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Raising Stony Mayhall ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☀ Raising Stony Mayhall Author Daryl Gregory – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk In , after the first zombie outbreak, Wanda Mayhall and her three young daughters discover the body of a teenage mother during a snowstorm Wrapped in the woman s arms is a baby, stone cold, not breath In , after the first zombie outbreak, Wanda Mayhall and her three young daughters discover the body of a teenage mother during a snowstorm Wrapped in the Raising Stony eBook Ð woman s arms is a baby, stone cold, not breathing, and without a pulse But then his eyes open and look up at Wanda and he begins to moveThe family hides the child whom they name Stony rather than turn him over to authorities that would destroy him Against all scientific reason, the undead boy begins to grow For years his adoptive mother and sisters manage to keep his existence a secret until one terrifying night when Stony is forced to run and he learns that he is not the only living dead boy left in the world.


About the Author: Daryl Gregory

Award winning author of Spoonbenders, We Are All Completely Fine, Afterparty, Pandemonium, and others Some of his short fiction has been collected in Unpossible and Other StoriesHe Raising Stony eBook Ð s won the World Fantasy Award, as well as the Shirley Jackson, Crawford, Asimov Readers, and Geffen awards, and his work has been short listed for many other awards, including the Nebula His books have been translated in over a dozen languages, and have been named to best of the year lists from NPR Books, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Library Journal He is also the writer of Flatline an interactive fiction game from Minute Games, and comics such as Planet of the ApesDaryl lives in Oakland, California.



10 thoughts on “Raising Stony Mayhall

  1. karen karen says:

    zombie novels are usually about other things, where the zombies zombie situation is just standing in for whatever larger theme, whatever personal political or social point the author wants to make zombies are a conveniently adaptable menace the fluidity of their ontology, the mechanics of their movements and behaviors fast or slow sentient or no brain eating or no zombies suit the needs of many different authors to many different ends.this book is no different it is zombie novel as what zombie novels are usually about other things, where the zombies zombie situation is just standing in for whatever larger theme, whatever personal political or social point the author wants to make zombies are a conveniently adaptable menace the fluidity of their ontology, the mechanics of their movements and behaviors fast or slow sentient or no brain eating or no zombies suit the needs of many different authors to many different ends.this book is no different it is zombie novel as what is human philosophy, zombie novel as deconstruction of theology a whole new revision of the mythology with new alliances and new abilities and a deeper meditation on family and loyalty, and a redrawing of the lines where survival meets fittest it has richly drawn characters both living and formerly living, and some really memorable sequences it is a great twist on the genre.and let me just get it out of the way one second zombie zombie zombie i am getting tired of these books telling me that zombie is a racist term i have never been known for any pc sensitivities, and i m not about to start being all cautious for the sake of mythological creatureseven really appealing ones like stony mayhall.a zombie born to an infected mother, who does the unheard of and grows into a man a zombie man zzzzzzombie but to the world at large a cipher what does it mean for the future of humanity, if this near indestructible man can exist in our world without needing to breathe or eat, without being able to bleed, with moderately regenerative capabilities as a spokesperson for the undead, you can t get much better humans you are inadequately suited for survival in comparison.i really liked this thinkier addition to the genre, although i still have some questions about a couple of confusing plot points maybe i was reading too carelessly, switching back and forth between this book and peer reviewed articles such as readers advisory a community effortand rediscovering the history of readers advisory service wheeee so i may have been too scattered, but i do not understand how view spoiler stony s growth was tied to kwang s, unless it was just a foreshadowing of his ability to extend his body etc, i should probably go reread that part hide spoiler but except for some confusion which was probably my own damn fault, and some times when the story got a little too bogged down in the cerebral for too long without any breaking up the pontificating action sequences, this book was really quite good.not a horror novel, not by any stretch, but definitely a thought provoking novel i thought the whole thing was very tastefully and intelligently done, and there were still times when i laughed out loud so a good mix of responses, all from me.with zombies view spoiler zzzzzzombies hide spoiler come to my blog


  2. Kelly (and the Book Boar) Kelly (and the Book Boar) says:

    Find all of my reviews atYou re not like the rest of them, Stony Maybe it was the way you were born But you re different You re humanDear Daryl GregoryI stumbled upon this author a few years ago when everyone was raving about We Are All Completely Fine followed up by a library copy of Harrison Squared since 1 it featured the MC from We Are All Completely Fine in child format and 2 I m always on the lookout for YA to for Find all of my reviews atYou re not like the rest of them, Stony Maybe it was the way you were born But you re different You re humanDear Daryl GregoryI stumbled upon this author a few years ago when everyone was raving about We Are All Completely Fine followed up by a library copy of Harrison Squared since 1 it featured the MC from We Are All Completely Fine in child format and 2 I m always on the lookout for YA to force upon my own children I forgot all about him until Spoonbenders showed up once again on NetGalley seriously authors, get your shit out there so people start talking about it unless your publisher finds someone to release a blurb stating your new book is the next Gone Girl in that case buy a big bed so you can spread your bajillions of dollars all over it and roll around Anywho, Spoonbenders hooked me with only the title and I didn t put two and two together regarding the author until waaaaaay after I clicked the request button or maybe not even until I was almost done reading the book oldladybrain Same goes for Stony here I had never even heard of this book until status updates from my pal Zombieslayer put it on my radar.My finger has been hovering on the 4 Star button, but I can t really figure out why I m so anxious to deduct anything from this one Well, except because I haven t met a zombie I lovedsince I ran across this fella in the back shed umpteen years ago And the story REMARKABLE While I m sure there will be some comparisons to Warm Bodies simply due to the humanity factor, to me Stony was a nearly brand new take on things and there was no romance sidestory to muck things up either, if that s not your idea of a good time To begin with, Stony was a living dead who grew from baby to adulthood rather than the norm I m going to try and keep this brief in order not to drop any unintended spoilers, so let me just say not only do you get the story of Stony s or Brother John, as he s known to his family upbringing, but when stuff and things happen which make Stony leave the comfort of the family farm where he s been hidden his entire life you get to venture out into the real world with him as well It s there that he learns about the Living Dead Army, a potential leader who may seem familiar to many Well, maybelike the Gorton s Fisherman, but you get the idea Stony also discovers that due to his unique historyWe learn that you can t always trust everything you ve always been told and you most definitely shouldn t rely on theAnd we readers get introduced to The Lump Oh good golly Miss Molly The Lump Why has no other author ever thought about things like this before Anyway, I m going to wrap it up here before I say alllllll the things about allllllll the things If you re a zombie aficionado, this one can t be missed And once again, to you Mr Gregory because I know I tend to be pretty vague I ll read anything you writeAll the Stars


  3. Sh3lly Sh3lly says:

    Update August 17, 2017 1.99 on USThis was really good and a different take on zombies Original post This is a book about a newborn baby who is found on his dead mother on the side of the road He was found by a single mother driving by with her young daughters They take him home and raise him secretly Why secretly Well, the baby wasn t like other babies and if anyone found out about him, they d take him away and probably kill him, and the rest of the family would be in loads of tr Update August 17, 2017 1.99 on USThis was really good and a different take on zombies Original post This is a book about a newborn baby who is found on his dead mother on the side of the road He was found by a single mother driving by with her young daughters They take him home and raise him secretly Why secretly Well, the baby wasn t like other babies and if anyone found out about him, they d take him away and probably kill him, and the rest of the family would be in loads of trouble They name the baby John Stony Mayhall Stony doesn t breathe, he doesn t eat Yet somehow he miraculously grows up and is a good man He ends up being a sort of hero A zombie hero.Yes, this is a book about zombies That s no secret But this is not a typical zombie book It s hard to classify it It s not horror, although there are some gross parts It almost reads like general fiction with a dash of magical realism It has supernatural aspects, but the book isn t heavy on it The zombie world building was quite interesting These zombies are somewhat different It s definitely not a brains, brains zombie book It sabout the zombies becoming a sort of marginalized minority group and those who support them, hate them, or engage in activism on their behalf or against it Who knew there could be such a thing as zombie politics among the zombies themselves This isn t a thriller, yet it moved along pretty well, and was easy to read I liked Stony and his family and the supporting characters he met after leaving home If you are or know someone who doesn t like horror, but is willing to give a paranormal or zombie book a try, I would recommend this But there is a lot of cursing I m not saying this is a PG rated zombie book, if that kind of thing matters to you Great read


  4. Jason Jason says:

    This was pure pleasure a reinvention or is that revitalization of the zombie mythos, a compelling and often surprising what happens next page turner, and as sweet, funny, moving, and yet tough minded as the very best of Bradbury or John Crowley, who gets a hat tip.My rating may go up But this is awesome I ve really enjoyed Gregory s novels, but this is something And now Mira Grant and Colson Whitehead have a pretty high bar to jump for their uses of the zombie A longer review to This was pure pleasure a reinvention or is that revitalization of the zombie mythos, a compelling and often surprising what happens next page turner, and as sweet, funny, moving, and yet tough minded as the very best of Bradbury or John Crowley, who gets a hat tip.My rating may go up But this is awesome I ve really enjoyed Gregory s novels, but this is something And now Mira Grant and Colson Whitehead have a pretty high bar to jump for their uses of the zombie A longer review to come And arrived The premise builds on the Romero base a zombie outbreak on the east coast, in 1968, happened, but got contained Romero s documentary is referenced a few times Since then, the US government has amped up surveillance and secret ops, ever vigilant against recurrences, in a situation not too dissimilar from our own post 9 11 formerly color coded state of always could become terrifying so don t fret too much about our rights context Yet at the tail end of that first outbreak, a dead child was found, and the single mother raising her three young girls couldn t bear to kill the boy So they kept him.And he grows up This physical impossibility is one of many departures from most zombie conventions, but Gregory in brief digressions or extrapolations that delight is actually trying to tease out some philosophically grounded theory of zombies, riffing on but refuting or at least reimagining the generic tropes of epidemiology and infection There s something strange about matter suddenly mobile, and there s a recurrent strand of this novel like the author s prior two works intrigued by the nature of the human, and how fantastic ideas demons, genetic mutations, zombies resonate with the on going struggle to make sense of humanity and existence As a horror fan and semi knowledgeable zombie geek, I was gobsmacked by how Gregory s surprising transformations of lore made retroactive sense of the conventions He isn t just trashing old approaches but creating new contexts for interpreting them and with wit, no smirks but a loving teasing sense of play The novel traces young John nicknamed Stony in youth, adolescence, and then as an adult it s a zombildungsroman, utterly enjoyable for the sophistication Gregory brings to characterization, even with walk on parts, and Stony is thoughtful and likable maybe a bit too likable and overall, one flaw in the novel is how, even when engaging the meanness of human behavior or the horrors of the inhuman it is relentlessly humane If you re seeking a dark satire or a horror novel, move along And while I might have wished for a bitbite, this is a zombie novel by way of Ray Bradbury a what if, with a lot of sadness and wonder but not much dread and no terror.That said, there are traces of social satire, never reduced to mere allegory Intriguingly, all of Gregory s novels are alternate histories he goes back in time, reimagines recent US history through these genre tropes Or maybe it s metafictional in intent inevitably, some character calls attention to the ways we fantasize, what our dreams of such creatures tell us about what bothers and delights and terrifies and underpins American culture Or these hints of bigger Meaning or Purpose are fascinating but never really center stage the novel has a big Story, and rips right along, and Gregory s focus is on these people or non people and their response to these big events It s a lovely novel even the zombie indifferent or antipathetic would find much to relish Gregory is a very good writer, and I can t wait to see where he goes next


  5. Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker Queen of the Undead Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker Queen of the Undead says:

    Made the list for Best Badass Zombie Books..http badassbookreviews.com the bestPart 1This is the story of a little baby found on the side of a road He is clearly different He should not be Wanda Mayhall does not care Stony is a baby She will protect him from the world, and make sure he is raised to be loved and cherished just like her three other children.Sadly for Stony, he knows he is not like his sisters His physical self is not only different, but he feels no pain, and things that Made the list for Best Badass Zombie Books..http badassbookreviews.com the bestPart 1This is the story of a little baby found on the side of a road He is clearly different He should not be Wanda Mayhall does not care Stony is a baby She will protect him from the world, and make sure he is raised to be loved and cherished just like her three other children.Sadly for Stony, he knows he is not like his sisters His physical self is not only different, but he feels no pain, and things that should kill him like an arrow to the heart that is accidently released by his best friend Kwang only cause concern on how he ll hide it from his mom.Stony also knows that his kind, whatever the right term is for his kind, is feared See, one bite, and you have his disease People without his disease do not trust him Moreover, they might be onto something After the initial bite, there is a time period where his kind becomes mindless, and in their state of mindlessness, they want to bite others.Stony fears for the day when he is discovered In his fear, he prepares.Part 2This is a story of a young man forced to live away from his family because some townsfolk finally figured out his disease Now he lives with others like him However, he does not exactly fit in with them either Stony is different He wants to make the world a better place, he believes everyone is good until they are proven to be anything else, and most of all, he wants his family to be safe Stony s disease is different from the others as well It progresses differently Stony thinks differently, he is smarter, he is logical and he is compassionate Because of this, he is treated differently even among his own Part 3This is the story about the government Using scare tactics to keep the public misinformed Conducting experiments on diseased patients and voiding these patients of all rights It is also the story of a man trying to protect his own from the government, playing the governments game until he can set things right Stony, the forever optimist, believes he can make everything better if he just tries hard enough.Part 4This is the story about a middle aged man s sacrifice for his family This is a story about discovering who you are and what you truly are made of It is about finally figuring out the real monsters in the story and about selfless love.It s the story about Stony the zombie Side Note I originally had this at 4.5 out of 5 stars but everytime I think about it, it brings tears to my eyes Thus, I moved it up to 5 stars.


  6. TL TL says:

    Lazy updating this because I haven t feeling well past few days and can t concentrate enough to write a proper review for this and my other most recent read bleh I blame Mother Nature allergies and sinus suck Still enjoyed this one very much, this would be interesting to see as a mini series or a movie if done right Original review I was very skeptical about this, not gonna lie or sugarcoat it I d seen some positive reviews for it and was intrigued but it took me awhile to pick it up af Lazy updating this because I haven t feeling well past few days and can t concentrate enough to write a proper review for this and my other most recent read bleh I blame Mother Nature allergies and sinus suck Still enjoyed this one very much, this would be interesting to see as a mini series or a movie if done right Original review I was very skeptical about this, not gonna lie or sugarcoat it I d seen some positive reviews for it and was intrigued but it took me awhile to pick it up after I bought it kept picking it up and putting it aside after reading a few pages Then, when I was putting my TBR list together for October, I glanced at it sitting on mt shelf and figured why not now A different take on Zombies living dead but it worked out really well for me In 1968, after the zombie outbreak, Wanda Mayhall and her three young daughters discover the body of a teenage mother during a snowstorm Wrapped in the woman s arms is a baby, stone cold, not breathing, and without a pulse But then his eyes open and look up at Wanda and he begins to move.This one isn t a fast paced book, Stony s life and deeds unfold at a steady pace He grew on me slowly, the clever bastard There were a few slow spots but I never thought about abandoning the book, I took my time with it because I didn t want to say goodbye to Stony There are a few instances where I raised my eyebrows when Stony did certain things, that had me thinkingI won t spoil it for youins but you ll see what I mean.I loved him for not giving up, thinking ahead, and trying to make things better for his people protecting his family by staying away and making certain improvements to the house Though I don t think he imagined it that way fully at the time The story starts in 2011 and gives you hints abut what is going on, then goes back to 1968 and moves forward throughout the years different stages in his life.We get to know Stony really well,at times it felt like you were really reading someone s life story.Everyone is done so well, even the bad guys One didn t have as a big part as I thought and the other I kind of expected but not in the way it happened Delia and Mr Blunt were my favorites The Lump was an intriguing one as well too bad he didn t havescreen time.The whole world, the history, the customs, the different kinds of LDs was just endlessly fascinating to me I couldn t get enough of it There s humor sprinkled throughout all the seriousness, sort of graveyard or black humor I guess, but never failed to make me smile.When I book pleasantly surprises you, well Need I elaborate 3 3Would highly recommend, happy reading Other wonderful reviews of this book karen s reviewSh3lly Not all those who wander are lost s reviewFiggy s review


  7. Paquita Maria Sanchez Paquita Maria Sanchez says:

    Though this is certainly not the very best novel I have ever read or have read this year, or this month, or even this week this is definitely the most super funfun time I have had reading a book in ages I know that by saying that I am running the risk of driving people away from Stony Mayhall out of sheer literary fussiness and general taking self too seriouslyness not saying I m not guilty , and that is truly a shame because it really is quite well written on top of being fast paced and che Though this is certainly not the very best novel I have ever read or have read this year, or this month, or even this week this is definitely the most super funfun time I have had reading a book in ages I know that by saying that I am running the risk of driving people away from Stony Mayhall out of sheer literary fussiness and general taking self too seriouslyness not saying I m not guilty , and that is truly a shame because it really is quite well written on top of being fast paced and cheeky in all the right ways I should thank goodreaders Mike and karen for their reviews which piqued my interest in this one, as I probably would never have even considered picking it up otherwise I m glad that I did, as the pacing combined with the at times dark and at other times wholesome and heartwarming humor is well balanced and makesout what could otherwise just be same ole zombiesplatter nonsense In fact, it is particularly non splattery Oddity number one Zombies, snore you may be saying, but don t give up on them just yet I realize that they re almost as all up in yo face as sparkling vampires these days, but can we at least agree that zombies are a helluvalot cooler than those assholes to begin with Besides, Daryl Gregory knows what he s getting himself into, and he calls himself out for every embraced or deliberately curtailed staple of zombie mythology throughout the story This is not some redundant Land of the Dead bullshit there is something else going on here It s not quite wacky enough to be likened to Shaun of the Dead, but also not anywhere near gory enough to bring any other major zombie film to mind Sorry, I must use examples from film since I love zombie movies, but have never read a single other zombie novel Raising Stony Mayhall rests somewhere in between these standard approaches, a family centered coming of age tale based around the idea of a post infection, generally non violent, hunted and oppressed zombie minority Most people fear and shun them, even though they have to bite you to share their disease, and they don t even have the urge to do so well, not any Throughout the whole thing, I just kept thinking AIDS epidemic, AIDS epidemic, just come out and say it, DarylAIDS EPIDEMIC It s not just that simple, however There is a whole lotsocial critiquing going on as fictions about zombies tend to exhibit , and the layers aren t just something a thesis writing FVS or Lit student has read into it after the fact It s all placed with care I should just get to the point This novel is sort of like those microwavable Amy s burritos that you buy at the health food store sure, it s not the very best thing you could be consuming, but you could do a whole lot worse and damn is it tasty anyway You know, even that may be unfair I think I m being too harsh because reading a zombie NOVEL just makes me feel silly Never mind my baggage, this is quality literature despite the constraints it has set up for itself from the beginning It s gooooood


  8. Bradley Bradley says:

    The first half of this novel was probably the best written YA featuring a zombie I ve read, and I generally have a slight repulsion for the idea, so the fact that I actually LIKED this was rather impressive.Taking place at the same time as Romero s first Dead movie and steadily marching through time as a handful of zombies who weren t summarily wiped out in the first outbreak quickly regained normal human consciousness, we follow this particular kid, Stony Mayhall He grows up, being unusual eno The first half of this novel was probably the best written YA featuring a zombie I ve read, and I generally have a slight repulsion for the idea, so the fact that I actually LIKED this was rather impressive.Taking place at the same time as Romero s first Dead movie and steadily marching through time as a handful of zombies who weren t summarily wiped out in the first outbreak quickly regained normal human consciousness, we follow this particular kid, Stony Mayhall He grows up, being unusual enough because he learns how to actively heal himself, unlike other LD individuals, and interestingly enough, he joins the ranks of other hiding LDs, keeping his head low and biding his time until the eighties when, like gay demonstrators, they take to politics and equal rights.Wow, right It just became a completely different kind of novel But it doesn t end there I loved the idea of getting their own island and eventually heading to space, being naturally resistant to G forces and radiation Reminds me of that Fallout New Vegas scene But when the hope crashes and the crackdown falls on the poor zombies, the novel takes another complete turn in a concentration camp, featuring torture, learning positive skills, and being curious about the nature of zombies When does a zombie end, for example All those chopped limbs and reanimating prosthetics was fascinating And then the novel changes yet again Modern zombies And the pendulum swings yet again.Wow This was a seriously understated and fascinating LD novel I m very happy to have read it, and I should add that Daryl Gregory should never be underestimated This is my third and they ve all been very excellent


  9. Reynje Reynje says:

    Gregory s take on zombies in Raising Stony Mayhall is both unusual and ambitious, blending an alternate history, a Living Dead divided by ideology and politics, and musings of the existential variety It is an intelligent book that has a lot to say, occasionally taking a philosophical turn as Stony wrestles with the paradox of his existence and the events his life has set in motion The first part, detailing Stony s early family life, is strong and richly observed The characters are written wit Gregory s take on zombies in Raising Stony Mayhall is both unusual and ambitious, blending an alternate history, a Living Dead divided by ideology and politics, and musings of the existential variety It is an intelligent book that has a lot to say, occasionally taking a philosophical turn as Stony wrestles with the paradox of his existence and the events his life has set in motion The first part, detailing Stony s early family life, is strong and richly observed The characters are written with obvious care, particularly Stony, who is very endearing as the boy who is not a living boy However, beyond this point, I began to feel as if I was reading another book entirely The shifts in time and tone created distance between myself and the story that I found difficult to bridge, and I felt less involved with Stony on an emotional level The plot is detailed, and the LD world Gregory has built is interesting and muchcomplex than a simple mass fever for brains type scenario Unfortunately, I found large portions of the story quite disengaging to read, given the slowing pace and the vast amounts of information incorporated into the narrative While I appreciate some of the deeper themes and discussion throughout the story, and I enjoyed the climactic scenes, I felt it was let down by a rather predictable ending By this point, I ll also admit that my investment in the story was quite low, so the impact felt a little hollow for me If you re looking for a different take on the living dead with some thought provoking ideas about life, family, guilt and redemption, this may be for you Unfortunately, it just wasn t really for me


  10. Mimi Mimi says:

    Not quite a 5 star read, but I m rounding up because it s close enough.John Stony Mayhall is a living dead miracle who defy all odds, logic, laws of physics, our understanding of anatomy and physiology, our sense of living and death, etc He lives despite not having that spark of life, he grows despite not having proper bodily functions, and he ages despite time not being a factor that should affect him And he thinks, not only intelligently, but deeply and ponders questions like, What is Not quite a 5 star read, but I m rounding up because it s close enough.John Stony Mayhall is a living dead miracle who defy all odds, logic, laws of physics, our understanding of anatomy and physiology, our sense of living and death, etc He lives despite not having that spark of life, he grows despite not having proper bodily functions, and he ages despite time not being a factor that should affect him And he thinks, not only intelligently, but deeply and ponders questions like, What is that spark of life and How am I moving and thinking but not really living Important questions for both the living and living dead One cold blizzard evening, Wanda Mayhall and her daughters come upon Stony and his birth mother by the side of the road, almost frozen and certainly looking dead Stony s mother doesn t make it, but miraculously he does The Mayhalls bundle him up and bring him back to their farm and then realize what he is, a zombie baby He seems almost like any average human newborn, except for his gray skin and inability to eat or sleep Wanda decides to keep and raise the baby on the farm, instead of informing the authorities Stony grows despite all the things mentioned in the above paragraph and learns to live as human However, there s always something missing or feels not quite right in his life and he doesn t realize what it is until he meets other living dead and live among them Then to his disappointment, he finds out he s not quite like other zombies either because he was raised by a human family, which brings up that age old question of nature vs nurture.This is mostly a story of a boy coming of age in the late 60s 70s in a time of intense persecution It s alternate, yet familiar history The War in Vietnam never happens and the Cold War never happens either Instead the US government is fighting a silent war against an unstoppable viral outbreak that, if spread again, can spread at an alarming rate The world Stony lives in is a world that traps itself in a police state for fear of another outbreak, and while people comply with zero zombie tolerance laws and regulations, there are some who help the living dead as part of a network that runs all across the country view spoiler The zombie virus causes the infected to die a physical death while exhibiting all the classic zombie traits, like a bout of fever, mindlessness, a hunger for human flesh, and a gray skin tone The infection is passed on through saliva entering the bloodstream After 48 hours, the infected regain control of themselves and a majority resume whatever state of mind they were in before the infection, though there are a few who never recover The living dead can die and be killed, but they don t feel pain or heal themselves Though no exception to the limitations of zombies, Stony is a special case because he grows and achieves a level of body awareness that s never been seen before He comes to understand why the stick moves and what actually makes it move hide spoiler It s fun to see Gregory s interpretation of classic zombie lore and how he develops them further I ve always had an appreciation for sci fi fantasy writers who can incorporate real world science into their imaginary worlds Gregory does so in a believable way I hope this is where the zombie genre is heading less mindlessness and flesh eatingfocus on contemplation, the science of viruses outbreaks, and zombie physiology.What keeps this story from a 5 star rating is the large time jumps There are a couple that jump over a decade or so, and that s just too much time lost from this reader s perspective Other than this one minor thing, I really like the direction in which Gregory takes his zombie story, and I hope he s planning to write .Cross posted at UPDATE reread January 2019After a string of books that I just wasn t feeling, I was looking for something that could I dive headfirst into and be wrapped up in the story When I saw a friend reviewing this book last week, I knew a reread was in order It s been too long since I d read anything by Daryl Gregory, and I missed his subversive spin on classic genre tropes So a reread was definitely in order This is still as good as I remember, and I still stand by everything I wrote in the review above.The upside to being snowed in and home alone is there s nothing to stop you from reading all day and all night, which was what I did for the past 3 days It helps to have a book you can t put down I guess the downside is, if you have a fitness tracker, it would probably think you ve died Post apocalyptic zombie fiction isn t a subgenre I often frequent, but there are 3 standouts that always come to mind whenever I think of picking up a quick reread, and they are 1 This book2 The Girl with All the Gifts by M R Carey3 The Reapers are the Angels by Alden BellAll 3 are stellar reads that I would recommend to anyone regardless of personal genre preferences or inclinations


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