Rotting and Riveting: A Discourse on Zombie Fiction

The eerie festivities of Halloween are upon us, and what better way to celebrate than through some creepy horror novels! As a zombie enthusiast and consumer of zombie literature, I’m stopping by to recommend three of the most spine-tingling and tantalizing undead reads for your pleasure.

1. World War Z

At the top of my list stands World War Z, a novel by Max Brooks that covers the years of the zombie plague as it ravaged the world. The story proves to be a masterpiece crafted from extensive research into various military, socioeconomic, and political situations around the world. With its multiple perspectives and gripping storytelling, the book, written in the form of several interviews, offers a unique and fresh look at a genre often characterized by gore and guts.

2. Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End

Many may consider the zombie genre to belong solely to the American sphere of authorship. Fortunately, Spanish writer Manel Loureiro has shown that the zombie genre can use an outside view to revitalize a seemingly old topic. Written in journal and blog format, Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End follows a Spanish lawyer and his humorous fat Persian cat, Lucullus, as society crumbles and morality decays before the dead. Reading the tale will bring you to fear, anxiety, and even a chuckle as Loureiro pulls you along.

3. Rot and Ruin

Are the dead monsters? That is the crucial question confronted throughout Jonathan Maberry’s novel, Rot and Ruin. The tale follows two brothers, Benny and Tom Imura, as Benny comes of age and tries to reconcile the past with his present. Unlike the other two books on my list, this Mad Max-esque story occurs years after the apocalypse; however, don’t be fooled into thinking all the excitement has gone! With its dash of absurdity and dark reality, Rot and Ruin is a zombie novel that gets the heart pumping.

Thank you all for looking through my list! Happy haunts and a most splendid Halloween!

Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you’re an Austen fan, you’ll either love this or hate it. I loved it. If you like zombie movies, you’ll probably love it. If you like zombie movies and Jane Austen, you’ll love it. Lizzy, Darcy, zombies, and ninjas – what’s not to love? This was a quick re-read for me before I see the movie.
-Mrs. P.

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It’s Been 50 Years Since the British Invasion!!

British Invasion Display Pic

American music changed dramatically with the arrival of the Beatles in New York City on February 7, 1964. Although the British boy band had tried to gain this country’s attention the year before with songs like “Love Me Do”, “From Me to You”, “Please Please Me”, and “She Loves You”, their music had gone nowhere once released throughout the United States. However, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy had shaken American teenagers and left them feeling depressed, hopeless, and in a state of absolute shock, disbelief, and fear. With their cheeky sense of humor and catchy, upbeat pop songs along with their unusual style of dress and mop-top haircuts parents disliked, the Beatles seemed to be just what American teenagers needed to return to a state of normalcy. By the time they played their latest song, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, on the Ed Sullivan Show two days later (February 9, 1964), it was clear that the U.S was struck by British fever and the doors swung wide open for additional British groups and individual singers. Some of the groups and singers that followed in the Beatles’ success included: The Who, The Dave Clark Five, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Kinks, Petula Clark, The Zombies, The Swingin’ Blue Jeans, The Hollies, Manfred Mann, The Moody Blues, Lulu, The Mindbenders, The Searchers, The Troggs, Herman’s Hermits, Dusty Springfield, in addition to many, many others. For the next several years, these British musicians would dominate American music charts.

In a nod to the 50th anniversary of the British Invasion, the Katharine Brush Library has put up a display of materials about these music groups on the second floor. We invite you to scan one of the QR Codes with your smart phone to bring up one of the e-books we have in our collection on the topic, check out a hard copy book, or pick up a DVD about the Beatles! In the event that this is a topic of interest to you, we also want to mention that there is a Grammy Beatles special that will air on CBS stations on Sunday, February 9, 2014.