July 2012 – The Zombie Generation – Drake Vaughn
A Psychological Zombie Tale
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This review is from the rather stylish paperback version of this book which plopped through the Ministry of Zombies letterbox a few weeks ago. Drake Vaughn provided this book for free in exchange for a review, and I thank him for the opportunity.
This is a psychological survival tale reminiscent of "I am Legend". It has the same vibe & shares some of the powerful descriptions of a `lone' survivor.
Warner is alone, or so we believe but is beset by figments of his imagination or `figs'. The author cleverly ensures that the reader is really drawn into this mirage/reality.
This is a curious zombie novel & I mean that in a good way. Firstly, I found the author's voice to be powerful & descriptive - really getting to grips with the reality of being a desperate survivor. Secondly, the tale has some superb twists & quirks which lift this story above the run of the mill. I won't spoil any of these for you..
The author makes good use of psychology in this book. It's hard to pin it down in the text but somehow the author meshes it in with the plot, using subtle turns to unsettle the reader. This is something which reminded me of Clark Ashton-Smith. The reader grows increasing unsure what is reality & fantasy.
This is a solid 230 page zombie yarn (not sure he mentions this word!). A good addition to the genre & look forward to seeing what the author comes up with next!