Best Zombie Books/Series?

Discussion in 'Fantasy / Horror' started by TalonWarlock, Nov 3, 2010.

  1. TalonWarlock

    TalonWarlock New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2010
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Hi, everyone. First post here. I am 35 years old, and usually read epic fantasy (LOTR, Wheel of Time, Song of Fire and Ice, etc).

    For some reason, I have been really getting into the zombie theme for reading. I used to read The Walking Dead comic book series, and my favorite zombie movie was 28 Days Later.

    I just downloaded an ebook called "Afraid" by Jack Kilborn since it was only a couple of books.

    After I finish that I will be reading Max Brooks' World War Z.

    After I am done, I would definitely like to find a good zombie multivolume series. Not interested in any teen book zombies- looking for mature, well written books. Hoping to get them downloaded on the Nook. Any suggestions?

    Any info is appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. Pvt

    Pvt Registered User

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2010
    Messages:
    249
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Alot of ppl seem to like World War Z, although I'm not really certain why. It's dull and dry. Try Patient Zero or Plague of the Dead.
     
  3. Barnes

    Barnes Registered User

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2008
    Messages:
    44
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I'm with Pvt, dunno why World War Z is so popular, haven't yet read Patient Zero or Plague of the Dead yet, but plan to.

    Have read these and enjoyed them.

    Dying to Live - Kim Paffenroth
    Day by Day Armageddon - J.L Bourne
    The Rising & City of the Dead - Brian Keene
    The Autumn series - David Moody

    Check out Amazon for more ideas.
     
  4. Rob B

    Rob B \m/ BEER \m/ Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 17, 2000
    Messages:
    10,053
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    173
  5. KatG

    KatG The Bony Hand of Death Staff Member

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2003
    Messages:
    12,579
    Likes Received:
    153
    Trophy Points:
    198
    World War Z is popular because it is written exactly like an academic oral history research work, with subtle satiric bits (somewhat connected to Brooks' humor book, The Zombie Survival Guide,) homages to past zombie lore and movies, and then some moving, saddening prose. It's kind of like Susannah Clarke imitating Trollope, Austen and Dickens. It's not what you want if you want a straight zombie thriller, but if you've ever read and liked non-fiction books like The Hot Zone, it's a lot of fun. It's unusual and in many ways a very logical breakdown of how an outbreak would spread and what would be the constraints on it.

    Most of the zombie novels are technically science fiction, but some possible ones to check out if you want multi-volume series are Xombies by Walter Greatshell, David Wellington's Monster Island trilogy, Day by Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne, James Knapp's Revivors series, and Mira Grant's Newsflesh series.
     
  6. Bastard

    Bastard Jack Bauer

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2009
    Messages:
    1,826
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Reapers are the Angels is getting a ton of notice as of late.
     
  7. Randy M.

    Randy M. Registered User

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2005
    Messages:
    2,538
    Likes Received:
    8
    Trophy Points:
    73
    I'm not a big zombie fan -- just don't see the appeal, though the original Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead are terrific -- so this is a bit off to the side of your question: Richard Matheson's I am Legend has had enormous influence on zombie fiction because it had a big influence on George Romero and Night of the Living Dead. The creatures in it aren't exactly zombies, but they are a major source of Romero's zombies.

    Nuts. I should have included White Zombie in the list of movies I made for the October reading thread. Bela Lugosi early in his career, hammy and effective.


    Randy M.
     
  8. TalonWarlock

    TalonWarlock New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2010
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I wanted to say thank you to everyone who replied to this post. I appreciate the suggestions, and will check them out!
     
  9. turbolung

    turbolung Registered User

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2010
    Messages:
    56
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Start playing video games. The Zombie theme/craze has been going on for a few years now. From Resident Evil 5 to the Undead download/add-on for Red Dead Redemption and thousands more.
     
  10. DurzoBlint

    DurzoBlint http://tinyurl.com/363ogv

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2009
    Messages:
    1,620
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    71
    Patient Zero by Maberry may be a good choice as it contains a lot of action and while the rest of the series does not contain zombies like the first book in the series is still a lot of fun to read.
     
  11. Lordwalker

    Lordwalker Registered User

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2010
    Messages:
    143
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    The Rising by Brian Keen
    Day by Day Armageddon and its sequel by J.L. Bourne

    The Loving Dead -- was pretty twisted and funny, a fun read.

    You've already read Kirkman's graphic novels The Walking Dead which is the best IMO.
     
  12. The Lord of all Things Inane

    The Lord of all Things Inane 1CoolNerd

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2010
    Messages:
    377
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    David Wong wrote a Book titled "John Dies at the End." while it is not specifically zombie zone, it is a twisted tale that amuses and disgusts. It has zombie -ish stuff going on. Welcome to SFFWORLD.
    CDN
     
  13. Jon Foolery

    Jon Foolery New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2009
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Cell by Stephen King is zombie-ish, I didn't enjoy it very much, but I have to agree on The Rising by Brian Keene and of course The Walking Dead.
     
  14. rsullivan9597

    rsullivan9597 Registered User

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2008
    Messages:
    94
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    My take

    I liked World War Z - though not nearly as much as my husband or daughter who both loved it.

    Most interesting zombie book I ever read was a little independent called: Cluck: Murder Most Fowl -- About ... of all things.... Zombine Chickens

    Very creative and well written.
     
  15. Twinner

    Twinner Registered User

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2010
    Messages:
    355
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    51
    In thinking about this I realized that, other than some things like King's The Cell and The Omega Man, I have not read many zombie-ish books. I think this is because so often zombies seem to be unthinking things that maybe (for me) lend themselves to movies more so than novels. I am going to take a look at some of the suggested readings here though!
    Thanks all!
     
  16. Randy M.

    Randy M. Registered User

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2005
    Messages:
    2,538
    Likes Received:
    8
    Trophy Points:
    73
    I think you've pretty well summed up my reaction to zombies, too. I haven't gone out of my way to read about them because I find them the least interesting of monsters.

    Randy M.
     
  17. tmilktoast

    tmilktoast Dragon loves dog

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2005
    Messages:
    23
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I'm one of those, seemingly numerous, people that likes zombie films, stories, books, etc. Yet, I'm not a big fan of horror films at all, though I do enjoy horror literature at times. I detest gore-fest movies and things like Saw. Still, I love all (most) of the zombie stuff out there.

    I've concluded that I like zombie stories because they are just another take on the post-apocalypse genre. Rather than a diminished population trying to survive after a nuclear war or virus, here they're trying to survive a horde of zombies and other, living, people who also must do anything they can to survive. To me, I think it is less about the horror of the zombie, and more about the horror of the world as we know it utterly and irrevocably changed.

    The excitement and interest is created by the characters reaction to that changed world. The zombies themselves are more of prop, a plot device, whereas in vampire fiction, for instance, there will likely be vampires as main characters.

    At least that is how I reconcile my love for zombiedom when I otherwise dislike horror films.
     
  18. Lordwalker

    Lordwalker Registered User

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2010
    Messages:
    143
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    There is a pretty big Post--Apocalpse genre out there. Have you tried any of the non-zombie/vampire stuff?
     
  19. tmilktoast

    tmilktoast Dragon loves dog

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2005
    Messages:
    23
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Yeah. I didn't really state my point clearly, and that was simply that I love the post-apocalypse genre, and most zombie stories fit within that genre which is a large reason why I like them.
     
  20. Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2012
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    best?

    My favorite zombie books are The Rising by Brian Keene and What Zombies Fear by Kirk Allmond.