Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Zombie Week Review: No Man’s Land by Chris Ryall & Various

I received a complimentary download of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review.

I requested this book because I was such a fan of the comic series:

Ryall & Wood took a fantastical premise: Robots as a a form of defense against the zombie horde, threw in time traveling scientists and a lost island of Amazons and managed to make it a delightful story.

No Man’s Land is a prose exploration of situations arising form this brave new world of infection. This book has a variety of stories from Chris Ryall, Jon McGoran, Mark Morris, John Skipp and more. Each story is complete unto itself but readers will find threads in each that add to the ZVR universe as a whole.

They are all solid enjoyable reads by a variety of characters. I really wanted to include this in my Zombie week spotlight because it’s a really well done anthology that Zombie fans will enjoy. I found all the stories Unique but here are the few that I enjoyed the most:

Meaner Than A Junkyard Dog
by Chris Ryall
Money buys a lot of privilege. Even in the Zombie apocalypse, residents of a high end gated community live  oblivious to the dangers in the outer world. Until one day a government caravan pulls in bringing the residents a gift: Robots. First generation robots placed in the community as a test. The residents don’t take kindly to the robot’s until an attack on their compound brings the war right to their doors.

I really enjoyed the shifting scenes in this story. The narrative switches focus to each residents perspective showing their internal thoughts as they fight the undead.

Killer Outfit
by Jon McGoran

Man and Machine fighting the food fight but how about Man in machine. One man merges with metal to fight the good fight and finds his inner hero.

A very solid anthology. with great zombie fighting action!

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