25 July 2012

Review: Walking With Zombies by Ian Woodhead

Walking With Zombies (Zombie Armageddon #2) by Ian Woodhead

Published: 8 July 2011

Pages: 108 (ebook)

Genre/s: Zombie

Source: Own library

Check It Out: Goodreads ~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK

Synopsis (Goodreads)

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Stockholm Club.

Have we got a special treat for you tonight! We’re privileged to have with us, a highly talented county and western singer, all the way from exotic Birmingham. I know that you’ll give the lad a fantastic Yorkshire welcome.

Don’t forget, the first drink is on the house.

Now before all you geriatric parasites slouch over to the bar and start making your way through my alcohol, I’d just also like to mention that there is a chance that some of my staff may turn into flesh eating zombies as the night wears on.

In fact, I think I can confidently predict that most of you will resemble jackal stripped zebra carcasses before the dawn sun makes an appearance.

So please enjoy tonight’s live entertainment and drink like there’s no tomorrow. Let’s face it; you ain’t going to be seeing it.
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Despite attempts to quarantine the Breakspear housing estate, the infection has somehow spread further into the city. Whole neighbourhoods are falling to the undead plague.

On the outskirts, the staff and customers of the Stockholm Club have no idea that the moaning dead are slowly shambling towards them


My Thoughts


I read The Unwashed Dead, the first book in the Zombie Armageddon series by Ian Woodhead last year, and I really enjoyed the setting and the grimy goriness of Mr. Woodhead's storytelling. So I was more than excited to start reading Walking With Zombies.

Set in the North of England, with regular-joe kind of characters, and some seriously gross zombie action, I was hooked into the story right from the beginning. As a short book (almost novella size), it's almost essential to jump straight into the fray, but Mr. Woodhead does it in a way that also gives the characters a chance to shine.

From mummys-boy Dominic, to the truly screwed up Talbot, and a slew of characters that fall victim to the undead horde in any number of creative ways, all the characters are realistic and easily distinguishable from each other. The dialogue rings completely true, and there's a real feeling of a gritty northern town. Although the story jumps between several characters, it works very well as a way of both introducing characters and showing exactly what is going down around the town.

Walking With Zombies is not a continuation of The Unwashed Dead, it is more of a parallel story, set mostly in and around the Stockholm Club, and has even more of the zombie craziness than the first book - along with some pretty unique ideas on infection and spread of the virus. Several pop-culture references made me smile, and some truly stomach-turning scenes made me wince.

I devoured this book within a couple of hours, and I can't wait to read the next one in the series.


5 comments:

  1. Ooo I need to pick this up! Based on your review this book sounds like a winner.

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    1. It's a great series - proper zombie!

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  2. Pretty high rating for such a short book, I'll have to check this one out. Thanks Kat :)
    -Kimberly @ Turning The Pages

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  3. Hey there, Kat. Is there any chance of you posting your fantastic review up on Amazon as well?

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