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Review: Deadlocked series

Deadlocked 1-4
by A.R. Wise
ebook

A zombie series with as much heart as brainzzzzzzzzzzz!

Deadlocked 1
Product Description
David was caught in the middle of the city when the zombie outbreak started. His wife and daughters were at home, stranded on the roof as zombies waited below. He would have to fight through hordes of undead, merciless other survivors, and a series of death defying stunts to get home. However, even if he makes it there, how can he be sure they’re safe?

Deadlocked puts you into David’s head as he struggles to get home. Then a final confrontation occurs that could guarantee his family’s survival, but at what cost?

My thoughts:
Great pace and a moving story, I enjoyed every ghoulish moment of the series. I understand why Deadlocked 1 ended as it did, but I really wanted it to end differently. These novellas are a pretty solid addition to the crowded genre of zombie apocalypse lit.

Deadlocked 2
Product Description
Part two of the series picks up immediately after the end of the first. David’s wife, Laura, is forced to take over the protection of their family as the boat travels out into Hailey Bay, away from the zombies. However, the boat’s pilot plans to dock back in the overrun city to rescue his own family, which will put Laura, Kim, and Annie in jeopardy.

Laura is forced to overcome unimaginable horrors as the zombie apocalypse explodes around her, but it is the evil intent of humans that present her greatest challenge. The reader is taken far beyond the edge of their seat as Laura pushes forward to the inevitable end. No one is safe in a world where the dead hunt the living.

My thoughts:

While I enjoyed the first novella of the series, I was completely hooked with this edition. The story continues with Laura’s trials and tribulations during the zombie apocalypse. I loved the description of the zombie girl who attacked David. Having said that, the best line to me was, “I’d become something else entirely. I hadn’t turned into a zombie, but I was a monster none-the-less.” All to often, the true monsters in zombie apocalypse are not the zombies but the humans.

Deadlocked 3
Product Description
The Deadlocked series continues as Billy heads into the city in search of his mother. During his quest, he will meet a strident military figure that will alter his journey and two brothers that will become his closest allies. However, his trip will endanger the family he has only just met, and he might not be able to save them.

Billy’s journey into the city will reveal many of the secrets of this penultimate novella. No characters are safe from the terror that has engulfed the city, and as the motives of those in charge begin to be revealed, the fate of all mankind will be in question.

My thoughts:
In this installment, we continue the story from Billy’s perspective. The story concludes with a delicious cliffhanger and I decided to savor it for a couple of days before starting book 4. The action was as fast paced as the other novellas and I couldn’t help but wonder if the author was influenced by R.E. Howard. While there was no Conanesque character, the action reminded me of Howard’s work. “I saw his chained fist bash into the side of one creature’s head and cave it in. He had to pull his fist out of the concaved skull and an eyeball flew out with it.”

Deadlocked 4
Product Description
It all ends here. The characters of the Deadlocked series have been through nearly unbearable challenges, but they’re about to face the hardest yet. Kim has been taken by the cruelest, most vile person in the series, and it’s up to Billy and Levon to save her. All the while, Laura fights for her life in the grip of the military as they perform tests on her daughter, Annie, that are risking the little girl’s life.

The conspiracy behind the rise of the zombie plague will be revealed as Reagan uncovers the horrible secret that led to the murder of six and a half billion people. The world hangs in the balance as one family fights to survive.

My thoughts:
It was a very satisfying conclusion. I thought about the true meaning of family and the sacrifices that we will make for those we love. Family is not just blood relationships, but the love we have for those around us, our tribe, clan, or ohana.

I strongly recommend the entire series. Packed with action and zombie goodness, the entire series is a great bang for the buck.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received these novellas free from the author A.R. Wise. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

In my mailbox: May 19th

It looks like a thunderstorm may be brewing and the mailman is speeding through the neighborhood. Odd how he can deliver mail quickly when he wants too. This week I got a copy of Zombie Housewives of the Apocalypse (link). Enjoy the quick thumb-through …

Don’t miss the best part of the book …

There are some mighty fine male zombies in this neighborhood, yes, indeed. I’m watching you Barry Huddleston!

Looks like the authors and PR folks out there need to step up their game, a free book is great, but these ladies put me IN their book!

Review: The Zombie Tarot: An Oracle of the Undead with Deck and Instructions [Cards]

The Zombie Tarot: An Oracle of the Undead with Deck and Instructions

By Paul Kepple and Stacey Graham
Publisher: Quirk Books; Cards edition (June 5, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1594745692
ISBN-13: 978-1594745690

Product description:

You’ve never seen tarot cards quite like these. Imagine the celebrated “Rider Deck” infused with the horrors of Night of the Living Dead, and the result is The Zombie Tarot—a crazy, campy interpretation of a classic divination system.

In this zombified parallel universe, wands become limbs, pentacles are biohazard symbols, and the Major Arcana is full of shambling corpses. Along with the 78-card deck, readers will receive instructions in a 96-page full-color book; its contents explain how to survive the zombie apocalypse and forecast your future using one of three different card layouts.

The secrets of The Zombie Tarot await you!

Thumbing through the deck:

My thoughts:

Zombies and Tarot cards, what more do you need to know?

I loved the packaging. It looks like a box of ammunition, and as we all know, ammo and divination come in handy during a zombie apocalypse. The card stock is very good. The artwork is drop-dead gorgeous. The cards have a retro look that makes me think of old horror magazines and comics.

I really loved the devil depicted as a cigarette machine on the Devil card. The deck is stacked (pun intended) with humor. You will enjoy going through each and every card. The booklet is brief but it gives you the basics of Tarot in a nutshell. Having said that, I would suggest Learning the Tarot: A Tarot Book for Beginners (link) or Tarot Plain and Simple (link).

Zombie fans should love this deck as should Tarot card collectors. I can’t keep my nephew out of them. I highly recommend this deck of cards. Zombie Tarot is a divination tool that make you use your BRAAAINSSSS


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this product free from Quirk Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Good news for the zombie fans

I just learned that the zombielicious author Sharon Day and her equally zombielicious co-author Julie Ferguson have a great looking book in the works. “Zombie Housewives of the Apocalypse” may be out as early as this Spring.

Get your zombie on at http://zombiehousewives.blogspot.com/ for news and updates on this undead title.

 

Cherie Priest’s Novel ‘Boneshaker’ to become a Hammer film

Steampunk and zombies — count me in for that movie!  John Hilary Shepherd has been tapped to do the screenplay. This is another great collaboration of Cross Creek Pictures and Hammer Films.

“Boneshaker is a classic zombie movie with a modern twist which is quintessentially Hammer so it’s a perfect fit for us,” said Simon Oakes. “Cherie Priest’s steampunk series are fantastic with a distinct, unique style and we’re really looking forward to bringing her ‘Rotters’ to the big screen.”

“It’s like Jules Verne meets Resident Evil, and we’re thrilled to have such a fun, commercial potential franchise in Boneshaker,” says Brian Oliver. He continues: “John Hilary Shepherd’s an exciting screenwriter and we see this being a real crowd pleaser.”

Zombie Ass – Toilet of the Dead

Have you ever been annoyed by a snotty jerk who brags about the latest foreign film that he has watched? I know I have. Well, here’s a chance to take in a foreign film that you might actually enjoy — Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead!

A group of teenagers is attacked by poop-covered zombies. They manage to escape the “poo-men” because one of their party has swallowed a worm that has caused extreme flatulence.

Who says foreign films are dull?

 

Brainz … brainzzzz

As many of you know, I enjoy Autumnforest over at Ghost Hunting Theories.  For the most part, she finds my inane babble to be entertaining and that flatters my overly inflated ego. While commenting on her blog, I posed the question could the zombies of popular fiction be haunted by their own ghosts?

Autumnforest took my mental droppings and made a contest out of it. 

A short story (1000 words or less) and the premise is; what if a zombie’s soul haunted him?  The rules:

Be a follower
1000 words or less
Premise: What if a zombie’s soul haunted him/her?
Deadline: Get the story to me at psychic62@hotmail.com by midnight EST July 3rd—winner to be announced on my 4th of July post.

Sounds like fun, I might pick up my crayons and scribble something down. Go check out the contest page. By the way, we are talking about zombies of popular fiction and not the brainless, gutless corpses that wander the streets of Washington D.C. often called politicians. Although, I can see where there may be some confusion.

Brainzzzzzzzzzzz

Pride and Prejudice And Zombies Publisher To Release Undead Trekkies Novel – Zombies – io9

 

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies publisher Quirk Books has acquired a new zombie property, Night of the Living Trekkies by Kevin David Anderson. The novel follows an undead horde unleashed at a Star Trek convention. Set phasers to BRAAAAINS…

In this "Galaxy Quest meets Dawn of the Dead" hybrid, a group of unlucky Trek fans must defend themselves against legions of the living dead. According to Quirk Books’ associate publisher Jason Rekulak:

I’ve always felt that a giant convention of fanboys (like the San Diego Comic Con) would be a delightful setting for some kind of genre fiction: mystery, romance, horror, something. Then the manuscript for NIGHT OF THE LIVING TREKKIES landed on my desk, and I knew I had my book.

[Via GalleyCat. Photo via Art of Molitorious.]

Pride and Prejudice And Zombies Publisher To Release Undead Trekkies Novel – Zombies – io9

‘Zombies’ have free speech rights too, US court rules – Yahoo! News

 

'Zombies' have free speech rights too, US court rules

AFP/File – Actors dressed as zombies walk around Times Square in 2009 to promote New York’s premier Halloween …

WASHINGTON (AFP) – They’re said to utter little more than an occasional groan, but zombies — the blood-drenched monsters of Hollywood "B" movies — still have a right to free speech, a US court ruled this week.

An appeals court in the northern US city of Minneapolis, Minnesota on Wednesday allowed a group of zombies — or rather, several protesters costumed as such — to press ahead with their lawsuit against police who arrested them for disorderly conduct.

The appeals court overturned a lower court in finding that the group of seven "zombies" had been wrongfully detained during a 2006 shopping mall protest against consumerism.

The three-judge panel, by a two-to-one vote, ruled that Minneapolis police lacked probable cause to arrest the demonstrators for disorderly conduct.

At the time of the protest, the plaintiffs were wearing makeup that gave them a "living dead" look: white face powder, fake blood and black circles around their eyes.

They lurched stiff-legged through the halls of the mall urging shoppers to "get your brains here" and "brain cleanup in aisle five."

In various bags, the protesters carried audio equipment including loudspeakers and wireless phone handsets, which police had described as "simulated weapons of mass destruction."

The judicial panel upheld the lower court in dismissing the plaintiffs’ claims of "false imprisonment" and "First Amendment retaliation" by Minneapolis police after being put in jail for two nights.

But the appeals court sided with the protesters in ruling that police had no reason to imprison them simply for "dressing as zombies, and walking erratically in downtown Minneapolis," the court decision said.

"An objectively reasonable person would not think probable cause exists under the Minnesota disorderly conduct statue to arrest a group of peaceful people for engaging in an artistic protest by playing music, broadcasting statements (and) dressing as zombies," the appeals court ruled.

The decision allows the protesters to revive their lawsuit against Minneapolis and its police, which according to the Star Tribune newspaper seeks damages of at least 50,000 dollars per person arrested.

Can’t wait for Scott Edelman to write about this …

‘Zombies’ have free speech rights too, US court rules – Yahoo! News

Lawn zombie

I gotta get me one of these! A zombie that appears to be crawling out of your garden. I mean come on the neighbors think I’m weird anyway.

The Zombie of Montclaire Moors Sculpture
By artist Alan Dickinson. If this doesn’t scare your neighbors, nothing will!
We challenged noted British artist Alan Dickinson to create his most haunting image exclusively for Toscano—and he certainly delivered! Not for the faint of heart, Dickinson’s life-sized, gray-toned zombie will claw his way out of your garden plot or family room corner, pleading for assistance with the most lifelike eyes you’ve ever seen. His macabre expression is captured in such great detail in quality designer resin and finished so realistically that you’ll swear you can hear him breathing!
For the person who wants to add a little scifi to their garden hobby. Link