Monday Zombie Fun: My favourite zombie novels

Jul 05 2010 Published by under friday fun, science fiction

Ok, ok, this is the last zombie post, I promise.

Here are some exmples of my favourite OTT, badass, crazy zombie fiction!

  • The Book of the Dead is a classic collection of short stories that's well worth reading.
  • Monster Island: A Zombie Novel is the first in a trilogy. It's one of those trilogies with significantly diminishing returns as it goes on, but the first book is great.
  • The Rising is well done and creepy.
  • Patient Zero: A Joe Ledger Novel by Jonathan Maberry is top notch, the best horror/sf/technothriller I've read in a long time.
  • Pet Sematary is one of Stephen King's best novels, excruciatingly painful and raw.
  • Berserk by Brit Tim Lebbon is a military technothriller vampire zombie apocalypse that reads more like a supernatural novel in a lot of ways

And since I'm a librarian, I thought I'd include a couple of lists of zombie novels:

My next zombie reading adventure will be shambling through the Robert Kirkman graphic novel series, The Walking Dead, which is now up to 12 collections and 73 issues. We have 8 or 9 of the collections scattered around the house already -- I just have to get my two sons to find them! The first collection is here.

I also want to get a hold of The Mammoth Book of Zombie Comics and read that too.

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Friday Fun: The Best Sword & Sorcery Stories

Apr 16 2010 Published by under friday fun, science fiction

If you love sword & sorcery books and stories (and who doesn't!), SF Signal has one of their Mind Meld features in which they ask a bunch of writers and editors to name their favourites of the genre.

Here's a taste:

Lou Anders

"Ill met in Lankhmar" tops any list. How could it not? Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser defined sword & sorcery for me as a child, and I'm thrilled that, having just started rereading their adventures they are thus far holding up. Michael Moorcock's "Stormbringer" is tied or a close second. I haven't read that since I was 15 but the Moorcock I have read hasn't dated. Basically, you don't know s&s without Leiber and Moorcock.

Howard's "The Frost Giant's Daughter" reads like ancient myth, and is my favorite of the Conan tales. Finally CL Moore's "Black God's Kiss", which I only discovered as an adult, mesmerized me with its imagery, an amazing hybrid of Howard's action with Lovecraft's imagery that reminded me that s&s got its start in Weird Tales and made me want more Old Weird in contemporary S&S (and more s&s in contemporary Weird Tales!).

And speaking of contemporary, I love James Enge and Scott Lynch for the way they evoke emotions in me now the way Leiber did when I was just beginning to explore the subgenre. Of course, I edit one of them, but I highly recommend both. I also edit Mark Chadbourn's Swords of Albion in the US, chronicling the adventures of an Elizabethan James Bond in a Cold War struggle with the Fae. It's quintessential S&S that should take its place in the canon in time.

Nor can I let the opportunity to shamelessly plug Swords & Dark Magic go by. Co-edited with Jonathan Strahan, it's our forthcoming S&S anthology of all original tales from writers like Steven Erikson, Scott Lynch, Joe Abercrombie, Gene Wolf, Glen Cook, Michael Moorcock, CJ Cherryh, Tanith Lee, Robert Silverberg, Greg Keyes...

Okay, I'll stop but obviously S&S has been on the brain here lately. Glad it's making a resurgence.

There are also lots of great lists in the comments.

Personally, my favourite in the genre is Karl Edward Wagner's Kane books -- dark, violent and compelling, they make for a great read. They are very much sword and sorcery for adults tastes and preoccupations.

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