: George Romero's unfinished zombie novel, finished.
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2020, 06:33:12 AM »
Thanks for the reminder, just downloaded this to my phone as I had a voucher.

The Mollusk

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Re: George Romero's unfinished zombie novel, finished.
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2020, 09:14:09 AM »
I hope as it's as good as his last few films!!!!

Kryton

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Re: George Romero's unfinished zombie novel, finished.
« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2020, 09:40:44 AM »
I hope as it's as good as his last few films!!!!

I'm only a few chapters in - But it feels far more mature (if that's a word that can be used in regards to zombie fiction) than his last few films - But so far it's actually quite scary. Especially the scene in the morgue, I won't  spoil it for anyone. Some very memorable imagery. Jesus....

The characters don't seem like one-notes either and are so far quite varied and well... Human.

So far, much better than expected.

Kryton

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Re: George Romero's unfinished zombie novel, finished.
« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2020, 04:48:09 PM »
Yup enjoying this so far. If anything there's a little bit TOO much detail, but probably par for the course when describing the undead. My particular favourite was the zombie peeling off his own face as he's trying to squeeze through chicken wire. Or the woman being eaten by her own kids.

Lovely stuff.

Kryton

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Re: George Romero's unfinished zombie novel, finished.
« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2020, 06:21:09 PM »
It's very much like Romero's early work (the exploration of social breakdown and racial issues and such) but with an inclusion of contemporary issues too like BLM or social media vs the media or the dependence on technology - Concentrating on key characters - exploring things like autism, racial divides, the media, the government, trust. It's not for the faint of heart either. I've read a fair bit of fantasy and horror over the years, but this is something else.

I'm not too far in but I'm enjoying the prose. I genuinely have no idea which author wrote which bit.



BlodwynPig

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Re: George Romero's unfinished zombie novel, finished.
« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2020, 09:13:32 PM »
Only a little way into this (John Doe and the morgue residents stir). It's bloody great fun. I guess this is what zombie movies are generally like for people who can watch them. Lovely.

Re: George Romero's unfinished zombie novel, finished.
« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2020, 10:50:05 AM »
Big fan of Romero. Dawn Of The Dead and Martin are two of my favourite films. Had no idea about this book though so thanks for the heads up.

magval

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Re: George Romero's unfinished zombie novel, finished.
« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2020, 02:15:38 PM »
This book is ace. It's massive entertainment and delicate personal drama, really nicely balanced. Plowed through the 650 pages in a couple sittings once I got started. GRISLY as fuck, too. But it takes the time to make sure you care about its characters and takes a few unexpected turns as it wends toward conclusion. The best zombie thing in years and years and years.

There's a piece at the end of the book which covers the co-authorship really well, too.

BlodwynPig

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Re: George Romero's unfinished zombie novel, finished.
« Reply #14 on: October 07, 2020, 06:54:14 PM »
I'm on page 1300, but its the iPhone version.

Mostly loved it. First foray into zombie stuff for decades, given my aversion. Loved that the story ends up in a neighbourhood I got to love in the last few years. I can imagine me, Ferris and QDRPHNC drinking moonshine with the softies.

Re: George Romero's unfinished zombie novel, finished.
« Reply #15 on: October 08, 2020, 08:08:58 PM »
Just wanted to add to the praise of this. I loved this book, a fitting end to the Romero legacy.

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