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Andre the Giant: Life and Legend by Box Brown
The Arncliffe Puzzle by Gordon Holmes
Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett
The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom
Code Name Pauline by Pearl Witherington Cornioley and Kathryn J. Atwood
Dragon's Breath by E.D. Baker
Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott
The Field of Wacky Inventions by Patrick Carman
Flash Forward by Robert J. Sawyer
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young
Grizzwold by Syd Hoff
A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett
Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis
The Last Sewer Ball by Steven Schindler
Let's Call it Canada: Amazing Stories of Canadian Place Names by Susan Hughes, Clive Dobson and Julie Dobson
The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Mr. Pratt's Patients by Joseph C. Lincoln
Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Return of the Player by Michael Tolkin
Roadside Picnic by Arkady Stragosky and Boris Stragosky
Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 3 by Gail Carriger
Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
Trust No One by Linda Sue Park
Undead by Kirsty McKay
Voltron Force Volume 3: Twin Trouble by Brian Smith
Undead by Kirsty McKay
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
What Does the Fox Say? by Ylvis
The Whole Enchilada by Diane Mott Davidson
Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
Yoko Ono: Collector of Skies by Nell Beram

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8




Comments for Undead

Undead: 07/31/14

cover artWhen I was younger, zombie apocalypses usually started in southern, swampy, or desert like environments. Part of that was the zombie story's ties to hoodoo (or voodoo as it's misconstrued in horror). Then in 2004, things changed with the goofy and memorable comedy, Shaun of the Dead. After that film, it seems that the new location for zombie attacks is the British isles.

Undead by Kirsty McKay follows in the tradition of Shaun of the Dead and Wayne Simmon's Flu. It's the end of the winter hols and Bobby (Roberta) wants nothing more than to get back home to her Mum and forget the whole horrible school trip. She's feeling like a complete fish out of water because she's British by birth but she's lived for most of her childhood in the United States, thus making her a mishmash of both cultures.

But no, Bobby ends up stuck with a small group of survivors after everyone else is suddenly zombified. Bobby's first person account of the events as they unfold are just the right blend of horrifying and humorous.

Here there's a chance that the zombies might win, not because they are super powerful, but because of other factors: the weather, the remote location, a lack of wifi or cellphone signal. Given all of the modern advances in communication and technology, this story has a plausible set up for why none of them would be working.

The book does end though on a bit of a gobsmacking cliffhanger. The sequel is Unfed which is on my to be read pile.

Five stars

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