A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

79. Zombies Calling by Faith Erin Hicks

Zombies Calling by Faith Erin Hicks (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 104
Ages: 16+
Finished: Mar. 10, 2012
First Published: 2007
Publisher: SLG Publishing
Genre: graphic novel, horror, humour, zombies
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "Today we discovered the importance of following the number one rule of zombie movies."

Publisher's Summary: "Joss's life sucks. She's in the middle of university exams, up to her neck in student loans, and when she's attacked by zombies, her roommates have the nerve to think she's making it up. But when the zombies turn out to be terrifyingly real, only Joss knows how to survive the undead invasion: by following the Rules of Zombie Movies."

Acquired: Borrowed  a copy through Interlibrary Loan.

Reason for Reading: I was writing my review for Hicks' latest book "Friends With Boys" when I realized I only had one more book by the author left to read, her first one.  So I put in a library request right away.

As I've said before Hicks has a certain style for people.  One of the main female characters looks just like the main character in "War at Ellesmere" and "Friends with Boys".  The male figure looks just like one of her brothers in "Friends with  Boys".  Of course this gives her work a distinctive style, but also can get repetitive book after book. 

I loved Zombies Calling.  It is a take-off on the zombie movie and a while slightly a horror story, much more a light-hearted humorous send-off.  Nobody gets killed, unless you count the zombies.  And Hicks takes a moment to make us *really* think about those zombies in a way we usually don't.  But most of all this is just some silly fun that will be most appreciated by zombie movie fans who get why the zombie is so fun.  The three university student main characters are all stereotypical players: the girl who knows everything about zombies, the skeptic and the prerequisite boy who's just a friend; but Hicks manages to flesh them out in this short book and make them an interesting group to get to know.  For Hicks's first book, I really enjoyed it.  Maybe the best of them all!

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